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Ashen is an impressive and engrossing FPS and it's definitely one of the main reasons to own a Nokia N-Gage. It has a deep story and a lengthy campaign while achieving the seemingly impossible task of offering a fun 3D shooter on a system that really shouldn't be able to handle the genre.
Pentru a vedea dacă sânge din sângele său a fost responsabil pentru acest Cernobâl, Ward trebuie să se bată cu șapte tipuri de monștri cu un AI decent, să folosească nouă tipuri de arme și o pereche curioasă de ochelari, care îi permit să vadă monștrii pe întuneric sau char și pe cei nevăzuți. Pe lângă toate astea, are și multiplayer prin Bluetooth, unde patru jucători se vor putea bate pe cele opt hărți single player, plus alte două special făcute pentru multiplayer.
Cela fait plusieurs mois que Nokia communique sur ce Doom-like à l’univers sombre et adulte. L’attente en valait-elle la peine? En un mot comme en cent, oui! Jacob Ward reçoit un étrange courrier de sa sœur qu’il considère depuis toujours comme une originale: elle ne cesse de clamer l’existence d’un monde parallèle. Cette fois, il aurait été découvert! Peu après cette annonce, des orages terrifiants et des phénomènes surnaturels s’abattent sur la ville de Seven River City. Notre héros part enquêter.
Get ready to free the world from alien scum. At least they look like aliens – but are they? I guess you'll have to play the game to find out. I wasn't too intrigued by the story, but that hardly matters on the small screen. Portable games of any kind need to be just one thing: fun to play. Ashen passes that test with flying colors of real-time lighting and impressive polygons.
All this adds up to a superb game that'll satisfy the frequent FPS player and offer newcomers a worthy introduction to the genre.
Ashen is one of the best N-Gage games available on the market, but I'm not convinced it's enough to make gamers wary of Nokia's game deck take the plunge. However, if you already own an N-Gage or were planning to get a QD for its excellent phone capabilities, Ashen is a good, moody shooter.
Ce Ashen remplit bien son office qui est de divertir tout en donnant aux fraggers ce qu'ils attendent : de l'action et des mises à mort (mon dieu que Familles de France ne lise jamais ceci). FPS bien réalisé mais réservé aux acharnés fous furieux, le titre de Torus est un bon pt'it défouloir à même d'amuser un bon bout de temps.
Overall, this game sticks to the tried and tested formula of the traditional first-person shooter. Sometimes this is a disadvantage, but on most occasions it makes the game what it is today.
While not the involving, expansive, or deep console experience it wants to be, Ashen is a light treasure for N-Gage players. It's easy to find the games flaws unforgivable, but with a little time and effort, you'll likely find yourself playing through this one more than once. On a system with so few totally original titles, Ashen is a treat and highly recommended.
Ashen for N-Gage is not the worst game in the world, but with the blocky 3D graphics and scripted enemy locations it isn't as good as it could have been. The 3D graphics might have been the best they could've done on the N-Gage, but having enemies always in the same spot ruined the replay value of the game. The sound and controls are solid for a first person shooter on a handheld device but the gameplay and graphics pull it down.
Over-all Ashen isn’t a bad title for your first person shooter needs on the N-gage. If you can handle the slightly awkward key setup (there are two different key settings, but neither are that easy to grasp) you will probably like Ashen.
Developer Torus Games' fervent desire to create a killer app for the N-Gage is vividly expressed through Ashen's remarkable visuals, fluid framerate, and stellar animations. Unfortunately, this impressive technology is not backed by inviting gameplay. The controls are designed logically and work surprisingly well, but the snail-like pacing, abhorrent level-designs, and uneventful gun play diseases an otherwise impressive presentation. It's just a boring play that suffers from first-person banality.
It's pretty easy to get down on Ashen because of its derivative nature and its frame rate issues, and if you've been exposed to modern PC or console first-person shooters, Ashen will seem extremely underwhelming. On its own terms, though, it's really not a bad game. Furthermore, when Ashen is compared with the abominable Red Faction--the only other FPS currently available for the N-Gage--Ashen is definitely a more appealing alternative.
If you remember how the first Dooms or Wolfensteins looked, you pretty much have an idea of what to expect from Ashen.
Ashen does do a few things better than Red Faction, but overall it's a pretty mediocre game. If you're dying for another FPS, give it a try. Most of us N-Gage players will be spending our time with Tiger Woods or The Sims.