Gene Rain – Xbox One Review
Why does it always rain on me?
I hate writing negative reviews but it comes with the territory. For every Gears of War there are a dozen pretenders standing in line right behind it trying to steal it’s third person cover shooter crown. Gene Rain is one such title and sadly Gears of War has nothing to fear from this game.
The story driving Gene Rain is confusing to say the least and if I’m honest I’m still not really sure what the hell was going on. Set in a future where Humans, Hybrids and Robots are engaged in a war of attrition against each other since a catastrophic event called, funnily enough Gene Rain. Each waring party has their own set of beliefs which they want to impose on the other factions. Now they must unite for some unfathomable reason to stop something or someone from doing a bad, bad thing. No game has confused me this much for a long, long time.
As if the nonsensical storyline wasn’t bad enough the voice acting is the worst I’ve ever had the misfortune of listening to. I often mock Capcom for their cheesy dialogue and over the top voice acting but at least they stay on the right side of bad is good. Bland voice acting with zero emotion is the order of the day here and it sounds like it’s begin delivered by a robot. To add even more misery to the already piss poor acting you can read along with the subtitles and they are just as bad. These poorly translated subtitles are a complete joke and moving ever makes sense. They are full of broken English at its worst and what starts out as mildly amusing quickly becomes ridiculous. When the subtitles struggle to convey the story you know your in trouble.
Playing through the game sees you taking the role of three different characters. One from each faction. Alex a hybrid, Li Ying the token human, and Salman a robot each character has their own unique skill but I won’t bore you with those details.. Switching between characters happens when you complete each chapter but with characters this forgettable it’s very easy not to care. Each location you visit is as bland as the last with a paint by numbers attitude which does little to draw you in.
The game plays like the poor cousin of Gears of War so if you were hoping that the gameplay would save the day I’m sorry to tell you it doesn’t. You move from one section to the next dispatching a specific amount of enemies before moving to the next area.
The controls are slow to respond which makes the generic third person gameplay a lot slowly then it should be.
The cover system is particularly offensive because it’s bloody awful. My character’s would stick to whatever cover I was using and refuse to free himself/herself from that cover and reloading was very hit and miss if I was cowering for my life. There are a few weapons at your disposal which are nothing special. Each weapon can be upgraded which you don’t need to do. At least that was my experience during my playthrough.
Enemies come in all shapes and sizes and they come equipped with their own special attacks and varying health. Enemies will either rush your position all at once or hide behind cover which forces you to creep forward. Neither situation presents much of a challenge due to the pretty poor AI but be warned if you die you’ll have to start the entire wave from the beginning. It’s an annoying misstep but one you’ll just have to put up with.
Gene Rain is as generic as it gets. It’s full of bland locations where you fight bland enemies using bland weaponry while playing as bland characters. The story is confusing to say the least and dreadful voice acting and broken English subtitles make this a game to avoid at all costs.
Gene Rain is available now for £19.99
Review code supplied by Plan of Attack