Developer: High Voltage Software, Ubisoft Paris
Release Date: 8/23/2007
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The Good: Nice control setup, missions are short and easy to follow, feels like GRAW
The Bad: Sub-par graphics, jerky character animations, most of the consoles’ features are stripped out, no infrastructure, too linear, cheap enemy AI
I haven’t had the honor to play GRAW 2 on the home consoles yet so I picked up the PSP version and well…you can just compare it to Rainbow Six Vegas that was released a few months ago. The game is a dumbed down version of GRAW 2 with fewer features.
The controls are really nice and all and the missions are smooth but everything is just above mediocre. For some reason, Ubisoft has a hard time mastering the PSP hardware since all of Ubisoft’s handheld games don’t push it really all that far. In GRAW 2 you just play as Mitchell and you don’t get your other 3 squad members and a lot of the other features like the rover and all that is gone.
To me it felt a lot like GRAW 1 which isn’t a bad thing. The levels are extremely linear and there’s just one way to go. The enemy AI is pretty cheap and the animations are pretty jerky and odd looking. There aren’t that many guns in the game and there’s no infrastructure multiplayer mode. GRAW 2 is a nice handheld tactical shooter but don’t expect what you saw on the better versions.