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Boiling Point: Road to Hell (Windows)

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Description

Saul Myers is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion living abroad in Paris. His daughter Lisa is a journalist working in the fictional South American country Realia. When news of her kidnapping reach Saul, he doesn't hesitate: it's off to Realia, to rescue his daughter. Once there, Saul will have to find his own way among corrupted politicians and criminal organizations, searching for clues to discover Lisa's whereabouts, and doing everything necessary to bring her back.

Boiling Point: Road to Hell is a hybrid of free-roaming first-person shooter and role-playing, with elements of a "sandbox" driving game in GTA style. The game combines exploration of vast environments with a mission-based structure. Saul will need to gather information concerning his missing daughter, and will therefore have to work for the factions that dominate the Realian landscape. There are six factions in Realia (government, native tribes, bandits, mafia, and communist guerrillas); the player can decide whose missions Saul should undertake. Naturally, working for one faction might influence Saul's standing with the others. Civilians are also counted as a faction, and Saul can become one of them, should the player try to preserve neutrality as much as possible.

The role-playing element manifests itself in the game's skill system. The skills consist mainly of weapon proficiencies and physical abilities. They can be raised by practice, but also atrophied when not used for a long period of time. Most characters in Realia are not immediately hostile to Saul, and will become so only if he betrays their faction or sides with their enemies. Saul uses traditional FPS arsenal (revolvers, assault rifles, etc.) to deal with the enemies. There are also drivable vehicles (cars, boats, helicopters and planes) in the game.

Screenshots

Boiling Point: Road to Hell Windows Raiding a guerrilla camp. Target: their trucks. Weapon of choice: grenades.
Boiling Point: Road to Hell Windows Infiltrated a drug laboratory, got found out, had to shoot a lot of people.
Boiling Point: Road to Hell Windows A rocket launcher. A guard tower. 'nuff said.
Boiling Point: Road to Hell Windows Nightly approach to an emerald mine. A mine fiercely fought over by both the guerrillas and the mafia. And we need to find someone in there.

Alternate Titles

  • "沸点:地狱之路" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Xenus. Точка кипения" -- Russian spelling
  • "Xenus" -- Working title
  • "Boiling Point: Cesta do Pekel" -- Czech title

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User Reviews

Flat tires, no money, jungle jaguars and guerrilla soldiers on my toes... oh my! אולג 小奥 (168579) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
GTA meets Deus Ex in the jungle? Cadorna (190) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
It took two patches to transform this bug heap into a great game Mattias Kreku (423) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
The road to hell is paved with good intentions Shin_Akuma (17) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars

The Press Says

Games TM Jun, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) May 24, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GamesFire Jun 08, 2005 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jul 06, 2005 78 out of 100 78
Gry o2 Sep 07, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN Jul 08, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GamerDad Jul 29, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Factornews Jun 09, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jun 27, 2005 48 out of 100 48
JustPressPlay Mar 31, 2005 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Bugs

The game was released in a horrible shape. There were bugs everywhere, the physics were as stiff as wading through cement and the game crashed and corrupted save files at will. The first patch was released shortly after the game, but it wasn't enough. A few months later a much bigger (200 MB) patch sneaked onto the internet, which almost totally redeemed the game.

Development

According to The Light Works, the main character is modelled after Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy). They created the introduction sequence, including a photorealistic representation of Vosloo.

Information also contributed by Mattias Kreku.

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Mattias Kreku (423) added Boiling Point: Road to Hell (Windows) on Jun 01, 2005