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Section 8

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
71
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Windows
73
3.0
Xbox 360
71
5.0

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Combined MobyScore 2 4.0


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100
WindowsOut Of Eight
I played a disturbingly large amount of Section 8 during the closed and open betas (when I probably should have been reviewing other games), and for good reason: the game is an excellent online first person shooter. Section 8 adds a number of well-developed features that are either unique or inspired (stolen) by other games into a cohesive package of fun. The basic package is there: average but capable graphics, multiplayer features with online stat tracking that occasionally functions (thanks a lot, Games for Windows LIVE!), and a forgettable single player campaign. Section 8’s unique draw start with spawning: you can start anywhere, preferably out of the range of enemy anti-air turrets, and this eliminates annoying spawn camping. Overdrive (really fast sprinting) lets you traverse the map quickly if you did spawn in the wrong place.
83
Xbox 360Gaming Age
All the little things that game incorporates into combat, like the drop ship spawning, the customizable load outs, the base control with automated defenses, and the various modules, keep Section 8 from being a bland multiplayer shooter, and help it stand out against the pack of Halo's and Call of Duty's that currently populate the system. It's well worth checking out for team based play, and while I think the single player campaign was significantly weaker than the rest of the experience, I fully believe that it's worth checking out for the multiplayer alone. It's definitely a fun experience, and hopefully one that more people will pick up on.
81
Xbox 3604Players.de
Als Section 8 angekündigt wurde, habe ich abgewunken: Irgendein Krieg im Weltall, irgendein Mehrspieler-Shooter - wer braucht das schon? Aber schon als ich vor einigen Monaten erstmals Hand anlegen konnte, hatten es mir die taktischen Gefechte plötzlich angetan! Denn TimeGate latscht nicht einfach den zu Tode getrampelten konventionellen Pfaden nach; die Entwickler mischen vielmehr neue und alte Ideen so geschickt, dass das Ergebnis erfrischend unverbraucht wirkt. Auf Dauer sind die acht Schauplätze trotz verschiedener Variationen zwar ebenso zu wenig wie die einzige Spielvariante. Doch das macht eine unterhaltsame Kampagne für Solo-Krieger zumindest teilweise wieder wett. Und spätestens in den packenden Online-Gefechten, die u.a. dem cleveren Ausgleich durch vom Spiel gesteuerte Bots zu verdanken sind, lässt Section 8 die Muskeln eines bemerkenswerten Newcomers spielen!
81
Windows4Players.de
Als Section 8 angekündigt wurde, habe ich abgewunken: Irgendein Krieg im Weltall, irgendein Mehrspieler-Shooter - wer braucht das schon? Aber schon als ich vor einigen Monaten erstmals Hand anlegen konnte, hatten es mir die taktischen Gefechte plötzlich angetan! Denn TimeGate latscht nicht einfach den zu Tode getrampelten konventionellen Pfaden nach; die Entwickler mischen vielmehr neue und alte Ideen so geschickt, dass das Ergebnis erfrischend unverbraucht wirkt. Auf Dauer sind die acht Schauplätze trotz verschiedener Variationen zwar ebenso zu wenig wie die einzige Spielvariante. Doch das macht eine unterhaltsame Kampagne für Solo-Krieger zumindest teilweise wieder wett. Und spätestens in den packenden Online-Gefechten, die u.a. dem cleveren Ausgleich durch vom Spiel gesteuerte Bots zu verdanken sind, lässt Section 8 die Muskeln eines bemerkenswerten Newcomers spielen!
81
Xbox 360GameZone
At the end of the day, Section 8 is an extraordinary multiplayer-oriented first-person shooter. What it lacks is any semblance of a competent single-player mode for gamers who don’t enjoy online interactions. Knowing that, Section 8 is a title that should only be purchased by fanatics of online multiplayer battles.
80
WindowsGameRadio
Im Grunde ist Section 8 ein Battlefield-Klon. Das ist nicht schlecht, aber auch nicht wirklich neu. Durch die Nebenmissionen und das Bau-Feature erhält das Spiel jedoch einen eigenen Kniff, der die Schlachten sehr dynamisch macht. Das coole Respawnen in der Luft und das Schweben mit dem Jetpack tun da ihr übriges. Leider ist die Technik nur Durchschnitt und ein motivierendes Level-System á la Call of Duty gibt es auch nicht. Dafür besteht aber auch nicht die Gefahr, gegen übermächtige Gegner ständig den Kürzeren zu ziehen. Ich kann Section 8 jedem empfehlen, der die großen Toptitel des Genres satt hat und die Wartezeit auf die nächsten Highlights überbrücken möchte.
