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Creature Shock

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Description

The earth is overpopulated and mankind must find a second home. The spaceship Amazon is sent to investigate Saturn and Jupiter for possible colonization. Near the end of its mission, all contact is lost with the ship except for a distress beacon. The player is part of the crew sent to the Amazon's last known location to find out what happened.

Creature Shock is a first-person shooter with Full Motion Video and arcade-like elements. Aliens of all sizes and types will try to destroy the team, but each one has a weak point that can be exploited. The fighting takes place on the surface of asteroids and within mazes of passageways underground.

There are also two 3D sections where the player gets to pilot the ship.

Screenshots

Creature Shock DOS Ooops, looks like we hit something!
Creature Shock DOS The captain is alive! Or is she?
Creature Shock DOS Aghh!! Bats!! Get them off me!!
Creature Shock DOS Which path now?

Alternate Titles

  • "Creature Shock: Special Edition" -- SEGA Saturn title
  • "クリーチャー・ショック" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great graphics, poor gameplay DOS MojoHelperMonkey (39)
Shoot 'em up with thrilling creepy atmosphere DOS Zerobrain (2759)
A cool arcade game! DOS Gabriel (112)
Love the story and gameplay, graphics are second nature! DOS molokaicreeper (55)
Quite possibly one of the worst shooters ever. Avoid it like cancer. DOS CKeen The Great (145)

The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 95 out of 100 95
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Power Play DOS Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
MikroBitti DOS Feb, 1995 75 out of 100 75
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 57 out of 100 57
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GamePro (US) 3DO May, 1996 2.5 out of 5 50
Game Players PlayStation Apr, 1996 28 out of 100 28
IGN PlayStation Nov 21, 1996 2 out of 10 20

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Trivia

Cancelled port

Atari was working on a port for their Jaguar CD, but cancelled it.

Development

The movie sequences were all rendered on 486 DX/2 66 [Mhz] workstations, which marked high end computing power at the time of development.

Manual

The game's manual had its own ideas of what useful tips can be:
"For maximum atmosphere turn down the lights and use headphones instead of speakers."

Localization

The German localization features the voice of Rolf Schult as the player's briefing officer and narrator in the intro sequence. At the time Creature Shock was released that specific voice had been especially renowned as the German dubbing voice of actor Patrick Stewart in his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series Star Trek: TNG who in turn sports a similar hairdo like the briefing officer.

Though the original multi language UK DOS release features no credits of any particular voice talent.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Render Graphics in 1994
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Cutscenes in 1994
Information also contributed by Eric Rushford
Contributed to by Corn Popper (69753), fooziex (2919), Pix (1153), Alaka (30897) and Terok Nor (18924)