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24: The Game (PlayStation 2)

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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GameDaily
Games based on TV shows relatively go nowhere. Acclaim's awfully failed Alias is one piece of evidence on this, despite having the support of the full cast and one of the show's writers. I was hoping that 24: The Game wouldn't suffer the same fate, as it's a far more suspenseful show than Alias ever was, and fortunately, it holds up pretty well. The game features a number of scenarios and a gripping storyline that will suit fans of the series rather nicely. It still comes to an end way too soon, follows a bit of the basics at times, and doesn't really offer anything for the casual fans in terms of innovation, but it could've been a lot worse. Like What's Happening!: The Game...if it ever existed. Rerun deserves a game run!
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Pelit
23:00-00:00. Fanituotteena 24: The Game on loistava, eikä sen tarvitse lainkaan hävetä tv-sarjan rinnalla. Putkijuoksuna etenevä toiminta on riittävän laadukasta, jotka muutkin kuin sarjan fanit voivat nauttia siitä. Paria ikävää autoiluetappia lukuun ottamatta kakkosnelonen jyskyttää eteenpäin kuin junan vessa.
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GamingTrend
This game has a few mixed production values, but comes out on top in terms of being an episode in the 24 series. This title has some solid features to it, and only a few soft spots that don't hurt the overall title. Rather, they just add to the challenge, because you are going to want to know how Jack Bauer and the rest of the CTU will get out of this situation.
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Gamers.at
Die folgenden Geschehnisse finden zwischen 13:00 und 14:00 Uhr in unserer Redaktion statt: Der Paketdienst kommt! Obwohl er versucht sich unbemerkt durch den Flur zu schleichen lässt unsere pelzige Alarmanlage Xena sich nicht umgehen und schlägt sofort laut bellend an. Er fühlt sich ertappt und bleibt wie versteinert am Gang stehen. Sofort hechte ich von meinem Schreibtisch hoch, trete die Tür zum Gang auf und schnalze mit einer eleganten Rolle vor ihn. Schon währenddessen gelingt es mir das Päckchen in seiner Hand zu lokalisieren. Mit schnellen Griffen und gezielter Unterschrift überwältige ich ihn und verschwinde bevor er überhaupt begreift was gerade passiert ist. Ein echter Profi eben. Der Inhalt des Päckchens stellt sich als Testversion des von Sony entwickelten Spieles "24 - The Game" heraus und wird sofort in die PS2 geworfen.
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Gamesmania
Jack Bauer hat mich auch auf der PS2 sofort an den Bildschirm gefesselt. Story und Spielablauf sind absolut spannend und abwechslungsreich, zudem wurden die serientypischen Eigenarten bravourös in das Spiel portiert. Leider wurde 24 – The Game aber anscheinend für die falsche Plattform entwickelt, die technische Seite des Spieles enttäuscht bei Grafik und insbesondere der Fahrzeugsteuerung maßlos. Aufgrund dessen kann ich das Spiel nur absoluten 24-Fans empfehlen, alle anderen können von meiner Fanwertung noch gerne 10% abziehen und sind mit dem technisch sauberen und spielerisch fast gleichwertigem The Getaway – Black Monday besser bedient. 24-Fans, die endlich wissen möchten, wie Chase und Kim zur CTU gelangt sind und was sonst noch zwischen der 2. und 3. Staffel passierte, kommen am offiziellen Spiel aber nicht vorbei.
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GamersMark
Television is an entity that is constantly evolving in order to properly provoke the kind of emotion that hooks a person into watching a show religiously. Videogames, of course, have always tried this course of action; multitudes of different ideas come across the GamersMark desks each day. Well sometimes a show’s producers attempt to synergize across the board and don’t produce the intended effect. I still have nightmares about Alias to this day. In the case of 24: The Game however, it is a different story. The people over at 2k Games have brought a myriad of different tested game types into a well-established and loved world, then they added a story complex enough to fill a season of the show itself, finally they were able to scan and record the actors themselves. All of the elements together make an explosive title that actually kept me on the edge of my seat.
