A worthwhile prequel to the brilliant No
One Lives Forever franchise? Not really, but certainly a solid first person
shooter that most gamers will enjoy.
I was looking forward to this title as we
in the office loved the first two title in the No One Lives Forever series, so
to have the official prequel come out from a different perspective was
something that I was fully waiting to play. In this title you are playing the
part of Jack which by the way stands for Just Another Contract Killer and
unfortunately this appears to be Just Another Quick Grab at a Buck.
Gone is the humour of the first two games
which made them so much fun to play and part of the reason that they were so
addictive as you would wait for the next funny moment to occur. Replaced by
this is a game where you play the part of a killing machine who works for the
other side than that which you were used to. Jack works for H.A.R.M and is
perfectly suited to that violent environment and the directly design of the
game lends itself perfectly to that end.
I have to say that this game is still
pretty neat despite the above mentioned bugbears with some very fast paced
fighting and levels that look lovely but are mainly aesthetically pleasing,
but gamers will find that a lot of the design leads to a lot of linear
gameplay and will be penned in by invisible walls that will keep you on track
for the game without the ability to go around the level and have a real look
Most of your attacks I found are actually
triggered by where you are on the level as opposed to your true actions being
the precursor to action. It sort of negates the need to use the silenced
machinegun but surprisingly this is still my favourite weapon, even though
there are a lot of weapons to use.
Fans of the claret will be delighted at
this title as well as the game overflows with blood and gore, in fact it
floods the screen with some brilliant sound effects accompanying the death
scenes of the masses of similar looking enemies that crowd the buildings and
alleys that are in the game. I also liked zooming into the sights of the
crossbow and taking out some enemies that way. The crossbow is a great weapon
and a personal favourite of mine and just a lot of fun to use.
The enemy AI is nice in the game and the
bad guys are not quite as stupid as you'd think. There is a pattern to their
evasions however and if you take cover and observe you will see a distinct
series of movements that you can exploit to your best advantage. I guess that
this disappointed me a bit however for the average gamer they might not notice
it unless they hang around a particular area for a particular period of time.