I finished Giants: Citizen Kabuto
After the TB review, there is really nothing more for me to say, so I'll just state my personal impressions! ;)
GCK is a weird game. One of the weirdes I ever played, actually. It blends a lot of differents generes, combining them in a unexcpecatbly good manner: it is a third person shooter, but can also be played in first; as you expect from a shooter, it has ranged combat, but also a melee-only "faction"; every character has a lot of special customizable abilities that allow for varied tactics; there is a base construcion sysytem, that works in a sort of competitive "capture the flag" match.
Your objective is saving the enslaved race of the Smarties (really useful fellows, btw) while stopping the evil Sea Reapers in taking over the planet, playing as three factions: the Meccs, a group of space explorers with a marked British accent, the Sea Reaper princess Delphi, a powerful spellcaster and the mighty Kabuto, a giant monster (im my opinion, the game really shines with this latter: who wouldn't want to control a wrestler Godzilla-like raging creature, smashing everything on sight and sadistically eating all the little people below?).
Each faction has its peculiarities, but what I really found strange is the marked imbalnce between them: a single, lonely Reaper-witch can exterminate an entire Mecc group by wisely using a combination of spells and weapons, while the Kabuto could annihilate an entire base in a matter of seconds. I would have really liked to see how this played out in a multiplayer match, but unforunately it seems that the dedicated community is not very active. I cannot blame them, since unfortunately (and inexplicably) like many other great games this one was a major commercial flop, so finding players seems to be extremely hard.
The storyline is delirious, but also very funny: even if the humor (British as a Mecc) might not suit your tastes, I'm sure that the game will at least two or three good laughs out of you!
Add to that a nice art style with a colourful, I'd say "pearly", palette and a great soundtrack that can always fit at best the situation, and you have the formula for an excellent game capable of giving you plenty of enjoyment for several hours.
In conlusion, I can safely say that Giants: Citizen Kabuto is a really innovative, eneterntaining, fun, good looking victim of bad luck, and it surely deserves more recognization.[/i] I sincerely hope the multiplayer can be resurrected, because I'm sure that if only it was more famous, its uniqueness could have destroyed the competition!
I recommend this game to everyone!
P.S. Even to "casual" players, as the difficulty is fairly low and never punishing.