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Silicon-Fusion.com
One day. One thousand four hundred and forty minutes, eighty-six thousand and four hundred seconds. Twenty-Four hours, more or less. A time that is more than long enough to change a world, a period defined as much as by being human as by the world around us, this is all that Jack Bauer, of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) in LA often gets to resolve threats to the United States. Mere hours, 24.
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Gaming Target
Jack Bauer. Girls want him and guys want to be him. The latter is possible in 24: The Game in which players can take control of Jack and fellow CTU agents in the new PS2 title from 2K Games. It provides an authentic 24 experience just like the TV show and sheds light on the gaps between seasons 2 and 3. While the gameplay isn’t exactly groundbreaking compared to other action games, the storyline provides a compelling reason to see it through to its conclusion. The cut scenes alone make it a can’t-miss title for diehard 24 fans.
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Game Informer Magazine
Much like Jack, this game has a tower of problems stacked high upon its shoulders, but it still finds a way to knock you out. Sure, most of your time is spent trudging through mediocre gameplay, but the experience of being a part of the show is too much to deny, especially given how great the story is. In the world of games, it deserves a body bag. In the world of 24, it's just as good as the show.
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Playzone
Ich muss zugeben, ich finde 24: The Game trotz einiger Mängel, was Gameplay und Grafik angeht, richtig gut. Das liegt aber nicht zuletzt daran, dass ich ein geradezu glühender Fan der Serie bin. Wer dies nicht unbedingt von sich behaupten kann, der wird mit diesem Spiel so seine Probleme haben. Denn hier überzeugt vor allem das Gesamtpaket für Fans und nicht unbedingt die einzelnen Gameplay-Elemente. Letztere gibt es nämlich bei Konkurrenzspielen zumeist in besserer Form. Vor allem die Fahrsequenzen sind echt schwach - spielerisch wie grafisch. Richtig genial ist hingegen die Präsentation des Action-Spektakels. Die Zwischensequenzen in Spielgrafik sind echt gut gemacht und lassen die Grenze zwischen Spiel und TV-Serie verschwimmen.
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Play Magazine
If the game were all straight shootouts, it’d wear out its welcome, but it’s the whole of its varied mechanics that keep you involved. Breaching security codes and interrogating witnesses are good breaks in the action, and the stealth and sniping scenarios provide a nice change in gameplay. No one section of play would stand out on its own, but the clever integration of it all into the energetic narrative structure maintains your interest. If you’ve played a Cambridge Studios game in the past (the superior Ghost Hunter and Primal), you’ll notice signature design traits in 24: The Game, and it’s these more subtle components that finally make it a worthy ride.
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IC-Games
Aside from that it’s great serious fun, if there is such a thing. 24 is topical, political, preposterous, dynamic, frustrating and addictive in equal measure. And that’s only six of the 24 adjectives I had written down. It’s true, there’s a lot to be had with this game, but you do wish that they pulled a few more 24 hour working days out of the bag and put it towards the gameplay. A good game, a great adaptation, worthy of your time.
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MAN!AC
Gelungene Versoftung der TV-Vorlage, die an teils mäßiger Technik und unnötigen Macken leidet.
72
Gameswelt
Die Mitarbeiter von Sony Cambridge haben sich im vergangenen Jahr noch einmal richtig ins Zeug gelegt: Während '24: The Game' auf der letztjährigen E3 für mich persönlich die Messe-Enttäuschung Nummer 1 war, kann sich das fertige Spiel nun tatsächlich sehen lassen. Die hollywoodreife Präsentation des Spiels, die unglaublich gute Storyline und der tolle Sound stehen dem Fernsehvorbild jedenfalls in nichts nach. Eine bessere Wertungsplatzierung versaut sich das Spiel allerdings durch die indiskutable Kameraperspektive, die nicht selten wesentliche Aspekte des Geschehens verdeckt, sowie die zu simplen Minispiele. Trotzdem: '24: The Game' ist zwar nicht der ganz große Renner, man kann sein Geld aber auch bedeutend schlechter anlegen. Eingefleischte Fans der Serie greifen eh allein schon wegen der Story zu.
