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  • Summary: YO JOE! G.I. JOE AND COBRA ARE BACK!
    G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a team-based third-person shooter where you play as your favorite characters from Team G.I. Joe and Team Cobra. Experience the action from both sides as you help G.I. Joe restore order and lead Cobra to world domination.
    YO JOE! G.I. JOE AND COBRA ARE BACK!
    G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a team-based third-person shooter where you play as your favorite characters from Team G.I. Joe and Team Cobra. Experience the action from both sides as you help G.I. Joe restore order and lead Cobra to world domination.

    G.I. JOE VS COBRA
    Play with 12 of your favorite characters from both sides across 17 epic campaign story missions.

    CO-OP & PVP MULTIPLAYER
    Play the campaign with a friend in local co-op, or compete in 4-player PvP local matches in 4 Multiplayer Modes: Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill, and Deathmatch Arena.

    COMBAT TOOLS
    18 awesome weapons, 36 weapon skins, 12 alternate character skins and a series of uniquely devastating ultimate abilities.

    A LEGENDARY FRANCHISE
    Play with 12 of your favorite characters from both sides across 17 epic campaign story missions.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Oct 29, 2020
    65
    The sum of the parts makes for a game that’s very much aimed at GI Joe fans, and that’s great. There are a lot of fan service games out there, most of which have no interest from me, but this one did. Between that nostalgia and innate interest, and recognizing very early on that this game is by far best played with a couch co-op buddy, GI Joe Operation Blackout is fun in spurts. I enjoyed the different feel to the characters and the story was entertaining as well. There’s a lot of pretty good elements to the game, but repetitive level design and gameplay, blah AI, and aiming woes taint the experience considerably — not necessarily to deal-breaker territory, but just proceed with caution.
  2. Oct 19, 2020
    65
    This is a decent game if you want something with couch co-op to play with your friends, even if overall it feels uninspired and a little bit monotonous.
  3. Nov 11, 2020
    60
    G.I. Joe fans haven't had much to celebrate over the last two decades, but G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a solid step forward in the franchise's return to greatness. It's not an experience that's likely to excite those unfamiliar with the brand, but this is a game that was clearly made for those looking for a genuine, G.I. Joe experience. IguanaBee and Fair Play Labs put a lot of effort into getting all of the little details right, delivering an experience that's absolutely worth checking out for Joe fans. The game doesn't offer anything too revolutionary, but this is a licensed game that does right by its audience. Yo Joe!
  4. Oct 20, 2020
    50
    There's a nugget of an excellent game located within G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, but this outmoded third-person shooter unfortunately doesn't have the resources, scope, or variety to expand upon its unmistakable potential. With repetitive objectives, frustrating controls, and a lack of online multiplayer, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout isn't fun enough to stand out in a crowded shooter marketplace, despite the obvious and heartfelt passion on display for the '80s franchise.
  5. Oct 31, 2020
    50
    Outside of nostalgia, G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout does not stand apart from the generic third-person shooter, and its inconsistent gameplay and repetitive missions further mute its impact.
  6. Oct 23, 2020
    50
    I wish I could wholeheartedly suggest checking out G.I. Joe Operation Blackout, but I don’t think a solid roster of playable characters and an enjoyable story is enough to put up with the lackluster gameplay.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    30
    You’ve played this before, 25 years ago on PS1. The ideas are ancient, the implementation poor, and when a dubiously named hero is the only fun you get from a shooter in 2020 it’s time to avoid. [Issue#182, p.160]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Oct 16, 2020
    8
    GI JOE Operation Blackout is an 8 hour long campaign game, plus multiplayer that tells a new story of Joe's vs Cobra. The developer said itsGI JOE Operation Blackout is an 8 hour long campaign game, plus multiplayer that tells a new story of Joe's vs Cobra. The developer said its made by fans for fans! If you are a GI JOE fan, you are going to really enjoy this game! Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2020
    5
    G.I Joe Operation Blackout
    For the fans and noone else
    Operation Blackout is a 5 hour long 3rd person shooter that tells the typical goodguy
    G.I Joe Operation Blackout
    For the fans and noone else
    Operation Blackout is a 5 hour long 3rd person shooter that tells the typical goodguy vs bad guy story, however this time you get to play on both sides.. there are 12 characters here that feel different enough with their own personal weapons and abilities from both the cobra and GI Joe side..
    You can tell that operation blackout really is for fans of this series… its just that unfortunately its not really for anyone else, as GI Joe Operation Blackout just isn’t any fun to play…
    To an extent.. don’t get me wrong there are 2 or 3 characters I had fun playing as, but mostly in the shorter missions.. as for the most part, every mission here feels like a grindy unfun slog, get to a location, take o nhordes of enemies until the time runs out or the game decides youre done… constantly recycled locations, the occasional dull vehicle combat sectoins, and the gunplay here is so unsatisfying and grindy feeling.. enemies feel like bullet sponges making it a blast in comparison when you get to play as a ninja character just slicing through them with swords, and enemies run around in circles like youre online playing call of duty.. youre dancing and shooting, it isn’t satisfying, its annoying…
    And there isn’t much else to say about operation blackout, this game just isn’t fun, other than the fan service and variety of characters, theres nothing here to make It worth your time, that is unles again you are already a gi joe fan and youre itching for a gi joe game to play through..
    Operation Blackout is very playable… just not for the most part any enjoyable