80
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Nix für Camper: In Section 8 wechseln die Fronten oft dermaßen schnell, dass Einigler keine Chance haben. Vor allem die Nebenmissionen, für sich alleine eher unspektakulär, bringen viel Dynamik ins Getümmel. Dazu kommen die sauschnellen Jetpack-Dogfights und die flexibel einsetzbaren Panzer und Mechs. Die Solokampagne kann bei dem Tempo allerdings nicht mithalten, die sollten Sie nur zur Vorbereitung auf die echten Gefechte mit echten Kerlen nutzen. Für Section 9 wünsche ich mir allerdings ein paar Texturen mehr. Dann kommt es wirklich in Battlefield-Schlagweite.
80
WindowsGame Over Online
All in all this is a great game with solid gameplay, beautiful worlds, tons of customization, and an excellent multiplayer component. If Halo and Unreal Tournament got together to make sweet sweet baby love, Section 8 would be their gun-toting offspring. I only wish the walk/jog speeds were a bit faster as you basically get to choose between ‘grandma with a bad back’ slow or ‘get the hell out of my way’ fast. The tank controls could use some polishing too, but in the end all the complaints I had with this game were minor. If you’re looking for a solid, intense shooter with great character customization and an equally great online multiplayer, you can’t go wrong with this game.
80
WindowsIGN
The battlefields of TimeGate's multiplayer-focused shooter Section 8 are big and bristling with opportunities for action. There are contests for control points and turrets, dynamic combat missions that pop up all over, tanks and troops falling from the sky, and a readily customizable loadout of weapons, tools, and passive skills. If you'd prefer to sneak into enemy installations by bypassing sensor array detection or jetpack right into the heart of a fight with a machine gun roaring, you can do it in Section 8. It's a game that pulls its ideas from a wealth of other titles past, and does so effectively, but not without stumbling over some combat speedbumps. If you're willing to put in some time to learn the game's systems and are eager to work as part of a team, then it's easy to have a good time with this one.
80
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Section 8 definitely rewards time but it is initially disconcerting. I wonder whether it will be another one of those shooters that develops a small, dedicated community that is difficult to crack. Being on the inside of that community, however, is likely to be glorious. I have already spent weeks playing through some of the best firefights in years: dropping from orbit through a skylight into the midsts of a base assault, leaping from rooftops into a gunbattle in my two-tonne mech armour, valiantly defending a capture point with turrets and persona repair tool while my squad races to my aid... Section 8 is capable of scintillating multiplayer drama, and it is impeccably solid throughout. I've had some maginficent tooth-and-nail matches, which is all I can really ask for. For all the offbeat design decisions and mechanistic foibles, I've been enjoying the hell out of it.
80
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Section 8 is what it is, a great multi-player experience that will likely suffer more because of the community and less because of the game itself. If enough people purchase the game and grow a solid community I can see it quickly becoming one of my favorite online endeavors. Unfortunately at the time of this writing it was already feeling like a ghost town at certain hours of the day. Section 8 is a must-buy for people looking for another great team-based shooter that manages to think outside the box. I just hope enough people recognize it to keep the online battles flowing.
80
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
But with little character development and even less storytelling, this mode comes off as a tacked-on primer to the real action online. Where many titles hit the mark with their single-player, but offer lackluster multi-player simply to add a back-of-the-box bullet point, Section 8 pulls the reverse. That's mostly okay though, because its significant tweaking of the online landscape gives frag-loving gamers a good reason to add something besides Halo and Call of Duty to their multi-player rotation.
80
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Providing a complex and multi-layered experience, Section 8 is one of the better multiplayer titles currently available on the 360. With clan support, stat tracking, and more, hopefully this game will sell well and build up the sizable community needed to keep the battles large and epic. Despite some need for the weapon balance to be re-tuned, an undersized HUD, and poor tank controls, Section 8 is a blast, and worth checking out if you're into large-scale multiplayer battles.
80
Xbox 360Gamervision
In the end, one of the biggest issues with the game is its release date. It’s a shame that so many other high-profile shooters are coming out this year, because Section 8 would have had a chance to shine in a less populated season. As it stands, it’s going to be hard to find a huge audience for the title, especially with new Call of Duty and Halo titles just over the horizon. Even so, Timegate’s shooter is a well-put together experience that should make Tribes fans giddy, and remind the rest of us a time, for better or worse, when shooters were a little bit bigger.
80
Xbox 360Game Over Online
All in all this is a great game with solid gameplay, beautiful worlds, tons of customization, and an excellent multiplayer component. If Halo and Unreal Tournament got together to make sweet sweet baby love, Section 8 would be their gun-toting offspring. I only wish the walk/jog speeds were a bit faster as you basically get to choose between ‘grandma with a bad back’ slow or ‘get the hell out of my way’ fast. The tank controls could use some polishing too, but in the end all the complaints I had with this game were minor. If you’re looking for a solid, intense shooter with great character customization and an equally great online multiplayer, you can’t go wrong with this game.
