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Madballs XBLA: Fake + Real Review

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Madballs were actually a series of toy rubber balls made back in
the 80's. Out of the passing phase, there's a new game out for the Xbox Live Arcade. Madballs takes as a
move with left stick while shooting with right stick, much like Rocket Riot, Geometry Wars 2 and Undertow.
However, there are, of course, vast differences that should be considered while purchasing the game. You
can choose one of two factions, each with different and unique abilities from Flame/Freezethrowers to
Mortars. As with the factions, you can choose a unique

Now before we get into our pros and cons, to be honest, I have never heard of Madballs prior to this review,
so references and everything else I didn't run across while researching went straight over my head.
However, knowing most of our readership not knowing, I think I'm pretty safe to say I'm in the majority.

PRESENTATION
+ The menus are clean and easy to jump in and pop a game off, in true Arcade style.
+ The artwork is great for the cutscenes.
+ Quirky in-game logs and one-liners made me smile a bit. Made the game more enjoyable!
- The storyline was weak, and I was mostly unable to understand or care what was going on. When I beat the
final level, I had no idea it was the final until the game ended!
? I wish more information about Madballs in general was in the game, but it's nothing a quick Google search
remedied.

GRAPHICS
+ In-game graphics can be compared to a decent looking Original Xbox game, with vivid colors and wide
environments. Great job!
+ For the most part, the graphics look extremely fluid running at maximum frames per second, even with
explosions and gunfire going off everywhere.
- While inside the spacecraft, the framerate gets notably slower, even to the point that it may affect your ability
to play efficiently.
? Oculus, the eyeball, always grosses me out.

SOUND
+ Pretty cool soundtrack for most stages, I found myself shooting my machine guns out with the beat at one
time. Now that's awesome.
+ Enjoyable one-liners from voice acting...
- However, not enough variety to really enjoy hearing it over and over again in the 10 level campaign.
? I'll bite. Where the heck do they talk from?

GAMEPLAY
+ Addictive gameplay. The game is a little tough to start getting into, but once you're killing in the hordes of
mass enemies, while unlocking tons of weapons and different characters, you'll be hooked to collect and
complete nearly everything.
+ 16 players online with unique 18 maps and tons of game modes to choose from like Capture The Flag to
Deathmatch, lag-free from my experiences.
+ 4 player co-op, something that can give this game all the reason to buy it just because of how fun it is.
- Campaign mode can get a little tedious, with its linear path to get to the end of the level, however they throw
in a few puzzles, a defend the target mission, and evasion.
? There's an avatar mode where you roll your avatar's head around attacking others. Creepy!

LASTING APPEAL
+ Campaign mode can be enjoyed over and over again, playing as both factions, especially in co-op mode.
+ 18 maps and 5 different game modes which are all so fun to play are good for the picking.
+ Unlocking things might be tedious to some, but it was great discovering new characters and weapons with
their unlockable special abilities.
? With most online communities on XBLA, they strive for a week or two, but only a few games (Worms, Street
Fighter, Marble Blast) can have a consistent online userbase. However, I think that with the good price and
great non-stale gameplay, this game could be one of the few with a thriving community.

OVERALL
I can see myself getting addicted to this game whenever I want something quick to pop in. Want lots of fast-
paced action for a cheap $10 price? This game delivers.
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About Geoffone of us since 10:59 PM on 12.04.2006

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