    I give GI JOE Operation Blackout
    a 5/10
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  3. Oct 16, 2020
    3
    I'm no going to waste my time giving a long-winded review. This game is straight up garbage. I grew up in the 80s with every G.I. Joe toyI'm no going to waste my time giving a long-winded review. This game is straight up garbage. I grew up in the 80s with every G.I. Joe toy available at home and watched every episode of the cartoon. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2020
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game was extremely disappointing that I had to create a profile in hopes of saving st least someone else's money. The aiming with certain guns is very frustrating. Especially when an enemy in the air decides to move at the last moment causing you to readjust your aim. This is horrible with a sluggish aim system. If you want to go an melee the enemy character you are trying to kill, will just run circles around you. When you actually can get your flow and your aim is on point. Your AI companion will stand directly up on you not shooting enemies. On the cobra side the gi joe enemies are all blue. So your blue companion stands in front of you causing you to think you are getting ran up on.. im good on all that. im returning this game and trying to get some value back out of it. The flashy cover art and trailer fooled me. Save your money even if you are a fan. Giving it a 3 because the first level wasn't horrible and I didn't seem to have any major game malfunctions. The second level turned into a frustrating defense turret game. This is a very poorly made game. Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2020
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I didn't even know this game was coming out, so it was like a nostalgia surprise when I saw it in the store. Being a big G IJoe fan, I assume I would be the target audience for it. I watched the trailer and bought it on impluse Aaaannd I regret doing so. This game is not worth $53, maybe $20, for a super fan?
    I was super stoked about this upon purchase, but the more I played the more disappointed I became. I love that you have 12 characters, 6 from each faction. But they all play similar. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow mirror each other, Firefly and Sc-fy mirror each other, Roadblock and Destro mirror each other. etc. So you're getting a new character, but beyond looking different, they do the same thing.
    Visually, you can tell they were going for the 80's cartoon style, kinda like the Transformers Devastation game. But they never quite got there, needs more polish (This "needs more polish" theme is felt everywhere in the game btw) The story is told in a comic book style and it's okay. The art goes from okay to, "boy, they were rushing here to get it done".
    I was disappointed that there was no skill tree, ability upgrade/selection, no upgrading of any kind, no variant of equipment to try out. Only skins, which are nice but leaves a lack of depth to the game. You have weapon pickups of different guns within the game itself, but again, it just lacks depth. And the sound and impact of weapons are non-existent. I think it's because they were following the original cartoon where they all shot lasers. So the weapons lack any sort of "power" when fired. They all sound like a sizzling wisp and when they hit, it lacks impact. Authentic to the show? yes, but I think they could have tweaked it for a better feel.
    And oh my...the worst. Its been awhile that I played a game that the controls were downright awful. This one as taken the cake as the worst controls I've experience in years, if not decade. I would consider myself a competent shooter. With this, even after adjusting the sensitivity of the controls and turning OFF aim assist (which is on by default) hitting enemies was impossible. I would expend entire clips trying to kill one enemy that was bouncing around the map. And I was playing the game on hard (3rd out of the 4 difficulties) The AI of the enemies were erratic, without purpose. Like trying to shoot a pinball that was bouncing around in a pinball machine.
    I was making my way through the game, okay until I got to snow mountain level with Sc-fy and I had to stay within a area while a meter filled up while enemies swarmed in. I spent an hour here and the meter only got to 53% before I became overwhelmed and died. I simply could not get past this part, the horrible aim, the enemies erratic movement. I had to go back and lower the difficulty. At which point the enemies aren't so squirrely and you take less damage. Good luck beating this on the hardest setting, even with Mods (You get mods after you beat a level, infinity ammo, double damage, etc)
    I also wish they put the default melee button somewhere besides the triangle. Charging in and trying to melee someone, but with the squirrely nature of the AI, I have to take my thumb off the right trigger to hit the triangle and by the time I do that, YES in that split second, the enemy is no longer infront of me but as squirrelled to the left or right or behind me. I was happy to know I could choose a different layout so melee was R1. But that mean they changed other buttons that I was accustomed too. Thanks, you gave me what I wanted, but took away what was already working. You didn't need to change the whole layout for one button swap. Swap triangle with R1, done, that's it. I don't understand. I don't get it.

    You also get to play as two vehicles and I think this is another wasted opportunity. GI Joe is known for the their wacky designed vehicles. And although you do see them as set dressings, you don't get to pilot them. The little bit we do get is a on rails (left to right system) shoot what appears in front of you game play. It's something, but doesn't quite scratch the itch.

    In the end, I was just saddened and disappointed at such a wasted opportunity. I feel like this is a incomplete game. A great starting point, but never went any further than the concept ideas. I can't recommend the game at full price. Deep discount and are a super fan like myself? Maybe at $20.

    Oh, I forgot, MP. Anyway, there isn't any. Local only. Again, falling inline with the rest of the game, feels like they didn't have time to do MP so local is best we get. You can play locally with a buddy. I've found playing the crappiest of games co-op is always enjoyable, but again you are looking at a split screen, so there's that. Just dissappointing.
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