Final Armada Review (PS2)

by August 6th, 2007

a tedious transformers alike from the makers of crazy frog racer!

Final armada is a vehicle combat game published by Koch studios, who have a mixed back record, with hits like Warhammer: Mark of chaos, and flops like Crazy Frog Racer 2. Unfortunately, Final Armada plays more like the latter of the two.

In Final Armada, you are thrown into the middle of a war between humankind and the evil alien ?Quorax?, who are battling over a planet that contains a huge energy source that the humans were harvesting. This is interrupted by the Quorax, who are a very mysterious race bent on destruction and death. A war ensues and the human race emerge victorious, but at a terrible cost. A small force is sent to the planet to infiltrate and destroy pockets of quorax resistance. This is your job, rescuing survivors on the surface and destroying all quorax you encounter.

The Gameplay is mainly done in a transforming dune buggy, equipped with a machine gun, laser and homing missiles. These weapons, and the vehicles armour, can be upgraded at the end of each mission if you have accumulated enough money. You can also play simulated attack levels, where you must defeat waves of enemies in order to earn money.

This game could have been good, but it seems like the developer gave up half way through the development process.

This is about the extent of the Gameplay, which gets boring quite quickly. This is not aided in any way by the mediocre graphics or the complete lack of any kind of voice acting. The soundtrack reminds me of my last paintballing trip, where the chorus of status quo’s in the army now was pumped through huge speakers for the whole duration of the day. The music becomes repetitive and annoying quite quickly, and I found myself turning off my TV’s sound, as there was absaloutley no need for it to be there.

The game’s lack of camera control is also slightly frustrating, as you can’t tell when an enemy vehicle stops following you unless you hear them stop fireing.

Final ArmadaTwo of the game’s better points are the hover mode of your dune buggy, which allows you to strafe and fire a laser cannon at your enemies, and your wing commander, who you can order to attack targets and support you in other ways.

This game could have been good, but it seems like the developer gave up half way through the development process. The game has one or two good points, but these are quickly forgotten in light of all of the flaws and lack of things the modern gamer takes for granted in this generation. The game plays and feels like a cheap and nasty time waster, and seems to have been made with no effort whatsoever. If you are interested in getting this, I strongly advise you rent it first.

The Good: graphics arent bad (arent too good either mind), transforming car is a nice touch.
The Bad: no voice acting, no camera control, annoying repetitive music, uninteresting gameplay


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Sam P

Sam, 21, recently graduated music & theology student. I live in Coventry, and currently work as a waiter in a hotel, which isn't the most glamorous job, but it's paying off my debts. My first experience of gaming was bubble bobble on the commodore 64, and I've been pretty much hooked since. I really enjoy the old point & click adventure games, and adventure platforming games in general.

About Sam P

Sam, 21, recently graduated music & theology student. I live in Coventry, and currently work as a waiter in a hotel, which isn't the most glamorous job, but it's paying off my debts. My first experience of gaming was bubble bobble on the commodore 64, and I've been pretty much hooked since. I really enjoy the old point & click adventure games, and adventure platforming games in general.

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