Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever - GBA

Also known as: Ecks vs Sever II

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Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Crawfish Soft. Co.: BAM!
Publishers: BAM! (GB/US)
Released: 8 Nov 2002 (GB)
2002 (US)
Ratings: 11+, ESRB Teen 13+ (T)
Connectivity: Link Cable


Which came first: the movie or the game? Well, technically, it was the game. The original Ecks vs Sever - built from some early experiments with the GBA's 3D capabilities - was released at the end of 2001. But the film inspired the game. And it wasn't released at the time. So it was the film then. Anyway, that doesn't matter. What does matter is that, now that the film is actually being released, a new Ecks vs Sever game is coming out for the GBA. Like the film, it's called Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever and follows the story of the two protagonists' battle against a multi-national weapon-running cartel. Like the game, it's a 3D, first-person shooter.

The year is 2004. The World has changed. Freedom has been compromised. Conflict is on the increase. Sworn enemies Ex-FBI agent Ecks and Ex-NSA operative Sever suddenly find that it may be in their best interest to work together for a change. While Ecks follows up leads on home soil, Sever takes the battle to the front, infiltrating suspected sleeper groups based overseas.

24 single player missions are to be found in total, featuring either of the two agents. Players explore expansive, realistic environments, taken from actual real-world locations, as they carry out their missions, which generally involve sneaking about, rescuing people and, of course, shooting the bad guys. The latter is quite heavily assisted by the huge array of weapons that can be found, such as guided missiles, shotguns, sniper rifles and grenades.

Objectives can be completed using various methods of transportation, including riding in a car, catching a subway train and swimming underwater. Also, it may be necessary to interact with other characters in order to receive items and find out information.

Ballistic is an extremely impressive title for the humble Game Boy Advance. For a machine originally touted as a portable SNES, we're experiencing some serious advancements in 3D technology lately. Get a link cable with this title and we're talking some great portable, Doom-style, multiplayer action.