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  • Summary: Inversion is a third-person co-op shooter that combines hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping action with a revolutionary gravity manipulation engine. Featuring the Grappler weapon, players manipulate gravity for their own purposes. The Grappler can be used in countless combat situations by maneuvering massive objects as shields or projectiles, and moving camped enemies out of concealed cover so they can be blasted away. The Grappler is also a key tool for tactical situations and puzzle solving as players can lift, move, or create cover objects at their whim. The awesome power of gravity is right at players’ fingertips. Additionally, Inversion is one of the first games to feature Havok Destruction which bestows Inversion with massively destructible environments including an elaborate cover system. Set in the near future, the tranquil peace enjoyed by mankind shatters with an unforeseen invasion by an unknown enemy called the Lutadore. Armed to the teeth with futuristic gravity-controlling weapons, the Lutadore easily overrun the city’s defenses. Unbeknownst to all, mysterious anomalies have surfaced in conjunction with the invasion. Random regions in the city have entered zero gravity or have suffered vector changes, throwing the world into topsy-turvy chaos. Assuming the role of Davis Russel, a hotheaded 28-year-old cop, or Leo Delgado, Davis’ neighbor, players embark on a journey through the disorienting war-ravaged, gravity twisted streets of their home town and beyond, to find Davis' missing child. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 51
  2. Negative: 12 out of 51
  1. 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. Jul 13, 2012
    65
    As a third-person shooter, Inversion has some fun and long-lasting single-player gunplay (even if it does a huge amount of copycatting off of Gears of War). That's despite an utterly incomprehensible and confusing single-player story filled with too many plot holes along with a very sparse online presence to date.
  3. Jul 26, 2012
    60
    A masterclass in how to make the absolute least of your own unique selling point. [Issue#87, p.82]
  4. Jun 13, 2012
    58
    It is yet another game with potentially interesting mechanics that fail to deliver on their promise, making Inversion's approach to gravity feel more plodding than liberating.
  5. Jun 5, 2012
    55
    It's not a terrible game, but it's in those moments in which you glimpse it's unrealised potential that really brings it down.
  6. Jun 12, 2012
    50
    All that matters is that there's a lot of heart in Inversion, but absolutely nothing going on the brain department. There is desire, with absolutely no thought.
  7. Jun 11, 2012
    20
    Inversion drinks deeply from the Gears of War well, including the same basic combat model, the same generic space marines, and the same overwrought investment in its own bad story. But there's none of Gears' heft or kick. Instead, Inversion has that lightweight feel usually reserved for the first level of a game before you get the useful weapons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Jun 5, 2012
    9
    I knew this game was going to get crappy reviews because of its familiarity. GOW rip off they'll say, but cover shooters have been around long before GOW. I like this game not because of its differences but it does feel familiar, and its a compelling story. Just like other cover shooters it has solid mechanics cool weapons and lots of gore. The drawbacks are Max Frustration 3 type problems. Short action sequences followed with cutscenes. Also the main character has got the worst head of hair I've ever seen. Note to all developers allowing the player to walk while advancing the story is better than a cutscene. Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    8
    It really is a shame this is getting such low review scores. Looks like the users like this a bit more than the critics did. I feel this game deserves an 8.5, It has some great physics, graphics and gunplay. It does feel very Gears of War but they did a great job with it and added enough to give it it's own identity. Blood, guts and guns for very satisfying results. Story isn't so bad either, a man who lost his wife and is desperately in search of his daughter who may or may not still be alive. It's simple but it works and I really appreciate games that just get to the point and that point here is mayhem and fun. With all the complicated RPG's im focusing on so far this year, Inversion is a welcome change. Oh and online co-op doesn't hurt either. Great game. Give it a try. Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2012
    8
    The game is worth to play, actually it's not so bad - the script is not so trite as, for example in GoW. Multiplayer and coop modes are really exciting and kinda 'innovational' Expand
  4. 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 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
  5. 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 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. Expand
  6. 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 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. Collapse
  7. Jul 28, 2012
    0
    ridiculous ending ever , and no local co op totally waste of money, they should pay us to play this garbage, they don't even care to tell us who the lutadores are and wath the hell are they kidnappingthe humans Expand

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