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Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction (PS2)

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Manufacturer: BBC Multimedia / Genre: Action / Genre: Adventure / Release Date: 14 March, 2003

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      05.08.2012 22:35
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      Not really worth it

      When i was younger, there was a tv program called robot wars. It was a program where anybody could build a robot, and battle to the death in an arena, fighting for the title of robot wars champion. On top of this, there were house robots, who were made and produced by the people who actually ran the show to be indestructable (but i remember one time when someone made a really strong robot, and even managed to destroy one of the housebots, a cool robot called hypnodisk!). This was all in an arena with firepits, angle grinders, the flipper, and the legendary pit. Anyway, it was quite a popular program, and i have no idea why they decided to scrap it, but there you go.

      Anyway, this is the game based on that, and the idea is that you build your own robot, and take part in the championship. The first part is a bit lame, because you never truely get to build your own robot. You just get to pick a template for your robot (say wedge shaped, box shaped so on), and add weapons from a preselected list (saw, drill etc etc). It just leaves you with the feeling that you are not actually making a robot, just selecting things from menus. In the actual program, every robot was pretty unique, sadly not the case with this.

      Anyway, you basically earn money, which you can spend on better batteries, motors, weapons etc. The net result is that your robot just becomes vastly different, and it also results in the winner of matches mostly just being the person who had the bigger robot. Strategy comes in to very little play here.

      Another thing that is not so good in this game is the flipping/flinging. In the show i would love watching robots being hurled around like pillows, but sadly it just doesn't work in this game, i am not sure why.

      Overall then, the game is unique, and can be fun, but really this is for younger generations. The lack of decent graphics, a solid storymode, and the fact that it is not as good as the show just make if feel a bit empty inside. I wouldn't really recommend this game unless you are an absoulte nut about the tv program, but even then i would recommend you get the dvd's or something instead of this.

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      19.12.2009 16:50

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      An average game with no real innitiative to gaining the success of its TV show.

      I am a huge fan of Robot Wars even though its now finished, and was delighted when I got the PS2 game of it. The game itself featured all my favourite Robots (except Stinger).
      The gameplay itself wasn't great. You had to flick through camera angles at the beginning of each fight to get the best one while the other robot battered you. There is a good option where you make your own robot which is what it's all about. The problem is that this takes too long, so you lose patience.
      Also thre's an absence of arcade games that are on the PC Extreme Destruction. Thing's like football and Sumo are completely missing. There are some very weak mini-games like salalom.
      On the positive side though there are some really imaginative arenas. You start off with just the Robot Wars TV studio, but gradually you get more arenas like thr scrapyard or the sea docks.
      One minor sissapointment for me was that in the TV studio there is no pit release button. Instead it is on a timer, but I prefer sealing the opposition's doom myself. Also if you immoblise the robot quickly then the match might end before the pit can go down. That and there's no explosion when the robot goes in the pit.
      Overall a very average game. 54%

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