CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars review (PS3)

Cajun Chicken | 1776d ago | User review
Reviewing: CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars
Psychokinetic Wars had the right fun Factor for me.
First of all, let me point out; the story of Cellfactor: Psychokinetic Wars is vague as heck. Right, three different factions are fighting to the death, playing capture the flag and assault for some grand reason. Hey, I mean, as we learned in UTIII we found out that attempting to flesh out a multiplayer built game like with a narrative was pointless and made the game even more so cringe worthy and lessened the impact.

Cellfactor is for those who enjoyed playing multiplayer games such as Quake3 and Epic's Unreal Tournament series to death, basically; imagine the powers of Midway's Psi-Ops, chuck in Q3 ,UT2K4, UTIII, Halflife2 Deathmatch, mix them together in a bowl, lick the spoon, this is what you'll end up with.

As a Unreal Engine powered PSN title (and XBLA at some point), Cellfactor certainly delivers in all the right places, what appears to look like a mod for UTIII soon becomes worth the £8 admission price. Bear in mind, you are buying a game with 3 'ladders' with different class gameplay for each one and 10 varied challenge requirements for each, with 30 challenges in total for the singleplayer game, these challenges help you unlock further perks in the game and gear to customise your character with to take online or with a friend.
Normal gametypes include Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Assault which involves taking a 'hacker' to the opposite base to gain a point If that isn't enough, you can choose to have instant bot matches and split screen games so you can humiliate your friend on the sofa and most importantly, full on online multiplayer (which annoyingly had no one online as I attempted to test this out)
Weapons are the normal suspects, Pistol, Shotgun, Assault rifle, Rocket Launcher, Sniper rifle, the bare essentials of multiplayer FPS combat, that was seen on PC 1998-2004, but don't let that put you off.

The mechanics of the game are very simple to get used to, R1 to fire, X to to jump, Square to reload, Circle or L+R on the D-pad to swap through weapons basically, UTIII controls...until you discover the abilities of each faction which is when you'll see how different the game is. You have two set of numbers on the bottom of your HUD, obviously the one on the left is your health, the other one on the right is your Psi-Power which recharges slowly once using.

The first ability that you'll discover if you decide to choose 'Black Ops', is 'Psi-Push' activated by pressing L1 which is very basic telekinesis, (for those who have played HL2 this is very much like the Gravity Gun), you can pick up nearby barrels, boxes and even rip out metal plates from interior and floors, let go of them to force the object right into someones face/legs, the longer you keep hold of the object, the more Psi-Power you'll get drained. Next you'll discover 'Teleport' activated by R2 which takes up about 50 of your Psi-Power, (unlike UTIII, you can actually teleport WITH flags and the aforementioned 'hacker'), a Psi-Shield which generates a shield activated by L2 by but drains Psi-Power very fast, but great for shielding from rockets, the Black Ops last ability activated by Triangle is a mine which can be place on the ground.

Don't want to be Black Ops? Well, choose 'Bishop' whom has very similar abilities to that of the Black Ops but more advanced Psi-Powers. Strangely, instead of having a gun, Bishop just fires all weapons directly from the hands, these have exactly the same accuracy and hit damage, so don't worry, additional Psi-Abilities other than Psi-Push and Psi-Shield include Flying which is used simply by keeping X for jump down in order to glide around arenas until your Psi-Level dissipates, a rather nasty ability Psi-Cache that thrusts several objects at your targeted foes activated by R2 taking up 50 Psi-Power is like a extreme version of Psi-Push and is incredibly amusing, finally, pressing Triangle will give you the equivalent of a flash bang grenade.

Don't want to be Bishop? well, choose the Terminator...I mean 'Guardian'. Who can freaking DUAL WIELD by pressing L1 and R1 and can change the right weapon with Circle and the left with Triangle, L2 will make you dodge and finally R2 will make you Super-Run which you can actually run into people and kill them with.

Cellfactor is some insane fast paced classic FPS arena action with a twist, with music that could easily be heard out of a Quake or UT title, which some great sound effects for the weapons, the maps are also a pretty good selection with plenty of jump pads and power-ups. You can easily stretch out about 3 hours on the Single Player and tutorials and then unleash your powers online (if I could actually find anyone to play with), the game ashamedly DOESN'T have custom soundtracks and deserves further map-packs if it ever happens.

Oh, how jealous Epic must be for not making this one.

Anyway, try the free demo right now on the EU PSN store, see if it suits your taste, because if you like Epic's UT series and Quake3, I'd be very surprised if you didn't fall in love with this little PSN title.

