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The Club (PS3)

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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 15 years and over / Release Date: 2008-02-08 / Published by Sega

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      18.11.2009 11:30
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      Could use a lot of improvement but still a laugh for a while at least.

      The Club is pretty much what you would expect from a 3rd person shooter. I'm going to start off by saying that I actually like this game, but I don't love it. Here's why:

      There's not a heck of a lot to say about this title. It doesn't particularly stand out from the host of other third person shooters from past and present, it doesn't have anything much unique about it. But in saying that, what does these days? Most games we see are a combination of all other games of their genre combined to create something new, not different, but new. I'll admit the overall premise is different to other games I've played, but it doesn't add a heck of a lot to it.

      The premise is thus; you must choose between 8 characters ranging from a Russian giant to a sociopath in a tellow jacket. These 8 characters are members of something called 'The Club' (see what they did there?). This club involves a competition, wherein players take part in a variety of games from races to points competitions. The twist? These all involve killing a huge amount of people.

      It sounds a bit odd when you write that down. 'How does a race involve killing people?' you may ask. Well basically you run around a pre-determined course and collect time bonuses and kill people for said bonuses. If the time runs out, you explode. Simple, no? The problem I have is the lack of thought here. One of the games involves you staying inside a marked out area while you are set upon by an onslaught of armed men, if you venture outised the marked out are for too long, you die. If you lose too much health, you die. Another game, a different game mind you, involves you staying inside a marked out area while you are set upon by an onslaught of armed men, if you venture outised the marked out are for too long, you die. If you lose too much health, you die. Sound familiar?

      That bugged me a great deal, as I am essentially playing the same level twice. Why? I'd ask Sega if I could, because it's an unnecessary lack of thought that meant designers of this game decided to put in the same level twice and have the cheek to tell me 'No, it's different, we swear!'.

      I'll admit though, it's a fun game to play if you like killing people. There's a wide variety of weapons from pistols to grenades to missile launchers. The 8 characters each have different stats, although most of the time it was barely noticeable unless you switch from the small, fast Japanese guy to the giant, slow Russian.

      The levels themselves are interesting and varied. One level sees you running through an old military bunker while another allows you into a former mental hospital (patients long since gone of course). It was fun to run around the environments and discover secret areas and just enjoy the scenery...while blowing things up of course.

      In saying that though, I tended to get lost. Now some of the levels, e.g. the military bunker, are quite huge. While most of the levels are linear circuits there are times when it isn't exactly clear where you are supposed to be going. It won't do too much to damage our experience but it can be annoying looking around for two minutes only to come back to where you started and see a staircase you missed beforehand. Luckily, all the levels are marked with directional cues and you may miss a couple due to concentrating on blowing out some brains but it won't put you off.

      One thing I hate in games is when most of the content is locked from the start. I wanted to play some multiplayer with a friend, but soon discovered that there was barely anything available until I had gone through all the levels. This meant I whisked through the whole thing on the Easy setting just so I could unlock some stuff to play. I don't enjoy being forced to unlock the very content that is most fun when it's not a cheat or a secret, but simply a mode of play.

      When I finally got down to multiplayer it was actually fun. It's good to share the violence with a friend but I found I didn't fancy playing too long after having had to run through the whole darn thing.

      Another thing I noticed is skipping. During cut scenes, which play when a new level is accessed to give an overview of the terrain, there were times when the video would cut short in the middle of the anouncer talking about it. It wasn't a terrible loss but it did cheese me off a little that it wasn't completely polished in that sense.

      All in all, this title is mediocre at best. It's fun for a while but doesn't stand out against the myriad of titles available and could easily have been better were it just for a bit more thought.

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      18.06.2009 16:52
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      A brilliant arcade style FPS

      The Club may look like any other shooter on the surface, but dig a little deeper, and you'll discover that it's so much more.

      You play from a third person perspective, and the job of your chosen character is given at the start of the level, the most common being to score X amount of points, to win a race to the end of the level, or to simply survive. For each kill you get you get a certain amount of points, depending on how difficult the kill was, ie headshot, kill using final bullet, distance from target, etc. Each successive kill awards you a multiplier, so for the second kill you get twice the points, the third awards you three times the points and so on. With each successive multiplier, you get less and less time to add to the combo, so the game ends up becoming a frantic dash through the level to get as high a score as possible fore you either finish the level or your time runs out. Each group of around 6 or so levels is played at once, one after the other, each with different requirements, and with your score for each level being recorded in a sort of league format, and you want to rank at least 3rd in the league so that you can progress onto the next set of levels.

      It's a very arcadey approach to an FPS, but it works amazingly well, and will keep you coming back for more. The enemies aren't particularty difficult to deal with - the main enemy in this game is certainly the clock!

      For anyone that's looking for a different style of FPS, this game comes highly recommended.

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        21.02.2009 22:39
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        Decent game just don't expect a lot from it if you see it cheap then give it a try

        The Club developed by Bizarre Creations and Published by Sega has 8 men fighting out in order to be the best in The Club. The game of the Club has you going around prisons, old warehouse, manor house and such which you have to kill people to score points. The idea behind this game I have to say is weird but it's not that bad.

        The game has different stages such as Sprint this has you going around the stage where you have to score as much as possible, Siege is the mode i hate your in a area a marked area and if you leave you have about 5 seconds to get back into the marked area or you will die you must stay in the area and kill as many people possible oh but the people are all over around you, Time Attack has you doing laps you have to survive and gain as much points possible, Survivor has you scoring as much as you can within the time limit if not then you fail, the final mode is Run the Gauntlet you have to sprint through the level as fast as possible.

        The game is an arcade shooter and if you enjoy those this may be your type of game I found this a decent game but I mostly recommend this for online play which still gets used which I am surprised as it's not really a popular game (online is busy at certain times). Online is decent but can be hard the guns are always in the same place they never change and one thing I hate is spawn kills and trust me it happens quite a bit. If people know the map inside and out and know where the good guns are you really don't stand a chance while fighting unless you get a good shot at the head. Online features 8 modes my favorite has to be Team Siege 2 teams one has to defend your zone while the other team has to kill them. If you want more information about online just check the official website of The Club.

        This is a decent game I got it pre-owned for £8 and it's quite good I like the theme music and the characters I found were great I did like Kuro, Seager and Renwick. Overall the graphics are not fantastic a bit PS2 style then PS3 however this game is quite fun if you see it cheap I recommend it. Bizarre Creations are on to something good with this game and if they improve on it and make a sequel I think it could be even better for one thing as I said the characters are great. That's all I can really say as it really has a plot to sum up this it is a crazy game. 7/10.

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          02.11.2008 10:08
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          A great game but the single player gets repetitve.

          I brought this game when it was game of the week in GAME after hearing some good but some bad reviews. I deceided to take the plunge and I think it payed off. The gameis very good and is very fun but gets little repetitive. The game also has offline splitscreen which is terrific with mates!

          The graphics are very good but other games are better. However, they still look great.

          The sound is ok but needs more music as during matches you only hear gun noises. The game has a little slowdown but this doesn't ruin the gameplay. However, it did frezze at times.

          The gameplay is really fun and you have to work through the tournament mode to get the people unlocked. This gets repetitive as they are all similar just at the different maps. These include match types such as stay alive, race and destroy some signs. These are pretty much similar and get boring after awhile but the great splitscreen makes up for it. There are lots of different match types and they are all fun. There are also many maps to play on!

          I can imagine the online would be more of the same but unforunately nobody plays it. If you can get some mates together the splitcreen is great fun and a rariety in PS3 games.

          Overall, a great buy if brought cheap.

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