80
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
We've always been fans of TimeGate Studios and believe that some of the concepts introduced in Section 8 will eventually appear in future FPSs much as some concepts first introduced in Kohan are commonplace now in modern RTSs. That in and of itself makes Section 8 a title players should at least try out, and the studio, one to continue watching.
79
Xbox 360That Gaming Site
Section 8 is a great time and competitive shooter fans have a lot to love here. A better campaign with more memorable lighting would have added a lot.
79
PlayStation 3GameFocus
The initial impressions of Section 8 will not be positive for many due to the slightly odd setup system, fairly complex character customization system, muddy controls and bland single player campaign. This is fair to a certain extent as all of these are valid issues but once you become accustomed to the game it really does offer an awful lot of value, especially with a $30 price tag.
79
Xbox 360GameFocus
Unfortunately, I suspect that the initial impressions of Section 8 will not be positive for many due to the slightly odd setup system, fairly complex character customization system, muddy controls and bland single player campaign. This is fair to a certain extent as all of these are valid issues but once you become accustomed to the game it really does offer an awful lot of value. Section 8 proves that TimeGate can develop a major AAA IP of their own and with some refinement Section 8 may become a serious and important FPS franchise.
78
Xbox 360Gamona
Section 8 versucht, eine Reihe neuer Ideen in das etwas festgefahrene Genre der Multiplayer-Shooter zu bringen. Vieles davon ist erfrischend und erlaubt strategische Winkelzüge. So bringt beispielsweise der frei wählbare Respawn aus einigen Kilometern Höhe nicht nur belebende taktische Elemente ein, sondern fabriziert auch spannende Überraschungsmomente. Features wie das integrierte Jetpack, der Turbolaufmodus und die dynamischen Kampfmissionen peppen den Spielablauf auf den riesigen Maps zusätzlich auf und sorgen für jede Menge Spielspaß und Abwechslung. Schade, dass Section 8 mit dem Kampf um Kontrollpunkte nur einen Spielmodus bietet. Kritisch sehen wir auch die geringe Anzahl der Vehikel, deren Handling überdies gründlich verpatzt wurde. Hier gibt es noch jede Menge Verbesserungspotenzial. Trotz dieser Makel bietet das Actionspiel jedoch genügend interessante Ansätze und Inhalte, um einen Absprung aus fünf Kilometern zu wagen.
78
WindowsGamona
Section 8 versucht, eine Reihe neuer Ideen in das etwas festgefahrene Genre der Multiplayer-Shooter zu bringen. Vieles davon ist erfrischend und erlaubt strategische Winkelzüge. So bringt beispielsweise der frei wählbare Respawn aus einigen Kilometern Höhe nicht nur belebende taktische Elemente ein, sondern fabriziert auch spannende Überraschungsmomente. Features wie das integrierte Jetpack, der Turbolaufmodus und die dynamischen Kampfmissionen peppen den Spielablauf auf den riesigen Maps zusätzlich auf und sorgen für jede Menge Spielspaß und Abwechslung. Schade, dass Section 8 mit dem Kampf um Kontrollpunkte nur einen Spielmodus bietet. Kritisch sehen wir auch die geringe Anzahl der Vehikel, deren Handling überdies gründlich verpatzt wurde. Hier gibt es noch jede Menge Verbesserungspotenzial. Trotz dieser Makel bietet das Actionspiel jedoch genügend interessante Ansätze und Inhalte, um einen Absprung aus fünf Kilometern zu wagen.
76
WindowsGame Captain
Wer einen ordentlichen Shooter a la Halo sucht, liegt zumindest bei der Singleplayer-Kampagne total falsch. Die ist dank der miesen KI nicht zu empfehlen. Im Herzen ist Section 8 nämlich ein Mehrspieler-Shooter, der dank Minimissionen und einigen interessanten Features durchaus Laune macht. Vorausgesetzt man findet genügend Mitspieler, denn die teils riesigen Maps sind sonst doch arg leer und die Bots kein guter Ersatz.
