Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.8
Value 8.9
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
G+
Review Date:
August 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.8


Pariah

Pariah is set in the distance future where earth has been transformed into a giant prison planet and disease and mutation has everyone in a panic. Fortunately for the universe of Pariahs, gamers play Dr. Jack Mason, a court marshalled medic who works for the Transgenic Control Commission. Unfortunately Jack has a problem with authority and his once excellent career is in tatters as he now does routine prisoner/patient milk-runs for the numerous military controlled prisons around our solar system. As the @!#$ hits the fan on this prison planet, Dr. Jack Mason decides it's time to not only stick it to the man but also save a world in the process.

The gameplay of Pariahs uses the traditional console first person shooter controls that has been developed along strict shooter lines that are simple and easy to use. The control method is highly customisable and it takes only a few minutes to get to grips with the gameplay and those wanting a quick blast should find that they’re satisfied when the action kicks off.

Pariah also gives the gamer the chance to drive vehicles, depending on the level, you'll either be driving or operating the guns. There’s the Dart which is a kind of single one man hover bike armed with dual mounted pulse cannons. The Wasp which is a single man, 3 wheeled trike with a mounted gatling gun or the Bogie, a two man ATV armed with front mounted machine guns and a rocket launcher. Pariah also features some great AI that performs a variety of realistic manoeuvres such as cover, team tactics, forming small packs to take you down and a plethora of other intelligently scripted actions.

Graphically Pariah looks extraordinary on the XBox, although not in the ranks of Halo 2, the special effects, particle systems and other eye-candy features are suitably effective and really helps immerse the gamer into the Pariah universe. With that said, the character models are highly detailed and there is also a variety of great cinematics to help progress the game along nicely.

Pariah features a beautifully orchestrated atmospheric soundtrack that lends itself to the pure science fiction theme of this title and also changes when the action heats up. The sound effects in the game as well as the voice acting have been professionally done and sometimes makes you feel like you're on a Hollywood blockbuster movie with the Star wars sounding sounds and awesome voice acting from the actors.

Pariah also features some great multiplayer action (Both cooperative, local and via LIVE), a M.A.P. editor and also access to downloadable content that is sure to make this game stay inside your XBox for quite some time. Great replayability!

In conclusion, Pariah is an extremely solid game that features a rather clichéd but interesting storyline, great graphics, sound and music and some of the best damn gameplay to be released this year. Check it out!






 
 



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