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Review by: The Danger Pickle (Contributor)
Chronicles of Riddick,  Star Wars: Force Unleashed,  and Lord of The Rings. What do they have in common? All movie-based games, but more so, they were all fairly successful, some more than others, video game version or based-on-the-movie video games. Now, none of these were X-Box Live Arcade, so presumably they had a great deal more resources and funding than a straight-to-live-arcade version.  The success they had, as far as I am concerned, was due solely to their innovative way to pull you into an already familiar environment. For those games that were released before the movie, the developers tasked themselves with getting you involved with the movie’s upcoming story, and/or characters, without revealing any vital parts of said movie.

Which brings me to REAL STEEL. An E-Rated, Fantasy-Sports/Fighter, developed by YUKE’S Co. Ltd. It is a 1 versus 1 local or online multi-play, with a 1 player “Career” mode and it is available on X-Box Live Arcade for 800 Microsoft points.

REAL STEEL is based on the movie, obviously, and you assume the role of a rookie trainer/operator of fighting robots. Sadly, that is mainly the whole story, plot and clincher all at the same time. Your goal is to win. That is pretty much it. Win. At all costs.

In the single-player career mode, I haven’t yet tried the multi-player , you start off with 100 grand and a glint in your eye. The three base-robots you can buy are, unfortunately, over $70,000. Leaving the new trainer with only a generic robot and less than $30,000 to upgrade what you can for your first fight. There are only 5 circuits and each circuit offers only 4 fighters to work your way through. Though the fighters it pits you against might take a few tries to get them knocked out, the game is mainly about the win. Did I say that already?

No depth, and other than the robots, there is no real tie to the movie. While it is increasingly addictive for my self, I enjoy customizing the robots. Most people might find it tedious and drawn-out. Since I brought up the customizing, YUKE’S has seemed to follow suit to online, free-to-play p.c. games. By allowing you to build and create a robot’s parts you feel you should be able to freely choose a paint scheme, right? WRONGO BUCKO! YUKE’S, I feel, is holding the player’s sense of freedom and creativity for hostage and is demanding 240 Microsoft points to get it back. That’s correct. You can put new parts on for free but you will have to fork over an additional $3 American to get the paint and customizing feature for ANY of the parts. Man, that’s like money-changers in the house of the video-game temple. Blasphemers! Heretics! Cheap, effing, bastards!

As far as graphics and styling goes; it’s your run-of-the-mill boxing/fighting game. Well constructed but with a BGM that resembles every generic game music I have ever heard. Literally, every one of them. All in the same game. Graphics are fair as well, but it just seems to feel like it’s missing something. Oh, I know, venues. There are two. Two arenas. Crappy, run-down  gym arena and generic, “insert popular consumer brand here”, Vegas style arena.Yet, the robots are well crafted and they seem to get my boys’ attention, I desire more than robots with cool flashing lights.

Final Thoughts:
Back to my opening statement. The reason those games did well, was because they didn’t rush into making a quick game to “tease” the consumer into wanting to see there movie. The developer’s spent time to make the player feel involved in the story, or, took the time to get you familiar with characters without revealing the movie’s story line. This game did neither. While not an all-together bad game, I just felt like it was a cheap way to make money off a movie that would have made enough anyway. If I wanted someone to blow smoke up my ass, I’d be in my room with a tube and a carton of cigarettes. Pickle gives this money grubbing, not-really-much-like-the-movie, movie game a 5.5 out of 10. Another low blow for the game industry.


10 responses

  1. The whole franchise is a cash grab. It’s a B+ movie with a rather generic plot. (Let’s all count how many boxing… no, sport movies follow the plot line of a new/ washed up player getting better through sports related mis-adventures.) The game is just another piece of merchandise for a small child to beg their parents for.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    • Absolutely Glasses Guy. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  2. Too right Glasses Guy. Preach it for the congregation brother Glasses, AMEN!

    October 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

  3. To also further nail in my point, paying for creative control of a game you already payed for is like us getting freedoms from the government but having to pay taxes on them….wait…..never mind, my sources tell me we DO pay for our god-given freedoms. My mistake, carry on.

    October 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

  4. da Boogs

    i 100% agree about the DLC for designer – i was sooooo mad about that. Cheap bastards!!!

    I soooo want to customize my bot, but i refuse to “negotiate with terrorists” that is the price gouging going on with this game.

    pretty fun game though, ruined by greediness. take heed future developers!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

  5. Myt3m0w53

    well to fully get the game it’s 800 points, thats 10 bucks… another 400 points($5) and you can get the designer package… and be left with 160 points ( if your in the rewards program these will earn you more points per month) $13 is not bad… game could have been 1200 points easy

    what gets me is the price for the DLC parts 800 each for the 7 whole bots or 160 per part individually… thats the rip off

    i got my bot to around 3k in points and decided to try online play… first guy i get has a score of 9999… there needs to be some different classes like an actual boxing game to make things fair…

    aside from all that My children and i are enjoying the offline aspects of upgrading and designing our various bots!! i would give it 7 out of 10, not so low as 5.5 out of 10

    October 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

  6. Braille

    As of oct 28th this is the most recently downloaded game on xbl arcade. Not saying it’s good just saying if your going to post a review on a garbage website you might want to get some background data. Like why people are downloading it. A lot.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    • Anonymous

      Well, good sir, this website is designed to let concumers and designers understand what it is people actually expect as TRUE gamers. If you are looking for a site to rate and review chasing fads and expendable trends there is always E! online.

      November 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  7. Anonymous

    We are rating the quality of the game, not the relation to the movie that it has.
    The movie is getting hype, so of course the game will. None of that, however, matters that, as a game, it isn’t unique, innovative or anywhere near fresh. In summation an AVERAGE attempt at a game MORE than deserves a slightly more than average score of 5.5. Thank you, I will be here all week.

    November 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

  8. Yeh what he said……..<..>………..<.<…

    November 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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