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The Good of Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails has above average graphical presentation that's the best part of this game, which isn't saying much. The visual textures and details in the environments aren't bad, and Vietnam looks pretty lush and vibrant most of the time and the included screenshots add a nice touch of the visually grotesque.
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The Bad of Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails is another terrible war-based zombie extravaganza! Rebellion Developments really is new to the FPS genre, but they should know this content has been done badly before. Another helping of tasteless and moronic zombie-mash was a bad choice for a first effort.
It takes awhile for this FPS experience to pick up speed, which is something that you don't usually see in a FPS, and it doesn't work here at all.
This game's idiotic combination of terrible location designs strewn with rocks, branches, and crumbling buildings is boring to look at and even worse to try and play in.
You don't walk over ammo and items to pick them up in this game, you have to find the right angle and manually pick them up. This is a terrible design; they obviously didn't play or look at other FPS's in the genre, before starting work.
Your enemies will often stand around staring at you waiting to die, and then they'll randomly start swinging at you or suddenly start re-spawning in unlimited numbers. In addition, their movements and often your own, will slow to a crawl or stop and then start at random, it makes for a frustrating experience.
The monotonous corridors put me to sleep at times, especially after going through a series of these amazingly boring environments.
You can crouch in this game, but the game designers didn't realize it was to provide yourself with cover, instead of put you in the line of attack of hundreds of invisible attackers that suddenly appear.
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Sounds of Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
The soundtrack include with Shellshock 2: Blood Trails is unfortunately one of the best parts and its only average. It's a nice collection of softer tunes that don't appear to be coordinated with the on screen pace very well.
The sound effects at least are synchronized with the action and they sound pretty good, with nice sounding weapon fire, and enemies that moan nicely as they move toward you.
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Playability of Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails is virtually unplayable, at least I don't want to play it anymore, and after playing this game I felt like asking for my money back. All aspects of the experience that we expect to entertain us will bore or frustrate you with this game.
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The Final Word of Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails is an absolutely terrible effort even for a first time FPS game developer; they're in the wrong business if this is the kind of title they expect us to pay for. Even on my Gamer Paladin gaming computer the experience really sucked, and a less powerful computer will only make the entertainment value worse. I have been looking for the cash receipt for the store where I paid $29.99 for this game and then I am going back to see if they'll take it back.