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Developer: Gameloft
Price: $6.99
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

In countless television shows and movies there has always existed a character that is a cop that preferrs to ignore the rules and write his own. For lack of a better way of saying it, this badass was usually the guy that in the end had a heart of gold – the only problem was the bloodstains tarnishing its luster. In 9mm, John “Loose” Cannon is that man all the way down to the musty looking hoodie and ankle flask. And let’s not even get started on that shameful excuse for name. You should know better, Gameloft.

From the very first moment of actual player interaction, the game blatantly drives home the fact that the only thing separating John from the thugs he is taking down is the badge hanging around his neck. The straightforward and unfortunately heavily structured linear campaign sees to it that there are plenty of chances for the player to remind themselves of this fact time and time again. Gunning enemies down in cold blood becomes an all too common occurrence, quickly robbing the plot of any form of conscience or relate-ability. Even when there are small attempts to justify the senseless violence by injecting notions like the protagonist protecting his ex-wife and kids, the disconnect between the character’s over-the-top violent actions sully the sentimental persona they are trying to portray.

Fortunately, for those who are less focused on the story and more on the actual third person shooter mechanics, 9mm will certainly satisfy. There are a wide variety of weapons, level environments, and more than enough set pieces to keep players exhilarated for the length of the campaign. It should also be noted that there are plenty of opportunities to tear the opposition asunder using the long-since overplayed “bullet time” mechanic, in a likely nod to Max Payne. Sure, they may call it something different in the game, but why not just call things what they are?

For those that are looking to extend their experience in this absurd world of crime and violence, the inclusion of multiplayer is the gift that just keeps on giving. That said, there are only a couple of different mission types available, but for those that have managed to complete the campaign and are looking for more, look no further.

When looking at the big picture, 9mm is an ambitious attempt to bring the brooding action and noir storytelling of Max Payne to a platform that has seen nothing even remotely close. In this sense the game is a runaway success. However, those that are looking for a meaty storyline that they can really sink their teeth into need not apply, because they will be drastically disappointed. It all comes down to expectations. On what side of the fence do you fall?


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