Posted: September 29, 2014
Firstly, if you're going to get this:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=237505853
This was the game that first taught me about late fees - the hard way. When "underrated/overlooked games" come up, this is always in my top 3.
Even if you didn't play it when it first came out, it's a good freedom fighter/uprising game; you might find the graffiti a little repetitive but there are so many (styles of) tags to spray, it's fine. The combat is simple but fun as well.
Some of the textures have seizures, breaking the immersion and some of the sound is muffled (remember it is a port from an old-♥♥♥ game); the little I've played of it has shown the transition from obsolete console to pc to be good enough.
Charlie Murphy plays a white guy.
EDIT 1: The main gripe with this game is the camera: at times, it will be impossible to tell while spraying if you're nearing too much paint on one point. A buffing motion is the best way to combat potential dripping.
The next gripe after this is the difficulty: I haven't found an "Easy/Normal/Hard" function... Thankfully. I forgot that the fun to be had in this game was only part of the reason I incurred such hefty late-fees back in 2006; the other part was how unforgiving the mobs of officers and gangers are. Especially when using a controller and the Power Move (in this case, X,X,hold X) can only be accomplished with X,X,mash X.
I stand by this being one of my favorite (relatively obscure) games ever - very few games are as tense as this. Attempting (and no doubt failing) to sneak around enemies is the calm part; bombing active subway tunnels, the trains themselves, the side of a building being panned about with an authority's spotlight... You very well might get up due to adrenaline...
EDIT 2: Amusement Pier: No Checkpoints 'til after you bomb the water tower. Be cautious, especially of the wonky camera angles while on the tower. Do not pick up the bolt cutters until you dispatch the Vandal Squad around the corner.
As with most ports I've played, the dialogue within cutscenes likes to cut out or even get rearranged. One scripted line will be interrupted, to resume after what was supposed to be its rebuttal, to be interrupted again by the next line... All I can say is enable subtitles and read fast.
Andy D-ick plays a fat-pig-female-cop.
EDIT 3: Adam West plays the chief of police.