Release Date: 7/14/2011
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The Good: Lots of action, lots of guns, lots of cursing
The Bad: Poorly balanced, tasteless and heavy Mexican gang theme, forced mature content, ridiculous story, no cover system, bullet time feels old and tiresome
I can’t say it enough. Gameloft keeps pumping out crap and 9MM is their latest edition of crapola. You play as a guy named Jack Kannon (really?) who kills a Mexican cartel leaders brother, and his name is El Diablo (yeah Gameloft’s crafty names at work here). Your family gets involved and Gameloft makes a sad attempt at giving Jack a personality by saving his family in slow-mo action.
The game rallies behind the 10-year-old effect of bullet time and all out running and gunning. The game throws countless enemies at you and you use your bullet time stick to dodge in every direction to kill these guys. It’s about as original and interesting as it sounds which is not at all. There no cover system and every gun feels the same especially since you can kill someone with a shotgun across an entire area with just one or two shots. There are a lot of guns, but they all feel the same and you won’t really care which ones you use.
The rest of the game is opening doors and throwing switches which also is just as boring, and that’s all there is to it. There are a few quick time events, but they are pretty lame and uninteresting as the rest of the game. 9MM sports a tasteless Mexican gang theme that seems forced and a bit much. It’s obvious who Gameloft is catering to here, and not to mention the awful stabs at immigration and the constant cursing that feels completely forced and fake. There’s even a sad attempt at a strip bar in the game with girls dancing in underwear. Nice try Gameloft, but PC and console gamers have played and seen much worse (and better).
So why should you buy this? It’s great for some mindless shooting action, but don’t expect any substance or soul here. Gameloft also craftily snuck some freemium crap in here because you can buy armor, more powerful bullets with in-game cash, but if you are the impatient type you can buy more with real money. I would just stay away from this game unless you must have a shooter on your iTouch device.