Mr. Driller Online Review
Mr. Driller Online box art
System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Namco Bandai 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: April 2, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (2-4 online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Often your characters will be stuck at the top of the screen, arms splayed out wide, as you wait for them to fall into the level. They never do get started, so you will lose your connection to the other players and be kicked out to the lobby. Furthermore, if you do get a game to "work," then you will have to struggle through outrageous lag. The images you see on the screen and what you're actually doing with the controller never sync up. Often you'll drill your way through several blocks only to find yourself back where you started. Online play is utterly shambolic, resulting in an online-centric title that simply does not work! The unplayable online element is a travesty for a game that vaunts the functionality in its very title!

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Finally, there is no way to play a local multiplayer match. That means the cooperative and competitive play modes that, in theory, are available to play online can't be enjoyed with friends at home. That really only leaves you with one option: to play the superficial single player mode until your eyes bleed from trying to accomplish the nearly impossible feat of opening up all the achievement points.

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If you're a huge Mr. Driller fan, I urge you not to purchase this title. Namco doesn't deserve to be rewarded for their less-than-lackluster effort. I truly feel that this game is a complete rip-off! Namco needs to develop a patch to get online play functioning correctly or they need to refund everyone's money. If the game is fixed in the future, then it may in fact be a decent offering. Even still, the lack of single player game modes, absence of local multiplayer, and bad graphics make the title mediocre at best. I expected far more from a developer I trust and a game franchise that I thoroughly enjoy.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
1.8
Graphics
The horribly fuzzy in-game visuals belie the sharp look of the menu screens. To make matters worse, the crisp widescreen frame during play accentuates just how bad the game really looks.
4.0
Control
The controls are so simple to use that it's hard to find anything wrong. However, the analog stick will frequently get you into trouble.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is fun and cheerful though very repetitive.
1.6
Play Value
No substantial changes over previous versions of the game will make hardcore fans happy, but it leaves the rest of us looking for more. The unplayable online element is a travesty for a game that vaunts the functionality in its very title!
1.8
Overall Rating - Avoid
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Classic arcade action: All the drilling action you remember from the original arcade game is faithfully recreated in the Xbox LIVE version, with colorful graphics and challenging gameplay. Play the single-player Standard Driller or Quest Driller modes and keep up your air supply.
  • Online modes: Take the game online with the split-screen Solo Battle, (no comma) or try out the team-based Tag Battle.
  • Accessible play: Simple controls and deep gameplay make for an addictive gaming experience, suitable for players of all ages and skill levels.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 720p (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).


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