Wow, look at all ‘dem perdy colors Review

Forsaken Info

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Publisher

  • Acclaim

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Release Date

  • 12/31/1969
  • Out Now

Platform

  • N64
  • PC
  • PS

rating

Wow, look at all ‘dem perdy colors

We all remember the game Descent…right? Well, for those who were living

in a cave during that period of time, here’s a little refresher course. The

game was similar to the ever-so-popular 3D shooters of the time, only it used

fuller, “360 degree” movements in all directions.

Well, Forsaken, Acclaim’s newest, is extremely similar to descent,

involving a bunch of spaceships in zero-gravity battling throughout small corridors.

The game does deliver breathtaking graphics as well as enjoyable multiplayer

support.

Unlike Descent, one area where Forsaken seems to slack off is

in its sketchy story. Basically, you’re a bounty hunter, battling it out in

a post apocalyptic setting, trying to loot this destroyed world. Oh yeah, there’s

also government vehicles trying to kill you and the other looters. It almost

feels as if the story was written around the game, as opposed to the game being

developed around the story. It’s as if one developer said to another: “Hey,

we’ve got this sweet looking game all ready to go, I think we need a story or

something, right?” Then the other said, “Uhh, ok. How about if the world was

destroyed and a bunch of things are trying to kill you?” Basically, it’s hard

to tie in the story to actual game when playing.

While the story is nothing to get excited about, the graphics are. Forsaken

is the perfect game to prove to your parent/child/significant other that the

$2000 you just spent into upgrading your system was worth it. Those running

on a D3D compatible board will be dazzled by highly detailed objects (all vehicles

are rendered extremely well, are well detailed and have great textures), awesome

lighting and other visual effects. Just take it from me, Forsaken’s accelerated

graphics will catch the attention of anyone passing by.

There are some lesser aspects of the game, visually speaking. All the levels

feel enclosed and most of the textures have a bland, blocky, square-ish feel.

In other words, the levels have simple designs and a low polygon count (there

are minimal curved surfaces). On the flip side, Forsaken runs at awesome

speeds, especially for those with D3D acceleration. All in all, the visual effects

should keep your average gamer slack-jawed and drooling.

The

music is also very well done. The CD is packed with awesome, techno and jungle

beat songs; the perfect compliment for the high-speed action of Forsaken.

The actual playing and controlling of the game is more complex than what the

average 3D gamer is used to. The free movement in all directions ads an extra

element for dodging and evading. Rookie players might need a bit of time to

get used to the controls, which involve strafing horizontally, vertically, accelerating

forward and backward, and rotating along the x, y and z axis’s.

Those of you who find Quake 2 a bit dizzying will

be made perfectly nauseous by Forsaken. The constant, fast paced, omni-directional

motion can make you long for the simple, steady comfort of a roller coaster

ride. Even those of you with rock-steady inner ears may want to avoid large

meals before playing (at least until you get used to it).

As mentioned before, the story does a poor job tying different levels of the

single player together. Even with this absence, single player is fun at first,

but some stages can grow tiring due to the fact that many levels have a similar

appearance. The ‘puzzles’, for the most part, are just very simple tasks such

as opening doors, pushing buttons, acquiring keys and opening portals.

The Multiplayer support, is great. Forsaken comes with a couple of

popular multiplayer modes, including the average free-for-all, capture the flag,

flag chase(only one flag), bounty hunt (find gold bars), and team bounty hunt.

Basically, those players who couldn’t find their niche in single player, should

find it playing multiplayer, easily accessible over the net.

Forsaken is a solid 3D action game for your more-talented-than-average

gamer. While the story is a bit irrelevant, the impressive graphics and good

single and multiplayer support should help get your money’s worth.

-One last thing…I loved the gratuitously included calendar of the Forsaken

girl 🙂

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Rating7