The first of a planned trilogy of games for Xbox 360 reads a lot like Dungeons & Dragons meets Halo. New this month, the game creates an interesting parallel universe that allows high-tech robotics to co-exist with Norse mythology. And who doesn't want to see flesh-challenged cyberbabes duke it out with Valhalla's finest?
Yet both constituencies are in for a luke-warm hybrid. The sword-and-sorcery set are the most ill-served as the game relies heavily on cinematic cut scenes that aim for mystery but ultimately just confound. It was three hours into the game, and I was still unsure who the bad guys were. Most glaring was the voice acting. It's almost nonexistent as if the actors (especially the female characters) were encouraged to drone.