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    Q*Bert Review- IGN

    Q*Bert Review
    Memories, as they say, are surprisingly effective at defusing fact.
    by Jeremy Dunham

    February 23, 2007 - It's fitting that two of Q*bert's main foes are named "Ugg" and "Wrong Way," because it sums up what it's like to play the 25 year-old actioner rather nicely. Though it may benefit from an HD resolution and online Leaderboards, Sony's revamp of Gottlieb's famous Noser proves that you can't always go home again -- especially when that home has unresponsive character movement right along with it.

    But let's be candid: Q*bert never had great controls to begin with. Even at the height of Q's popularity in the "Yuppie" decade, navigating his block-based pyramid was just as much a struggle against the joystick as it was against the AI. That sentiment rings true in the PlayStation 3 version as well, since most of the coin-op's difficulties with locomotion have been retained.

    The pyramids are still fun, but the control still sucks.
    The reason that the preservation of the original's movement is so frustrating is because pushing a specific direction on the analog stick doesn't necessarily mean that you'll move where intended. Worse yet, it's not uncommon to get stuck mid-hop only to be clobbered by an opponent because you didn't hit the exact diagonal sweet spot. Plus, even though I was hopeful that the included Sixaxis support would make things feel a little tighter, it actually made things shoddier. Trust me when I say that you don't want to turn the tilt option on at all. It offers the most inaccurate compatibility of any PS3 game yet, and seems almost random in how it reacts to gestures.

    Honestly, I find it quite a shame that Q*bert suffers from such poor control because it does have an addictive quality to it. Granted, the source of that addiction is somewhat intangible, but it is there. Perhaps the fun comes from the simplicity of the game's concept; as finding the proper way to change all the blocks of your pyramid to a certain color before foes take you out is surprisingly amusing. And even despite the fact that enemies use near-indistinguishable patrol patterns regardless of what you do, it can still be entertaining to avoid them for an hour or two.

    Closing Comments
    Unfortunately, an "hour or two" is all most people will want to spend with Q*bert because of his control problems. I can understand the need to preserve the original game's integrity, but keeping the same joystick hitches 25 years later actually damages its simple-but-fun gameplay design. Nostalgic fans will no doubt enjoy it more than most, but unless you grew up with him, Q*bert's five dollar cost is better spent towards something else.
    OUT OF 10

    5.5 Presentation
    Load times are practically phantoms and the menus are straightforward and get you where you want to go. There isn't much else to speak of, though.

    4.5 Graphics
    Full 720p support means that you can expect high-res frame art and fewer aliasing problems with the 2D sprites. However, the visuals are still a quarter-century old so there isn't much to work with.

    4.5 Sound
    Some of the original arcade sounds are missing, but a good portion of them are back as well. The synthesized voice effects bring back memories, but the aural setup is still incredibly basic.

    5.0 Gameplay
    Q*bert's stage designs are actually quite good and equally challenging, but controlling the little orange noser makes them frustrating to attempt. The Sixaxis support stinks.

    5.5 Lasting Appeal
    You can play single or two-player games and there's an online leaderboard that seems to vary on how high it counts. Other than that, don't expect more than a few hours of gameplay.

    5.0
    Meh OVERALL
    (out of 10 / not an average)
    From: http://ps3.ign.com/articles/767/767124p1.html


    They really need to review it like as "Downloadable game"... i think this games deservs as downloadable game atleast 7.. anyway good read

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dante_727 View Post
    They really need to review it like as "Downloadable game"... i think this games deservs as downloadable game atleast 7.. anyway good read
    I agree. IGN Playstation team seems to be really harsh on Sony when it comes to reviewing their downloadable games for PS3 or PSOne Classics for PSP compared to reviews for other classic/downloadable titles for other consoles.

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    All in all IGN slaughters this game because it's arcade perfect..good job IGN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubersnuber View Post
    All in all IGN slaughters this game because it's arcade perfect..good job IGN
    Times change...just because it's arcade perfect does not mean it deserves a high score, even if it warranted that score years ago. There are numerous "old" games that I have fond memories of that were brilliant back then, but when I play them now, they have just aged, simple as...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Times change...just because it's arcade perfect does not mean it deserves a high score, even if it warranted that score years ago. There are numerous "old" games that I have fond memories of that were brilliant back then, but when I play them now, they have just aged, simple as...
    Yes of course, but if they aimed for this to be like the classic arcade game, they don't deserve to get slaughtered.
    But I really don't know what the dev's goal was anyways..
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    already posted afew days ago over at the section it belongs in, the review section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubersnuber View Post
    Yes of course, but if they aimed for this to be like the classic arcade game, they don't deserve to get slaughtered.
    But I really don't know what the dev's goal was anyways..
    What's wrong with a score of 5.5? It's above average, and where is the slaughtering? Jeez, some people take reviews too personally sometimes. If you like the game, buy it regardless of the reviews - it's nothing to be ashamed about!
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    This game has always been crap as far as I am concerned. Bring on Big Red Racing and Warcraft 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    What's wrong with a score of 5.5? It's above average, and where is the slaughtering? Jeez, some people take reviews too personally sometimes. If you like the game, buy it regardless of the reviews - it's nothing to be ashamed about!
    Believe what you want. I don't even like the game, but if this was meant to be arcade perfect..it should of been reviewed alittle different.
    Well, that's what I think anyways.
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