Full Auto (Xbox 360) review
"I love explosions. Explosions are one of the best things to come out of the 80s. Fuck the big hair bands; give me the explosions of Rambo and Predator and Iím satisfied. And that my friend is what Full Auto gives us. Explosions abound in Full Auto. Itís the whole point of the game. You strap yourself into the seat of some generic vehicle thatís completely loaded with guns and mines and grenades and all sorts of other weapons, and then you take to streets and blow the ..."
I love explosions. Explosions are one of the best things to come out of the 80s. Fuck the big hair bands; give me the explosions of Rambo and Predator and Iím satisfied. And that my friend is what Full Auto gives us. Explosions abound in Full Auto. Itís the whole point of the game. You strap yourself into the seat of some generic vehicle thatís completely loaded with guns and mines and grenades and all sorts of other weapons, and then you take to streets and blow the hell out of anything that gets in your way. Sometimes a rival racer will challenge you, but if he does, you can unload a stream of bullets into his bumper and completely obliterate him. Youíll be forced to deal with regular city traffic, most likely soccer moms taking their kids to school and business men going to the office for another grueling day of accounting.
Try your best to forget about their lives and shoot rockets at them.
Pesky buildings will get in your way. You can shoot them up too, and when your rocket slams into that window and debris goes flying everywhere, that's a job well done. To keep you entertained, there are a variety of challenges in Full Auto based around the idea of blowing everything up. You might have to blow up a certain car, or damage a certain amount of property (measured in dollars of damage), or blow up a set number of innocent, non-racing vehicles. Make no mistakes in understanding me: this game is all about explosions. There arenít cops to stop you from making things go boom, and your rival racers usually donít stand in your way of blowing things up either. If your rivals do happen to get the better of you, the game comes with an interesting and useful time-control feature that allows you to rewind the race, which can help you get back into the lead after crucial mistakes.
And as Porky Pig might say ďThatís all, folks!Ē Thereís not much to this game outside of explosions. It doesnít explore any new ground, and after playing it, youíll be left with the taste of Burnout and Twisted Metal in your mouth. The only thing that feels new in this game are the graphics. The game is really shiny. The cars reflect the environment and debris flies in every direction. The game is marred by some unfortunate slowdown when the explosions get really big, but the impressive distance draw negates that problem. And the explosions, well, they look fantastic. All the explosions can certainly get old after playing Full Auto for more than twenty minutes at a time, but during those first twenty minutes youíre going to find it mighty sweet.
This is the bottom-line: Full Auto really doesnít deliver a next-generation experience. Itís a shallow game. Itís got as much depth as one of those kiddy pools you can pick up at Walmart for five bucks, but at the same time, submerging yourself as much as you can in that little pool is mighty nice on those hot summer days. This is definitely the type of game that youíll want to pick up if youíve got a couple of buddies that are sitting around with you bored looking for something to do. I wouldnít suggest paying the full retail price for it or anything, but Full Auto is worth checking out as a rental.
Featured community review by asherdeus (April 21, 2006)
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