75
WindowsGBase - The Gamer's Base
Wenn erst einmal die erste Hürde mit dem Serverbrowser genommen wurde, entpuppt sich Section 8 als actionreicher und durchaus interessanter Vertreter des Genres der Multiplayer-Shooter. Insbesondere die frei platzierbaren Gebäude sowie der ungewöhnliche Einstieg ins Spiel sorgen für frischen Wind und laden zum Verweilen ein. Oftmals habe ich mich dabei ertappt, dass ich mir bis weit nach Mitternachtdie Zeit damit um die Ohren schlug, die begehrten Computerterminals zu erobern. Zwar nerven noch einige Kinderkrankheiten wie beispielsweise der fehlerhafte Raketenwerfer, und die Entwickler sollten noch einige neue Maps spendieren, nichtsdestoweniger lohnt es sich aber, einen Blick auf den TimeGame Studios-Shooter zu werfen. Vor allen Dingen dann, wenn man nicht allzu hohe Ansprüche an die Grafik stellt.
75
PlayStation 3IGN
The battlefields of TimeGate's multiplayer-focused shooter Section 8 are big and loaded with opportunities for action. There are contests for control points and turrets, dynamic combat missions that pop up all over, tanks and troops falling from the sky, and a readily customizable loadout of weapons, tools, and passive skills. If you'd prefer to sneak into enemy installations by bypassing sensor array detection or jetpack right into the heart of a fight with a machine gun roaring, you can do it in Section 8. It's a game that pulls its ideas from a wealth of other titles past, and does so effectively, but not without stumbling over some control and combat speedbumps. If you're willing to put in some time to learn the game's systems and are eager to work as part of a team, then it's easy to have a good time with this one.
75
PlayStation 31UP
But let's be realistic: if you're interested in picking this up, it's going to be because of the multiplayer. Section 8 feels like it's starting to tap into something, and if you're looking for something just a little different, yet instantly familiar, you'll definitely get your money's worth (on the PS3 anyway).
75
PlayStation 3GamingEvolution
Section 8 is a pleasantly surprising sleeper in the crowded realm of multiplayer shooters. If anything, the campaign just contradicts what the game is supposed to be by teaching you something completely different. I realize I'm harping on an admittedly small and arguably negligible aspect of the game, but I feel that I have to because, even after the roughly 4 hour affair, it still took several live multiplayer matches for me to learn how to play (and unlearn what the campaign taught me). That there was no worthwhile narrative and the fact that it not only failed to teach me about the game's mechanics and rules, but actually deceived me in regard to them, made it a terrible introduction to what turned out to be a fine game. Section 8 has a lot going for it, but its occasionally muddled, aimless and even contradictory design makes it its own worst enemy in a genre that's not lacking for competition.
75
Xbox 360Game Critics
Although I'll be the first to admit that online multiplayer is usually the least interesting aspect of any game for me, Section 8 did a great job of making it easy to learn and easy to take part in. That facility combined with the excellent abilities of the armor and fast-paced nature of play make for a solid experience that 360 owners should certainly take note of.
75
Xbox 360IGN
The battlefields of TimeGate's multiplayer-focused shooter Section 8 are big and bristling with opportunities for action. There are contests for control points and turrets, dynamic combat missions that pop up all over, tanks and troops falling from the sky, and a readily customizable loadout of weapons, tools, and passive skills. If you'd prefer to sneak into enemy installations by bypassing sensor array detection or jetpack right into the heart of a fight with a machine gun roaring, you can do it in Section 8. It's a game that pulls its ideas from a wealth of other titles past, and does so effectively, but not without stumbling over some control and combat speedbumps. If you're willing to put in some time to learn the game's systems and are eager to work as part of a team, then it's easy to have a good time with this one.
75
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
Granted, none of this stuff makes Section 8 the next Tribes, but if all you want is to blast other players and capture bases across vast, beautiful alien worlds, then this is absolutely worth your time.
75
Xbox 360XboxAddict
Like I stated in my opening, the FPS genre is a tough nut to crack, and I’m glad that studios are still trying to re-invent the FPS wheel and I’m sure some great ones will eventually show up. Unfortunately Section 8 falls into the ever growing group of FPS that just don’t make the grade. I would love to see how Section 8’s game play would change with some adjustments to the health system, I can’t emphasize enough how that one dynamic affected this game for me.
75
Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
At the end of the day Section 8 is not that bad of a game, but it is just that it isn’t a great one either. Its’ strength lies in the multiplayer component, and I foresee a game that will have a devout following until the bigger and better games of this holiday season come out on store shelves. Until then I think that Section 8 does deserve a close look as it is the gameplay that serves the game well, and in today’s market gameplay is an important factor that everyone should care about.
75
Xbox 360Game Shark
The biggest strength and weakness that Section 8 has is that it lacks any defining functionality or flaws. The lock-on system is a great tool given the mobile gunfights but its usage trivializes other combat encounters. The only aspect of Section 8 that truly stands out is how you spawn into the map, leaving the rest of the gameplay to reside in more of the tried-and-true territory established by previous games in the genre. That criticism aside, the game is great fun and has a strong and balanced multiplayer—it just doesn’t take its gameplay into any areas that fans of the genre haven’t seen before.