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4Players.de
Was ist 24: The Game? Die Frage ist nicht leicht zu beantworten, denn die Entwickler haben vier Stückwerke in einen Topf geworfen, kräftig geschüttelt und dem Ergebnis den Titel der erfolgreichen Fernsehserie verpasst. Eine gesunde Mahlzeit kam dabei nicht heraus. Vielmehr sieht die Suppe verlockend aus, schmeckt aber einmal so belanglos wie die Beutel aus dem Supermarkt und ein andermal vollkommen versalzen. Ob ihr dem Mix trotzdem etwas abgewinnt, liegt an eurer Erwartungshaltung: Könnt ihr mit unterirdisch schlechten Fahrsequenzen leben? Seid ihr mit bodenständiger Third-Person-Action zufrieden? Mögt ihr Minispiele genug, um sie als das Salz in der Suppe wertzuschätzen? Oder reicht euch die erstklassig inszenierte Story, um das lieblose Spiel zu kaufen?
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PlayFrance
Studio Cambridge réussit à nous offrir un titre fidèle à la série grâce à une réalisation dynamique, une modélisation convaincante, une bande son de qualité et un gameplay varié. Les fans seront aux anges même si quelques défauts viennent légèrement gâcher le plaisir. Les non-initiés découvriront un très bon jeu d’action/aventure.
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Softpedia
In a world of sequels, game sagas, movies made after games, the producers dared to create a game based on a famous TV series. I must admit that I have never watched 24, but after playing the game, watching the six seasons of the show is on my "to do" list. The feeling that you're actually "playing the movie" is present and being a cop never was this much fun, as you shoot your way through terrorist-infested LA. The only problem with 24: The Game is that the producers tried to do too many things in one single game, not being able to focus completely on one of them. Driving, shooting, solving puzzles, hacking, stealth actions creates a mixture to be served for dinner to feed the appetite for destruction of the gamer and cop-movies fan.
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Defunct Games
As a first attempt 24: The Game gets passing marks, but we all hope that future installments are more refined. There are a lot of things the developers of 24 should be proud of, now it's time for them to bring us a game that lives up to the potential of the TV show. Do it right and Jack Bauer may just give Solid Snake a run for his money.
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DarkZero
24: The Game creates a very interesting gaming environment that most fans of the series should enjoy playing. It is the well thought out 24 style presentation and appealing story that will compel you to play the game and you will just have to put up with many of the blemishes on show, most can be levelled at the “to many cooks” approach Sony took to the games development. There are many moments you will wish some of the annoying bugs had been ironed out but for any fan that tunes in to watch Jack every Sunday night on TV there is no better game available on store shelves. However, if you are the kind of person that demands your games to be nigh of perfect (and are not a fan of the show) then there are much better games in the same genre available. Oh and it won’t take you 24 hours to complete, in fact you’d will be lucky to get more than eight hours out of it.
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Press Start Online
But in these moments when you do feel like you could be playing something better, it’s the plot that keeps you hooked - the need to see what happens next overwhelming the annoyance at another mission failure screen. Yet, when all’s said and done, with Season Five on TV at the moment consistently reaching new heights, if you’re looking for a decent 24 story, wouldn’t you be better off watching rather than playing? While 24: The Game retains the flavour of the show extremely well, it’s more effective in the non-interactive elements than when you’ve got a pad in your hands.
