Greg Hastings Paintball 2 E3 preview
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2010-06-29 Xbox 360 FPS RP (Rating Pending) Majesco / Super X Studios LLC

My very last demo at E3 was with Majesco and unexpectedly, Greg Hastings himself, who kindly put up with all my questions after showcasing his upcoming game.

A shooter with no blood or gore, Greg Hastings Paintball 2 features 62 realistic maps modelled after real paintball fields from 12 locations around the world (U.S. and Europe), 35 actual paintball weapons, 7 multiplayer game modes (Assault, Capture the Flag, Elimination, Point Capture, Recon, Single Flag and Sniper) and 46 different events (including Tournament Speedball, Rec-ball and the brand new Tournament Woodsball).

You can put together and manage your team of 10 paintballers by choosing from the available 1100 real professional and amateur players, each with their own specific attributes. You are also able to command them during a match by giving them simple strategic orders, such as placing a marker and tell them to "go over there" or "follow". There is also a breakout editor for squad commands.

The game also features a lock on target feature (for NPCs and objects) and dynamic weather with random patterns such as rain, fog and wind. Rain and mud splashes will show on the HUD, and you can use the weather conditions to your advantage. Say you want to slide to a cover spot, you would logically slide further if the terrain is wet; the game will know this and adjust gameplay to the weather conditions. You can also cheat and wipe paint off your clothes!

Tons of unlockables are sure to keep players busy. Achieving certain conditions in combat (for example, taking out a certain number of players in a row) will reward you with new items. Competing in tournaments awards you with money that you can spend on players, skill upgrades and new equipment.

You can either equip your team collectively or choose to outfit each member individually. For each new weapon you unlock, you also get a video footage review of how the real one works. There are plenty of video clips of real events to be found, as well as fun facts and tips which are displayed during the loading screens.

As far as the number of players in a match, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions can accommodate up to 10 players per team, while the Wii only allows for 4-man teams. You can have local 2-player split-screen matches (versus or co-op), or take it online in one of the multiplayer modes.

To top it off, Greg Hastings Paintball 2 will include a map editor that will allow you to create and share your own custom fields online. DLC plans are still to be announced, as is the European release. As for North America, expect it to be available on September 14, 2010.