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EGM Review: Section 8: Prejudice

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Posted on September 5, 2011 AT 11:41am

Terminate your enemies with extreme prejudice

The original Section 8 was a sci-fi shooter that revolved around space marines shot from orbital cannons into various military conflicts—and provided players with the personal challenge of trying to crush hapless opponents on impact. Although an interesting take on the shooter, Section 8’s campaign served as nothing more than an extended tutorial that seemed to gear players up for the multiplayer. With Prejudice, then, the entire Section 8 universe sees a redesign.

The most obvious fix to this franchise comes in the revamped single-player campaign. Although Prejudice offers several parallels between the action of this new story—which again follows Alex Corde, the first game’s protagonist—and the original release’s campaign, a far more complex tale means that it’s more than just a simple multiplayer ramp-up.

And that terrific multiplayer—the game’s meat and potatoes—is only bolstered by the new Swarm mode. Similar to Gears of War’s Horde mode, Swarm sees players team up to defend a single control point as they eliminate waves of enemy bots. Up to 32 players can also take part in the returning Conquest mode, which sees two teams attempt to score points by killing their opponents, capturing objectives, and finishing a plethora of teamwork-based missions. This variety in a glorified deathmatch mode really lends itself to necessary team tactics in order for your squad to emerge victorious. With several customizable loadouts you can preset before jumping into any and every fray, multiplayer’s something shooter fans should check out at least once.

Even though this downloadable title packs more content than the disc-based original from two years ago, Prejudice still has several surface flaws that keep it from the elite level. At times, the paltry graphics, glitch-riddled combat, and horrible voice acting make this feel like a relic from the last console generation. And even though the campaign mode’s definitely improved, it’s not all that it could be. Still, Prejudice is a much richer experience than its predecessor—and with its cheaper downloadable price tag, it’s a worthy distraction for shooter fans with itchy trigger fingers.

SUMMARY: Balances the great multiplayer of the first Section 8 with a solid-but-short single-player experience.

  • THE GOOD: Deeper story mode serves as more than a multiplayer tutorial
  • THE BAD: Last-generation graphics, glitches, and horrible voice acting
  • THE UGLY: The splatter when an orbital supply drop crushes someone

SCORE: 7.5

Ray Carsillo, Reviews Editor
Ray Carsillo has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about videogames, comics, and movies for such outlets as Newsday.com, ESPNNewYork.com, Classic Game Room on YouTube, Collider.com, and Comicvine.com before finally settling into his role as EGM’s reviews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Follow Ray’s exploits on Twitter: @RayCarsillo. Meet the rest of the crew.

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