PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA)
Take ToeJam &
Earl, defunkify them, clone another Clank, bung íem in a 3D
platformer and BAM! We call it Clank & Clank; EA call it
Hey, thatís probably our most succinct game summation ever! This
download title does have something that helps it avoid a crust of
averageness forming on the hard drive space its 1GB+ wallows upon
though, Simon Pegg. Yes, he who had red on him voices a spaceship
computer named Conrad, which sounds like pretty much any other
spaceship computer (save for Red Dwarfís Holly). He has some fun
with it, providing guidance Ė and shitloads of excuses for inability
- to your character, a generic, Number Five-like bucket oí bolts
You can trudge through the gameís five main zones solo, or call upon
a local or online partner whoíll grease up Chip and go co-op with
you. In fact, if you want to complete things properly youíll need to
buddy-up, something that always makes us emit a grunt like Clint
Eastwood in Gran Torino.
Story? The premise really is reminiscent of the first outing of
SEGAís seemingly forgotten megastars, the aforementioned ToeJam &
Earl Ė crashed spaceship, search for parts. Thatís it.
We have to balance that, in Australia, Spare Parts is a
reasonably affordable $15.95 downloadable title (although itís only
$9.99 in the USA Ė hello McFly, parity?!) with our opinion that,
ultimately, itís also just average. Itís pretty in a PS2 kinda way,
but suffers from the worst malaise that can infect a 3D universe Ė
zilcho control over the camera, which leads to more cheap deaths
than a Steven Seagal marathon (and the right stick equipment menu
making innumerable unwelcome appearances).
Spare Parts isnít shocking, it just needed more screwdriver.