‘Special Forces: Team X’ is a third-person shooter that features cover-based gameplay that’s similar to that of ‘Gears of War’. Also following suit of games such as ‘Viewtiful Joe’, ‘Okami’ and ‘Jet Set Radio Future’, ‘Special Forces: Team X’ is a game that utilizes cel-shading technology. However, while all of this may seem good to you, it is important to note that this game only features multiplayer. There is no single player aspect to the game. Still, I believe that this game is a worthy addition to your library of Xbox 360 titles. Don’t believe that a multiplayer-only game is worth $60? Well, neither does Zombie Studios. That’s why this game is an Xbox Live Arcade title, priced at just 1200 Microsoft Points ($15).
The cel-shaded aspect of the game is a breath of fresh air, to myself and many other gamers. Too many third-person shooters and first-person shooters utilize the same styling of graphics these days. Sometimes it is hard to discern the differences between two shooting games, so the fact that this game is cel-shaded is definitely an advantage. Not only that, but it’s the way the entire game appears as a whole. The choice of coloring in the game is very nice and easy on the eyes, with nice contrasting too. The game outputs a very unique, cartoonish visual style, and it is this aspect of the game that redeems it from what it truly is: the same, specific type of multiplayer in a third-person cover-shooter type of game, over and over again.
The game is stylized by a certain type of technology called a “tile system”. This tech composes a unique map for every time one plays the game, and the mapped areas are chosen by the players themselves (in the game lobby, before the start of each new game). So, certain objects will be moved about each time you play, allowing you to experience a new, fresh environment to play in, every time you play – especially with over 100 possible map combinations. The ability to customize this kind of feature is pretty unique, and a great bonus that definitely adds longevity to the title. In fact, a lot of the game is customizable. From customizing your weapons to your appearance and even to what types of taunts you want to use. Yet another cool thing about this game is that the guns are modeled after their real-life counterparts. I’m not much of a gun geek in real life, but I’m sure that will please the many gamers that are.