Warp Review

Warp (Available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: M
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Action
Publisher: EA
Developer: TrapDoor
Release Date: February 15th, 2012

Parent Talk: While Warp features an adorable little alien, it also has tons of gratuitous violence, strong language and blood and gore.  Yes sir, this was rated M for mature for a very good reason.  Keep children as far away as possible.

Plays Like: Warp plays like a stealth action game, a la Metal Gear Solid, but with heavy puzzle elements.  It also has a very familiar Portal feel to it at times.  That’s sort of expected as you’re warping from room to room, and from one object to another.

Review Basis: I finished off the story mode, and tried a few time trials, which proved to be way too difficult for me.

How many times have you played a game where an alien visitor comes to Earth only to feel the might of our strongest army.  Be it a first-person shooter, third-person action game or whatever else you can think of, the poor aliens always seem to get the short end of the stick.  Well not this time!  Warp features a lovable alien that is captured by the evil humans who experiment on and cut him open while he’s still conscious!  Trapped in an underwater facility, the alien quickly regains his powers, and with your help makes his way through corrupted scientists, guards and anyone or anything else that stands in its way as it tries to escape.

The Great:

Not at all what you expect.  What begins as such a cute-looking game quickly turns dark and never looks back.  Once your alien counterpart is on the loose, he can warp through walls, and into any object, including people.  By rotating the left analog stick he can then cause said objects to explode from the inside out.  This causes a large pool of blood to spurt everywhere; thereby making your jaw hit the ground.  It may only be shocking the first time, but you won’t soon forget it.

The Good:

+ Excellent gameplay.  By warping into different objects, people or anything else, you try and traverse each area as quickly and quietly as possible.  You’re also rewarded for taking out as few people as possible.  For those asking why don’t you just warp out of the facility, you can’t as the alien can’t touch salt water or he temporarily looses his powers and remember you’re in an underwater facility.

+ Puzzles can be solved in multiple ways, further adding to the variety.  You can typically use stealth to make your way through, or kill everyone.

+ Exploration is encouraged as you can find hidden grub worms, which are a form of currency.  These worms allow your alien to unlock new abilities, such as being able to shoot projectiles or create copies of yourself to throw guards off the trail.

+ Leaderboards help connect you to your friends.  Once you perform a certain number of tasks your overall rank is measured against your friends, making the replay value higher than anticipated.

The So-So:

+/- Not the most technically impressive arcade out there.  All the lab techs look identical, all the guards, etc.

The Bad:

– The final boss is a bit of a letdown compared to the rest of the game.  Don’t want to spoil it, but TrapDoor should have rethought this.  There are also a lot of technical issues that pop up during the final battle for one reason or another.

– Identity crisis.  Sometimes the cute look is a little too jarring from all the vulgarities being thrown your way.  While the game never takes itself seriously, I found the mish mash didn’t always work as intended.

The Ugly:

“Sometimes I cry when I masturbate” – Yeah that’s an actual line you’ll hear.  Imagine what else follows something like that.

The Lowdown:

Warp is a really fun game, but goes a little over the top sometimes with the language and violence.  I suppose it’s part of the game’s charm, but some might find it a little excessive.  If that doesn’t bother you, then Warp should certainly be checked out.  I caught myself laughing quite a few times, and by the end I wanted all the humans to pay for what they’d done.  I’m sure you will too.

Average Score Scale: 7.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 8/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: If you’re looking to finally have the chance to get revenge on all those evil humans for torturing aliens for countless centuries, this is a game for you. 

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: If you can’t get into the cute yet murderous style of the game, it’s easy to be turned off.  That said, the gameplay remains exceptionally tight and addicting.