September 6, 2009

Disney's G-Force

“G-Force is based off of the animated comedy adventure movie from Producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The film tells the story of the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Equipped with the latest high-tech spy gadgets, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. The G-FORCE is comprised of guinea pigs: Darwin (voice of SAM ROCKWELL), the squad leader; Blaster (voice of TRACY MORGAN), a weapons expert and Juarez (voice of PENELOPE CRUZ), martial arts pro, the reconnaissance expert Mooch (a fly) and Speckles (voice of NICOLAS CAGE), the computer and information specialist. Directed by Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Hoyt Yeatman—G-FORCE takes viewers for a ride, proving once and for all that size really doesn't matter.” (Description Courtesy of Disney Interactive Studios)

During the gameplay you take on the roll of Darwin, the guinea pig leader of the covert G-Force Squad, where with the use of a vast array of weapons you complete your mission objectives while battling enemies such as waffle irons, blenders and other appliances you would find around home. You will notice that all the enemies take on the behavioral characteristics of a specific animal like a crab which I found to be a really unique touch. At times, to get through certain obstacles you will need to work in tandem with Mooch. Mooch is another member of the G-Force who happens to be a fly and excels at infiltrating hard to reach places. You can easily switch between the two characters to make use of each character’s special skills.

This game is filled with fun shooter/action gameplay as well as some puzzle solving segments. The gameplay is easy to learn and will be easy for pre-teens & teenagers to adapt to quickly, but the younger kids who may be more interested in this title will need a little help playing through the game. As this game is a type of shooter, this game is equipped with a large arsenal of weapons that may have some parents a bit wary if they steer their children away from games with gunplay involved.

A feature that appears on the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions of G-force is 3-D mode. In this mode you can opt to put on a set of 3-D glasses (included with the game) and enjoy the game from a completely different perspective. When playing through the game I put the glasses on my son. As he watched me play through, his expressions were a delight to watch as he experienced the 3-D feature. This feature will certainly help captivate the target audience of this title and add a bit more value to this title.

As a rule of thumb, I tend to be a little sceptical of the quality of all movie tie-in games as in the past I have found that these games tend to be spoilers to the actual movie and at times seem thrown together in a hurry to be out in time for the movie release. However, when it comes to G-Force this was far from the case, as the resulting product was a top notch game with action packed levels and a fun 3-D gameplay feature that kids and adults will enjoy equally.

Don’t just take my word on the quality of this game and try the game before you buy it via the downloadable demo from the Xbox 360 Marketplace or Playstation Store.

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