World Gone Sour Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
World Gone Sour Box Art
System: PS3*, Xbox 360
Dev: Playbrains
Pub: Capcom
Release: April 10, 2012
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Cartoon Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes

Of course, these sacrifices aren't necessarily a bad thing, as a third of your final score is derived from different methods of execution. There are eight ways to die, which includes being drowned, sliced, squashed, burnt, flung, exploded, skewered, and melted. If you want to spare yourself, you can be completely maniacal and toss one your companions to its death instead, watching it writhe in pain briefly before evaporating. It may seem inhumane, but since your buddies poof back into formation after a few seconds, it's worth the brief bout of sadism.

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Like the visuals, the music and effects are a throwback to the golden days of side-scrolling platformers, although in the sound category it's a mix bag of odd but humorous voice acting and just plain boring everything else. The narration and commentary throughout the journey makes me believe the designers were sparked by another recent downloadable title called Bastion. However, instead of a cool, deep Clint Eastwood-like voice, the narrator sounds more like Bill Murray's portrayal of Carl Spackler in Caddyshack. The musical score sounds like it was taken straight from the old arcade hit Paperboy, and your Sour Patch army sounds exactly like Pikmin when thrown. It's nothing worthy of any praise, so hit the mute button or throw on your own tunes for this one.

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When I first began playing World Gone Sour, I was disappointed with the technical flaws of the game. But as I progressed, it started to stick to me like the wet gummy I was controlling. Perhaps it's the hilarious product branding, or the ability to send Sour Patch Kids to their doom, or maybe it's the fact that this simple adventure is only five bucks. It's not going to win any awards, the dark humor may be a turnoff to some, and it doesn't do anything drastically new, but it's a fun diversion nonetheless, and worth five Washington's if you've grown tired of your high-priced picks.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
@CardCanuck
Date: April 25, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.1
Graphics
It's reminiscent of LittleBigPlanet, but not nearly as pretty.
2.5
Control
The button lag and horrid wall jumping are huge issues. You can adapt, but you shouldn't have to.
2.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Oddly humorous narration doesn't make up for the rest of the shoddy audio.
3.5
Play Value
There's not much to it, but it's only five bucks, so it's still worth a quick sugar fix.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Hatched from the twisted minds at Monolith Productions, World Gone Sour is a download-only multiplayer FPS that pits violent vigilantes dressed up like Batman against craven criminals dressed up like the Joker in open warfare on the streets of Gotham City.
  • Gotham City has gone insane! Batman is up to his pointy ears in unwanted "helpers" determined to dish out their own bloodthirsty brand of vigilante justice in his name (and image). Meanwhile, a small army of self-appointed junior Jokerz has turned the streets of Gotham into a barmy battlefield of bullets, bodies, and bear traps.
  • Packing more customization than you can shake a shotgun at, you get to choose the guns, gadgets and even the hairdos that fit your personality and play style. It doesn't matter if you want to be a mighty muscleman on roller skates with a hunting bow or a lithe lassie packing a homebrew rocket launcher and glider wings, World Gone Sour does not have rigid character classes and lets you play the way you want.
  • A robust level up system lets you unlock all the items required to make your impostor as crazy as you desire. Whether you prefer to develop your impostor by proving your prowess in solo challenges designed to test your skills and reflexes or by battling your way to the top of the scoreboard in several delightfully over-the-top multiplayer modes, there's a surefire way for you to realize your preposterous potential!


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