posted by NRGundlah (SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA) May 19, 2006
Member since Apr 2005
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Visuals: Incredible. Truly Incredible. Everything from huge, epic explosions to crystal clear player models to detailed particle effects to the absolutely wonderful physics system, the graphics bring every element of a cinematic experience to videogame form. Most impressive is all the slow-motion effects that are the crux of the game. Just watching someone do bullet time dive, shoot an explosive barrel, and send two henchman flying in believable ragdoll animation is one of the most memorable moments you'll have.
Audio: First off, the music is probably the best element to this game. Epic and moody orchestral scores really set the tone of the game as a dark, mature drama. The sound in the game is worth mention too. Gunshots and explosions all have a strong feel that isn't found in the average shooter. It really puts you into the middle of a firefight, and the way the sounds alter themselves during bullet time are also very cool. The voiceovers are expertly done at every single moment in the game, and gives the many characters each very distinct personas.
Camera & Control: This is what third-person shooters should feel like. The camera should never give you problems, and the controls are very simple to figure out, so you shouldn't be looking down at your controller if you know what you're doing. The only gripe that can be had is during the very rare jumping sequences, you might miscalculate and fall right to your death because the jump action is more of a hop than anything else. Again, very minor gripe.
Gameplay and Presentation: You will love every second of the over-the-top, cinematic, epic, intense, thoroughly enjoyable gameplay as you guide Max down his doomed path. The atmosphere is incredible and the story is very well-written. Occasionally, Max's cop-on-the-edge attitude can get a bit melodramatic, but the feeling fades quickly. The only strange part of the game is the comic-style cutscenes, which feel out of place, but they definitely work.