posted by CluB2DeAth (HARPER WOODS, MI) Jun 27, 2008
Member since Apr 2006
Unlike BossofBoss' review, this game isn't perfection.
For starters, the graphics are hit or miss. The fire looks awesome, the characters are good but it's not going to jump at you all the time. Certain environments/characters look really good, some don't. The developers really like fire for some reason. It's everywhere. To something being on fire to making something to be set ablaze. It's too abundant for me. Let's make a scary game and have fire everywhere.
The gameplay is OK. It mixes in a bit of simple melee, puzzle solving, and FPS. But they're not perfect. Too many bugs to make it great. There are some cheap deaths at certain moments that will infuriate some, like me, when you've played the same part over and over again. There's some driving sequences. They seem like it would be fun, driving through NYC/Central Park with supernatural things going on, but the controls are just horrible. As with the inventory. There's no pause menu, so if you need to combine objects to make a flamethrower (did I mention there's fire?) with zombies hot on your heels, you're pretty much screwed.
The story is split into episodes like LOST, with a narrative of what went on the previous episode in case you forgot. Like almost the same guy, literally. But they are all unlocked at the beginning of the game, so you can skip the boring stuff and go right into the exciting parts. Cinemanics look sort of like a low-budget horror movie, and so does the voice work.
All in all, it won't scare you like certain games (Condemned), but it will fulfill your flavor for survival horror, if you're into that and can get by all of the bugs and control issues. For the rest, it's a pure rental. Beat it, send it back.