Wanted: Weapons of Fate Game Review
Wanted The Game Review
This game, set in the Wanted movie universe, does so many things right. It’s a shame, then, that it took less than four hours to play.
The gameplay is a 3rd person shooter with a couple of very cool twists. The cover system is done really well, and they put enough cover in the levels that you can easily jump from one piece to the next. This is actually encouraged, as a switch between blind firing and quickly moving between cover helps you gain the upper hand on the enemies. Bullet curving, as seen in the movie, is here as well, and it’s incredibly easy to use. A button + thumbstick combination lets you take out AI using cover, and a lot of them will use it well. Later, this gets upgraded via Cross’s dual automatics, and you can fire an explosive burst in the curved trajectory. These add a unique strategy to what would otherwise be generic shoot-outs.
For cinematic sequences that they want the player involved in, the developer did not fall back on the dreaded “quick-time events” wherein a player is instructed to hit one button, then the next, in sequence. Instead, they have bullet-time events; in between a cinematic moment, there will be specific targets highlighted on screen for the player to shoot, preventing personal death. This means taking out both bullets mid-air and the villains shooting them at you. It maintained that action movie feel quite well while also allowing some player interaction, and most importantly, it’s player interaction that doesn’t make you want to throw your controller at the screen, falling to the ground in a puddle of tears.
In the end, this is a very fun game, and a must play for fans of the movie. However, it’s a lot easier to recommend this as a rental than as a purchase, due to the ridiculously short playtime and the relatively low replay. This is a solid game, and a solid foundation for them to build another game on later, though; it just felt like a bit of a tease being over so quickly.
Wanted: Weapons of Fate is available now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC