|System: X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Playbrains||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Playbrains||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sep. 17, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-16||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Sounds in Babo: Invasion are still somewhat lackluster. While catchphrases are often comical, they become tiresome after a short while. Also, the background music, while professional in composition, doesn't elevate the gameplay experience. All in all, Babo: Invasion won't have you turning up the volume - you may even decide to replace the sounds with your own soundtrack or a simple press of the mute button.
Fortunately, controls in the game are inch-perfect, outshining both visuals and the aural presentation. PC veterans will be happy to know that the mouse and keyboard controls integrated into the game are perfectly precise and recognizable.
Rolling around the stages and sniping away at enemies is extremely accurate. Also, the Xbox 360 controller is still supported, so if you like the way the game controlled on XBLA, or if you simply prefer console-style controls, Playbrains has you covered. The developers did a great job of translating the often trying action onscreen into gamer-friendly keyboard and mouse as well as controller inputs.
While Madballs in... Babo: Invasion may seem an unlikely candidate for download, the hokey content and seemingly lackluster name belies a quality title that many will enjoy. What's more, the low price, attention to detail in terms of gameplay mechanics, and breadth of play options make this an excellent candidate for purchase through Steam. If you like third-person arcade shooters, and you don't mind the dated, licensed content, take a look at Madballs in... Babo: Invasion for PC - you'll be glad you did.
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