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Nightmare Creatures (Nintendo 64)

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Game Manual (Brazil):
    Seus piores pesadelos tornaram-se realidade!!!!!!

    Pelas ruas sombrias e frias de Londres seu objetivo é devolver às trevas as mais horríveis criaturas que o mundo jamais viu.

    Para ajudá-lo nesta missão você contará com a força de dois misteriosos heróis: NADIA e IGNATIUS.

    O pior de tudo é que esta batalha em 3D está apenas começando.

    * Escolha seu personagem * Lute contra terríveis criaturas. * Explore os horrores de Londres * 16 fases em ambientes Londrinos * Escolha sua técnica de combate * Destrua os demônios com mais de 28 tipos de movimentos, poderes especiais e armas mortíferas

    Contributed by Perfil Falso (3332) on Feb 03, 2012.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    Horrifying creatures and stomach-turning battles are hidden behind every dark corner in Nightmare Creatures, a chilling adventure from the demented folks at Activision.

    The first thing that will strike you (besides a bloodthirsty zombie) is the game's phenomonal graphics. The character graphics are crisp and the animation sequences are fluid. Buildings and terrain are textured realistically, and the overall gloomy atmosphere will keep you feeling uneasy throughout the entire game.

    The N64 is not known for an eerie library of gruesome games, but Nightmare Creatures and Konami's Castlevania have changed that reputation forever. Although gore for gore's sake is not necessarily unheard of in the gaming industry, Nightmare Creatures provides an engrossing story line that a distorted method to the violent madness.

    The developers coordinated the story of this game with a true historic event: London's Great Fire of 1834. The premise is that a secret organization called the Brotherhood of Hecate rediscovered the lost key to the darkest regions of man's unholiest fears. This act produced a rip in the supernatural fabric, which mutated the Earth's creatures and unleashed demons from other planes of existence.

    Luckily for London, two warriors were brave enough to face the grotesque creatures and confront the leader of the Brotherhood. One was a noble staff-wielding monk named Ignatius and the other was a female master of swordsmanship known as Nadia.

    The storyline becomes more involved as you progress through the 16 different shadowy levels of the game. Activision created these areas by using actual maps and blueprints of London, so the visual impact evokes the feeling of the city in 1834. Activision's attention to detail is evident in the ornate archways and crumbling cobblestones found throughout the levels.

    The game does not support two player action, but you can choose either Ignatius or Nadia to take on the Brotherhood. The game mixes combat elements of tournament fighting games with the exploratory nature of 3D adventure titles.
    Between the two heroes, there are 28 different combos, hits and special weapons to use against the ugly groups of bloodthirsty baddies. Special weapons like pistols, burst guns, fire bombs, mines, and confusion spells are hidden in barrels and secret areas of the game.

    You will have to figure out a strategy for each different type of enemy, because these mutated demons are not dumb. The creatures have excellent AI, so they will not simply allow you to hack them to pieces. They block your attacks, back up at inopportune moments, and seem to wait for the perfect opening to attack.
    Using special weapons like the pistol will immediately put an end to most creatures (some, however, can still attack with their heads missing), but hand-to-hand combat requires patience and use of the block button.

    The enemies were designed with multipoint collision detection for each body region (arms, head, legs and torso), which allows them to chase you even if they've lost the use of a limb or two. Evil creatures range from the obligatory army of zombies to wildly creative enemies that are truly repulsive.

    The camera does a good job of providing artistic views of the beautifully designed environments, but sometimes its position makes it difficult to easily fight the enemies. Animation sequences take place when certain tasks are performed, and these frightening displays improve the cinematography and general tone of the game.

    If you get queasy with the sight of blood or spook easily, then you may want to steer clear of this title. If you love pure horror and butcher-shop brutality, then Nightmare Creatures will be an excellent addition to your game collection.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53418) on May 16, 2005.

