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WindowsChrist Centered Game Reviews (Jun 01, 2005)
This is a fun strategy game that makes you think and use your resources wisely. Unlike many games, you can?t just run into an area and spray bullets everywhere. You have to act quickly and quietly. The pressure is on with those time attack levels. I hated those! Fortunately on easy mode I had enough time to complete them. For those of you who like the S.W.A.T. style games, you may want to give this game a try. Unfortunately, since there is no multiplayer, the only way to extend game play is to try harder difficulties.
WindowsGameZone (Apr 27, 2004)
Beyond the Law: The Third Wave has you playing the commander of a group of military specialist trying to crack down on the mob. The mob has plans to launch three waves of attacks to shut down our country. The first wave consists of bribery, blackmail, and what the developers call “blood tinged” control. The second wave is composed of prostitution, money laundering and drug cartels. The third and final wave is the deadliest with the goal being the destruction of our nation’s capitol. It’s up to your group of specialists to eliminate this threat and ensure the Third Wave doesn’t hit.
MacintoshTap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks (Jun, 2004)
There is some fun to be had with Beyond the Law, at least initially. However, with dated graphics, redundant settings and gameplay, mediocre production values, I can only recommend this for fans only—those who have to play every tactical game that comes down the pike, whether its taking on the Nazis, Western bad men, a Nottingham sheriff, or runaway Mafia.
This new, budget-priced title from Magnum Games attempts to follow the formula of such classics as Jagged Alliance, Splinter Cell, Desperados and, of course, the revered Commandos series. Let's discuss the overall premise, execution and final outcome.
WindowsNetjak (Jul 29, 2004)
Ever since UFO: Enemy Unknown, I could never get enough tactical-level squad-based strategy games. Growing along with the X-Com series, moving on to Jagged Alliance and later Incubation and Commandos, I found my niche in PC gaming. As such, I was quite curious how Beyond the Law turned out to be. Quite frankly, I was disappointed. As a strategy game, the title is a total failure, and as a puzzle game, it could have been better.
WindowsGame Watcher (May 31, 2004)
This game, although a decent idea, falls short of being even a bargain basement buy. The graphics are dated, around 6-7 years dated. The sound quality is awful even by 7 year old tech standards. The AI is an absolute joke, with there general stupidity being compounded by 1 shot kills every time they shoot at your specialists. One of the most laughable features is the green tarp you magically place over dead bodies to make them unseen by anyone. Here is a large mass of dead corpse and suddenly guards can walk over without even a hint it is their buddy. The fact that you can’t make your units attack together and ammo is not there for the taking makes for a boring attack sequence. I am sorry for all the gamers out there looking for a new fun game because it just seems there are none lately.
WindowsIGN (Apr 29, 2004)
You know, I heard a statistic the other day that 90% of all major music releases don't make a profit. I suspect gaming isn't too different. It's a tough market. If you don't go into it with a good deal of financial backing, your choices are limited. The Third Wave in particular has some tough hurdles to overcome, from dated graphics and sound to problematic design elements. It has a tough time throughout holding up well against Jagged Alliance, Commandoes and other titles in the team-based, tactical stealth niche.
40 (Oct 31, 2003)
Man har helt klart haft en hel del idéer som, om de blivit väl genomförda, kunnat leda fram till en ganska engagerande och utmanande spelupplevelse. Nu blir det istället en enformig sörja som andas amatörism och oprofessionalism. Visserligen tycker jag att man ska stödja den svenska spelbranschen om inte annat för att visa att vi också kan. När man ser Den tredje vågen undrar man stilla om vi verkligen kan. Jag hoppas att man håller Den tredje vågen hemlig för omvärlden. De kan ju avlida av skrattkramper.
WindowsGameSpot (Apr 28, 2004)
Despite its budget pricing, there's really no reason anyone should play Beyond the Law: The Third Wave. Its gameplay is simplistic, the enemy artificial intelligence is practically brain-dead, and its production values are rather poor. Those who enjoy good squad-based strategy games should look elsewhere for their fixes.
WindowsGame Chronicles (Jun 03, 2004)
In a not so distant future, the Mob has the country in a strangle hold, civilized society is in danger of imminent collapse, and it is up to you, as the leader of a group of elite paramilitary operatives (surprise, surprise) to thwart the Mob’s plans to annihilate the nation’s capital. This is the State of affairs in Beyond the Law: The Third Wave, a squad-based RTS title from Magnum Games that certainly does nothing to improve the genre, as it plays like a massively inferior Commandos clone.
30 (Jul 23, 2004)
Beyond the Law: The Third Wave is a budget title in every sense and then some. Game play is very simple with very dumb AI. I cannot recommend Beyond The Law: The Third Wave at all. All I have to say is nothing to see here move along.
WindowsESC Magazine (Apr 29, 2004)
Everything is weighted against the player. Even on the Easy difficulty level, I took the save penalty and had to take multiple attempts to get through even the opening levels. I try and finish every game I review, but the fan in me dug in his heels and pointed out the much more superior ways I could be spending my time. I won’t be sticking around The Third Wave to see whether the good guys win. It’s obvious the fans of good gameplay won’t.
WindowsArmchair Empire, The (Jun 27, 2004)
1997 was a good year. I remember it clearly because it was the year I completed my doctorate in Philosophy (which is a fun way of saying, “I’m more intellectual than you’ll ever be!”) and got hit by a sled. Beyond the Law: The Third Wave (BTL) made my wounded leg ache with the reminder of that ice-bound day in February when Basil Baloney (his real name!) broke my leg. From top to bottom BTL screams “1997” or at least, “1998.” Which is part of the reason it has taken me so long to produce a judgment on the title – that and it fell behind my desk and remained forgotten.
WindowsGamingExcellence (Mar 11, 2005)
Basically, this game is like the Commandos series of games without the fun. If you’re looking for a special ops game, you’re probably better off with any of the Rainbow Six or Commandos series of games, especially considering they cost about the same price nowadays. Unless you’re a crack addict who enjoys looking at bright lights for entertainment, this game is likely not going to be much fun. And even so, I’m sure you could find better lights on the internet for free.
WindowsFZ (Nov 18, 2003)
Spelet Den Tredje Vågen är täckt av duktig marknadsföring, manualen till spelet är en stor poster med en läcker översiktsbild på ena sidan och en instruktiv manual på den andra, och de stillbilder som släppts har hypats upp ordentligt. Men det här spelet känns så hastigt ihopkrafsat att det mer påminner om något hobbyskapat flashspel än ett kommersiellt actionlir. Jag ser ingen anledning till varför någon skulle lägga ut dyra pengar för ett sånt här spel. Tyvärr PAN Vision, jag önskar er bättre lycka nästa gång.
WindowsGameSpy (May 20, 2004)
Beyond the Law: The Third Wave is an import from Sweden, and perhaps this squad-based real-time strategy game should have been left there. This dated and poorly designed product follows the lead of Commandos in presenting a real-time strategy game in which your team of operatives skulks and shoots its way through levels filled with Mafia lords bent on world domination. But it fails in nearly every way to meet the genre's standards. It's considered a criticism to call a game derivative, but players of this one will conjure many harsher adjectives.