Section 8: Prejudice Review
Section 8: Prejudice Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: TimeGate Studios
Pub: TimeGate Studios
Release: April 20, 2011
Players: 1-32
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Section 8: Prejudice uses the Unreal Engine 3, the same as in Gears of War, making it one the cleanest and most visually-appealing downloadable games to date. There are many different environments to explore, from volcanic zones filled with ash to snow-laden mountain ridges. While the areas are vast, the game doesn't do so well at keeping you in the playing field. Instead of the typical invisible or natural barriers which prevent you from straying too far, crossing the play boundary puts you in a restricted area with warning lights, sounds, and a voice prompting you that shutdown is imminent. There is never any explanation as to why you suddenly die if you fail to return.

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With hefty map sizes comes some hindrances. The cookie-cutter crates and barriers pasted throughout the landscape leave a mark of unoriginality, and the buildings and areas you'd expect to have a sizable population are quite barren, with nary a civilian in sight.

As was mentioned before, the voice acting is pretty shoddy. Fortunately, however, the rest of the audio gets two thumbs up. Every weapon produces a different effect and every explosion sounds authentic. The music, while not likely to have you humming in your sleep, does a better job pulling you into the struggle than the actual story does. While the dialogue in the single-player campaign is awful, the quick "pat-on-the-back" lines in the multiplayer keep your morale boosted, only to deflate it just as quickly when you hear you've lost a control point or failed a Dynamic Combat Mission.

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When all is said and done, Section 8: Prejudice doesn't feel like a true upgrade to the original, and there's plenty of room for improvement. But with a lengthier single player campaign, action-packed multiplayer battles, and the promise of more game modes in the near future, all for the bargain price of fifteen dollars (and no need to waste gas to pick it up), there's certainly enough incentive to add it to your repertoire. Until the next big FPS blockbuster on your must-buy list is released, that is.

By Sean Engemann
CCC Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
Large, beautifully created environments, but the man-made structures are too sterile and the programmers used the copy and paste far too often.
3.2
Control
Fairly easy to navigate for a FPS. The vehicle and aiming have been worked better on other shooters though, and need to be tightened here.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Aside from horrendous voice acting, everything else is spot on.
4.0
Play Value
While the single player story won't hold your interest, there's still more than enough packed into this download to keep you satisfied, at a price that can't be beat.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
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:

  • Play as Alex Corde and discover the sinister series of betrayals that now threaten humanity's survival in the single player campaign.
  • Advance in rank and skill to access a devastating arsenal of over 60 weapon, equipment, and upgrade variants.
  • Master true mobility with dropping, overdrive, and jetpacks to outmaneuver opponents.
  • Compete in various multiplayer modes with up to 32 players – from the extreme, strategic play of "Conquest" to the hordes of robust AI opponents in "Swarm."
  • Complete a variety of Dynamic Combat Missions – from launching aerial strikes against fortified positions to securing crucial intel.

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