Posted: December 12
Was too young really to play this around the time it came out, so the nostalgia factor is missing. But honestly a very mediocre game.
-Weapons and explosions sound good.
-Vehicle controls top notch
-Soundtrack pretty good
-Story extremely dry, especially towards the end with new main characters being introduced more than halfway through the game. The main character is completely unlikeable and the other characters who I assume you are meant to care about are very 2D with almost no personality. The guards all have some hatred towards miners for a reason that is never explained. You are reminded of this with them saying 'Miner scum!' every 5 seconds. There is no incentive to go anywhere and it feels like the reasons to go from one place to the next are just made up on the spot.
-Voice acting and cutscenes are alright at the best of times and ususally cringe inducing.
-Graphics are bad even for a game that came out in 2001.
-Landscape is boring and levels are often the same corridors/red caves OVER AND OVER. There is almost no variety in the level design and the levels are often stuck together very badly e.g. when you are in a mining/disposal area and you take a 5 second pipe journey to the science labs.
-Enemies are overpowered for the majority of the game (when playing on normal) mainly the railgun guys who ONE SHOT you whenever you turn a corner, forcing you to save the game before almost every corner at the end of the game.
-Geomod Engine used about 5 times throughout the game in very scripted formats.
-Online seems impossible to use for a new player as the servers all say that my level is not high enough when I try to join. It doesnt even display what level I am.
-Endgame was awful with a recycled boss fight and a ♥♥♥♥ty timed puzzle as the last thing you do. One of the most unsatisfying endgames ever.
-So much more to say e.g stealth missions, useless companions, npc glitches, those aliens in the caves that were almost impossible to hit, things like monitors which seemed like they were going to be useful but didnt get used at all properly.
In conclusion this game seems very dated and a lot of the game seems rushed and copied from half life. Just buy half life instead.