The App Store isn’t a stranger to the likes of “gangster” games; Gameloft has released their own in Gangstar and Gangstar 2, and Rockstar has also released Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on the iPhone and iPad.
And in the vein of these gangster-like games comes an all new title from Gameloft dubbed 9mm, a game in which you play bad cop, defeating all the gangsters and criminals in your way to ultimately save you and your team from death.
Looking at 9mm from a graphical standpoint, I would have to say that it’s quite impressive, although I’ve come to expect these types of graphics when reviewing Gameloft games. One marked improvement above the rest, though, lies in the voice acting. Now don’t get me wrong, the voice acting still needs a little bit of work, but it’s a very large improvement from the past, and the characters actually sound like they would in real life.
Of course, being a universal app always helps along with the inclusion of online multiplayer. And the story isn’t too shabby either.
But be warned: this is one of the most vulgar games I’ve played on the App Store. This is definitely not a game that should be bought for your 10-year old son’s birthday, and I’m not even sure I should be playing this game at times. I’m not too bothered by vulgar language and such, but when there are unnecessary doses of four-lettered words, it does seem to get a little bit of an annoyance.
Still, 9mm packs some great graphics, an interesting storyline, and quite an interesting online multiplayer mode.
Voice-acting: I love when game developers approve on their next games, and while Gameloft took quite a while to shore up their voice-acting, they seem to be headed in the right direction with 9mm. I wouldn’t say that the voice acting is spotless, but it’s enough to sit there normally without cringing at the sound of out-of-place tones and such.
Online multiplayer/universal: I think both of these points really speak for themselves; the inclusion of online multiplayer and being a universal app has been quite a staple in Gameloft’s recent games, and I just have to commend them for that. Their Gameloft Live servers seem to have improved tremendously, overcoming it’s infancy and becoming one of the smoothest online multiplayer experiences on the iOS. As for being a universal app, you can’t really say much about it other than the fact that you love it. No more buying a game twice — one for your iPhone and one for your iPad — it’s now packed into one, convenient download, along with being, technically, half the price. All in all, both the online multiplayer and universal are a winning combination for the consumer.
Action-packed: If there’s one thing that 9mm provides, it’s action. The shooting scenes are quite exhilarating, the weapon selection is extensive, and the action itself seems to never end (which in this case is a good thing). While I wouldn’t call it the most action-packed game in the App Store, I would have to say that 9mm is up there. So if you’re looking for thrills and chills, 9mm is really the way to go.
Vulgarity: Like I mentioned before, vulgar language doesn’t really bother me too much. But when it’s every other word, it really becomes unnecessary to use so much colorful language in such a short sentence. This is totally subjective here; if you can compromise and deal with it that’s fine with me. It’s just a warning to all purchasing that there’s a lot of language in here that may just not be suitable for everyone out there.
Short campaign: The campaign isn’t too long, lasting a mere 3-4 hours. There is online multiplayer to add some more playing time to the game overall, but the campaign is a bit short.
9mm includes some improved voice-acting, great online multiplayer, an interesting storyline, and an overall action-packed adventure that is sure to entice third-person shooter fans. Just note that the game isn’t for everyone, and I personally thought the amount of language in this game was really unnecessary.