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Clash of the Titans
XBox 360, Playstation 3

Reviewed on: Playstation 3

Developer:
Game Republic
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Rated: "T" for Teen



CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

   
   
   
Audio/Visual: 6
Gameplay: 5
Lasting Appeal: 5
Overall: 6
   
CHEATfactor: 6
   
     

You know what would be cool? A fast paced, bloody hack and slash game set in the ultra cool world of Greek mythology. Oh wait, there’s a whole franchise like that - in fact, we even gave the latest version a damn near perfect score (http://www.cheathappens.com/reviews/godofwar3.asp).

You can guess where this is going. The video game adaptation of the new Clash of the Titans movie isn’t going to earn a perfect score, heck - it’s not even going to get a positive one. It’s a soulless, uninspired and glitchy hack and slash that doesn’t even compare to the great franchises it tries so hard to emulate. Short of trying to break someone from a video game addiction, there’s almost no reason to play Clash of the Titans - especially if you own a PS3.

By all accounts, Clash of the Titans had the potential to be one of those few licensed games that’s not complete crap. The original 1981 version of the film was arguably before it’s time. Centered on a young Perseus doing battle with the gods and using bad ass moves to slay huge monsters, it was a video game before there were many video games. So, when the story finally comes to the media it seemed to be meant for, it’s a bit disappointing the end result is this.

"...the action gets old very fast."

 
   

Much like Sony Santa Monica’s famed hack and slash series God of War, you’ll spend most of your time with Clash of the Titans going through wave after wave of monstrous enemies and ripping them apart violently. Where Namco Bandai Games fails though is that unlike the source material, the action gets old very fast. What made the God of War series, especially the third game so incredible was just how satisfying every kill was. It was insanely satisfying to slice through eighty skeleton guards and then rip the eyeball out of a Cyclops. Here, I couldn’t help but feel bored when confronted with wave after wave of enemies. I always felt like if I could just get past this one wave, there could be something else, a bit more rewarding...there was not, just another wave of enemies.

Perhaps part of the problem was that a good portion of the enemies looked exactly the same. Now, I know God of War suffered from some of the same problems but the key here is diversity. Sure, you were slaying a lot of similar enemies, but they always threw a bunch of different types at you at once. More often than not, this wasn’t the case with Clash of the Titans as I rarely ever took on more than two or three different types of enemies at once. The biggest problem with this is that there’s little to no challenge. You figure out how to finish one wave, you’ve figured out them all.

There are a few original ideas in Clash of the Titans. Chief among them is the ability to steal an enemy’s weapon. Doing this allows you to perform some pretty cool quicktime events that are some of the game’s most impressive moments. The idea though isn’t without its fair share of issues though, chief among them being the fact that Namco Bandai decided to go with the quantity over quality business model. There are upwards of 80 weapons you can grab from enemies, but many of them feel exactly the same as a number of other weapons and don’t have any cool features to speak of.

"...once you complete the game, there’s little reason to go back."

 
   

On average, it should take most gamers just over fifteen hours to complete the Clash of the Titans campaign.  Seriously? Fifteen hours? I got bored after one! In all honesty, Clash of the Titans could have been a much more effective game if the developers would have shaved a few hours off of the title. What’s worse (or maybe it should be better...) is the fact that once you complete the game, there’s little reason to go back. No extra modes, no collectibles - just the end credits.

It’s sad when the best thing you can say about a game’s visuals is that they’re adequate. There’s nothing spectacular or noteworthy about them, they just get a big fat “meh.” The sound and voice acting though is so entirely subpar that it’s quite laughable.

When it comes down to it, no one should play Clash of the Titans...ever...anywhere, especially if you own a PS3 and have access to a game like God of War III. Namco Bandai’s game adaptation is not only tiresome, but it’s buggy, dated and worst of all emotionless. At least the movie had some decent effects. 

 

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CHEATS USED: Achievements List, Trophies List

As of this writing, the only thing that even resembles a cheat for Clash of the Titans is the trophies and achievements for Xbox 360 and PS3 respectively. I'd love to have an unlimited souls cheat to max out Perseus' abilities, and maybe a god mode - that should make the game go by quicker.

 

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