Jahanzeb Khan
14 Jul, 2011

Inversion Preview

360 Preview | Gear of Star Wars.
The Gears of War franchise has certainly stimulated the genre for 3rd person cover shooters. We’ve seen a few clones pop out in recent times, such as Army of Two and… Quantum Theory. There still have been some interesting and more creative takes on this shooting genre though, such as Vanquish. Gears of War 3 plans to take the world by storm in 2011, but next year another interesting cover shooter is set to arrive, by the name of Inversion. Set for an Australian release in February 2012, Inversion can best be described as a cross between Gears of Wars and Star Wars. PALGN was invited to have a go at a build of this unique shooter, where gravity control is the main gimmick.

The story is about an ordinary cop named Davis Russell, who finds himself thrust into war when his peaceful city is invaded by an unknown enemy. When his daughter goes missing in the midst of all the chaos, and when conventional weapons and tactics become useless against the new adversary, David and his partner Leo rise up to heed the call of duty, mastering the fundamental forces of gravity to save the world. As you do when the world is in danger.

"Gravity...thou art a heatless witch...."

"Gravity...thou art a heatless witch...."
In terms of core shooting mechanics and movement, the game feels exactly like Gears of War. In fact, it pretty much replicates all the shooting mechanics and systems, and even uses the exact same control scheme and mapping. We were playing this build on an Xbox 360 and so the similarities with Gear of War felt very apparent. Any Xbox 360 owner who’s played Gears of War will get right into a shooting system. However, Inversion takes things a little further with its unique gravity control mechanics.

Inversion allows you to command gravity, similar to the way a Jedi Knight commands ‘The Force’ in Star Wars. You can control gravitational forces using a ‘Grav-link’ device to either increase or decrease the amount of gravity on a given target, allowing you to crush objects in your way, float enemies into range or even pick up cars and other objects to use them as mobile cover or a projectile weapon. The mechanics were fun and easy to use, and the good thing is that they were the primary focus during our playing session, and so the game didn’t end up feeling like a Gears of War clone at all.

Oh and people don't look like gorillas in this game.

Oh and people don't look like gorillas in this game.
The environments we saw in the build were quite interesting, as ther allowed us to travel between gravitational planes using special gravity points. It even allowed us to toss grenades into that point, and they would then land on the other plane. The environments have been specifically designed to allow for maximum destructibility using the “Havok Destruction” module. It allows for really cool and chaotic results, allowing players to blast through the environments. This can be targeting enemy's cover and blasting it to bits, or even using your gravity powers to knock down overhead objects in order to crush foes. The gravity mechanic, combined with the contextual environments, really sets Inversion apart from your typical cover shooter. It certainly was a blast to experiment with the gravity powers and wreck havoc on the highly interactive and uniquely designed environments.

The game is also set to feature some cool multiplayer options. Players can play through main campaign in single player and in co-op. The competitive multiplayer mode will allow battles with up to 16 players in a variety of gravity defying multiplayer maps and modes. We quite enjoyed our time with Inversion, and while Gears of War 3 will be the definitive third person cover shooter in 2011, Inversion will nicely fill the void next year.
Inversion looks impress with its gravity defying third person shooter gameplay next year.

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2 years ago
Sounds cool! Will have to keep an eye on this.

I find that the test with these kind fo games is wheather or not the 'feature' is integral to the game play. If the gravity manipulation is a big part of getting through levels, and it can be used in a variety of ways, this might be cool. If you can just play it normally and the gravity feature is an optional extra then you are just left with another gears.

Anyway the wirte up made it sound ok so here's hoping icon_smile.gif
2 years ago
while Gears of War 3 will be the definitive third person cover shooter in 2011,
For 360 maybe, but what about Uncharted 3? That will be just as good as GoW3, if not better.
2 years ago
I predict another Fracture...

That is to say, I think I'll pass.
2 years ago
sobriquet835 wrote
while Gears of War 3 will be the definitive third person cover shooter in 2011,
For 360 maybe, but what about Uncharted 3? That will be just as good as GoW3, if not better.
Classifying uncharted 3 as a third person shooter is not doing justice to the uncharted games.

That's like saying Mass Effect 3 is a third person shooter, yeah there are third person shooting elements but there is a lot more to the game then just that.
2 years ago
Ha, karai that is exactly the game that came to my mind.... except I couldn't remember it's name icon_smile.gif
2 years ago
it could end up that way - going by the screens tho its pretty nice to look at.
2 years ago
Eh, it looks competent but entirely uninspired.
2 years ago
Is this for PS3 as well? It looks cool.
2 years ago
Definitely worth keeping an eye on.
In the mean time I'll be playing Gears.
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