With so many shooters on the market, gamers are
expecting more and more of their games and with the advances in
technology we are being treated to some great games. Just being a
shooter doesn’t really cut it anymore and unfortunately The Mark
doesn’t seem to aspire to be more than a run of the mill shooter
with a stack of clichés and below average plotlines.
Even though the screens look promising in the
title, The Mark really doesn’t seem to rise above simply running
around and shooting at the bad guys who don’t seem to have much in
the way of brains. Whilst there is a storyline, it’s basically bad
guys are gonna blow up London and you (playing the roles of two
characters) must work together to stop them.
The characters themselves are your run of the
mill elite operatives and do have their own unique abilities that
help you get through the game. Though this doesn’t really make much
difference in the game as the bad guys don’t really make it that
hard to get rid of them by either not reacting to attacks or simply
just staying in the open whilst there are a heaps of obstacles that
can be hidden behind.
Linear gameplay is the name of the game here with
just running from one place to the next blasting away merrily at the
sometimes ridiculously costumed enemies running around with dynamite
strapped to their bodies. On a Serious Sam title, sure, I am
expecting that, but on a game that is trying to be serious, that is
just silly. They are not suicide operatives, the developers just
thought it was a great idea to whack some explosives onto people who
don’t want to die.
I simply could not get into this game. It played
ordinary, looked ordinary and seriously did not provide us with any
innovation or real reason to recommend this title. I would only
suggest this one if you have NOTHING else to play and your Sega Mega
Drive is broken.