Additional:

Callout to PS3Addiction for not actually bothering to review or play the game further than the start menu. Well done, thanks for doing the Eurogamer thing. Online only, no singleplayer, yeah, right.

http://www.ps3addiction.com/article/17/cellfactor-psychokinetic-wars-quick-review/

http://www.n4g.com/NewsCom-336946.aspx?CT=1&Page=1&Page2=1#C2406003
Ups
Awesome easy to use Psi-Powers, good easy unlockable perks{Some great levels{Single Player, Split Screen and Online gameplay
Downs
Would've liked more challenges{Doesn't have vehiclular combat like in UTIII{Serious lack of custom soundtrack feature
Score
8.0
Graphics The gameplay is perfectly acceptable and the Psi-Powers make fragging a lot of fun in new and original ways, you end up laughing a heck of a lot sometimes. Very addictive.
7.0
Sound This is the Unreal Engine at it's basic UTIII level, the game isn't at all eye candy, but does the job. The simple art design works well and the maps are well built.
7.0
Gameplay The sound is very much the type of music for an arena FPS you'd expect, but works well. Could of done with custom soundtrack feature for more choice of music tracks. Glorious, deep, 'Headshot', 'Arena Master', 'Double Kill' and 'Triple Kill' voiceovers.
9.0
Fun factor This takes the arena shooter where not even Epic or Id had taken it in recent times. Very enjoyable game, quite a lot of content for the cheap price, basic single player game to get used to the ropes, unlockables, gear, split screen, bots, online MP. Best competitive FPS I've played for a long time.
-1.0
Online I have no idea what the online is like due to finding no servers, but if it's anything like the SP and Splitscreen, I'm sure it'll be near equal to UTIII. Feel free to add me for MP in the near future. PSN: Freker
9.0
Overall (out of 10 / not an average)
micro_invader  +   1776d ago
Great review Cajun. I am definitely picking this up later, I've got too many games on my plate right now.
Defectiv3_Detectiv3  +   1774d ago
Played the demo, wasn't very impressed. The sound effects are terrible. Usually I don't care about sound, but these ones were so bad it made me cringe. The weapons are all pretty vague and generic. The graphics themselves are nothing to write home about.

I geuss it does have lower standards though since it is a network game, but I for one would rather play UT3(seeing as how I already own it.)
goflyakite  +   1776d ago
Just played the demo, it was really fun.

Dual weapons for robots was the best.
Chubear  +   1776d ago
Great review
but I don't think you should be rating this game in comparison to full fledged disc games that retail for $60 instead of 10bucks. You really should rate downloadable games as downloadable games not as full disc games cause obviously it's graphics and sound will not be like on full disc based games or large downloadable games

I have to say for a small downloadable game, it has the best looking graphics I've ever seen at that price and certainly deserves a way more higher rating than a 7. IMO that's an easy 9.5 for that price.

It's amazing what this game delivers for $10 and it further reinstates for me how much Nintendo has become a complete ripp off.

This game is $10 yet it has just as good of a graphical look (comparably) and a way more robust MP on&off line to a $50 Nintendo FPS game in the conduit. If you're a FPS shooter fan or online shooter fan and you don't pick this game up then there something seriously wrong with you.

I have no clue why it's servers aren't packed with tonnes of gamers playing this awesome shooter. I'm not even a big FPS gamer but I can see the obvious high value in quality for a $10 game. Go support these type of developers - QUICK.
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Cajun Chicken  +   1775d ago
Yeah, I'm shocked the servers aren't packed too. I guess the reason I rated down the graphics is because it basically does look like a UTIII modification. Not much has been done by the developers to make the game look less like it was made with the UE, the developers have hardly put in any original art design in the game and have just been 'safe'.

Also one thing I forgot to mention which factored into the graphics is that the splitscreen mode degrades the graphics slightly and every item to pick up with Psi-Pull looks like exactly the same squashed chunk of metal.

To me the graphics (lets say art design) didn't really get me like Wipeout HD or Flower, but is a really good third party PSN game which I really hope gets the love for the fast and frentic gameplay.

Still, I can't believe that a PS3 website actually didn't bother playing the game past the menu and ignored all that value for the price.

On N4G, I try to do user reviews of games that aren't getting the love as much and will continue in the future, already as a PS3 fan, I praised what a great game XBLA's The Maw was, despite most 360 owners ignoring the title or slipping under the radar at release.
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MADPIRAHNA  +   1774d ago
Well
I never owned UTIII. I am gonna check this one out because of the cheap price, and the surprising review and comments from u guys. See u on the battlefield.
peeps  +   1774d ago
i was tempted cus been a fan of games like UT etc but i just found out this is actually a free to play pc shooter that been out for a while now? if so i'll just get it on my pc tbh
Cajun Chicken  +   1773d ago
No, that's the abandoned test demo. The original game was tooled especially to use Physx cards which never really caught on. The real game was never made and this is just the same developers making use of the Cellfactor IP.
Totally different game.
PS3player2009  +   1773d ago
Great game.
I loved this game. Basically online is UTIII w/ less customization.

Solid game though. Worth the $10 you pay for it.

God Bless
Cajun Chicken  +   1773d ago
I thought it needed a fair review somewhere so I did it. If the first few paragraphs don't sound interesting to anyone that reads it, well, simply, its not the game for them. A good old fashioned arena shooter with a twist, lets hope the servers get packed soon. Spread the word.

For those without PS3s, this game is also on XBLA now. Either way, it's still a good game.
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Socomer 1979  +   1773d ago
cool !
I'll think about it.

Thanks Cajun
Cajun Chicken  +   1773d ago
Try the demo first. No spending required.
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CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars

Average Score 7.1 Reviews(18)
Release Dates
PC Release Dates
PS3 Release Dates
AU 04 June 2009
EU 04 June 2009
US 04 June 2009
Xbox 360 Release Dates
US 03 June 2009
EU 03 June 2009
AU 03 June 2009