75
Xbox 360Play.tm
Certainly, it is far from perfect, and misses out on lessons learnt elsewhere. But what it does do is bring some genuinely new ideas to the genre, while creating a game that is a lot of fun to play. Expect to see these innovations appearing in other shooters before too long - and when they do, let's remember where they came from.
74
PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The
Section 8 simply didn't deserve to be shuffled out with no hype. Nor did it deserve the demotion to a being PSN game, rather than being released as disc-based one. Granted, it is quite clear from the gameplay that this would have been better as a single player campaign with multiplayer tacked on, but what's done is done and Section 8 is still plenty enjoyable. It isn't the best, most popular or prettiest FPS, but if you're sick of all the others, you could do a lot worse.
74
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Section 8 also includes an Instant Action mode from the main menu, but it essentially just allows you to play in bot matches. As such, it's rather inconsequential when compared with the true multiplayer and even single-player experience for that matter. When all is said and done, Section 8 is a quality multiplayer experience a lot of players will get into. Unfortunately, the other aspects of the game, while fine in their own right, don't manage to add much to the formula. As such, this is a game that probably could have been released via the XBLA or Steam for $15 or $20 and would have been a veritable masterpiece. Since it's a full priced title, you may want to download the demo first and buy later.
72
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Auch unter Spieleentwicklern gilt offensichtlich: Gut geklont ist halb gewonnen. Immerhin ist Section 8 keine spielerische Katastrophe geworden, allerdings will sich mir trotzdem kein echter Grund dafür erschließen, das immer noch sehr gute Enemy Territory: Quake Wars links liegen zu lassen und auf Section 8 umzusteigen. Halt, ein Argument gibt es doch: den guten Clan-Support. Nur hilft der wenig, wenn kein Mensch auf den Servern anzutreffen ist.
72
WindowsGameswelt
Section 8 ist im Grunde eine Kopie von Titeln wie Enemy Territory: Quake Wars und mag auf den ersten Blick nicht unbedingt durch eigenen Charakter glänzen, ist an sich aber ohne Frage kein schlechtes Spiel. Der Umfang passt, die Optik stimmt, die typischen Mehrspieleraspekte sind alle vom Feinsten und wer nicht allzu viel von Kurzweil hält und lieber taktisch in großen Teams vorgeht, der dürfte sehr zufrieden sein. Doch echte Höhepunkte sucht man vergebens, Section 8 ist lediglich grundsolide. Die angestrebten Zielgruppen werden wohl bei Enemy Territory: Quake Wars und Battlefield: 2142 bleiben.
71
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
De originele aspecten van deze genietbare Team-based FPS worden ontsierd door fletse omgevingen en andere schoonheidsfoutjes.
70
Xbox 360Splashgames
Section 8 ist keineswegs ein schlechtes Spiel. Es ist ein solider Teamshooter, dessen Singleplayer-Kampagne absolut vergessen werden kann. Zwar gibt es einige interessante Features wie die Respawn-Sprünge oder das Umrüsten des Kampfanzugs, doch am Ende machen sich die kleineren Fehler bemerkbar. Besonders gut sieht es nicht aus, die Engine kommt mit zu vielen Gegnern nicht klar und es gibt zu wenig Abwechslung. Andere Titel des Genres haben dabei einfach viel mehr zu bieten und so taugt Section 8 nur als Intermezzo zwischen Battlefield/Call of Duty/Halo-Schlachten.
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WindowsSplashgames
Section 8 ist keineswegs ein schlechtes Spiel. Es ist ein solider Teamshooter, dessen Singleplayer-Kampagne absolut vergessen werden kann. Zwar gibt es einige interessante Features wie die Respawn-Sprünge oder das Umrüsten des Kampfanzugs, doch am Ende machen sich die kleineren Fehler bemerkbar. Besonders gut sieht es nicht aus, die Engine kommt mit zu vielen Gegnern nicht klar und es gibt zu wenig Abwechslung. Andere Titel des Genres haben dabei einfach viel mehr zu bieten und so taugt Section 8 nur als Intermezzo zwischen Battlefield/Call of Duty/Halo-Schlachten.
70
WindowsGameSpot
Beneath its generic exterior, Section 8 is a fun take on the ongoing battle between rival space marines. Though there is only one match type, the dynamic objectives keep the action feeling fresh and continually force you to switch your tactics to counter the changing battlefield. The expansive environments can get lonely if you find yourself far away from everyone else, but they are well constructed, giving many different ways to try to capture control points or ambush your hapless enemies. And if you can't find enough players to fill all 32 spots, you can add as many bots as you want. The bots present worthy adversaries and allies, not only in their battle acumen, but in the way they approach objectives or just hang back to defend your base. With a few more weapon types and vehicles that actually worked, Section 8 could have been a lot more exciting. As it is, this is a satisfying take on the genre that makes up in fun what it lacks in innovation.
