Ecks vs. Sever Reviews (Game Boy Advance)

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Steuerung, Grafik und 3D-Illusion präsentieren sich sogar noch ein Stück ausgereifter als bei Doom. Blut bekommst du in Ecks vs. Sever jedoch nicht zu Gesicht - auch nicht in der US-Fassung. Dafür aber einen hohen Bodycount und klasse Mehrspielermodi: Für Deathmatch, Bomb Kit und Assassination benötigst du aber ein Link-Kabel und mehrere Module.
Game Over Online (Mar 04, 2002)
Ecks vs. Sever is a first person shooter for the GBA platform. In spite of the many critics of the GBA platform, Ecks vs. Sever is rendered in full 3D fashion. Its technical achievement is a cross between Wolfenstein 3D and Rise of the Triad. It is like the first title because of the ninety-degree cornered rooms and objects. Moreover, there isn't much emphasis on height in Ecks vs. Sever. You can crouch and crawl in ducts but you can't control how high you aim; probably because everything is placed at eye level to you. On the other hand, it is reminiscent of Rise of the Triad because of its urban warfare connotations and semi-realistic weapons.
Game Chronicles (Dec 09, 2002)
This game is a definite must if you already have a core group of GBA-linkable friends. Even if you are resigned to play this game alone, you won’t be disappointed. There is plenty of action and violence that you expect from you standard FPS game.
Gaming Target (Apr 11, 2002)
All in all, the multiplayer mode is among the best you will find on the GBA. It is varied, engaging, and manages to run with only the occasional hitch in the framerate. Additionally, the game controls well enough. Gunning and manipulating objects are mapped to the face buttons, switching weapons to select, and strafing and crouching to the shoulder triggers. The strafing is perhaps too sensitive, but not difficult to get accustomed too. For those that suffer from the GBA’s darkness curse, a very handy gamma correction tool is easily accessed from the in-game options. In the end, Ecks vs. Sever is a fun, elegant, and complete package.
Ecks V Sever is a solid FPS game that will impress you with it's choice of weapons, it's solid framerate and the similarity it shares with early PC FPS titles. The multiplayer side of the game compliments the single player game superbly and if you've got friends who own the game too then you're in for a treat.
GameSpy (Dec 03, 2001)
If you liked DOOM GBA then you'll enjoy Ecks vs. Sever. It's easy to play and lots of fun for the whole family.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 24, 2003)
Ecks Vs. Sever was one of the reasons why I spent all that money on a GBA, so let's just say that I didn't want to be disappointed. Thankfully, I wasn't in the slightest. Although it has a few glitches and annoyances, they are few and far between. Credit has to be given to the developer for trying out 3D graphics so soon, pioneering the technology on the system. Groundbreaking and fun as it is, there's still room for improvement and it's going to be very interesting to see what comes out of the genre in the future.
While the difficulty stems from enemy armor, not intelligence, this game is more fun than the average FPS, especially on GBA. It does require that you remember passwords, in replacement of a save feature, and there are no checkpoints in levels, meaning if you die, you'll start all over. Nonetheless, Ecks vs. Sever is probably the strongest titles out of the 2001 batch of GBA titles.
75 (Jan 14, 2002)
Un bon shoot sur GBA et qui dispose d'un background assez solide. L'action est intense et on ne reprochera finalement à ce FPS que son côté un peu radical au niveau de la difficulté ce qui le destinera à des joueurs déjà aguerris.
Game Shark (Mar 28, 2003)
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever for the Game Boy Advance is a decent enough game for action fans looking for a game that doesn't require too much thinking, can be played in small bites and can be stored safely in their pockets. If you enjoyed Doom on this system, then there's no real reason why you wouldn't want to give this game a shot.
GameSpot (Nov 30, 2001)
Ecks vs. Sever is a good, solid game that gets the job done in a simple, effective way. Older players might not be as impressed because of how old the game seems, but the simple fact that the GBA can actually deliver a decent first-person shooter is an achievement in its own right. Anyone who has any interest in the genre and owns a Game Boy Advance certainly won't go wrong with Ecks vs. Sever.
Nintendo Difference (Jun 03, 2003)
Ecks VS Sever est le meilleur doom-like de la GBA mais il n’est pas assez original et trop répétitif pour être un must have. On aurait aimé plus d’innovations et moins de répétitions (la belle rime…) ! C’est dommage, il faudra attendre les prochains jeux pour sans doute trouver enfin un FPS digne de ce nom…
60 (UK) (Dec 27, 2001)
Ecks V Sever could have been a great little game, but instead it's more frustrating than entertaining. Semi-realistic weapons, short supplies of weapons and health, hordes of enemies and no proper save system all add up to make an incredibly hard game, and there's no choice of difficulty setting. This may be your idea of fun, but personally I found it to be too much like hard work.
If you're going up against a title like Doom, your game has to be at least as good as that eternal classic. Ecks Vs. Sever is a far cry from Doom. The textures are even blockier and the effects entirely lackluster. Worst of all, getting the elevators to work seems more a matter of luck than anything else. It isn't absolutely horrid, but it should have been much better.