|System: Wii, X360, PS3, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Double Helix||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 4, 2009||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|
Awful camera angles are possibly an even more formidable adversary than the COBRA forces youll run into at every turn. Theres really no camera controls to be found here at all, and the often distant third-person perspective doesnt make it easy to see where to go and what youre shooting at half the time. Whats more frustrating than the fact angle controls dont exist, is that there are many instances where youll be randomly jabbing at buttons in vain wishing they did.
The auto lock-on feature all but forces you to shoot at the same foe until theyre defeated. Tapping the D-pad will switch to another enemy, though its hardly fluid. Aside from easily accidentally triggered waggle controls that make you perform a roll, the Wii controls really differ very little in function from other console versions. As we mentioned earlier, the vehicular moments in the game are truly painful to suffer through, thanks to unintuitive and sloppy steering and aiming controls.
Visually, The Rise of Cobra straddles the line between pretty decent and barely passable. The tiny onscreen text will destroy your eyes from turbo squinting, but the cutscenes are enjoyable enough. One thing that will irk old-school G.I. Joe fans is that the visual accoutrements that gave individual characters their uniqueness have been dulled down or ditched completely in favor of lame gray power suits. Theres not a lot that lets you differentiate between the two onscreen characters, and there are moments where its easy to lose track of your Joe and inadvertently mistake a COBRA soldier for your character. Its as if almost every ounce of personality has been stripped out. This is more due to the direction the film took than the developers wrongdoing. Its yet another reminder that new isnt always better.
Any potential for the action-packed shooter fun that might actually be hidden in here somewhere to show its face is constantly tripped up at every turn, making for an unforgettable experience in the worst possible way. Being inspired by 㦙 years of rich G.I. Joe history does not immediately make the end result worthy of the G.I. Joe name. The Rise of Cobra brings that point home like nothing else. True G.I. Joe fans will want to avoid this like the plague. I almost I feel bad for the younger generation of G.I. Joe enthusiasts that are missing out on some true 80s goodness by mistaking this imposter for the real deal.
CCC Staff Contributor