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Boomtown
24 is an intriguing occurrence. It seems like you either love it or hate it, and in my opinion the latter becomes the former as soon as they have seen a couple of episodes of the show. The ultimate in anti-terrorist patriotic thrillers, the television show takes place over the course of 24 hours (did you guess?) with each of the 24 episodes being an hour of real time action, assuming you factor in the advert breaks. The game takes the same premise; 24 hours worth of twist filled storyline, more than just akin to the show, and gives you the chance to be hero Jack Bauer.
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Digital Entertainment News (den)
The game’s story was written by the same guys that write the TV series, and all of the actors from the show reprise their roles in the game, with full voice-over. The graphics aren’t particularly exceptional, but all of the character models are really good, and resemble the show’s stars about as well as could be expected from a PS2 game. I’m thinking that someone is trying to replace the original actors to get close to the President. He’s in danger, and he needs to be warned immediately!
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Futuregamez.net
24: The Game is a game which I didn't really expect too much from, especially as I don't watch the TV show. I was, however, drawn into the game due to the fantastic story telling and cut scenes, and that is despite the gameplay issues detailed above. Overall a solid game that, while not the best on the PS2, will certainly please fans of the TV show.
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Game Chronicles
24: The Game is broken up into 24 chapters (wow, what a surprise) with each chapter continuing the main story or some sub-plot of that story. Much like the real show, where you end up at the end is usually very far from where you started. I’m amazed at what these people can do and where they can go in 24 hours.
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games.mail.ru
Разумеется, навязываемое разнообразие этим не ограничивается. Как и у любого другого современного экшена, здесь есть несколько стелс-миссий, проходить которые лучше, пока игра окончательно не потеряла привлекательность. Но насколько интересными покажутся погони и разведзадания, если игрок с трудом справляется с управлением доверенного ему транспортного средства? Кому нужны эти якобы высокополигональные модели персонажей в роликах, коли в самой игре их походка напоминает первые шаги младенцев? Наконец, зачем так усердно прятать пускай и не идеальный, зато популярный у целевой аудитории жанр, постоянно отвлекаясь на дурацкие задачки? Видимо, потому, что разработчикам захотелось показать себя. Правда, пострадал от этого лишь их собственный проект.
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Game Vortex
24: The Game is a victim of over-ambitious game design and lack of focus. At times it really feels like everyone on the design team had an idea for a play type and, rather than focusing on one or two good ones, everything was thrown in. Fans of the show might afford themselves the guilty pleasure of wading through the hollow gameplay just for the story, but even then, 24: The Game is a rental.
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Deaf Gamers
Your opinion of 24: The Game will really be shaped by your opinion of the TV show. Fans of the show will forgive the simplicity and unsatisfactory nature of most of the game's elements and will be impressed by its presentation and plot. If you're reading this and are a fan of the TV show then feel free to pad the score at the bottom of this review by a couple of marks. However, if you are just looking for a good action game then 24: The Game may not be for you. In fact the whole game is mediocre if you take it on how it compares to other action games. Even those who don't watch the TV show though will have to admit the style of the game is refreshing and the plot is better than we are used to in most action games these days.
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GameZone
I'm not afraid to admit it. I'm not ashamed to admit it. In fact, I think it's my right as a game reviewer and a gamer to let you know that 24: The Game doesn't live up to the television show. I usually try not to start reviews with my final thoughts of the game but I just can't help it with this game. I've enjoyed every season of 24 since the series started on FOX several years ago. With each new season I can't wait to find out what's going to happen to Jack Bauer. Well, after playing the game I can say that for now Jack Bauer's exploits are best viewed via the weekly television show or on the DVD box sets.
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Gamer Within
While it does shine in some areas, it also fails miserably in others. 24: The Game ultimately wraps up to be a mediocre experience, one that is plagued with countless camera, control and gameplay issues that lower the experience and enjoyment that can be earned. Fans of the television series will no doubt enjoy the game more so than a non-fan due to the interesting story revelations that are revealed, however, even the biggest fan cannot turn a blind eye to the countless flaws that the game suffers from.
