Inversion (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Box Art(http://www.inversion.com/game)  Rated M by for Mature ESRB.  Inversion takes place in the near future; in a desolate future, where there are massive cities surrounded by ravaged wastelands, like oasis in a desert. In one of these glorious cities, you play as Davis Russell, a young cop who has just started a family, and from the window ledge of his new responsibilities, is starting to see the world though a new lens. Joining you is his partner officer, Leo Delgado, a more action oriented cop, who’d like to get things done instead of just talking it off. Everything quickly goes to Hell, however, when human enemies called “The Lutadore” (who look like they are straight out of “The Road Warrior”) start shooting everyone and destroying everything on a mission of misery. The Lutadore also are equipped with gravity manipulating weaponry, which really cripples the city’s defenses. Davis and Russell set out to try and save what’s left of the city, but more importantly, to find Davis’ daughter amidst the chaos.

Inversion (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Box ArtInversion (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Logo(http://www.inversion.com/game) Rated M by for Mature ESRB.  Inversion takes place in the near future; in a desolate future, where there are massive cities surrounded by ravaged wastelands, like oasis in a desert. In one of these glorious cities, you play as Davis Russell, a young cop who has just started a family, and from the window ledge of his new responsibilities, is starting to see the world though a new lens. Joining you is his partner officer, Leo Delgado, a more action oriented cop, who’d like to get things done instead of just talking it off. Everything quickly goes to Hell, however, when human enemies called “The Lutadore” (who look like they are straight out of “The Road Warrior”) start shooting everyone and destroying everything on a mission of misery. The Lutadore also are equipped with gravity manipulating weaponry, which really cripples the city’s defenses. Davis and Russell set out to try and save what’s left of the city, but more importantly, to find Davis’ daughter amidst the chaos.

Graphics:
For a third person shooter, Inversion has perfectly adequate graphics. Along with these standard-meeting graphics are very well done destructible environments. At one point in the game, you are placed on a turret to destroy incoming enemies out of a dilapidated building. As I was shooting away at the building, and took out the supporting pillars, the building actually fell to the ground section by section, kind of in the same way that the buildings crumpled in “Inception”.  I was pretty impressed by this, since destructible environments within games are usually skipped over. Inversion has a solid style, which presents a post-apocalyptic image for the player– once the enemies known as the Lutadore take over, that is.



 

Sounds:
Inversion really takes a tumble with its stiff and boring voice acting. The characters never seem involved with what they’re doing, and their voices just fall flat. The Lutadore speak a mix of gibberish and some English, so you can never really tell what they’re trying to say. Unfortunately, with everyone else having such bland voice acting, the player feels completely detached from this story.

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Gameplay:
Inversion plays like Gear of War, even down to the way that it copies its sprint camera movement. Inversion also borrows some gun design from that game; some of the  guns have blades on the end that make them look very similar to Lancers from Gears of War. The controls are fine, and the cover system is really well done. I especially enjoyed how certain cover could deteriorate with gunfire, which kept the players and enemies on their toes. One of the more innovative features of Inversion is a unique gameplay feature that allows the player to alter gravity, and make things heavier or lighter. This seems like an intriguing idea, but it’s poorly executed in Inversion. It quickly becomes a chore trying to use your anti-gravity to make enemies “float” from behind cover. You can also latch onto, and shoot floating objects in anti-gravity zones at enemies. It’s a fine concept, but requires a lot of extra work to get an object to float, then latch on to it, and finally to aim it at enemy, especially when the whole process is so slow.

Multiplayer offers a variety of different game modes, even some without anti-gravity if you prefer it that way. Inversion multiplayer has objective based games, team games, and even a co-op survival mode. Competitive multiplayer is a welcome addition along with online Co-op play through the campaign.

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Innovation:
While Inversion has a lot of fresh ideas going for it, such as utilizing zero gravity or shifting the gravity”norms” for everyone on the battlefield. These tweaks never really “wow” the player. Even when the gravity for everyone suddenly shifts and you find that you’re all fighting on the wall, it all still feels very contained and flat, somehow. Inversion’s ideas just never break far enough out of the box, and come off as gimmicks instead of features.

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Longevity:
All in all, Inversion isn’t a bad game–it’s just a very generic one at its core. There are not many unique weapons, layouts, characters, enemies, or interactions. The gameplay works fine, as a third person shooter should, but doesn’t ever go outside its boundaries. Visually, it also never breaks out of the mold. The graphics are fine, if a little bland at times, but fall short of what could have been imagined for the concept of this story. The multiplayer isn’t bad, and the co-op play is actually one of the better features here. If you can get past the stiff voice acting, and are just looking for a decent third person shooter, then Inversion will keep your trigger-fingers happy enough for your investment.

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