Inversion Xbox 360

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6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 72
  2. Negative: 14 out of 72
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  1. Jul 28, 2012
    6
    The first few hours of Inversion will polarise you into thinking that the third person mechanics and story are threadbare portrayals of the Gears of War saga. There are weapon attatchments like the bayonet, your enemies are muscle bound freaks or slave drivers, and much of the blasting makes you think that Inversion has sprayed Gears cologne on itself. Give it time though and it becomes aThe first few hours of Inversion will polarise you into thinking that the third person mechanics and story are threadbare portrayals of the Gears of War saga. There are weapon attatchments like the bayonet, your enemies are muscle bound freaks or slave drivers, and much of the blasting makes you think that Inversion has sprayed Gears cologne on itself. Give it time though and it becomes a bit more fun and a bit more interesting. This intrigue certainly doesn't come from the characters, as they are as unlikable and generic as the next famous pop star. The fun is clearly in the gameplay, evidently with the Gravlink device, as you find it a reliable source for dispatching foes and flinging barrels and rusted cars at your enemies. The game embraces shooting and doesn't excel at much else- for what it does it's a decent enough shooter that will make for some light relief from the more demanding and technically impressive games on the market. Collapse
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    5
    Namco Bandai decided to try their hand at an over-the-shoulder, third person shooter in the style of Lost Planet, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, et cetera. Then they decided to knock off the gravity twists of other games and call it a day. Bereft of any real soul, there's little that inspires me to want to play this game more than the few hours I already have invested in it. The characters areNamco Bandai decided to try their hand at an over-the-shoulder, third person shooter in the style of Lost Planet, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, et cetera. Then they decided to knock off the gravity twists of other games and call it a day. Bereft of any real soul, there's little that inspires me to want to play this game more than the few hours I already have invested in it. The characters are cookie cutter, gun play and effects are unremarkable, and the gravity manipulation system is lackluster at best and doesn't feel fully fleshed out. Save your money and rent this title, or if you feel it's worth owning, hold off until later this year when it will undoubtedly be in the bargain bin. Expand
  3. Aug 1, 2012
    7
    Could this game have been better? Definitely. Did it deserve the 4.0 on Gamespot because Namco didn't pay for a review? Absolutely not. This game is a generic Cover Based Shooter, the Sci Fi Twist works within the context of the alternate reality this game is set in, the multiplayer is fun, King of Gravity is intentionally unbalanced that's the point, and the story is better than mostCould this game have been better? Definitely. Did it deserve the 4.0 on Gamespot because Namco didn't pay for a review? Absolutely not. This game is a generic Cover Based Shooter, the Sci Fi Twist works within the context of the alternate reality this game is set in, the multiplayer is fun, King of Gravity is intentionally unbalanced that's the point, and the story is better than most shooters though the acting is at times a little hammy. Overall this game is average, it's not great but it's not bad either. It's an average game that deserves an average score. When the price goes down if you have nothing else to play this is worth buying and it's absolutely worth a rental. Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2012
    7
    Inversion is a new 3rd person Shooter by Namco-Bandai that involves the classic shooter gameplay with a gravity manipulation of the scenarios ans structures,
    that although said to be innovative, we have already seen it, in games like Fracture and Deep Black.
    The game's story tells of a town (Vanguard) that is invaded by a savage alien race called the Lutadore that use technology to
    Inversion is a new 3rd person Shooter by Namco-Bandai that involves the classic shooter gameplay with a gravity manipulation of the scenarios ans structures,
    that although said to be innovative, we have already seen it, in games like Fracture and Deep Black.

    The game's story tells of a town (Vanguard) that is invaded by a savage alien race called the Lutadore that use technology to manipulate gravity sites that attack and spread chaos. Are you a police officer, and together with your partner Leo, are facing is the threat and at the same time trying rescue your daughter Leila, who was kidnapped. Despite the short story core, I liked the way the story progresses, and gets to hold my attention.

    The game's graphics are good, overall: the highlight is the scenery and effects of destruction and fragmentation, with the cumulative damage (you can destroy
    cover structures) and anti-gravity effects scenes, that have very good detailing, along with good general details, like bullets in the walls and characteristics of the characters (Especially in cut-scenes). Overall the Havok Destruction engine, used in the game seemed very good, and does a great
    work.

    The lighting effects and gravitational effects were very well done, and despite the game doesn't have a top-notch polishing to every detail, there is a great attention to details of the stages overall. The design of Lutadore recalls a mix of Gears of War with Borderlands.

