Get Even is a first-person psychological horror game that showed quite a bit of promise pre-release, but the final version fails to capitalise on what it does differently and, in amalgamation with a number of other flaws, none of its potential is anywhere near realised. The title attempts to blend your typical shooter with a detective tale that tasks you with searching for clues, à la Condemned 2, but neither concept complements the other in this case, which is then worsened by the fact that both feel a little unfinished. This culminates in an experience that we think even the most devoted of horror fanatics should stay far away from.
You step into the shoes of Cole Black, a man who has woken up inside an abandoned asylum with the latest dose of video game amnesia. A slightly more original idea is that Black has a sort of virtual reality headset strapped to his face which allows him to read and replay human memories, and he must use this to work out what happened during the opening scene of the game. The introduction in question climaxes with Black attempting to rescue a teenage girl who had a bomb wrapped to her chest, and so our protagonist attempts to find out who the female was and why he was there.
The opener immediately pulls you in and will have you questioning what on Earth is going on, and this results in one of the very few decent things about the game. The plot explores a number of surprising themes, changes up its tone consistently, and keeps you on the edge of your seat at every major plot point. Pacing issues and an ending that slightly overstays its welcome aside, Get Even’s storyline manages to lift the title out of complete atrocity.
Despite having some narrative intrigue, the majority of your time will be spent exploring incredibly dull and samey environments, all while taking out enemies and conducting investigations. Cole Black’s phone is your main tool for analysis as it contains five apps that aid you in your search, those being a map for navigation and a text inbox to receive messages from your comrades, a scanner which highlights important objects, a heat sensitive camera for following tracks, and a UV light for revealing clues. The phone is easy to use and simple to navigate as you can instantly swipe through apps using the D-Pad, or bring up a home screen by holding the R1 button.
However, this mechanic completely contrasts with the combat, which is downright terrible. You’ll be equipped with the typical assault rifles and handguns, but it can feel almost impossible to line up shots with them thanks to the clunky controls and awful camera. It’s a very rough experience that, when combined with some poor enemy AI, makes encounters feel like they’re in an unfinished state.
To bring even the slightest bit of originality to combat, Get Even gives you hands-on time with a weapon called the CornerShot. You aim through a camera attached to the gun, and it allows you to shoot around corners without an enemy ever laying their eyes on you. It’s a neat idea that sets itself apart from other shooters, but again the execution of the mechanic leaves so much to be desired. Every flaw that hinders the use of other guns in the game plagues the CornerShot too.
Another flaw present in Get Even is its presentation, as the title looks like a mid-gen PlayStation 3 game. A dreary colour palette, poor texture work, and an overall crummy graphical appearance means the game plays badly and looks even worse. To make matters worse still, we experienced numerous cases of screen tearing, and texture pop-in is a common occurrence even on a PS4 Pro.
The soundtrack is another area where it’s clear that some thought was spent, but to the point where the audio can actually become overwhelming. It does a good job of creating tension and a foreboding atmosphere, but all too often it actually takes things too far and bleeds too many sounds into an auditory mess.
Get Even had a good base of neat ideas, but the execution of the overall product is so poor that many areas feel unfinished. Combat is quite simply a disaster, the graphics look like they’ve been taken from a 2008 PS3 game, and the soundtrack crushes your enjoyment far too often. The plot may well grab your attention, but the act of actually playing Get Even is nothing but a chore.
It kinda reminds me of Amy
I love that the main protagonist in the game is called Robert Ramsey. I can only assume you have to GET EVEN with a fiendish deep pan pizza! 🍕
@Dazza How long did you spend writing that one?!
If they'd' done this game without combat I'd probably pick it up. I don't need terrible / generic combat in a game like this. Shame.
Bummer, was looking forward to this.
Wow! a little harsh don't u think. I watched 1 hour of gameplay and it looked fine.
Other reviewers are giving it a 7 average.
I fully get the low score. It doesn't sound very fun to play.
What I still don't get is how a game looking like a 1990 game is considered better than one that looks like a 2008 game. Guess I'll never understand reviewers.
I was kind of bummed to see this review because I've been wanting to play this game for a very long time so I checked metacritic and it's got a respectable 76 with this review being by far the lowest. I'll probably still buy it since it's only 30 and it seems like one of those love it or hate it games because of how surreal it is which I usually love movie and games like that so screw it I'm buying it still
@glassmusic from other reviews I read it's entirely optional and you can stealth past the enemy encounters
@dark_knightmare2 Okay, that's fine then.
I went to add it to my wishlist aaaand it's not up on the US store. Haha I'll keep an eye out for it.
Edit: It's been delayed till the 23rd.
Shame. I had decent hopes for this one.
down to choice sniper ghost warrior got poor review its a good game
@dark_knightmare2 most sites give it much higher score got my copy ordered
Damn, that's a shame. Still looking to give it a go myself at some point but I was hoping for a bit more universal praise.
@naruball "What I still don't get is how a game looking like a 1990 game is considered better than one that looks like a 2008 game. Guess I'll never understand reviewers."
Let me rephrase.
Game x: retro graphics!! Awesome + points
Game z: ps3 graphics. Ew. - points
Indies with retro graphics get a free pass. Developers who spend considerable money to make their game look good, but not good enough to compete with AAA games, get penalized by reviewers.
@naruball I see what you're saying but it's rarely that simple. You can have a 2D game that has an amazing art style, and that art style will be enough to carry the otherwise simplistic graphics.
Something like Get Even barely has a defining art style and graphically it's not great. Different situations for different games.
Seems a bit lazy to bring up a game like Persona 5, but it's a perfect example. It's nothing special whatsoever on a graphical level - it's a PS3 game at it's core, after all - but its art direction and style elevates it far, far beyond what it's capable of in a graphical sense.
I do agree that some games get a free pass when it comes to graphics, but at the end of the day, I think art style beats everything.
Thanks for taking the time and elaborating on this. I get what you mean about style. Nino Kuni and Journey are the best looking ps games for me. By far.
Still, I have yet to see indies with incredibly simple graphics and no style to write home about (at least as far as I'm concerned) to get criticized for their bad graphics.
Anyway, opinions, I guess. I just find it weird how much and how many reviewers agree on this (as in, how many have no problem with how most indies look, but do with games that have a decent, though not huge budget).
@naruball Yeah it's always going to be a tricky topic. Like music, visuals are obviously very subjective - all depends on taste. And even then, some people care a lot more about visuals than others. I know people who won't play games unless they look absolutely cutting-edge, for example.
Still, my take is that it's never a simple thing to criticise. Need to take art direction, general tone, colours, style, and everything else into account.
@LiamCroft ''The soundtrack is another area where it’s clear that some thought was spent, but to the point where the audio can actually become overwhelming. It does a good job of creating tension and a foreboding atmosphere, but all too often it actually takes things too far and bleeds too many sounds into an auditory mess.'' Well it was mixed and designed in Auro3D for Auro3D sound systems, where you can have hundreds of audio objects operating at any given time. You won't get the audio separation originally intended on a stereo system (2 speakers)
I loved painkiller but this is very different, I'll check this out when its down to $10
So, less Get Even and more 'Get to the Back of the Class'
@glassmusic the ps store doesnt have a wishlist function does it??!?! I always wished it did. Ill kick myself if i somehow just didnt notice lol
@Gmork___ It does, but I don't think you can access it via the PS4's store app. I believe you've got to be using a web browser. I use it to quickly see if any games I want are on sale each Tuesday morning.
this game is way better than the review score at least a 7
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