Yayınlanma: 20 Mart
Chaser, chico, goodbye.
I write here as I look back into my childhood days. Vietcong, Half-Life, Call of Duty, Chaser,etc, etc.. many FPS´s back in the day. I remember chaser as an atmospheric, difficult, original and graphically impressive game. And I think I´m right with that. For a game that was released in 2003, the graphics were some, if not the best the industry could deliver at its time. Especially the textures and level art. So I took an hour of proper checking of what I once experienced and tried to match my subjective opinion with my objective. We want to stay fair right? Then let´s begin.Story:
Well, as a kid you never really care about the story unless it´s extremely compelling, but so you know what´s going on I took a short example from wikipedia. The story of the game begins in the year 2044 on Mars with the UN establishing MARSCORP (Martian Security and Economics Committee) under the leadership of Samuel Longwood. In the years that follow, the UN gradually loses control of MARSCORP, mainly due to the non-transparent license policy of its director. Samuel Longwood uses his autonomous status to create vassal relations between the corporations and MARSCORP. The strong power position of MARSCORP is supported by the companies and thus they acquire additional rights and licenses. Samuel Longwood and his consortium become extremely wealthy from this arrangement. However, dissenting voices in MARSCORP begin to challenge Samuel Longwood's authoritarian policy. They demand the dismissal of Samuel Longwood as director and a complete redistribution of the mining rights.
John Chaser, the game's main character, awakens on board the space station H.M.S. Majestic. He does not know who he is, what he's doing there, why he is being sought by men in black uniforms and what they will do to him when they find him. The player's goal in the game is to find out who Chaser really is and why he is being hunted. The story leads the player from the H.M.S. Majestic to the fictional Montack City on Earth, then on to Siberia, and finally to Mars, where the trail ends and hopefully the truth can be found. The story is around 15 to 20 hrs long..... the game isn´t really compelling, but it makes curious at times.Art, Atmosphere, Design, Soundtrack, etc:
One of the strong points of this game is its sci fi atmopshere, which reminds of movies such as total recall, as the plot is similar. The devs took inspiration from it and you can see it. Atmosphere literally oozes everywhere. The settings change from downtown, space stations to siberian complexes, a lighthouse, a japanese penthouse with garden, and so on. The level design is simple, linear. But be aware that it can be very complex and irritating at times as you find yourself often lost. Take your time and have patience. A good memory is required. The soundtrack fits the gameplay and situations and as a few destruction scripts destroy something, the soundtrack makes you wonder why not more games these days could have such great fitting ambient or battle themes. They are subtle, but always with a charme and fitting sense of being well placed.Enemies, AI, Gameplay, Gunplay, Difficulty, Mouse Controls, etc:
Now I´m being very rational and strict. The AI is average. They are capable of moving and taking cover. Enemies have different AI patterns and different intelligence. The thugs run n´ shoot, the cyborg ninjas duck, roll and are way way more precise. It goes on like that. The AI does its job. Not too bad, not outstanding too though. Don´t expect a F.E.A.R. AI but also don´t expect a Medal of Honor Warfighter AI. There are different kinds of enemies as stated. Ninjas, Yakuza, commong street thugs, MARSCORP soldiers, Siberian russian soldiers, etc... Always expect people as your enemies, but with different patterns of intelligence and tactics. Therefore the gameplay is strictly First Person Shooting with lots of guns which you pick up during your journey. For example: a Famas with grenade launcher, Sig sauer pistols, sniper rifles, etc up to rocket/grenade launchers. Old school, carry n spray. You mostly fire from the hip. You got different crosshairs to choose from and no aiming down the sight except with special weapons such as sniper rifles. The gunplay feels solid. Enemies react decently to being hit, blood at walls, different recoil patterns with different hit patterns. The game does its job as a shooter very well. Especially the smooth and accurate mouse controls are great. They can be too high for low or mid sense players though. I couldn´t find a fix too. If you use a mouse with a higher dpi than 1600 you should be aware that aiming is going to be frustrating. Otherwise you might need to lower your windows mouse settings. The difficulty is depending on the difficulty you´ve chosen, either very easy or hell. You have easy, normal and hard. Try to go with normal at first. If you have masochistic tendencies go with hard. You move rather fast, so dodging and proper hipfiring is key to survival. You can always lower the difficulty ingame. Makes testing out the perfect difficulty all the better.
Keep in mind that there is 1 extremely annoying underwater mission and the "boss fights" are just lame. You also got adrenaline mode which is slowing down time. Slow mo time.Technical aspects, value:
The game even back in the day offered resolutions up to 1080p. A very well advanced game for its time and it gave the player a wide variety of the common typical graphic options such as textures, anisotropc filter, shadows, etc.. Its stable, not many bugs are known, most bugs can be avoided and therefore a recommended steam title. GoG should be better for those who want to save this game and have it DRM free. On sale its 1,24.... nothing to go wrong with. 5 bucks... only if you truly love old school sci fi cyberpunkish shooters with lots of playtime.
I hope I could help. As my favorite quote from the game would say: "Goodbye, chico" *dies* I imply that you are going to die a few times while playing it. The multiplayer more or less is dead, but I once had a match with someone online and it was hella fun.