Press Release:

    ACTIVISION BRINGS TOP PLAYSTATION GAME NIGHTMARE CREATURES TO THE PC

    3-D Accelerated Game Hits North American Retail Shelves Week of December 15



    Santa Monica, CA, December 11, 1997 -- Currently one of the best-selling Sony PlayStation titles this fall, Activision's (Nasdaq:ATVI) Nightmare Creatures unleashes its macabre, terror-ridden world on the PC when the game hits stores throughout the United States and Canada the week of December 15. Nightmare Creatures for the PC features a number of new enhancements, including Direct3D compatibility, 16-bit graphics, multiple resolutions and faster load times. The game will be available for Windows 95 and will carry a suggested retail price of $49.95.

    "With the number of new enhancements to the PC version of Nightmare Creatures, we expect to receive a very enthusiastic response from PC gamers," explains Robert A. Kotick, president and CEO of Activision, Inc. "Nightmare Creatures redefines the action/adventure genre by allowing players to combat terrifying monsters with incredible weapons and special moves as they explore a dark Gothic world."

    Nightmare Creatures plunges players into the underworld of fog-shrouded, 19th century London and challenges them to uncover the secret of a mysterious cult. Using a wide variety of hand-held weapons, firearms and magic spells, players must eradicate dozens of ungodly monsters that are lurking in the city's sewers and back alleys.

    As they delve into Nightmare Creatures, players learn that a man named Adam Crowley seeks to revive a secret society known as the Brotherhood of Hecate. As a result of Crowley's experiments, the streets of London are swarming with monsters. Players control one of two powerful heroes - the noble monk Ignatius or the agile, seductive Nadia - as they battle the horrifying creatures and attempt to rid the city of evil.

    The game features 16 expansive levels of true 3-D, authentically patterned sewers, cemeteries, castles and streets which may be explored with complete freedom. Kalisto's proprietary LibSys 3-D technology enables dynamic lighting, rich textures, stunning transparencies and revolutionary multi-point collision detection that allows gamers to hack the heads, arms and legs off of their enemies. In addition to running an accelerated version, Nightmare Creatures can also be played without a hardware accelerator card.

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    Kalisto is an independent game developer based in Bordeaux, France. Kalisto has international marketing and business development offices n the United States, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany. Originally founded in 1990 by Nicolas Gaume under the name of Atreid Concept, the company joined the Pearson Group at the end of 1994 working as a development studio for Mindscape, Inc. After two successful years of collaboration, a desire by each partner to follow different strategies lead Nicolas Gaume to buy back the company in November 1996. Past products include Pac in Time, Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing and Savage Warriors. Products in development include Dark Earth, a real time adventure; the 3-D action game Nightmare Creatures; Ultim@te Race, a multiplayer arcade style racing game; and Fifth Element, an action game based on the movie license.

    Activision, Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows compatible personal computers, as well as Sony PlayStation, Nintendo and Sega game systems. Activision is headquartered in Santa Monica with offices in Madison, Wisconsin, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Australia.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75619) on May 05, 2004.

Back of Box - Windows:
    In 1834 on London's blackest eve, Adam Crowley, the evil leader of the Brotherhood of Hecate, rediscovered the key to man's unholiest fears. And through the arcane act of terror that would soon follow, Crowley swore to overtake the world... Ever since that fateful night, not a London street, alley or town square has escaped the whispered screams of "Nightmare Creatures!"

    Select Your Merciless Alter Ego
    Battle the bloodthirsty creatures as the noble monk Ignatius or Nadia, the sword-wielding femme fatale.

    Choose Your Mutilation Technique
    Dismember legions of diabolical demons with over 28 mutilating moves, special powers and lethal weapons.

    Explore the Horrors of London
    Solve puzzles and search for clues in the dark, dank streets, sewers and alleyways of 16 increasingly ominous levels modeled after real London environments.

    Confront Hideous Creatures
    Butcher brigades of beasts and zombies that continue their relentless assaults even after losing limbs...

    A bloody good time in jolly old London.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69506) on Jan 24, 2004.

Electronic Gaming Monthly:
    Enter a new platform of terror as the monster hit Nightmare Creatures becomes even more chillingly lethal on Nintendo 64. With 16 levels of gut-wrenching, one-on-one fighting action, an enhanced game engine, vivid, blood-pumping Nintendo 64 graphics and rumble pak support, you may never see the light of day again.

    Contributed by Kartanym (10781) on May 02, 2002.