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WALL-E or something....

LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Games and Technology
I have just finished reviewing WALL·E on the Xbox 360:
I first booted up WALL·E to hear some pretty annoying music, so I skipped the cut scene. Then I got to the (surprisingly slick) menu system. Booted up a new game, and began my adventure. As soon as I took control of WALL·E, I moved the Analogue stick forwards. Then I got an Achievement for moving forwards. Instantly.

Off to a good start then.

I was initially fairly impressed with the animation of the titular character, his caterpillar tracks look and move just right. It's a shame the environments don't hold up so well. At best, there is some really impressive things going on with the physics, on a pretty large scale too, but at worst there is bland, repeated objects and textures all over the place. The bad outweighs the good. On the surface it looks pretty, but the animation, destructibility and up close textures let the whole package down.

Continues here, very minor spoilers within.


Out of date OP:
Update: Whoops. I seem to have made a mistake, it's not the USA based marketing firm that contacted me, but THQ directly. Hm, I wonder how they got my email address...

I can't tell if it's their UK or USA office from the email alone. I may have to retract this offer if they will send it to me, but if not it still stands.

Ah well, let's use this thread to discuss how I fail at reading comprehension and/or how WALL-E is GOTY 2k8



Original OP -
I have been offered a copy of WALL-E on the Xbox 360 to review. You may have seen me post offers like this before, the deal is - I keep being offered games to review for my UK based blog by this USA based marketing firm. They know that my blog is UK centric, however, when I ask them to send them to me in the UK, they say -
Rocket XL wrote:
For review purposes, as of now, our focus is the United States. Do you have any affiliates or staff members in the US to which we could ship the item?

So I offer it up to PA.


I generally just take the first person who offers to do it, since the offers can expire, but that often leads to people who didn't get a chance being upset, so I am going to leave this thread open for 3/4 hours before I pick anyone.

I will have very little editorial control, I want to to be completely honest and review in a format that is comfortable to you. The main rules are:

1. You must say something positive, even if it's only something small, I just think it's polite.
2. No score, if the body doesn't get the message across, adding a number to the end won't change that.
3. No naughty words, unless you can convince me it's essential.
4. Be honest and open minded.

Terms and conditions apply


I know nothing about the game, other than it is based on a film which stars what looks like a shrunk down Jonny-5.

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    PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

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    RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I am quite interested in reviewing this game for you, lewie.

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    BoarBoar Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Just to mix things up a bit; I'm in Greece, and don't own a 360. I feel that makes me the perfect candidate to review this game and I hope you'll agree.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?

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    LegbaLegba He did. Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I will forevermore curse my UK-centric living conditions.

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    PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.

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    RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Damnit, I was excited

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.
    *whoosh* :lol:

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    RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.

    So... this is CAD?

    *rimshot*
    WALL*E is a fantastic movie. Don't know how well it would translate to a game, though.

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    wyrlsswyrlss Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Ronen wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.

    So... this is CAD?

    *rimshot*
    WALL*E is a fantastic movie. Don't know how well it would translate to a game, though.
    WALL*E is a technically well-made film which has a strong message which is ruined by the enormous toy marketing and product placement attached to it. So just make the game the same way. For mac only.

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    RonenRonen Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    wyrlss wrote: »
    Ronen wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.

    So... this is CAD?

    *rimshot*
    WALL*E is a fantastic movie. Don't know how well it would translate to a game, though.
    WALL*E is a technically well-made film which has a strong message which is ruined by the enormous toy marketing and product placement attached to it. So just make the game the same way. For mac only.

    This isn't really the place for this discussion, but how is the experience of the film diminished at all by the toys and marketing around it? I didn't walk out of the film thinking, "Man, that was a triumph of cinema, a true testament to the amount of emotion you can convey with minimal dialog, but man, fuck those toys."

    I also don't understand people's aversion to the product placement. Ok, there was an iPod. For like, three seconds. And yes, WALL*E makes a familiar sound when he recharges. How does that hurt the film at all?

    Sorry... neither the time nor place.

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    TaminTamin Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Ronen wrote: »
    wyrlss wrote: »
    Ronen wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.

    So... this is CAD?

