|System: PS3 (MOVE)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Cohort Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 19, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
There are other cool visual effects as well. For instance, much of the environment is destructible, and crumbles if a stray bullet connects with it. Plaster walls fall to the floor, columns will collapse, etc. My favorite of these effects comes when you accidentally shoot the sky in one level. Nothing happens except for a little hole being punched in the tarp with light seeping through from the other side.
The soundtrack surprised me. No reasonable person would expect an on-rails light gun game to bother putting together a great soundtrack, but The Shoot really came through in this regard. For instance, the noir-soaked Mafia level features a bombastic big band theme throughout each level. Not only is it pleasing on the ears, but it energizes you and makes you want to get up off the couch and get into the game.
The controls all work fairly well even if sometimes it's hard to lean or crouch the way you'd like. Even a complex move like doing a quick 360-degree turn to activate bullet-time is easy-to-do and can be pulled off in a pinch.
I don't think many people had The Shoot on their radar over the last few months, but I hope people give it a try. The only impediment is that this costs $40 right now at retail, and that's simply too much to ask for two hours worth of content. This would have been a no-brainer must-buy if it were a $10-$15 PSN downloadable game, but at its current price it's tough to recommend.
Its worth checking out as a rental, or if you've got a friend to play with and split the cost with then The Shoot will give you plenty of good times. You may even find yourself replaying it once or twice. But if money is tight and you need a substantial gaming experience that will last, I can not recommend The Shoot despite its many qualities.
CCC Freelance Writer