Hybrid (XBLA) Review
Though Hybrid is an enjoyable game on the surface, I would be willing to go as far as to say that the fun doesn’t last forever. The maps are pretty much all the same aside from the partially differing back-drop surroundings. There is little around to differentiate maps since they are all just generally small areas with a bunch of generic looking cover pieces to move between. Your only real goal will be point and shoot as you could generally expect from any shooter.
There is not much to be done when it comes to actual character control. You can vault over cover, fly to another piece of cover via your jetpack, or move left/right in cover to avoid gun fire. This feels very lacking, and quickly wears thin on the player since there is no variety. There is a normal amount of game modes that you can select while trying to conquer, but this goal seems very vague and is mostly unexplained, which leaves the player just mindlessly shooting, shooting, and shooting some more.
It isn’t made particularly clear prior to starting the game, but Hybrid is an online only game. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but for a game that has this type of play limits, the servers should have definitely been tested more. On day one, the game was pulled from the Xbox Live Marketplace due to server issues that had already came up…
Hybrid is a surprisingly fun shooter that gives a cool breath of fresh air to the player, but it is lacking in a fairly large area. It is possible that players will not be quickly burned out on the incredibly repetitive routine of the game, but I personally believe that it is easy to have happen.
If you happen to be looking for a change of pace from your normal shooter, then this is not a bad choice, but make sure you have Xbox Live Gold, or you will not be able to play the game at all. If you have to have XBL Gold, you expect certain standards. One of these is The Carlton, which is the gold standard of dancing. Taunts or brief dances would’ve definitely spiced up a game like this had they been included.[Editor's Note: The review of this game is based off of personal experiences with the game while it was online, since it had some launch issues. Hybrid was reviewed on the Xbox 360 platform. The game was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]
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