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The game does a fantastic job of combining and balancing the action elements of the game, as well as the exploration part of the game. The end result is a fantastic combination of Tomb Raider and Quake (no surprise as id's Quake 3 engine is used). Puzzles found in the game are nowhere near as complex as some found in the Tomb Raider series, which helps keep the game moving at a very steady pace, and there are always plenty of baddies around to blast, so there is never a dull moment. The only complaint (if you can call it a complaint) is that the game went by too fast, and left me wanting more. I guess it's because I enjoyed playing the game so much. Bravo Ritual and Gathering of Developes for making such an enjoyable game. If you haven't already, go pick up this game. You won't regret it.
FAKK 2 is by far the most enjoyable Third person game I have ever played. It beats its nearest rival Tomb Raider in every category and in every way. It's a great adventure, and perhaps its worst shortcoming is just that - it was too short. You can conceivably finish the game in about 6 hours from beginning to end.
Move over Lara Croft, there's a new lady in town! Heavy Metal FAKK 2 brings an incredible fantasy world to life on the PC with lots of gun toting action to boot.
In the end, I was so hooked on the story of this game, the graphics amazed me, and the sound blew me away. Ritual has become one of my favorite personal developers now that a game like this has been released. I was so influenced by this game that I have the first Heavy Metal on order on DVD, and I plan on getting the second as soon as possible to get acquainted with the series even more. If one game can get you hooked on an already established series, then the designers deserve all the praise I can give them. Great work Ritual, great job in picking this one up G.O.D. and thank you both for many hours of great entertainment.
Heavy Metal: FAKK 2 is a great game, and one that will keep you entertained for hours, the plot will keep you amused and the various weapons in the game will make for a great action adventure.
Look up at the corner of this page. Do you see that little black, white, and red logo that says Editors' Choice? Yes? Do you know what that means? That little logo means: this game worth buying. That little logo means: this game is going to be fun. We're happy to slap that logo onto Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2.
WindowsG4 TV: The Electric Playground
The Heavy Metal universe brings with it a rich background story, tons of great action and a new heroine for gamers to take to their, uh, bosom.
Grafisch ist das Spiel ein Muß, spielerisch hat es auch nicht gerade weniger zu bieten, wenn man mal von der kurzen Spieldauer und den zu einfachen Rätsel absieht.
Was sich bereits in den zahlreichen Vorschauen abzeichnete, wurde nun durch das endgültige Spiel bestätigt. FAKK 2 ist der erhoffte Star im Action-Genre, der Lara gekonnt aufs Abstellgleis manövriert: bessere Grafik, mehr Action und Coolness. Selten gab es abwechslungsreichere Gegner als hier.
FAKK2, with the release of the 1.2 patch, is almost a must-have game. If you’re a fan of the third person perspective and don’t mind a little difficulty, pick this game up. The music and graphics will blow you away, and the game is pretty fun as well. Gith wants you - to get the game.
Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 is de mooiste en leukste 3D action-adventure tot op heden en Julie kickt Lara Croft's ass big time! Jammer genoeg is de game wat (te) kort anders had de gameplay én het overall cijfer dik in de negen gezeten. Maar de vette actie, de grafische hoogstandjes en de funky gameplay maken veel goed.
Momentan gibt es für mich
in Sachen Grafik, Animation
und Farbenpracht einfach
nichts vergleichbares zu
Julies Abenteuer. Allein die
Fernsicht und die akribisch ausgearbeiteten
Tempelanlagen geben mir das Gefühl, mich
wirklich durch eine fremde Welt zu bewegen.
Da stört es auch nicht, dass Fakk 2 eindeutig
Comicfilm-Charakter hat. Im Gegenteil: So
mancher Manga-Reißer transportiert mehr
Stimmung als ein Realfilm. Fakk 2 gehört eindeutig
in diese Kategorie. Das hilft mir auch ein
wenig, die Schlampigkeit in punkto Waffenmenü
und Steuerung zu verschmerzen.
Selbst Gelegenheitsspieler brauchen
nur zwei Tage zum Durchspielen – viel zu
wenig. Dennoch bietet das Programm in der
knapp bemessenen Zeit mehr Spaß als so manches
Mammut-Spiel. Ich werde mich mehr als
gerne an das Wochenende mit Julie erinnern.
