Greg Hastings Paintball 2ESRB:
Category: First Person Shooter, PlayStation Move
Developer : Super X Studios
Publisher : Majesco
Players : 1 – 2
Network Players : 2 – 20
HDD : 1008 mb
Playstation Move compatible
When I was first asked to review Greg Hastings Paintball 2, I wasted absolutely no time jumping on the opportunity. Being a fan of shooters and paintball, this was not something that I wanted to pass up. Given Greg Hastings Paintball 2 had already been released for the Wii and the Xbox 360, I was very curious to see what the PlayStation 3 version would offer.
When you first fire up Greg Hastings Paintball 2, you choose to enter training mode or not and right away you notice the visuals are nothing spectacular. Frankly I expected a little more from a PS3 game. Greg Hastings Paintball 2 looks more like a straight port from the Wii version. That being said, the characters and their movements are impressive especially when running and crouching. Unfortunately depicting which team members are yours and which players are part of the opposing team can sometimes be difficult to establish. There are blue or red arrows over top of each player but yet they are still difficult to distinguish. In terms of the game’s paintball areas, the colours of the courses are bright, but sometimes they can be a little too overwhelming in the grand scheme of game. As for environmental graphics, again nothing is incredibly detailed but it gets the job done.
Overall, the sound in the game is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, the games soundtrack has an almost action movie like feeling during the menu and loading screens. Unfortunately, during the gameplay the music is virtually non-existent. On the flipside of things, Greg Hastings Paintball 2 features some realistic voice work. Players giving instructions and teammates calling out during the game sounded accurate and it was easy to make out what they were saying. Hearing grunts or groans when players have been hit was also a nice little touch. Also, the sounds of firing and reloading your paintball gun were very life-like. As for noises of the surrounding environment, nothing here is incredibly innovative. All in all the sounds are entirely realistic to a live game of paintball.
Once you are ready to launch into a game, the option of using your Playstation Move is immediately introduced. A controller will work just as well and this was the option that I ultimately used during the game. Greg Hastings Paintball 2 offers up several options of gameplay: Career Mode for single player action, Exhibition Mode (which is playable in split screen with friends or bots), Online Mode for some multiplayer paintball mayhem, Extras Mode where you can build your own courses, and finally there is an area where you can watch videos of featured players.
During Career Mode, you can unlock courses and earn money which allows you to add guns or improve upon your team skills. There are mixed games and a capture the flag type games featured in the Career mode. All the games take place in well-known paintball fields around the United States. As with any paintball game the weather can be a factor; however, I noticed no slowdowns or visibility issues when it was raining.
After you have chosen your team name, and selected who will be on your team from a list of well known paintball players, you get to choose a team logo design. Overall, I found no particular player held an advantage over the other as the game encouraged you to train your players.
The actual gameplay is fast and full of tactical maneuvers. During a particular game of capture the flag, I had little time to get acquainted with what was going on. The pace was fast with very little time to get feel for what was about to take place. The first time I set foot in a paintball match, I was instantly shot in the face. Needless to say, there is no down time in any of the games. After you are shot, you have the option to call yourself out or try wiping the paint off you without a referee seeing it. This was nice little realistic feature in the game.
Obstacles to crouch and crawl around are many adding to the realism of this virtual paintball experience. When in a crouching position you can switch the gun from left to right shoulder to get a better angle. As with real life paintball guns, the virtual version has a double trigger built in to the game play for faster firing on opposing players.
Overall, Greg Hastings Paintball 2 is an enjoyable fast paced game that could prove to be a good time with some friends. Although the game can be a bit of a challenge and has some frustrating moments, the good manages to outweigh the bad. This game is not for everyone though; however, for those who play paintball in real life, and who are looking to virtually relive some of those pinball moments, then Greg Hastings Paintball 2 might just be for you.