Mindjack

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4.0 Overall Score

Written by on March 17, 2011 in , [, , , ]


MINDJACK jacked my mind”

In this era of video games, it seems like we’ve seen it all and everything looks and feels the same making the market prime for something fresh and original.  Enter MINDJACK… A totally unique game that adds a twist never before seen in a game before, the ability to hack into a gamer’s single player campaign to either assist or resist his progress.  This gameplay element is definitely unique, but does it make for a good game?

Read on to find out.

OVERVIEW

Created by developer Feel Plus and published by Square-Enix, MINDJACK takes you to the year 2031, where advancement in technology has allowed people to “mindjack,” or the ability to shift your mind into the body of another. Unfortunately, with technology this powerful, its bound to fall into the wrong hands.  That’s where you come in.  In MINDJACK you take control of Jim Corbin, an agent that will stop at nothing to save humanity from the corrupt corporation known as NERKAS and their desire for pure power through Mindjacking.

 


GAMEPLAY

MINDJACK is a game unlike any other in that it allows other gamers to “hack” into your single player campaign to either assist you or resist you by taking control of NPCs and enemies. This is really the bread and butter of MINDJACK as this “hacking” is done seamlessly and without interruption of your game.  By having real gamers playing in the campaign completely changes the gameplay dynamic and offers an experience unlike anything you have played before.  Adding to the uniqueness, while playing the game, you also have the ability to “mindslave” downed enemies so that they fight on your side and when an enemy has been converted, you will then have the ability to “hack” into him and take control of the enemy. It’s these interesting tweaks to traditional gameplay that makes MINDJACK somewhat appealing however the praise stops there.

The core gameplay for MINDJACK feels like a Gears of War wannabe as the game is set in a 3rd person perspective and uses a cover system however almost immediately you will realize that it fails in comparison to its inspiration. Although it offers a very unique gameplay element of hacking into any NPC or downed enemy and the ability for other gamers to join you in your campaign, that’s all MINDJACK has going for it as nothing else works in the game which leads to a very frustrating experience.

melee combat: with something so simple as a simple button press, I don’t know how they got this wrong.  In theory, in order to melee an enemy, you only need to press “B,” but somehow the game does not register that the button was pressed leaving you open for the enemy to shoot you down.  In order to get it to work, you need to rapidly press “B” and even then, it’s only hit or miss. Total fail.

sound effects:  only one complaint here, but it’s a big one and needs to be mentioned.  Throughout the game, you will be using your mindjack ability to hop into another body, but when doing this, you become a big digital-glitch cloud that makes a horrendous sound, almost like nails on a chalkboard.  You will be doing this a lot in the game so there is no escaping this terrible noise short of muting your TV.  This is seriously, one of the worst sound effects you will ever hear in your life, why did no one fix this?

voice acting/dialog: there are many games out there that have bad dialog and voice acting, but in my vast gaming history, MINDJACK is one of the worst I’ve seen.  Much of the dialog feels like a 1st grader could have written it and the voice acting feels rushed and emotionless.  I know that we don’t buy a shooting game for the dialog, but a little more effort would definitely help here.

There are many more flaws in MINDJACK, but the purpose of this review is not to tear apart the game thread by thread.  Just know that the game is terribly flawed and is by no means a great experience.

The digital Cloud that will make your ears bleed.

MULTIPLAYER

MINDJACK does have a multiplayer option with the co-op hacking element, but there is no competitive multiplayer game mode.  In a market that is completely saturated with shooters that have multiplayer, it’s a good thing that MINDJACK stayed away because it would have been slaughtered by the competition.  As was said before, the multiplayer that MINDJACK offers is very unique and you won’t find anything else like it on the market today.  If your looking for a completely fresh multiplayer experience, then MINDJACK might be just for you.

ACHIEVEMENTS

The achievements in MINDJACK are pretty easy for the most part, but only if you are playing with a friend or two.  In order to get all achievements, you are going to have to complete the game twice, once while being host and once while hacking into a host campaign.  On top of that, you are going to have to reach level 50 and also do a lot of random feats like mindslave 255 times, melee kill 100 enemies, hacking into 100 civilians, etc.  Overall, the list is not that bad and shouldn’t take you more than 14-15 hours tops to unlock all the achievements, very doable.

CLOSING THOUGHTS AND SCORE

Right from the start, I thought I was going to love MINDJACK. It was published by Square-Enix, whom I love, and the game’s concept seemed really good on paper, but once the game booted up, I knew I’d be in for a world of hurt  Although MINDJACK has probably the most unique multiplayer mode that’s been released in the last few years, the game’s final product falls flat on many levels and the failures far outweigh the concept. MINDJACK offers a lot of new ideas to the shooter genre which was definitely needed, I only hope that a developer will take the innovation presented here and make a better game.  MINDJACK is a game that’s all about jacking in to someone’s mind, but all I can say after playing it is “MINDJACK jacked my mind.

A copy of MINDJACK was provided to the Married Gamers for evaluation and review.

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Author: Miles Messenger View all posts by
I'm a 28 year old guy who enjoys all things gaming. I am married to a wonderful woman who is working on a career as a published author and I'm so proud of her for all that she's accomplished. For my day job, I am a supervisor at a Home Warranty company. It's not the greatest job, but it brings in the bacon.

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