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It's been observed that in our new era of sensitivity, the only "villains" left in the world are Nazis and the undead (or, in the case of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, undead Nazis). Undying, however, manages to use some brilliant design to create a sense of menace, and against all odds, a force of evil that the player feels outmatched by, but which nonetheless must be stopped.
On the whole, I really liked this game after I got used to the controls. The levels are intriguing and well-designed, aside from a bit of the locked door syndrome that plays out a bit too often in the beginning of the game. The weapons are fun, from pistols with silver bullets to Tibetan war cannons that shoot a sort of freeze ray. The spells are cool; I particularly like the Skull Storm, which I swear conjures the skull of Curly from the Three Stooges (Hold down the activate key for a long time to see what I mean!). Play this game with a two-button mouse and a good speaker system turned up to let the wonderful sounds of rumbling thunder, distant howls and insane laughter scare the Undying out of you.
Clive Barker's Undying is an original and fun game, something for adventurers, action gamers and horror fans alike. It delivers an original plot, filled with mystery, terror and intrigue, some great graphics and gameplay that you will pick up on nearly instantly. I enjoyed Undying a lot, simply because it did not really feel like another mindless first person shooter.
All told, Undying works to tell a good, convincing horror tale that made it a hit on the PC and a worthwhile buy on the Mac market. If the level design was a tad better and not quite as frustrating in order to reach the next level, the game would have its homework completely finished.
Si le concept de Undying est plutôt bon, on regrettera qu'il n'ait pas été poussé dans ses derniers retranchements. L'ambiance est assez paradoxale puisqu'elle suscite un certain malaise, mais ne va pas complétement au bout des choses en ne provoquant jamais une réelle frousse. Finalement, Undying devient un jeu d'action un peu sordide qui oscille entre l'horreur, le gore et le fight.
Qu'on se le dise, Undying est un bon titre où les surprises sont de mise, mais légèrement en deçà de ce que l'on aurait pu attendre. Il saura combler avantageusement les longues soirées d'été ou les froides nuits d'hiver.