Section 8 Xbox 360

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
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  1. AceGamez
    60
    Section 8 lies paradoxically somewhere between innovation and mundanity: it has its moments (zipping around the battlefield in overdrive mode is a good laugh and the orbital drops are simply awesome) but for all its good intentions, it simply can't overcome its eventually-boring gunplay.
  2. This game is almost strictly a multiplayer experience. As such, you're not getting a whole lot of value for your money. That said, the competitive online play will be worth the price of admission for many.
  3. I really would like to recommend Section 8. It has some pretty neat features which make it stand out from Halo, especially if you are tired of it, but the fact it is mainly an online game with not enough people playing it renders it obsolete.
  4. Section 8 isn’t very good. It’s bland, generic, lacking in original ideas, poorly executed in nearly every department and you’ll probably grow bored of it within the few essential hours it takes to complete the awful single player campaign.
  5. A flawed, but ultimately good game. However, here we come to the major malfunction. Barely anybody is playing this thing. Even with 32-player matches available, it's really hard find a game populated by even half that number.
  6. Edge Magazine
    70
    Under the topsoil its functions are often ingenious, improving genre weaknesses with more success than its over-familiar form might suggest. [Nov 2009, p.95]
  7. Just a Quake Wars clone, with a design too similar to Halo series to impress players. Creepy graphics and some issues with the control system.
  8. The nice backend clan support is wasted since the game just isn’t much fun to play. The shooting lacks the high-intensity lethality of Counter-Strike, the lightning-paced speed of Tribes, and the great cooperative mechanics of Battlefield. You won’t spit this hamburger out, but you probably won’t tell your friends about it, either.
  9. In a genre filled with dull, uninspired shooters, Section 8 sits atop of the pile of mediocrity.
  10. games(TM)
    50
    Section 8's major problem is that, despite offering a huge number of options to the player - in both gameplay and ideas - it feels decidedly empty and the shooting lacks the pace and kick of other shooters. [Nov 2009, p.126]
  11. At first glance, Section 8 won’t make you scream out of enthusiasm, mostly because its graphics are not entirely up to next-gen expectations. But design was not the programmers’ purpose. They rather had in mind to tailor up a brand-new multiplayer gaming experience, filled with loads of new ideas and original solutions. And that is what they have definitely obtained!
  12. With a few more weapon types and vehicles that actually worked, Section 8 could have been a lot more exciting. As it is, this is a satisfying take on the genre that makes up in fun what it lacks in innovation.
  13. Unquestionably, Section 8 is a rock-solid multiplayer game that deserves to find a strong audience. But it certainly has its faults. The underwhelming campaign, über-generic setting, mediocre graphics, and occasional frame rate loss plague this otherwise excellent experience.
  14. It's a decent time-killer, but serious shooter fans are best advised to set their sights on bigger fish down the horizon.
  15. Wait for this game to come down in price and then hope there are still some people left playing online.
  16. There are some neat aspects of Section 8 and some good ideas that keep the game from getting too straightforward. But it feels like half of a game.
  17. A deceivingly original multiplayer shooter with plenty of unusual ideas for the committed player.
  18. Section 8 mixes many elements from previous games in the genre, and actually does so pretty well, but the control issues, overall weapon imbalance, and even slight learning curve prevent this game from being all that it can be.
  19. Section 8 for me is something of a mixed bag, technically it’s a pretty solid title with some of the best A.I I’ve ever encountered However, it’s heavy focus on multiplayer action means that those looking for an immersive single player campaign will have to look else where and only the most hardcore multiplayer gamers will want to stick with the game for any length of time due to the super tough A.I bots.
  20. Overall, Section 8 is a competent shooter but there really isn’t anything amazing to speak of. If you are one of those people who are all about the multiplayer be sure to give this game a try.
  21. 60
    Has a scarce story mode and an interesting multiplayer, but uneven results in global.
