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  • Summary: In Advent Rising, a common legend pervades the galaxy--that one day humans will deliver the universe. Many view humans as the messiah, a symbol of hope, or fantastical creatures, but the Seekers view them as enemies that must be destroyed. In third- and first-person points of view, you'll realize what it means to be truly human as you delve into an intergalactic saga. Advent Rising sets you on an action-packed adventure where you'll develop superhuman powers, wield an arsenal of high-tech weapons, and command a vast array of futuristic vehicles. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
  1. Ultimately, all of these elements, gameplay, visual design, and even an orchestral soundtrack, are all brought together to support an ambitious narrative that starts with the opening of the game, and doesn't end even once the credits roll. In one word, the story in this game is compelling.
  2. What's clear is Orson Scott Card's story is stirring, the visuals can be sweeping and fantastic at times, the masterful score is award-worthy, and I can't wait to see the next chapter.
  3. Glyphyx bit off a little more than it could chew, as the bugs and hiccups show. Still, the developer dishes out a thrilling tale with varied gameplay that will keep you immersed through the end.
  4. This is a sci-fi adventure game with a compelling storyline, interesting gameplay and nice visuals. For all intents and purposes it's an interactive movie with lots of control variables that allow you to really get into your character.
  5. Reduced to its simplest terms and stripped of its highly aspiring overtones, Rising is essentially a competent shooter with its heart in the right place, and a ton of ideas that never gel into any cohesive whole. [Aug 2005, p.92]
  6. A textbook example of something that must have looked great on paper, but whose actual implementation fell apart in almost every conceivable way.
  7. It's fair to say that playing Advent Rising is about as enjoyable as getting home from a hard day's work to discover you've been burgled. [Aug 2005, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
  1. NaviarW.
    Jul 23, 2007
    Advent Rising has flaws but, Overall. This is one of the greatist games of all time. The Score is arguably, better then Halo. The story is one of love, action, belief and responsibility. Most deffinetly up there with The Matrix, Star Wars and other greats. the gameplay is where the game falls. Although it has the best lock-on system I have ever played, it is lock-on. But I think the game picks itself back up and keeps going because of its pace. The fact that you change weapons and special abilitys and to duel wiled them, dozens of combinations are possible. This game was ahead of, not only it's time but, it's generation. Just look at games comming out later this year and games comming out next year. Stranglehold, Uncharted, Fracture, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed! Advent Rising is my favorite game of all time and the sadest thing to happen in video game history, for me, is the cancellation of the rest of the Advent Trilogy. Expand
  2. VinceP.
    Jun 3, 2005
    I heard this game sucked but whoever said that needs to be shot in the face this game rules sure it slows down but once i got my first power everything was fine and i went back through the beginning 3 times its so awesome definitely what i was waiting for 10/10 for me. Screw GameSpot. Expand
  3. JamieP.
    Mar 9, 2006
    Advent rising is an ambitious game and luckily the gameplay squares up to the story. It is is fast paced, intense and challenging. Sure the framerate is a little a choppy and the auto-targeting a bit fiddly but the exellent weapons and superhuman powers more that makes up for its faults. A must for sci-fi fans and gamers alike. Though I had some trouble actually finding this any where, weird. Expand
  4. Evan(-E!)D.
    Jun 2, 2005
    I'm very pleased with this game. It includes the most graphic depiction of destrucion of planets this side of 'The Forge Of God', and when you get your powers, you REALLY feel like you can kick some ass. Well done, this. Expand
  5. Alex
    Jun 15, 2005
    When i first picked up Advent Rising i honestly didn't know what to expect. i'd read a lot of very mixed reviews and was a little concerned about the money i'd spent. turns out, Advent Rising is actually pretty damn good. the framerate did chug a little in some places, but it really wasn't as bad as most people make it out to be. there were some awkward animation problems, the graphics didn't look overly spectacular, and there weren't any real rag-doll effects to speak of, but it didn't really take away much from the overall effect. however, the game got a little to easy once you started gaining your powers. it becomes incredibly easy just to hold a group of enemies up in the air and plug away at them while they dangle helplessly. aside from the above flaws, Advent Rising turned out to be a very solid shooter. its almost like a third person Halo, with some other elements from big-name franchises like Titan AE and the Matrix. 8.5 overall. Expand
  6. MichaelB.
    Jun 20, 2005
    Here is one game that truly doesn't live up to the hype. I'll start with the pros... The graphics are definitely on point. Environments are huge and detailed, water effects are some of the most gorgeous on the XBox, etc. The musical score, while not exceptional, is solid. And the storyline is the key ingredient. It's what will keep most people playing through this one. Unfortunately, the cons weigh so heavily against Advent Rising, that none of those positive aspects really seem to matter after awhile. For one, the framerate is TERRIBLE. It's not too bad in the small corridor-style levels, but is almost unplayable in those gorgeous outdoor environments I mentioned. Next is the controls. Most of the cool powers and acrobatic moves can't be pulled off in first-person, so you're pretty much forced to play in third person. The 'flick-targeting' system is a miserable failure. Again, you're forced to get used to it if you want to play the game. The controls, in general, just aren't as tight as they should be. The biggest downfall is the lack of interesting gameplay. The combat requires very little (if any) strategy. It's pretty much as follows: Pick any combination of guns and powers, run around, blast the heck out of dozens of enemies that look the same while trying not to die. This pales in comparison to games like Halo, where which weapons you use against which enemies is a crucial aspect. Overall, I was pretty disappointed. This game has been talked about for several years, and showed a lot of promise. If GlyphX had done everything they wanted to, and done it right, it would have been a 9 easily. Unfortunately, the final product is overflowing with bugs and glitches. I don't care how good an idea is; if it isn't implemented properly, it's not worth my time. I sure don't recommend spending $50 on this one. Make this one a renter, or wait until the price drops. Expand
  7. BanHammer
    Jun 26, 2005
    How can someone at this stage in the xbox's life put out something that looks so bad? Maybe this game would have impressed me 4 years ago but not now. I wasn't going to review but after I saw that they were on Spike I thought I would feel guilty if I didn't do my part to warn the masses. Expand

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