While first impressions might suggest Section 8 is your bog-standard futuristic shooter, dig deeper and you'll discover it's actually an ambitious if badly executed take on a tired genre. If you're interested but not so convinced, you can grab it for cheap off Choices UK. Only don't go to Choices website; instead, follow our link to the Amazon Marketplace, where Choices are offering Section 8 for only £3.02. On their site, it's listed as £7.99, but you can bypass that price by taking them up on their offer advertised by Amazon. Hoorah.
Section 8 tends to attract a lot of flak every time it makes an appearance here... but I'd like to suggest that it actually isn't that bad. In fact, it's pretty solid as far as its remit is concerned. Section 8 is a capable team-based FPS that nailed armoured suits with jet packs and sprinting abilities long before Reach came along. Naturally there are a fair few gametypes, new levels and a fun drop pod mechanic to liven things up. The visuals are dated and it can be fairly tricky to get a game from time to time, but I really don't think this one deserves the hate it frequently inspires. Feel free to tell us otherwise!
This week heralds the triumphant release of Joe Danger, the cell-shaded lovechild of Trials HD and Excitebike. It's garnering rave reviews and buzz- and you can expect us to offer our own thoughts soon enough. Unfortunately, you'll need to buy it before 4 o' clock this afternoon, as the PSN store will be going down for maintenance. Sorry!
In terms of deals, there are a few standout items that deserve your attention. Section 8, the incredibly divisive multiplayer FPS, has been reduced by over 50%- and £8.69's a very reasonable price for its downloadable drop-pods and gunslinging. Why not check out Brendan's review? A number of PSP essentials have also had their prices permanently slashed, including the glorious Patapon 2, Pursuit Force and LocoRoco. This brings them down to competitive levels- and PSPGo users should definitely check them out.
(Available until the 23rd of June)
Developer: TimeGate Studios
Publisher: TimeGate Studios
Expectations were low for this PSN shooter that’s old news for 360 and PC gamers. Oh look another space marine shooter on a distant planet. Wake up at the back though because Section 8 is actually pretty good.
The short single player campaign is pretty much an introduction to the controls and the game modes, which involve running to an enemy base, taking control of a module by pressing X, waiting around for a meter to fill then running off to another one, all while your AI teammates prance around doing sod all.
If you die you’ll spawn a fairly long distance away from any action while your team mates run around shooting randomly, with their own base-capturing X buttons seemingly halfway through their intestinal tract. It’s all over pretty soon and you’ll come to realise the basics and the walking mech suits you can steal are slow, but hard to take down and tanks are awful to steer but they at least have three other seats in which to sit and blast the merry shit out of everything coming up red in your crosshairs.
There’s more to the game, but it really only grabs you when you take it online. Thankfully there are plenty of people playing already in action-packed 32 player matches. 360 gamers moaned it looked like Halo and thus carried on playing said over-rated fully priced title.
Section 8 promised gamers a dynamic and innovative online shooter experience... and it almost delivered. Unfortunately it just couldn't compete with the established favourites such as Halo 3 and CoD: MW... and it tanked. Badly. However, ShopTo have slashed their price to £5.85; which is a saving of £3 compared to the next cheapest retailer, Tesco Entertainment.
Section 8 blends the traditional team deathmatch, conquest and domination modes into a single gametype known as Dynamic Combat Missions. The constantly fluctuating objectives make the online battles feel like an actual war rather than a friendly little match. Character customisation is top notch, and allows you to tailor your character to your specifications without relying on preset classes. Oh, and the ability to "drop in" to any position from orbit is a great tactical feature as well as a dizzying graphical spectacle in its own right.
The most disappointing aspect of Section 8 is the single player campaign. The box blurb promises an epic tale that fleshes out and humanises the Section 8 universe- but in actuality it's just an extended tutorial that fails to put the action into any real context. There was real scope to tell a great story about galactic expansion and civil war, but the opportunity has been sadly overlooked. The weakness of the singleplayer component put off most gamers from buying it at full price- and rightly so.
£5.85 is an excellent price for this title- but it certainly isn't for everyone. Why not try the Demo (available on Xbox Live Marketplace) and see what you think?
Thanks to davver99 at Hot UK Deals