Release Date: Feb 07, 2012
Developer: Saber Interavtive
The recent trailer released for this has really caught my eye. Developed by Saber Interactive (the same team who developed the more than respectable FPS, Time-Shift), Inversion is a third person shooter, which allows you to manipulate gravity during combat.
Initial impressions seem to paint it as a Gears-alike with gravity effects, that delivers solid combat and great looking set pieces. Whilst that's all fine by me, I'm also hoping that there will be elements to it which are closer to Psi-Ops, where you can use your powers and environment to dispose of enemies.
Live Action Trailer
Where Inversion does differentiate itself from Gears (aside from the obvious gravity play) is through its destructible environments. Concrete gets chewed up during shootouts and crumbles realistically, especially the concrete cover scattered about the environments. The most impressive example of destruction I caused was in unloading a turret gun on a two-story building, destroying the face of the building, and then its support structures. Eventually, what was left toppled. While an impressive display, it was also scripted, so it's unlikely every building will be as destructible in the game.
Like you, enemies need to make use of cover to avoid being shot to bits. However, there's nothing to stop you picking up their cover and moving it out of the way - or forming your own cover with your gravity tools. Or you can pick up the enemies themselves, drawing them towards you and firing them out as projectiles.
Gravity has been disturbed throughout the world, and it isn't finished either. When a skyscraper in the distance topples to the ground, creating an enormous dust cloud, it also triggers a shockwave that distorts gravity in your immediate surroundings.
But the effects are localised, so you're fighting enemies who are moving between cover points on a plane of gravity at a right angle to you (right angles seems to be the theme) while from your perspective they're advancing along the wall.
We're hoping for an adventure similar to Psi-Ops, but so far there's an unmistakable whiff of average-o-blaster, Fracture. Some over-enthusiastic PR talk boasts of "nonstop firefights" (we're hoping it's an exaggeration) and "things most people didn't think possible on the current generation of consoles" (which just gets: ?), suggesting the game needs bigging up because it isn't impressive enough to speak for itself. Like Timeshift, we're sure it'll be a solid title, but Inversion's unlikely to be the revolution it claims.
Metacritic 360: 53
Metacritic PS3: 57