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BioForge (DOS)

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Written by  :  MojoHelperMonkey (39)
Written on  :  Jul 06, 2005
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

A unique and absorbing adventure game

The Good

Bioforge has really, really good textures and graphics for a game from 1995. The player's movement looks motion captured, and he shows varying degrees of damage depending on how beat up he gets during combat. The game works similar to a horror-survival game from modern days. You use the numpad to move your character around the map. When you come across a guard or other baddie, pushing CRTL or ALT brings you into combat mode. In this mode, the different numpad keys represent different kicks and punches. The animations during these fights are awesome, and it really feels satisfying to land a good punch or kick. I found the combat to good enough for the game, but I know many people dislike it. The story has you basically moving through the base trying to find out who you are. It may not seem like much a story, but the secret is in the little details. Picking up journals reveals pages upon pages of entries by former or current detainees. Through these journals you learn of the horrible experiments performed at the base, as well other important information and codes. But beyond all this, the graphics are what steals the show for Bioforge.

The Bad

I know many people did not like the combat in the game, it can be slow and unresponsive. At times you feel like you are just watching yourself get beat up, with little you can do about it. Indeed, you must wait until the current kick or punch as been landed before initiating a new one, so a bit slow. Also, if you aren't willing to do some reading, the game's story will seem pretty shallow. Not a whole lot is explained as there aren't many cutscenes, so it does require a fair bit of reading.

The Bottom Line

Bioforge is an action/adventure game that takes place on a moon/planet base where a maniacal doctor is having patients flown in to be converted into cybernetic assassins. He is unsuccessful on the first patients he operates on, including the player, you. You awaken in a prison cell on the base, with no memory of who you are or why you are there. Throughout the course of the game you move throughout the base, into the sewers, and out on the open terrain of the moon. Along the way you fight guards and bizarre monstrosities, solve puzzles, and discover what is really going on in the base. The game has wonderful graphics, great sound, an average control scheme using the keypad, and a enough of a story to keep you playing.