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POSTED 18/4/11


AFL LIVE

Tru Blu Games
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

Looks like Nason's had a haircut...

Yeah, nah, it was a team effort – all the boys put in - but at the end of the day we’re takin’ it one week at a time to get over the line to that one day in September we want to remember. The-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-re isn’t any doubting...

Fuck that’s catchy. Mike Bradyness aside, AFL Live’s what gamer Aussie rules footy fans have been craving – an AFL videogame for a current console. But does it get over the line, or fall agonisingly short?

Well, if options count this is C*llingwood on steroids. From boundless camera views to local and online multiplayer, all teams and venues, exhibition matches, full seasons and NAB Cups to going full ‘Footy Factory’ Frankenstein, there’s enough shit to keep you busy for ages without booting a Sherrin in anger – or, if you’re not Jake King, in relative passiveness.

Actually play a game and there’re various kicks, hit-outs, marks, handballs, spoils and tackles – should you have the dexterity of something infinitely dextrous. Yep, even in veggienated mode, getting any semblance of what-you-meant-to-do happening is challenging. Think FIFA at its hardest. Fine if you’ve hone time, but the absence of any readily-accessible mode for those who just wanna have fu-un sucks more than Tony Shaw.

Bits are missing – packs never form, and if you grab the ball from a bounce you’ve almost zero hope of kicking it before pummellation. Weird centimetre imperfect quirks see oddness, most annoyingly being face-planted when you’re ball-less and play-on being called.
 
Commentary’s courtesy Dennis ‘gun barrel straight’ Cometti and Brian Taylor. And. Is. Disjointed. But you’ll tune out, just like real life.

We wanted special, but devs Big Ant haven’t given 110 percent. Still, it’s a good ordinary player that we’ll hopefully see blossom as a footballer in seasons to come.

GO TIGES!!!

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