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Inversion - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Genre:Shooter
  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Release Date:Jun 5, 2012
  • # of Players:2 players, 16 online
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Blood and Gore,Intense Violence,Strong Language,Suggestive Themes)
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Game Description: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 will be able to 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 the HAVOK destruction engine 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 will embark on a journey through the war ravaged gravity twisted disorienting streets of their home town and beyond, to find Davis' missing child.
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Inversion Hands-on Impressions -- I'm Defying Gravi...Bang!
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Inversion Hands-on Impressions -- I'm Defying Gravi...Bang!

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Apr 17, 2012

It’s hard to see Inversion and not think Gears of Gravity when you play this game, due to the heavy influence of Gears of War. Both games share the same cover system, the same look of the main weapon (it strongly resembles the Retro Lancer), and even the same engine. Both are set in a post-apocalyptic setting, in which buildings actually crumble into dust around you throughout.

Inversion

But that’s not to say that the game isn’t fun. Plus, the gravity system turns the third-person shooter genre on its ear, literally. That’s the saving grace of Inversion, and one the title desperately needs to cling to in order to stay fresh in a sea of shooters. We were able to play a good chunk of the game, and there is a short learning curve you’ll need to hurdle quickly in order to use your gravity-based powers optimally.

Although having said that, we were dropped into the game after the “tutorial” prompts appear on the screen, letting us know how best to use the Gravlink. So we had to rely on every gamer’s favorite fallback: trial and error. Which actually translated to “Push every button and see what happens.” Surprisingly, that can work pretty well sometimes. Although, it didn’t keep us from dying multiple times throughout the demo.

We’re chalking that up to a fairly robust AI system that will keep your enemies smart and also arms them with powerful weapons. One shot from a sniper rifle can drop you immediately, as should be the case. Most games will let you absorb one or two shots so you can ostensibly tell where the sniper fire is coming from, but Inversion will take you down quickly.

The enemies are also good at taking cover, which is where the Gravlink will become your best friend. You can use it to toss enemies into the sky, although they will retain their weapons and keep firing at you. But, since they are moving slowly, they’ll be a lot easier to get a bead on and pull off a headshot, accompanied by a satisfying cloud of free-floating blood, as well.

Inversion

When gravity shifts, you’ll see a blue “well of light” that will instruct you where to go so you will “flip” onto whatever surface is now the ground. But often it’s worth it to stay where you are for a bit, as you’ll likely have a vantage point above your enemies, exposing them to fire. You can drop down whenever you like, but tossing grenades through the gravity difference and using your new perspective on things will often help clear what’s ahead.

There is also a big emphasis on destructible environments in the game, and you can shoot out supports to collapse enemy platforms, explode barrels to destroy buildings, and so on. But on the flip side, you’ll find that the obstacles you hide behind can be easily destroyed as well.

In a boss battle during our demo, I hid behind concrete barriers, only to find that it was slowly being chipped away. Eventually, I had to displace and find a new spot as the destruction whittled its way down to where I was hunkered over.

While Inversion does have a narrative that blasts itself into your face, the gameplay with the gravity factor makes things fun and different. The game will be out the first week of June, right in the middle of E3, and looks worth trying out. Or as Marty McFly would say, “Heavy.” Because of the gravity. Get it?

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