    *rimshot*
    WALL*E is a fantastic movie. Don't know how well it would translate to a game, though.
    WALL*E is a technically well-made film which has a strong message which is ruined by the enormous toy marketing and product placement attached to it. So just make the game the same way. For mac only.

    This isn't really the place for this discussion, but how is the experience of the film diminished at all by the toys and marketing around it? I didn't walk out of the film thinking, "Man, that was a triumph of cinema, a true testament to the amount of emotion you can convey with minimal dialog, but man, fuck those toys."

    I actually think his point was that the message of the film was ruined, not the film itself.

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    DixonDixon Screwed...possibly doomed CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I wouldn't mind reviewing the game LewieP, again though I'm in Canada so I'm not sure if thats a go or not. It would just be neat to get into something like this and the experience would be great.

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    PussumPussum Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So you would have someone in the US review the game and then post it in your UK based blog? Heck, I'd do it for you.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I'm playing through the PC version right now. Well, technically it's the Mac version considering I'm playing it on my Mac. Kudos for THQ for including both platforms on one disc.

    It's actually not a bad little game. It's part platformer and part puzzle, and the PC version doesn't look horrible, though I'm sure they put more effort graphics-wise into the 360 version.

    Doesn't look too bad for (what I'm assuming is) a PS2 port.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    That being said, I'd love to review the 360 version.

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    ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I'd like to hear about this one. I see its for sale but I'm having a difficult time thinking its not more Disney shovelware.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I'd like to hear about this one. I see its for sale but I'm having a difficult time thinking its not more Disney shovelware.

    I'll say like I've said about alot of recent THQ licensed games: They're not as bad as you would think.

    For the younger set, especially, they're solid platforming games with a little bit of puzzle and action thrown in. Wall-E is actually a good example of this. One of the interesting mechanics is that while there is a jump button, it can be explained as more of a hop button, which puts Wall-E into this little forwards flip. Thus, sometimes you'll hit a gap you have to jump over, but to get the proper momentum to get over said gap you have to get a running (rolling?) start, sometimes even having to go up the side of a half-pipe to do so.

    It doesn't do anything extravagantly different as far as games go, but what it does it does pretty well.

    But in the end what it comes down to is the fact that you'll probably think it's too easy and simple, but the target audience will eat it up.

    One of the best parts of the game is the feature that has you finding souvenirs, the little pieces of junk that Wall-E finds in the junk piles that he likes to take home with him. You find them by going into a first-person mode and scanning the garbage piles, and when you find one, you're rewarded with a humorous little animation of Wall-E interacting with it like in the Vignettes Pixar released recently.

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    ViscountalphaViscountalpha The pen is mightier than the sword http://youtu.be/G_sBOsh-vyIRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I think its because I despise pixar and THQ is the underlying issue there. I'm certainly not their target audience. That being said, I'm a bit surprised they didn't screw it up by having something game breaking or lacking in it. Might be good for a nephew or niece, but thanks for that short review there.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I think its because I despise pixar and THQ is the underlying issue there. I'm certainly not their target audience. That being said, I'm a bit surprised they didn't screw it up by having something game breaking or lacking in it. Might be good for a nephew or niece, but thanks for that short review there.

    At $18 I just figured "What the hell" and picked up the PC version. I don't think I would get the 360 or Wii version at $50 but if/when they get down to $30 I'll likely pick up one or both.

    If you liked the film I would recommend at least a rental.

    Oh, also, the developer was Heavy Iron studios. They developed the last few Pixar games with the exception of Cars. The Incredibles, it's sequel, Ratatouille, and now Wall-E.

    All fairly solid games.

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    PussumPussum Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The last movie based game I played was the first release of cars. I found it pretty fun and it even went so far as to allow my nephew and myself to play something together which wasn't to shabby at all. Now that he is finally starting to grow into being a young man we have something to look back on.

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    PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Zero, you gotta tell em the story of level 2.

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    FuzzFuzz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    wyrlss wrote: »
    Ronen wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Willeth wrote: »
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    It can score 1000 achievement points, thus it's my very first gamefly game whoooo. Still waiting for it.

    Maximumzero played the PC version, which is apparently a PS2 port. la la la.

    edit-no I dind't read the OP before posting. no you shut up.

    Every game can score a thousand. What?
    This isn't CAD; I'm not explaining the joke.

    Well that's great, because from where I'm standing you didn't make one.