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PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
If you don’t enjoy online warfare then I’d steer clear of this game. It is perfect for those looking to fill the Halo void but don’t expect the story to be of the same standard. There are plenty of other games offering the same experience but if the campaign mode was removed and some niggles fixed, we could’ve had the next Warhawk. Albeit in first person.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Ultimately though, there is a lot of fun to be had in this package, especially for just a $30 download. Section 8 offers an enjoyable blend of frantic FPS action and strategic squad-based gameplay. Yes there are several faults with the visuals, weapons, vehicles, and some gameplay mechanics. And yes, teamwork is impacted because not many people are using microphones (more of a PS3 deficiency than a fault of the title). Still, despite all of the shortcomings, I’ve had more fun with Section 8 than I’ve had with many an online shooter. If it were to somehow manage to gain a hardcore following, this certainly has all the potential to be a sleeper hit for 2010. I don’t think I’d hold my breath waiting for that to happen though.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Beneath its generic exterior, Section 8 is a fun take on the ongoing battle between rival space marines. Though there is only one match type, the dynamic objectives keep the action feeling fresh and continually force you to switch your tactics to counter the changing battlefield. The expansive environments can get lonely if you find yourself far away from everyone else, but they are well constructed, giving many different ways to try to capture control points or ambush your hapless enemies. And if you can't find enough players to fill all 32 spots, you can add as many bots as you want. The bots present worthy adversaries and allies, not only in their battle acumen, but in the way they approach objectives or just hang back to defend your base. With a few more weapon types and vehicles that actually worked, Section 8 could have been a lot more exciting. As it is, this is a satisfying take on the genre that makes up in fun what it lacks in innovation.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Beneath its generic exterior, Section 8 is a fun take on the ongoing battle between rival space marines. Though there is only one match type, the dynamic objectives keep the action feeling fresh and continually force you to switch your tactics to counter the changing battlefield. The expansive environments can get lonely if you find yourself far away from everyone else, but they are well constructed, giving many different ways to try to capture control points or ambush your hapless enemies. And if you can't find enough players to fill all 32 spots, you can add as many bots as you want. The bots present worthy adversaries and allies, not only in their battle acumen, but in the way they approach objectives or just hang back to defend your base. With a few more weapon types and vehicles that actually worked, Section 8 could have been a lot more exciting. As it is, this is a satisfying take on the genre that makes up in fun what it lacks in innovation.
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Xbox 360Destructoid
By all means, rent Section 8 if you can and give it a whirl. See if you can get lucky and find a game. But don't buy it, because you'll have wasted your money. A shame, because I really, really do like this poor game.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
The lack of a proper single-player experience (it's an extended multiplayer tutorial and nothing else) and the poor graphics will prevent Section 8 from achieving huge success and high review scores, but the core multiplayer gameplay should ensure a healthy and loyal following for a while at least.
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Xbox 360Games Radar
Unquestionably, Section 8 is a rock-solid multiplayer game that deserves to find a strong audience. But it certainly has its faults. The underwhelming campaign, über-generic setting, mediocre graphics, and occasional frame rate loss plague this otherwise excellent experience. The addition of the Instant Action single-player mode is nice for players who want more practice against AI before they go online, but like the single-player campaign, it feels like filler compared to the multiplayer mode. Still, Section 8 offers a unique experience that sets it aside from the other shooters on the market.
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WindowsUOL Jogos
"Section 8" passa longe de ser original, mas seu modo multiplayer mistura bem características de clássicos do gênero de tiro em primeira pessoa e promove partidas longas e emocionantes, com a necessidade de trabalhar em equipe para se dar bem na ação. O esquema infelizmente dá sinais de cansaço quando se torna evidente a falta de um orçamento digno para polir todos os componentes do game, em especial gráficos e sons, que não passam do medíocre. É uma pena que um game tão divertido não consiga deixar sua marca, principalmente quando novos episódios de concorrentes grandes como "Halo" e "Call of Duty" estão prestes a chegar.
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
Though multiplayer experience is respectable in its own right, Section 8 falls short of greatness. More than just a lack of features or modes, the game lacks soul. It doesn't have the polish that makes good games great, nor does it have the originality to distinguish it from the pack. It's a decent time-killer, but serious shooter fans are best advised to set their sights on bigger fish down the horizon.
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
Though multiplayer experience is respectable in its own right, Section 8 falls short of greatness. More than just a lack of features or modes, the game lacks soul. It doesn't have the polish that makes good games great, nor does it have the originality to distinguish it from the pack. It's a decent time-killer, but serious shooter fans are best advised to set their sights on bigger fish down the horizon.