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een uitzonderlijk knap derdepersoons actiespel dat echter weinig vernieuwend is.
Now, guys reading this would be quick to assume that my review of FAKK2 would be weighed with prejudices, the heaviest of them all being that this game seemed to have been designed solely to exploit women. Needless to say, I (and many at womengamers.com, I presume) strongly disagree with the placement of a protagonist with the dress-sense of a lemur.
FAKK2 is a good game. It's well produced, visually appealing, and fun to play. It suffers from the occasional clipping problem, and the length of the game is a little disappointing, but any gamer looking for a good single player experience will not be dissatisfied. Perhaps most importantly, Ritual has proven they can release a game that installs flawlessly, loads levels quickly, and contains no obvious major bugs. Sin was a fun game after a few patches. FAKK2 is a fun game right out of the box, and I don't hesitate to recommend it.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
In fast jedem Level gibt es andere Gegner-Kreaturen, Grafikstile und Aufgaben; so wünschen wir uns das. Nur zu dumm - eh man es sich versieht, ist die Actionorgie auch schon wieder vorbei. Macht aber nichts: Lieber ein kurzweiliger, lustvoller Quickie als ein epischer Langweiler ohne Höhepunkte.
What do you do when readers no longer care about your amphibious, green-skinned ninjas? You use your newly earned dollars to purchase one of the most famous adult-themed comic anthologies America has ever known, Heavy Metal. To help awaken this ancient comic behemoth, you go get your 6-foot amazon girlfriend, arm her to the teeth and send her in to kick ass and make money. Oh, and you hire Ritual Entertainment to make your game. The result is the new third-person action/adventure title, Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
know little about Heavy Metal (the magazine, the movie, and the straight-to-video sequel) except that it was originally an attempt to use comics and animation, long associated with Disney and unambiguous clean-cut superheros, to tell “adult” stories involving sex, violence, fantasy and science-fiction. That gives you an idea what to expect from the Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2. Computer games are no stranger to that sort of content, of course, so on that level F.A.K.K. is just a market-pleasing combination of Tomb Raider (the sex interest) with the intense visuals and violence of Quake III.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Würde ich so gebannt vor dem Bildschirm sitzen, wenn die Heldin nicht eine wohlproportionierte Superfrau wäre, sondern ein Haudegen wie Outcast-Held Cutter Slade? Julies Sex-Appeal ist ein starkes Argument dafür, sich mit der spärlich bekleideten Dame ins Vergnügen zu stürzen - ausreichend ist es nicht. Erst die abwechslungsreichen Kampfszenen und die wegweisende Grafik adeln Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 zum besten Action-Adventure des Sommers. Lange werden Sie allerdings keinen Spaß mit Julie haben: In weniger als zehn Stunden ist der letzte Gegner in Stücke gehackt und Sie dürfen sich das Hirn über das merkwürdige Ende zermartern. Dämlich im Kreis laufende Gegner und kleine Programmfehler strapazierten meinen Geduldsfaden, das Fehlen eines Mehrspielermodus finde ich enttäuschend. Die großartigen Metzelszenen reißen's raus, den Schulterschluss mit Drakans Rynn kann sich Fräulein Julie jedoch abschminken.
Die Rätsel beschränken sich im großen und ganzen auf Kistenschieben und Schalter drücken. Eine etwas längere Entwicklungszeit hätten aus FAKK 2, welches durchaus geniale und humorvolle Ansätze enthält, einen echten Klassiker machen können. Ein fehlender Multiplayer-Modus tut ein Übriges dazu, das Spiel nach dem ersten Durchspielen im Schrank verschwinden zu lassen.
An unfortunate audio bug occasionally interrupts the party with a burst of static, but this does little to damage the overall effect of Gathering of Developers' effort. The mix of gun action and melee mayhem, spectacular visuals, and great gameplay combine to deliver an imaginative action adventure that's bold, loud, and simply maximum rock 'n' roll.
