Публикувани: 13 април
The ugly duckling.
Nobody quite understands Ricochet
. Developer Valve Corporation have one of the best track records in the industry, including titles like Half-Life
is an extremely uncharacteristic exception. It's just all around bad. It's not even as though Valve hadn't made anything good before and Ricochet
was their starting point—the game was released after Half-Life
and Team Fortress Classic
. No, Valve had made good games prior to Ricochet
, which is why it's so confusing that the game is this much worse than the company's other titles.
The premise of Ricochet
is as inexplicable as the quality. You are a man in a colourful suit, jumping around circular platforms that float in outer space. Your objective is to throw colourful disks at similarly-dressed men. This doesn't even feel as though it has potential, it's just random. It seems like even Ricochet doesn't understand what's going on half the time. Even the logical boundaries that are established are thrown out the window by glitches and questionable physics. On numerous occasions when trying to jump between two platforms, the game would fling me at high velocity toward the far end of the map, or the sky.Ricochet
runs on Valve's Goldsource engine, and reuses the menus and sound effects of games such as Half-Life
. Outside of new textures and models, Ricochet
takes most of its content from previous Valve games. There's nothing subtle in the way it does this, either. The game even allows you to choose from the same selection of sprays available in Half-Life
's deathmatch mode. The sheer amount of content Ricochet
reuses could be justified should the game have been at least close to the standard set by the products it derives from, however, it comes across as a mockery of such games.
However, there's something about Ricochet
that I can't quite place. It's kind of like those weird dreams you have that don't make sense, but you find some enjoyment from them. Ricochet is a lucid dream of a game—it's relaxing to bounce through the colourful expanses that fill a quiet corner of the imagination, shooting psychedelic Frisbees at fellow dream walkers.
a shot if you're completely insane, otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.