Monday 26 October 2020

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout game review


Yo Joe! G.I. Joe comes to consoles with the new game G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, the new team-based third-person shooter inspired by Hasbro’s hit franchise is out now on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. 

Play as both Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure featuring a co-op story campaign and PvP multiplayer.

Experience an original story inspired by classic 80s-style comics, over 17 campaign missions featuring epic locations like the U.S.S. Flagg and Cobra Headquarters, intense boss battles, and iconic vehicles like the Joes’ Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks. 

Play the campaign on your own or with a friend in local split-screen co-op. Then keep the fight going in four-player local PvP multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill and Deathmatch Arena.

Play as your favorite heroes and villains from both sides with 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more.

Unleash a wide variety of 18 awesome weapons, 36 incredible skins, and a series of uniquely devastating ultimate abilities as you mastermind world domination as Team Cobra and restore world order as Team Joe!

G.I. Joe A real American hero

It is wonderful to get a licence game of an iconic and loved franchise that evokes nostalgia and memories of playing with G.I. Joe action figures from the 80s and 90s and watching the animated series. 

The game is vibrant and the soldiers are designed with a great action figure style which along with the monumental locations and iconic vehicles gives the game a brilliant battle, adventure action hero vibe that complements the G.I. Joe franchise. The voice acting of over 20 characters from the G.I. Joe universe adds to the action.

During cut scenes the graphics are in a comic book style which complements the game and respects franchise.

The third-person action game is fun to play with the team-based approach where you can switch between characters in the midst of battle making the game action packed. 

The fact that each soldier has their own unique powers and can be customized with a variety of weapons and skins is great and makes the game more enjoyable to play.

Hail Cobra!

Making the game more alluring and amusing, not only can you play as the heroic Team Joe soldiers but you can also play as Team Cobra, including the renowned nemesis Cobra Commander. It is great fun to play as both the heroes and the villains.

Plenty of play

We love that there are lots of ways to play from playing the campaign story mode alone or with a friend in co-op mode to playing the 4 player PvP multiplayer modes.

The fact that the different characters have their own powers is great and the variety of weapons makes the game enjoyable to play.

We especially love the fact that you can take control of the legendary G.I. Joe Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks in your battle across classic locations like the USS Flagg and Cobra Headquarters.  

Whilst the licensed game is B-tier it is a decent action, third person shooter that not only provides nostalgia for the popular, old franchise but also nostalgia for licensed action games from the previous generation of consoles.

Knowing is half the battle

The game is easy to play and a tutorial helps gamers get into the game battle ready.

The game is lighthearted, easy to play and enjoy entertainment that injects a splash of nostalgia. Not only have we enjoyed the memories that the game has sparked but we have also loved sharing iconic G.I. Joe characters, locations and vehicles with our eldest boy who has enjoyed playing the game with G.I. Joe fan dad. The game has reinforced a childhood love for G.I. Joe and introduced the franchise to a new generation.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is out now on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One and will cost you £34.99 for the Standard Edition. It is also available as a Digital Deluxe edition for £39.99 on the Playstation 4 and £44.99 on the Xbox One. The Digital Deluxe edition includes - 

  • Classic Duke & Classic Cobra Commander Character Pack – Two new characters skins based on the iconic 80’s TV show!

  • Battle Gear: G.I. Joe and Cobra Weapons Pack – Includes 12 new weapon skins in Cobra Gold and G.I. Joe Chrome.

  • Exclusive Digital Art Book – Get a look at the never-before-seen art used to create the game.

  • Digital Soundtrack – Full length music tracks from game plus bonus tracks from the 80’s TV show.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is published by GameMill Entertainment and is being exclusively distributed in EMEA by Maximum Games


  1. This looks ace! I hadn't even realised that there was a computer game version of GI Joe out there... fabulous Christmas gift idea for fans! Sim x

  2. I don’t think my FiancĂ© knows about this yet so I might have to surprise him for Christmas! He loves gaming and GI Joe!

  3. We have just got a Nintendo Switch for my daughter so will have a look at this. Great fora Christmas gift

  4. This looks like a great game and you can't beat a bit of nostalgia when it comes to things like this! It certainly sounds action packed and loads of fun!

  5. Wow, I remember GI Joe from when my brothers were young. I bet my nephew would enjoy this game, it'd make a good holiday gift.

  6. I love the comic book style of the graphics. Looks like a fun game, my son would have enjoyed it when h was younger

  7. I love the comic books style of the game. Looks really cool and so happy it can be played on Nintendo Switch.

  8. We need to get a Nintendo or PlayStation. We're missing out on so many great games. This looks really good.

  9. This looks like a lot of fun and I could see Steve and Jack enjoying playing this together. They love games like this.

  10. How fun! This reminds me of my childhood. I'm going to show this to my son and see if he wants to buy it!

  11. My brother used to play with GI Jor when he was a kid so this reminds me of my childhood. I'm sure my partner would love to play this x