Left Behind RTS Scores a 3.4/10 on Gamespot

The Gamespot review of Left Behind: Eternal Forces is up on Gamespot.  The first sentence of the review tells you everything you need to know about reviewer Brett Todd’s opinion and attitude: “Don’t mock Left Behind: Eternal Forces because it’s a Christian game. Mock it because it’s a very bad game.”

Todd’s complaints include a number of near-fatal technical and game mechanics issues, but it is his observations about the gameplay that I found to be most interesting:

– Good guy units include gospel singers, nurses, and missionaries, while bad guy units include “college-trained secularists,” devils and foul-mouthed rock stars.

– Gender roles are strictly defined. Women don’t ever become priests or builders.

– Most of the bad guys are African and/or Arabic.

– When bad guys are converted, they change clothes, too. Suddenly, they wear Ned Flanders-style sweaters, and the women wear pumps and a “sensible skirt.”

– Friendly unit’s “spirit” levels are decreased by the evil rocker units, who may come by and play a power chord on their guitar at any moment. How do you sustain those spirit levels? Prayer.

– Contrary to numerous advance reports, I saw no indication that there was violence in the game. Apparently, most of the game centers on converting evil people to join your army of cookie-cutter, sweater wearing, KJV carrying fundamentalists.

“It is an awfully tough game to take seriously,” Todd observes, “because the absurd story only works as a self-parody.”

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3 Responses to Left Behind RTS Scores a 3.4/10 on Gamespot

  1. Gender roles? Clothing choices?

    Despite the profanity and graphic violence in Gears of War, there is only one female character and she wears a “sensible skirt” and appears mostly as a radio voice from someplace safe, not crawling around in the mud with Marcus and his Special Forces friends.

    Apparently, humans can cross galactic distances to settle on new planets and build civilizations, but despite this technological prowess there is apparently nothing developed to allow women to participate in CQB. This apparent lack of progressive thought didn’t seem to trouble GameSpot when it gave GOW a 9.6 rating.

    Presumably, the 0.4 deduction was for the lack of a strong female lead.

  2. sjrnyc says:

    This statement is posted from an employee of Left Behind Games on behalf of Troy Lyndon, our Chief Executive Officer.

    There has been in incredible amount of MISINFORMATION published in the media and in online blogs here and elsewhere.

    Pacifist Christians and other groups are taking the game material out of context to support their own causes. There is NO “killing in the name of God” and NO “convert or die”. There are NO “negative portrayals of Muslims” and there are NO “points for killing”.

    Please play the game demo for yourself (to at least level 5 of 40) to get an accurate perspective, or listen to what CREDIBLE unbiased experts are saying after reviewing the game at http://www.leftbehindgames.com/pages/controversy.com

    Then, we’d love to hear your feedback as an informed player.

    The reality is that we’re receiving reports everyday of how this game is positively affecting lives by all who play it.

    Thank you for taking the time to be a responsible blogger.

  3. Decor says:

    This game Left Behind and cinema Left Behind – the same?

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