    Regarding the audio, the game features a sound-track of generic action games, which suits it and gives the general mood of the game. The general performances
    are good and so are the sound effects.

    The gameplay is based on the traditional 3rd person shooters, with the touch of gravity manipulation, for which you use an alien device: to be able to manipulate objects, you need find charge units, and you can choose between positive or negative gravity fields, alternating this by pressing the RS.

    With this you can levitate objects or enemies, or make them fall into the ground and become slower, also you can manipulate the environment, create structures to cover and use objects (or enemies) lifted with the LB to be thrown at targets. The rest of the game is the usual: they use different structures for cover, going through checkpoints with your partner, and using various weapons and experiencing occasional bosses. The stages are interesting due to the chaos effects generated by the gravity.

    The gameplay has some downfalls: the protagonist movement it's not very fluid, and some controller commands issues, such as the A button used to multiple things as running, cover and out of the cover (and there are not options to configure buttons) - another command that I didn't like is the use of LT, that usually serves to aim, but unlike other games, once pressed, you just get out of the aim mode by pressing it again, not letting it go, a thing that annoys a little in the action parts.

    The multiplayer has two forms, both online or via System Link: the coop, conducted the campaign with a friend, and competitive, with several known "mainsteam" modes. The campaign in Coop is nice when playing along with a friend, and the competitive modes have the differential of the gravity, which makes it interesting at least.

    I can sum up the game as a mix of Gears of War with Fracture, but without a great shooter mechanics and controls, but despite the flaws in such points, it presents interesting and very detailed graphics and quite nice general effects. This shooter may be not a AAA, but it surprised me and exceeded the expectations I had about the game, and I think it's worth to be played by those who enjoy a good 3rd person shooter, particularly in Coop.
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  5. Jun 16, 2012
    7
    The press has been too rough on this game. If you enjoy the genre and give Inversion a chance, it will offer an entertaining experience. The setting is interesting, while the zero-g sections and vector shifts are fun and implemented well. Visually, Saber Interactive created a desolate world that suits the storyline and draws you in. I enjoyed using the Gravlink to manipulate objects andThe press has been too rough on this game. If you enjoy the genre and give Inversion a chance, it will offer an entertaining experience. The setting is interesting, while the zero-g sections and vector shifts are fun and implemented well. Visually, Saber Interactive created a desolate world that suits the storyline and draws you in. I enjoyed using the Gravlink to manipulate objects and eliminate foes. However, the sound effects could have been better and most of the enemies are more comical than intimidating. Inversion has its flaws, but anyone who is fond of third person shooters should be relatively satisfied and I recommend trying it. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2012
    0
    The first few hours of Inversion will polarise you into thinking that the third person mechanics and story are threadbare portrayals of the Gears of War saga. There are weapon attatchments like the bayonet, your enemies are muscle bound freaks or slave drivers, and much of the blasting makes you think that Inversion has sprayed Gears cologne on itself. Give it time though and it becomes aThe first few hours of Inversion will polarise you into thinking that the third person mechanics and story are threadbare portrayals of the Gears of War saga. There are weapon attatchments like the bayonet, your enemies are muscle bound freaks or slave drivers, and much of the blasting makes you think that Inversion has sprayed Gears cologne on itself. Give it time though and it becomes a bit more fun and a bit more interesting. This intrigue certainly doesn't come from the characters, as they are as unlikable and generic as the next famous pop star. The fun is clearly in the gameplay, evidently with the Gravlink device, as you find it a reliable source for dispatching foes and flinging barrels and rusted cars at your enemies. The game embraces shooting and doesn't excel at much else- for what it does it's a decent enough shooter that will make for some light relief from the more demanding and technically impressive games on the market. Collapse
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 51
  2. Negative: 12 out of 51
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 13, 2012
    75
    A decent cover shooter which gets better towards the end. The gravity effects are nice, but they could be much nicer, if you could control the direction of gravity, not just the amount of it. [Aug 2012]
  2. Sep 6, 2012
    60
    Inversion is condemned to eternal oblivion due to the defiant lack of marketing and advertising. However it is a solid game, with satisfactory gameplay mechanics, some consistently implemented fresh ideas and interesting storyline which ends with a cliffhanger that will remain unresolved. Worshipers of the Gears of War religion, give Inversion a chance.
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    75
    In summary, Inversion is a pretty good shooter that is worth being looked at by any fan of the genre. It is an enjoyable playthrough but not something that screams for a repeat performance.