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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra review

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Another summer movie, another video game tie-in. A simplistic action-packed escapade through and through, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra never quite amounts to much more than "just another shooter".

Another summer movie, another video game tie-in. A simplistic action-packed escapade through and through, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra never quite amounts to much more than "just another shooter".

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - Yo, Joe!

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra simply wouldn't exist if it wasn't releasing alongside a summer blockbuster of the same name. As much as I hate the "movie cash-in" argument, after spending some extensive time with EA's latest run-and-gun shooter, there's really no mistaking this simple fact of life.

While many movie tie-ins try to separate themselves from their source material - sometimes pretty successfully (Wolverine: Origins) and other times rather miserably (Terminator: Salvation) - there's no denying that without the release of G.I. Joe the Movie the Game, the world of gaming would keep on turning and nobody really would have noticed a thing.

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While it would be incredibly easy to simply dismiss G.I. Joe as another lackluster summer tie-in (which, when all is said and done is pretty close to the truth) G.I. Joe doesn't resent its Hollywood roots or attempt to hide its movie-to-game nature.

If anything, G.I. Joe revels in the tone of a big budget explosion extravaganza, with bullets flying and barrels exploding as regularly as a heart beat. While G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra isn't necessarily a good game (there are certainly much worse franchise tie-ins on the market) its trademark "shoot everything" appeal may just have leave you smiling in memories of quarter-crunching in the arcade.

NEXT: shoot the bad guy... what else?

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Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Microsoft Xbox 360
Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

While I wasn't expecting too much from G.I. Joe as a whole, I walked away with the impression that, while it wasn't absolutely horrible, it really didn't leave much of a lasting impression either. I love mindless shoot-em-up gameplay as much as the next guy, but in this age of innovation (and certainly in this economy) you can't help but expect more bang for your buck.

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