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com
Section 8 mixes many elements from previous games in the genre, and actually does so pretty well, but the control issues, overall weapon imbalance, and even slight learning curve prevent this game from being all that it can be. However, if you have exhausted your Halo 3 tactics and are craving something with a similar flavor of Star Wars: Battlefront, then you might want to take a peek at Section 8.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Age
While Section 8 takes a bit of getting used to, it is worth growing into and finding a groove to play within. That's where the game fits, despite everything marketing has done to compliment the drab style it emits from the boxart to menu screens. There are shortcomings, yes, and it's by no means perfect, but as far as online-only games go (which is what I'm considering this to be), it's got some new tricks up its sleeve. It's too bad that without word of mouth or a prettier face, it will most likely be overlooked. If anything, it's an interesting take on FPS titles, inspired a bit by the RTS development team behind it.
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Xbox 360Console Monster
I really would like to recommend Section 8. It has some pretty neat features which make it stand out from Halo, especially if you are tired of it, but the fact it is mainly an online game with not enough people playing it renders it obsolete. By all means, rent it and enjoy what matches you actually find because you will enjoy those matches, but do not buy it else you will just feel cheated in the end.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Section 8 is difficult to recommend to anyone but fans of the space-marine shooter subgenre. That's what I'd normally do, with caveats, as a filler between releases of their favorite game type. However, with Halo: ODST mere days away, I find Section 8 almost impossible to recommend to anyone. Sure, it's possible that ODST just won't measure up to the franchise's legacy, but, if I had to bet, I'd surely bet on a new Halo title over Section 8. It's a quality franchise, worth waiting to compare with other similar offerings, and, frankly, even if ODST turns out only an average game, it will still rob most of Section 8's Xbox Live online player base. By the end of next week, the distant, empty-looking planets of the game's futuristic setting really will be just about totally depopulated.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Ultimately, these missions are not enough to give this title the boost it needs to make a name for itself in a crowded genre. The nice backend clan support is wasted since the game just isn’t much fun to play. The shooting lacks the high-intensity lethality of Counter-Strike, the lightning-paced speed of Tribes, and the great cooperative mechanics of Battlefield. You won’t spit this hamburger out, but you probably won’t tell your friends about it, either.
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Xbox 360Giant Bomb
There are some neat aspects of Section 8 and some good ideas that keep the game from getting too straightforward. But it feels like half of a game. The single-player campaign is a joke and this style of large-scale multiplayer has been done better elsewhere. Considering how competitive the multiplayer shooter genre is, that puts Section 8 in a pretty tough spot. But if you're looking for a different take on the Battlefield style, Section 8 does have its share of interesting moments.
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Xbox 360Vandal Online
El juego en línea es una apuesta firme, pero no siempre segura: si un juego se centra por completo en ella, debe tener una fuerte comunidad respaldándolo, o bien la capacidad para generarla y mantenerla. Section 8 no parece reunir los atractivos necesarios, ni la capacidad de diferenciación suficiente para generarla, pero eso no lo convierte en un mal juego, sino simplemente en uno más. Las partidas resultan divertidas, y siempre se puede optar por cantidades ingentes de bots (personajes controlados por la máquina) para sustituir a los rivales humanos del juego en línea, pero para ello hay que encontrar jugadores humanos, y que estos jueguen bien. El consuelo es que los bots de los que hablábamos antes dan resultados buenos en las partidas, y eso no es algo tan habitual, todo sea dicho. Dará buenas horas de diversión, sí, pero hay que saber muy bien cuáles son las intenciones del juego y contemplar las alternativas que hay en el mercado.
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Wait for this game to come down in price and then hope there are still some people left playing online. The multiplayer of Section 8 is worth playing but with a major lack of single player content, don't expect a large healthy online community in the coming months. Most players will have moved on to bigger and better things before this game's price matches its value.
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Xbox 360Gamer Limit
Unfortunately, Section 8 lacks that ingenuity. To the mainstream gamer, it may be considered an entertaining multiplayer romp, but to console devotees who have waited for a shooter that finally treats them with respect, Section 8 will not be our holy grail.
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WindowsGNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
C'est peu dire qu’on n’a pas été emballé par Section 8. Pourtant beaucoup l'espéraient un peu comme un renouvellement du genre. Mais les développeurs se sont essentiellement cassés les dents sur des problèmes techniques. La jouabilité confuse et l'aspect vieillot font plutôt tache dans un univers qui ne supporte que très peu l'à peu près. Après on peut toujours dire qu'on arrive tout de même à s'y amuser, ce qui est vrai, c'est trop peu pour nous combler.
