Review: Gene Rain (Xbox One)

Gene Rain is a next-gen third-person shooter game. The story is set in a futuristic world, with a linear narrative structure, and uses shocking visual effects to present a brand new world for the players ‘ enjoyment.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics overall.
  • 11.5GB Download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Autosaves.
  • Basic tutorial pop-ups.
  • High-resolution option.
  • 3RD person cover based shooter gameplay.
  • Upgrade terminals- Buy new perks and upgrade guns here.
  • An ok story very sci-fi and well told.
  • Can blow up barrels.
  • Droid support like healing or turret.
  • Collect parts from enemies which are used at the terminals.
  • Boss fights.
  • A dozen or so different enemy types.
  • Clear enemy health bars.
  • AI can at times act really unique and do flanking maneuvers.
  • Few good set pieces.
  • In game cutscenes.

Cons:

  • A lot of slowdowns even with high res off.
  • The opening section you do has not tutorial help at all.
  • Not the best voice acting.
  • Volumes are all over the place.
  • Cannot skip cutscenes.
  • No controller options like a run toggle.
  • Feels a bit hand holdy.
  • A lot of loading screens.
  • Cover control is not snappy and struggles.
  • Music cuts in and out.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Sound - 5/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 5/10
    Fun Factor - 5/10
5.8/10

Summary

I try to appreciate every game, But sometimes you get a game that just won’t let you get on with it. I had that problem here, Yes it looks nice and the story is not half bad, But as soon as you load in the trouble begins. I had really bad slowdown and button lag that already I knew I was in for a fight. Its controls are fine as it takes a lot from Gears Of War, Not just the controls but also characters look a lot like the COG team, Levels could easily pass as parts of the city from Gears, Once I got that thought in my head the more evidence I saw I was right. Regardless the game has bad shooting and cover is not snappy or terribly responsive. I did however like the upgrade stuff and how the game wants to be but man its a hard ask. In short, Despite an alright story and decent graphics. The technical issues and gameplay choices let the game down a lot.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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