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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.
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.