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FOK!games
Hoewel het nu klinkt alsof 24 echt een spel is dat je links moet laten liggen is het toch best een leuk spel om te spelen. Dit komt voornamelijk door de sfeer in het spel die door de voice-acting van de echte acteurs, het gebruik van de bekende klok en split-screens, goed overgenomen is van de serie. Deze game is duidelijk op de markt gezet voor de mainstream gamer die het spel koopt vanwege de titel. Voor hen zal dit waarschijnlijk een prima spel zijn door de afwisseling van de verschillende missies en de lage moeilijkheidsgraad als gevolg van de slechte AI. Ben je een echte gamer en vind je de serie helemaal niks dan zul je dit spel ook maar een middelmatig spel vinden en kun je hem inderdaad beter links laten liggen. Fans van de serie kunnen er echter best wel veel plezier aan beleven als ze een beetje door de bugs heen kijken en zich inleven in het verhaal.
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GamePlasma
The gameplay in 24 is basically the only thing that this game is lacking. Just like in any relationship it’s the little things that count and 24: The Game has a lot of little things wrong with it. For starters, I had flashbacks to my Enter the Matrix days because of the glitches and poor camera angles. Not to say that I did not have fun every minute that I could not see where an enemy was shooting me from only to find out that he was right next to me for the past 45 seconds. After that happens for the third time in the same level it gets a little frustrating.
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GameSpot
As far as hard-boiled, TV action drama goes, Fox's 24 rules the roost. The show is wildly popular and with good reason. The Kiefer Sutherland-fronted drama's gimmick of depicting a counterterrorist unit fighting unfathomable danger in its 24-episode seasons, which occur over the course of a single day in "real-time," is a hard thing to pass up if you like your TV gut-wrenchingly tense and utterly ludicrous. So it's with no measure of surprise that someone would put together a video game version of such a popular and action-oriented show. 2K Games and Sony Europe's 24: The Game plops itself right in between the second and third seasons of the show, and goes straight for the jittery, fast-paced style of the TV series--and pretty much nails it. Unfortunately, all that time spent emulating the show's style clearly needed to be reined in a bit for the sake of making the gameplay something other than the clunky bore that it is.
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Realm of Gaming
While it does shine in some areas, it also fails miserably in others. 24: The Game ultimately wraps up to be a mediocre experience, one that is plagued with countless camera, control and gameplay issues that lower the experience and enjoyment that can be earned. Fans of the television series will no doubt enjoy the game more so than a non-fan due to the interesting story revelations that are revealed, however, even the biggest fan cannot turn a blind eye to the countless flaws that the game suffers from.
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UOL Jogos
Por seu ótimo trabalho em emular a série e os ricos extras, "24: The Game" é um título voltado essencialmente para os fãs do original. Porém, mesmo esse público não deverá gostar muita coisa da fraca parte "The Game", salvo um ou outro momento de brilho. Já para quem estiver interessando apenas no jogo em si, há opções muito melhores no mercado.
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Gameplanet
While 24: The Game is a very faithful representation of the series, it fails to bring to the player the excitement and suspense of the series.
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TTGamer
24: The Game thus presents a quandary. In terms of TV series adaptations, it's incredibly faithful, nailing the look and feel of the series, and big fans of the series will want to add the game to their collections pretty sharpish. Gamers, on the other hand, would be better suited to renting the title, as (aside from the annoyingly stupid driving sections) it's not that hard, and the replay value is suspect. Sorry, Jack, but while it's a 4.5/5 from a faithfulness point of view, the official game of the series can only muster up a rather more mundane 3/5. Hopefully Jack will let me live. Oh dear. He's just spotted me checking out Kim....
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videogamer.com
24: The Game would fail miserably if judged as any other video game. The core gameplay often feels so bad it seems fundamentally broken, but there's a reason I played it non-stop for two days. The story is brilliantly told and it's great to see some of the gap between season 2 and 3 being filled in. Sure, it should have been a better game, and it's not exactly a challenging game to play through, but if you're a fan of the show it'll keep you hooked from start to finish.
