YO JOE! G.I. JOE AND COBRA ARE BACK! That’s what the game’s tagline says, but is it enough to get you excited for this team-based third-person shooter? G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a game that lets you play as your favorite characters from both sides across 17 epic campaign story missions. You can also compete in 4-player PvP local matches in 4 multiplayer modes: Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill, and Deathmatch Arena. The game was developed by IguanaBee and Fair Play Labs, published by GameMill Entertainment, and released on October 13th 2020 for Nintendo Switch (as well as PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X). But is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out in this review.
The game’s story mode is divided into two parts: one where you play as G.I. Joe team members trying to stop Cobra from taking over the world; and another where you play as Cobra operatives trying to achieve their evil goals. The plot is based on an original comic book-style story that is loosely inspired by the classic G.I. Joe vs Cobra saga. The story is told through comic book panels and cutscenes, with some cheesy dialogue and humor. The story is not very deep or original, but it does provide some fan service and nostalgia for G.I. Joe fans.
The game’s main gameplay mechanic is shooting. You can choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique abilities and weapons. You can also customize your loadout with 18 different weapons, ranging from assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and more. You can also switch between two weapons during gameplay, as well as use grenades and melee attacks. The game has four difficulty levels: Casual, Action Hero, Veteran, and Hardcore. The game also has a co-op mode where you can play with a friend on the same screen.
However, the shooting in this game is not very satisfying or fun. The game has an auto-aim feature that makes aiming too easy and boring. You can also manually aim with the right stick, but the aiming is too slow and clunky. The game also lacks a cover system, which makes you vulnerable to enemy fire. The enemies are also very dumb and predictable, and they often stand in the open or run towards you. The game also has some glitches and bugs that affect the shooting, such as enemies clipping through walls, weapons disappearing, and hit detection issues.
The game’s missions are not just about shooting enemies. You also have to complete various objectives, such as capturing areas, activating consoles, using turrets, and driving vehicles. The objectives are not very innovative or challenging, but they do add some variety and pacing to the gameplay. Some of the objectives are optional, and they can unlock bonus content such as character skins and comic book pages. The game also has some collectibles that you can find in each mission, such as intel files and action figures.
The game’s best feature is its roster of characters. You can play as 12 iconic characters from both G.I. Joe and Cobra teams, such as Duke, Snake Eyes, Roadblock, Scarlet, Cobra Commander, Destro, Storm Shadow, Baroness, and more. Each character has their own personality, voice acting, abilities, and skins. For example, Snake Eyes can use his sword to slash enemies and turn invisible; Cobra Commander can use his mind control device to make enemies fight for him; Roadblock can use his heavy machine gun to mow down enemies; etc. The abilities are fun to use and they add some strategy to the gameplay. The skins are also cool to unlock and they include classic and modern versions of each character.