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Ubersoldier II review

If you can’t make Nazi-killing fun, then you’re doing it wrong

Pros

  • Generous ammo drops
  • Can attain godlike power
  • Frenzied bloodbaths

Cons

  • FPS cliches up the wazoo
  • AI-challenged baddies
  • Ugly animations and music

The Nazi%26rsquo;s chief enemy isn%26rsquo;t your in-game persona, resistance fighter Karl Stolz - it%26rsquo;s carelessness. They%26rsquo;ve stashed enough ammo around each level for you to decimate the fourth and fifth Reichs even if you only hit one out of a hundred shots, making %26ldquo;spray and pray%26rdquo; a very practical tactic. And while baby-RPG stat-boosting elements, like XP rewards or invulnerability for scoring multiple headshots or melee kills within a short amount of time, could have mitigated things, they actually end up furthering the problem: While invulnerable, you%26rsquo;re rewarded for melee kills with XP you can use to goose up your health and the amount of time you can stay invulnerable. Eventually, cover and tactics become pointless - you can attain godlike power by running around battles waving your knife back and forth.

The frenzied bloodbaths are adequate, although the game%26rsquo;s graphics are as badly animated as the title%26rsquo;s single %26ldquo;big battle%26rdquo; musical theme is repetitive. The closest thing to physics you%26rsquo;ll see is a moving barrel or box, but there are some most-excellent comic book-style cut-scenes. If the rest of this Nazi shooting gallery had as much flair as its between-level vignettes, UberSoldier II could have secured an uber-spot at the top of the bargain bin. As is, it%26rsquo;s much closer to the bottom.

PC Gamer scores games on a percentage scale, which is rounded to the closest whole number to determine the GamesRadar score.

PCG Final Verdict: 47% (tolerable)

Sep 30, 2008

More Info

GenreShooter
Description<p>This WWII shooter's chock-full of genre cliches and low-production values. The animation's glitchy, the music sounds awful, and the AI is braindead. There's some fun in the god-like powers you'll gain but they also make the game stupidly easy.</p>
PlatformPC
US censor ratingMature
UK censor rating18+
Alternative namesUbersoldier 2
Release date:29 July 2008 (US), 3 December 2007 (UK)
Available platforms:PC
Genre:Shooter
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