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Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Själva spelkontrollen är väldigt traditionell och spelkänslan är väldigt lik den i Frontlines: Fuel of War. Tyvärr har Time Gate misslyckats med känslan i vapnen som känns som fjösiga vattenpistoler snarare än högteknologiska dunderbrakare med massor av eldkraft. Detta tillsammans med den bristfälliga bandesignen gör Section 8 till ett knappt dugligt multiplayerspel som kan tänkas roa för stunden, men som absolut inte kan konkurrera med spel som Halo 3: ODST, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 och Battlefield: Bad Company.
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WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Själva spelkontrollen är väldigt traditionell och spelkänslan är väldigt lik den i Frontlines: Fuel of War. Tyvärr har Time Gate misslyckats med känslan i vapnen som känns som fjösiga vattenpistoler snarare än högteknologiska dunderbrakare med massor av eldkraft. Detta tillsammans med den bristfälliga bandesignen gör Section 8 till ett knappt dugligt multiplayerspel som kan tänkas roa för stunden, men som absolut inte kan konkurrera med spel som Halo 3: ODST, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 och Battlefield: Bad Company.
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PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Sweden)
Själva spelkontrollen är väldigt traditionell och spelkänslan är väldigt lik den i Frontlines: Fuel of War. Tyvärr har Time Gate misslyckats med känslan i vapnen som känns som fjösiga vattenpistoler snarare än högteknologiska dunderbrakare med massor av eldkraft. Detta tillsammans med den bristfälliga bandesignen gör Section 8 till ett knappt dugligt multiplayerspel som kan tänkas roa för stunden, men som absolut inte kan konkurrera med spel som Halo 3: ODST, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 och Battlefield: Bad Company.
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Xbox 360DemoNews.de
Section 8 ist ein schneller und Team-orientierter Multiplayer-Shooter für Spieler, für die schon „Counter-Strike Source“ ein Grafikblender ist. Statt der eintönigen Singleplayer-Kampagne hätte man die Entwicklungszeit lieber für ein Grafik-Update nutzen sollen. Hinter dem hässlichen Äußeren steckt nämlich ein spannender Shooter, der bewährte Spielelemente aus „Battlefield“ und „Starsiege Tribes“ geschickt mixt. Nachschub anfordern oder Nebenmissionen sind zwar nicht neu, aber sie bringen viel Dynamik ins Geschehen. Das ist auch gut so, denn mit der Zeit fehlt „Section 8“ die Abwechslung. Die Karten ähneln sich zu sehr und das grundsätzliche Spielprinzip ist zu simpel. Das liegt auch leider daran, dass die Spielerbasis bisher überschaubar ist. Ein Match kommt zwar immer zustande, aber für größere Gefechte muss man oft notgedrungen auf Bots zurückgreifen. Das ist schade, denn Section 8 ist spielerisch ein echter Geheimtipp.
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WindowsDemoNews.de
Section 8 ist ein schneller und Team-orientierter Multiplayer-Shooter für Spieler, für die schon „Counter-Strike Source“ ein Grafikblender ist. Statt der eintönigen Singleplayer-Kampagne hätte man die Entwicklungszeit lieber für ein Grafik-Update nutzen sollen. Hinter dem hässlichen Äußeren steckt nämlich ein spannender Shooter, der bewährte Spielelemente aus „Battlefield“ und „Starsiege Tribes“ geschickt mixt. Nachschub anfordern oder Nebenmissionen sind zwar nicht neu, aber sie bringen viel Dynamik ins Geschehen. Das ist auch gut so, denn mit der Zeit fehlt „Section 8“ die Abwechslung. Die Karten ähneln sich zu sehr und das grundsätzliche Spielprinzip ist zu simpel. Das liegt auch leider daran, dass die Spielerbasis bisher überschaubar ist. Ein Match kommt zwar immer zustande, aber für größere Gefechte muss man oft notgedrungen auf Bots zurückgreifen. Das ist schade, denn Section 8 ist spielerisch ein echter Geheimtipp.
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Xbox 360Blend Games
Section 8's problem is not an overabundance of flaws but a shortage of strengths. It has a lot in common with some of the best shooters on the market but Section just seems to do everything a half-step slower than the competition in all areas. There's no hook here, no unique aspect that can make me honestly recommend it. Those orbital drops are kinda fun, though.
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Xbox 360D+PAD Magazine
Section 8 isn’t very good. It’s bland, generic, lacking in original ideas, poorly executed in nearly every department and you’ll probably grow bored of it within the few essential hours it takes to complete the awful single player campaign. With Halo 3 now at budget prices and the excellent Battlefield 1943 available for download, you’d be advised to give this a swerve.