Publicada: 23 Dezembro
Summary: A unique, but flawed game with a very comical style.
Cheapest price: $1 in bundles from time to time. $5 when on sale (as of 12/2014).Pros:
-The hunt game mode is unique and works quite well. You're on a mad chase to find your quarry, but you're also on the lookout for your hunter. This idea was later copied by Bloody Good Time (this game's spiritual sequel) and Assassin's Creed, but I believe this is the original. Once the first kill occurs, a timer counts down until the end of the round, then the cycle repeats.
-The stealth system works well. Pulling out a weapon or attacking someone in front of a guard sends you to jail immediately. Getting seen by other players starts a timer that will get you arrested in a few seconds once you pull out a weapon, with the timer being shorter if more players are watching you. This often forces you to wait for your quarry to go somewhere quiet before you can attack.
-Player interactions on multiplayer servers are always fun. You're usually on edge for your hunter, so many of the players are aggressively defensive, resulting in awkward and hilarious encounters. You learn to fake people out to keep suspicion low, similar to multiplayer survival games (although there's no voice chat). You get good at distinguishing bots from human players and plan accordingly.
-Maps are well designed and memorable. Most of the maps are built for arcade-style games, rather than focusing on realism, and the best way to get good at the game is to memorize the maps and spawn locations. Each map has authentic music from the 1900s-1920s (roughly) which gets stuck in your head after awhile. Also, there are secret rooms and passages which are fun to find.
-The animations and sound design are.... interesting. The way people yelp and react when you hit them with household junk is hilarious when coupled with the pretentious period music playing in the background.Cons:
-The master server is permanently broken, so the in-game server browser doesn't work. Use the "View" tab, then "Servers" on Steam to join multiplayer games. This alone probably turns many people away when they don't see any games. However, there's probably an average of 30-50 people online at most times, peaking during the evenings in the US.
-Some of the mechanics are dated and clunky. Your inventory is a mess to keep track of, and the way you can assign numbers to weapons is more trouble than its worth. Moving money in or out of the bank is slow and clunky. Looking at the map to track your quarry down takes too much time. Other mechanics such as paying money in the sickbay to heal yourself (you can't see your health), paying off guards for info or to ignore crimes (very effective if a guard is nearby), and changing clothes to disguise yourself (not worth the time - just keep running) feel half-baked.
-The needs system is excessive. You have eight needs: sleep, poop, pee, eat, drink, social, cleanliness, and excitement. Eight is a little excessive, and it's honestly often easier to get yourself killed and have them reset than to worry about them.
-Winning an online game is too dependent on getting kills with high-paying weapons. After several rounds, the money-for-kills on most weapons goes up significantly. At this point finding the highest-paying weapons is crucial. Your needs and your hunter don't really matter, so long as you kill your quarry before you die. The jail fines, death penalties, and innocent kills fines aren't high enough to deter focused players from doing these things.
-There's not very many good players in multiplayer. Of the 30-50 people you'll find online, maybe 10 at most are actually experienced. I probably win 50% of the time I play on any server, simply because I've played the game so much.
-The other game modes besides hunt are dead. Back in 2006-2008 when the game was new you could find a server or two with deathmatch and VIP. Now you're almost always stuck with hunt.
-The publisher doesn't have a license to edit the game, so the game essentially is going to stay in its current state indefinitely.
Overall, a good but flawed game that is worth a few bucks if you want online multiplayer. If someone named "Cough" kills you, that's me.