  22. The lack of a proper single-player experience (it's an extended multiplayer tutorial and nothing else) and the poor graphics will prevent Section 8 from achieving huge success and high review scores, but the core multiplayer gameplay should ensure a healthy and loyal following for a while at least.
  23. Section 8 is difficult to recommend to anyone but fans of the space-marine shooter subgenre.
  24. X-ONE Magazine UK
    50
    If you don't play Section 8 online, it's value for money is more than halved. [Issue#50, p.90]
  25. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    60
    Looks hyper-generic. Isn't. [Dec 2009, p.105]
  26. 65
    Section 8 lacks a finishing touch; the game doesn't shine graphically and has a weak story. However there are plenty of multi-player modes available and the sound is just fine. So Section 8 is a decent game, but only for a much lower price.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. PeterB
    Oct 3, 2009
    4
    Just a console port of a PC game, very disappointing. Graphics are ok, but not amazing and can't compete with other current FPS releases Just a console port of a PC game, very disappointing. Graphics are ok, but not amazing and can't compete with other current FPS releases on XBOX360. The story mode is a waste of time since it's just a bunch of "kill some guys" and "destroy some stuff" missions glued together with some nice but content lacking cut scenes. The main problem is: there is nothing worth being called a story. No plot, no character development, no twists, no secrets reveiled - nothing. Regarding multiplayer this game lacks any support of console typical features like pre game lobbies, joining as a party at the same side of the team and other genre common features. It is NO MMO like some reviews falsely advertise it! Multiplayer games are mostly auto-balanced making it impossible to play with your friends as a team on one side except you hosting your own (un-ranked!) server. A dedicated server is available but not for the platform the majority of clans are hosting their games on which is often the final nail in the coffin of a game. Compared to other games the size of the community is not even mentionable. When you start with no kills at the bottom of the leaderboard you realize there are only about 1500 people better then you. Prepare to play a lot of games against bots only. Full Review »
  2. XanderN
    Sep 14, 2009
    10
    At first I found this game to be bland, but I was way wrong. The more I played, the more depth I noticed until I realized this is perhaps the At first I found this game to be bland, but I was way wrong. The more I played, the more depth I noticed until I realized this is perhaps the deepest multiplayer FPS I've come across in my 20 years of gaming. As much as some critics rant about this game, I guarantee that many of the features in this game will be incorporated into other games. For example, the "burn in" feature which prevents spawn-camping, the weapons/perks loadout system which prevents the who-can-get-to-the-big-gun-the-fastest, and the orbital drop of weapons and vehicles which rewards you with such things as a tank for actually HELPING your team. Honestly, nothing is more frustrating when, in other games, someone on your team that doesn't know how to play a TEAM game grabs up all the best equipment. Section 8 does a good job of negating this. In the end, Section is a very dynamic, deep game. When I first played the demo, I wasn't impressed. After I learned what to do and how to play the game it was meant to be played, I went out and got the retail copy. Couldn't be happier. Full Review »
  3. JimB.
    Sep 2, 2009
    4
    Uninspired gameplay consisting of slow-paced action shooter antics and tired capping mechanisms irks somewhat. Far worse, though, is how the Uninspired gameplay consisting of slow-paced action shooter antics and tired capping mechanisms irks somewhat. Far worse, though, is how the game's creators have tried to pass this off as "Strategic play". There's nothing strategic about it; as you wander through the pretty yet bland "generic future shooter" environments you're left wondering if there's any point at all in standing next to the highlighted bits of unrecognisable machinery strewn around the landscape. The most fun you'll get out of the game is playing kamikaze with AA defences as you plummet earthwards in the game's signature "Burn-in feature", your method of spawning. Unlike Battlefield 2 (or 2142 if you want to be similarly futuristic), where squad spawning ties the game together nicely and actually improves the flow of battle, burning in almost entirely destroys any semblance of battle flow. One can only guess that this game was made to appear strategic without alienating people who love deathmatch-only FPSs. In summary, Section 8 is a very bland and ordinary FPS with strategy-lite, a la Frontlines: Fuel of War. Full Review »