Опубликовано: 11 апреля
Santa's Rampage is a small "spin-off" of Viscera Cleanup Detail, having only one-level with special theme to it. It also has engine updating alongside with big main game, multiplayer is working just fine as well. Physics on other hand...
And yes, Unreal Engine 3. Whoop.
You can say that this game is a FPS physics-driven game, as your main job is to clean up the place, cleaning blood and ashes off and burning down all the remains of Santa's insanity, aside from knifes. Knifes are important part of XMas. And you have to do that with brush, hands that apparently grow from butt, non-reliable mess-detecting device and machines that dispence buckets of water, contrainer and surprises. Oh, and fireplace. And listening to radio for music. Which you can burn as well. And having to figure out how to burn explosives safely.
Well, or at least you have to clean it all up on theory, for the game doesn't require you to do that. You can finish the level anytime, it will just tell you to what kind of state the level fits (Cleaned, burned EVERYTHING or made even bigger mess), a game got few achievements on those. The level is quite detailed and it's fun to read Santa's letter and see what rampage left us with.
Soem achievements are very hard, I must say.
And main idea of a game is that there is a lot of things that can go wrong, a mess can get even bigger by accident, and you have to handle all the incoming sudden problems up. Heck, you can just knock a bucket full of blood by accident and then leave bloody footprints all over the place. Giving you all the challenge in this game which lacks classic enemies. Though you still should have a love for chores and cleaning to begin with.
Yet the game has big flaw. This physics-based game has a flaw, and a flaw comes from...physics. It's buggy. Stuff can clip through the floor or wall. Most often it can be thrown out by explosives. It doesn't feel good when you do a hour-long cleaning and then to find nothing left, because at one point you had explosion that threw something under level. You can still use cheats to clean the nearest mess. But it's not good either, as you are still unsure if game glitched or you just didn't notice something yet.
And even if you ignore glitches, those hanging XMas balls are evil. If something explodes, chances are, they will be sent onto ceiling, breaking and leaving mess there. And it's very hard to reach such places, in hall, especially when playing alone. In this case you will have to build a ladder of stools, which is unrelaible, tedius and you may decided to burn all of them before, who knows.
Flaws like these to ruin the enjoyment, if you want to properly and fairly clean the place, then you must be pretty much perfect from start. No fun from cleaning and fully fixing your own mess, as you are pretty much screwed from this point. Bai bai, proper cleaning achievement and message.
This game also supports coop play with other players over Internet. Yes, you can respawn infinitively, in single-player mode too. So with a pair of friends it becomes pure joy and chaos. I recommend to play in this mode, even better as a first impression!
So yes, I can still recommend this game, even if flawed. For sake of fun with friends. And a bit of cleaning chore love. It's an unique game, after all. Well, more like, a spin-off of a main unique game.
I just hope that main Viscera Cleanup will be less frustation, at least it will not have XMas balls all over the place.