    So... this is CAD?

    *rimshot*
    WALL*E is a fantastic movie. Don't know how well it would translate to a game, though.
    WALL*E is a technically well-made film which has a strong message which is ruined by the enormous toy marketing and product placement attached to it. So just make the game the same way. For mac only.

    I think part of the reason some mac stuff was in the movie was because Steve Jobs was some upper person in Pixar. I don't get all the flam-y-ness about it.. I mean 90% of the time a computer is in a movie and isn't a mac it's a windows and no one really cares about that..

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    SyngyneSyngyne Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Fuzz wrote: »
    I think part of the reason some mac stuff was in the movie was because Steve Jobs was some upper person in Pixar. I don't get all the flam-y-ness about it.. I mean 90% of the time a computer is in a movie and isn't a mac it's a windows and no one really cares about that..
    One of Apple's designers also helped design EVE.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    PikaPuff wrote: »
    Zero, you gotta tell em the story of level 2.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhRlA8K19WI

    Watch from 8:32 for depressing moments.

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    APZonerunnerAPZonerunner Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Lewie, if you're still wondering what office it is - PM me the name or email of the person who contacted you. If it's a UK person, I'll know the name or email, as I deal with them fairly frequently.

    I can tell you now if it was a guy named Skittrell it's definitely the UK office, as he sent me out my promo. He's also fairly new there, I think.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Yeah, he's the one.

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    You definitely have more patience than me Zero, I would've deleted any game that asks me to play 'colour simon says' to open a door. :lol:

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Zilla360 wrote: »
    You definitely have more patience than me Zero, I would've deleted any game that asks me to play 'colour simon says' to open a door. :lol:

    That's a shame. Mass Effect is actually quite good.

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Zilla360 wrote: »
    You definitely have more patience than me Zero, I would've deleted any game that asks me to play 'colour simon says' to open a door. :lol:
    I'd prefer that to "Go back through the level and find the random colored key card to open this door".
    And really, given the amount of time you've got (assuming the red-dial is a timer) it's not like you'll be sweating it out provided you have some semblance of a short term memory.

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Willeth wrote: »
    Zilla360 wrote: »
    You definitely have more patience than me Zero, I would've deleted any game that asks me to play 'colour simon says' to open a door. :lol:

    That's a shame. Mass Effect is actually quite good.
    I didn't mind Mass Effect's hacking mini game at all. In fact it was probably too simplistic.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    This just arrived today, I am pretty busy (21st birthday party) but I will probably got to play it a little, if not, it'll be tomorrow.

    If anyone has any specific questions, throw them up here, and I will do my best.

    I haven't seen the film yet, so will be reviewing it in that context.

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    ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Dude, see the movie. It's wonderful.

    I can't remember the last time I went to a movie theatre and sat there for two hours with a smile on my face - and for the last half-hour I was alternating between grinning like an idiot and tearing up.

    ...I want a little WALL-E statue.

    Also, question:
    I have a deep love of high-quality platformers. Ratchet & Clank, PoP: Sands of Time trilogy and Sly Cooper are gems to me - it's a very general question, I know, but - how does WALL-E stack up?

    Lookin' forward to your review.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I definitely want to see the film, but I want to review the game in and of itself, so I will play the game first, and probably to a follow up after seeing the film.

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    ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    LewieP wrote: »
    I definitely want to see the film, but I want to review the game in and of itself, so I will play the game first, and probably to a follow up after seeing the film.

    While I get the reasoning, I have to point out that you're going to play a movie tie-in game that - going on averages - will suck, and likely suffer numerous plot spoilers about a Pixar movie - which going on averages will not suck - that you want to see.

    My gamer sense wants the best game review possible...
    But my inner cinephile wants the glory of the movie preserved!

    >.< so conflicted.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Honestly, I haven't really hugely enjoyed a Pixar film since Toy Story/Toy Story 2.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Looking at metacritic, it turns out the PC/PS2 version is scoring higher over the current generation versions, which is slightly humorous to say the least.

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    ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    LewieP wrote: »
    Honestly, I haven't really hugely enjoyed a Pixar film since Toy Story/Toy Story 2.

    Either you didn't see The Incredibles or you're a filthy liar.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Yeah, not seen The Incredibles

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