5th Cell Media
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.0 stars
Just like the gamers who play them, online multiplayer shooters used to come in many shapes and sizes. Sadly, it seems like most current developers are only interested in spewing out military shooters or "Halo" wannabes. Not so with 5th Cell Media, because "Hybrid" is unlike any shooter I've ever played!
This game doesn't have much of a storyline, but that's OK because most gamers only need to know which direction to shoot. In this case, a global conflict over dark matter pits the Variant species against humanoid Paladins. Players choose their side and then fight on one of ten maps in six different match types that include standard death matches as well as new modes like Tactics.
One feature that really sets "Hybrid" apart from other shooters is the unusual mobility, or lack thereof. Instead of being able to freely move around, players must fly from cover to cover using their jet-pack. Thankfully, it's possible to shoot while moving and also dodge projectiles while in the air. In addition, players can also 'retreat' back to their starting point if they don't like where they're heading, but the retreat ability can't be spammed. It's also possible to hop over walls to take cover from the other side.
This cool move is not only handy but also extremely necessary for survival. You see, players can stand on the ground as well as walls and ceilings, so enemy fire can come from any direction and any angle. The resulting unpredictability is not only exciting but also helps make "Hybrid" a unique experience.
I also like the ability to customize my character with everything from weapons to armor to special abilities, but I can do without the micro-transactions. It's also disappointing that matches are limited to 3 vs. 3 and that "Hybrid" is an online-only game, but it's still a fun and unique experience!