This is probably not a game you'd want your little girl to see. Probably not a game that you'd want your little boy to play. I'll be blunt: for a variety of reasons, it deserves its ESRB rating of M. But, my gosh, it's a great game. Stunning graphics; solid, consistent, and fun gameplay; immersive, addicting storyline; it came to the Mac only weeks after the PC version hit the shelves -- all great things FAKK2 has going for it. All in all, FAKK2 is a great game and an excellent addition to the expanding Macintosh library of games. I expect that this title will appeal to anyone who is a fan of action games and perhaps gain some new converts to the genre as well. In the meantime, we'll keep our fingers crossed for that multiplayer patch.
Heavy Metal: FAKK 2 is a dream come true for fans of single-player action games, packing the best elements of previous games into one, all the while sufficiently creating its own unique identity.
The adventure is great fun, but it may not last long enough for hardcore gamers. While beginners may find it sufficiently challenging, a practiced gamer could probably finish it in about 20 hours. And, because the story is linear, the replay value is somewhat shortened. The puzzles are simple (push-the-button, open-the-passageway), and many of Julie’s weapons, except for her swords and Uzi, are relatively useless. Also, Julie’s acrobatic repertoire seldom includes anything beyond running and jumping. But hey, if you can overlook the story’s brevity and Julie’s plotline warts, you’ll have a blast. And isn’t that what gaming is really about?
Toujours est-il qu’Heavy Metal fakk2 est un formidable titre d’action/aventure qui risque fort de faire parler de lui en raison de son excellente réalisation d’une part, mais également de son ton très provocateur. Heavy Metal est violent, trash, et un tantinet sexuellement explicite. Les fans de la BD seront comblés. Les bourrins également.
Au final, Heavy Metal F.A.K.K 2 réalise une très belle performance en alliant action, aventure, et résolution d'énigmes. Plus d'une vingtaine d'armes et des mouvements en pagaille, viennent offrir à ce soft un gameplay saisissant. Les charmes de la belle Julie viennent de leur côté renforcer l'attrait de ce titre en y faisant régner une atmosphère toute particulière. Les âmes les plus sensibles et surtout les plus jeunes auront cependant raison d'être sages et de s'en détourner afin de ne pas sombrer immédiatement dans le pêché, ils ont encore le temps !
WindowsGame Over Online
With the recent disapproval of the endless "Tomb Raider" series, it might not sound like a very good idea to release a Tomb Raider clone. Of course that never deters any game developers from going ahead and doing so anyway. Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 is, as you might have guessed, a Tomb Raider clone. Of course, you have all already glanced at the percentage mark at the top of the page, and most of you might then have bothered reading up till here even, so I will now go through why this isn't that bad a game. Just a note, I have no idea what the Heavy Metal comic book is, which is what this game is based on, therefore I can't draw any similarities.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Despite a few minor glitches and bugs with the retail release, Heavy Metal: FAKK 2 is one of the most significant technological wonders released in quite some time. This is an amazing game to behold. FAKK 2 has a wonderful lead character in Julie Strain, and she's no doubt destined to overtake Lara Croft as the leading lady of gaming. For many reasons, FAKK 2 is one of the best action-adventures I've played in recent memory. Its wonderful characters have been placed within a world of beauty and depth, all in a universe that's full of limitless possibilities. The action in FAKK 2 is intelligent and finely tuned. Who knew simultaneous two-handed fighting with different weapons would be so much fun?
This Quake III based game has lots of fast action and one scantily clad heroine.
I must say she is kinda sexy. Even her digital incarnation that is… It's not War and Peace; it doesn't have the depth of an epic novel, but who cares. Wait, you've taken a look at the title, haven't you? So you know this is a FAKK2 review. And if you're reading this article you're probably very much aware of Julie Strain… Ritual and GOD have at last finished the long-awaited PC adaptation of the famous graphic novel. They've crammed all the polys they could into a round-shaped, skillfully textured behind of an actress with credits on more than 90 movies and videotapes, that has justifiably been called "Queen of the B Movies".
