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GF Rating
4.8

6408 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
4

Weak

Utter Frustration

posted by Lyrica42 (LINCOLNTON, GA) Jun 28, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

This game tries so hard to be innovative that it utterly fails at being fun. The controls are ridiculously hard, the camera never did what I wanted it to do. The story might have been good after the second level, but I wouldn't know - I turned it off before I threw my controller at the TV. The ONLY good thing I can say about it is that the car was extremely easy and nice to drive.

They could have done so much better. I am utterly disappointed.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

Terrible

posted by PartyVan (Hastings, FL) Jun 27, 2008

Member since Jun 2008

Just to let you know, I didn't play very far into this game. I never even got to Central Park. I stopped at Episode 2 Sequence 4, where a break in the ground kept killing me over and over again as I waited for a bunch of boards to burn up so I could move on to the next area.

This game touts amazing visuals and incredible realism as its strong points. The visuals are amazing. The characters are beautifully rendered, the environments beyond belief. Everything is a weapon. You can combine everything you pick up in your inventory to make new weapons.

And that's where the game gets those 3 out of 10 points, because that's where the amazing ends.

Realism? You use fire extinguishers with unlimited fuel to put out fires. The part where I died? Instead of lifting a few boards out of the way, I had to wait for them to burn up while a spooooky break in the asphalt killed me. There's very little realism to this game, and the developers make it infinitely tedious for you to play in pursuit of it.

For starters, the control system is horrible, just awful. It is complicated, clunky, counter-intuitive, and it is a pain to do anything, from equipping a weapon to using an object in the environment.

Second, the camera randomly switches between first and third-person. Good luck staying oriented or dodging/hitting enemies!

Third, medical spray is virtually non-existent, at least in the part of the game where I was. And you start off in the same poor health you ended a level in, or it sure feels that way.

Fourth, your inventory space is severely limited, a pain to access, and for that extra bit of REALISM, can only be accessed in real time. Fun is just around the corner in this game!

Finally, for all this "realism," the game isn't scary. At all. The opening of a survival horror game is usually the scariest. I laughed at the dialogue the zombies or whatever had with me. "JOIN USSSS, NO MORE PAIN YOU JUST HAVE TO DIE LOLOLOL"

Awful.

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Highly Disappointed.

posted by Turkish (RALEIGH, NC) Jun 27, 2008

Member since Aug 2007

I looked forward to this game for quite sometime.

Now it seems i wasted my excitement on nothing.

The games visual are nice, but the controls are terrible. Getting around is a huge chore and the weapon system is horrible. hand-to-hand combat is a joke.

I would not recommend this to anyone.

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