In the end I was so hooked on the story of this game, the graphics amazed me, and the sound blew me away. Ritual has become one of my favorite personal developers now that a game like this has been released. I was so influenced by this game that I have the first Heavy Metal on order on DVD, and I plan on getting the second as soon as possible to get acquainted with the series even more. If one game can get you hooked on an already established series, then the designers deserve all the praise I can give them. Great work Ritual, great job in picking this one up G.O.D. and thank you both for many hours of great entertainment.
When it comes down to it, Ritual has certainly redeemed itself with Heavy Metal FAKK2. It has some of the most incredible graphics in a PC game thus far, and despite some of the nagging problems with the gameplay, the positives are able to shine through all the negatives to reveal an extremely fun action adventure that is destined to please.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
There’s an old Jewish joke with two women complaining about the food in heaven. The first one says, “The food here is terrible,” and the second one adds, “Yeah, and the portions are so small.” HEAVY METAL isn’t a terrible game, but it would be remembered as a better game ii it offered a longer, more fulfilling challenge. Some players have reported finishing it in under 10 hours, and although it took me about twice that long, it’s still short.
I wish I had better things to say about the game, because I really wanted to like it. It’s amazing to see what Ritual did with the QUAKE III engine, and the artwork is consistently excellent. I didn’t have any problems with stability, but others have not been so lucky. I simply found that the game offered too little depth and creativity to deliver a satisfying ride.
FAKK2 is a beautiful but flawed game, with easy controls and imaginative design marred by a surplus of platform hopping puzzles and a disappointing finale. It's also rather short, although Ritual are about to release a free deathmatch add-on for the game, along with source code and tools for mod makers, which should give it some much needed longevity. It's an entertaining enough diversion for a weekend though, with that Heavy Metal feel of scantily clad heroines, devastating weapons, bizarre monsters and lavish settings. Good clean fun for all the family then...
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Поначалу Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2 предполагалось торжественно вручить "Наш выбор". Потом, как всегда, внезапно пришло решение ее распять (возможно, даже шесть), что создало крайнюю нервозность в нашем дружном коллективе и нехорошие брожения мыслей в сторону приставок. К счастью, на помощь пришли мои хорошие знакомые — д-р Но и д-р Мэтт из клиники "Все торчком", специализирующейся на лечении от жизни, здоровья и других тяжелых заболеваний, взявшие пациентку на стационарный осмотр. Их отзывы находятся ниже. Читайте.
Rigoureusement semblable à un Tomb Raider dans son système de jeu, Heavy Metal : F.A.K.K. 2 réussit pourtant à revitaliser le genre action-aventure 3D. Un gameplay efficace et jamais ennuyeux, notamment grâce à ses combats plus variés, et des graphismes et animations sans faille sauront combler tous les fans du genre. Enfin, une prise en main relativement simple évitera la déroute des débutants. Bref, agréable à tous les points de vue !
Ever seen a great game wrapped in a package that it doesn’t need. That’s what you get with Heavy Metal FAKK 2. The game, which uses the Quake III engine, is fantastic, great story line, beautiful graphics, but too much sex thrown in (or too little, depending how you look at it).
While it has some interesting sequences, and can be really enjoyable at times, more often F.A.K.K. 2 merely seems like the framework for a much better game.
While the promise of the Quake 3 engine made us hopeful, FAKK 2 turned out to be a lot less than we expected. There certainly is potential in the game, but too many things about the game make it feel unfinished: the lack of distinct monsters, the degeneration of the level design as the game progressed, and the small amount of gameplay in the box. All of those factors seem to suggest that the game might have been rushed. As far as third person action games go, FAKK 2 doesn't really come close to the better ones, like Heretic 2.
F.A.K.K. 2 is zeker geen slecht spel, wel een redelijk game dat een oneindig veel beter game had kunnen worden.
Bestial flaws, poor utilization of in-game functionality, poor code, and poor story scripting (a few hours of play isn’t worth the fifty dollar price tag), obliterate what could have been a good game with all sorts of potential. It’s sort of like going to Vegas with no money: all those pretty lights but you can’t do anything. As it additionally lacks an Adults Only feel (see my above subtle hint at the need for more nude alien sex), there isn’t much reason to try this title out. The first-person shooter and third-person action/adventure need an infusion of innovation. FAKK2 could have been a step in the right direction; as it is, it doesn't quite make it.