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HonestGamers
I could ramble on and on about further problems with the control, the AI, the physics, and more, but in the end there are two reasons to play through 24; the dispersed moments of intense action and the story. Penned by one of the series’ writers, 24 does an excellent job of keeping you involved in the story. Most action/adventure games follow a standard format; introduce a conflict, send the player on a quest, resolve the conflict, and repeat until the game is over. With constant dialogue among characters, missions that can change with a moment’s notice, and a rather intriguing plot, 24 shuns the standard and offers a world that feels dynamically alive with complex characters. While even the casual gamer will be quick to notice some of 24’s major failures, the story and action elements still manage to make 24 a worthwhile adventure. It just goes to show the power of a professional and well-written story.
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Adventure Lantern
In the end, 24 falls victim to the same "curse" that has plagued game conversions of famous franchises. While it has a lot of potential, a definite lack of polish means the game is only above average. Fans of the series will definitely find something to love in this game, as it has all the characters they've learned to love, and an intricate storyline worthy of the original show, but those who have had no contact with 24 so far should steer away from this game. For them, the negative aspects of the game will far outweigh the positive ones, so if are one of them and you want to see what the fuss about 24 is, you're better off renting the first season on DVD. Just make sure to have the rest of the day off, this show is notoriously addictive for a reason!
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3DAvenue
24: The Game thus presents a quandary. In terms of TV series adaptations, it's incredibly faithful, nailing the look and feel of the series, and big fans of the series will want to add the game to their collections pretty sharpish. Gamers, on the other hand, would be better suited to renting the title, as (aside from the annoyingly stupid driving sections) it's not that hard, and the replay value is suspect. Sorry, Jack, but while it's a 4.5/5 from a faithfulness point of view, the official game of the series can only muster up a rather more mundane 3/5. Hopefully Jack will let me live. Oh dear. He's just spotted me checking out Kim....
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
24: The Game isn't a bad game, but it isn't a new, interesting or exciting one either. It's one of those depressing tie-in games where the proposal came before the creativity - as, I suspect from the banality of all the interactive sequences, did the script. As a result, fun is had when you are not pressing buttons. Attempts to graft show trademarks onto the generic game ideas come off poorly (split-screen views are disorientating, technical mini-games tediously simplistic), and although 24 fans will enjoy seeing what Jack got up to between seasons two and three, how Chase came into things and what happened on Kim's first day as an intern, here the gameplay needed to provide the tension, drama and excitement to go with the cut-scene foil; instead it just provides the procedural backdrop to the plot events.
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Pro-G
24 has become one of the biggest TV shows in the world, down to its incredible twisting storylines and frankly ridiculous events. While it's often predictable, it's never anything but entertaining, with Jack Bauer now destined to become one of the most famous TV characters of all time. 24: The Game from Sony's Studio Cambridge does an admirable job at translating the best parts of the show to a video game, but it's clear that "we're running out of time" was heard a little too often towards the end of development.
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1UP
24: The Game couldn't time its arrival much better. In the midst of a gripping fifth season, the TV series is as hot as it gets. That makes it hard enough to filter out love of the show to think of the game as its own thing -- much less divorce the two completely for a review strictly of the game. But if that's what you're looking for, you can skip down to the fan-free mini-review that follows below. Otherwise, for members of the legion discussing Jack Bauer's latest escapades every Tuesday morning (or for the curious), the following takes place between season two and season three.
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Cheat Code Central
At the core of the gameplay of 24: The Game is a generic and inconsistent third-person shooter with some stealth, puzzle solving and mini-games thrown in for apparent good measure. Fans of the show may enjoy the novelty of interacting with some of their favorite characters but even they will be hard-pressed to be impressed with this misadventure when all is safe and sound.
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Lawrence
In the 24 universe, there have already been five instances in the last few years in which a national crisis has been presented and resolved in exactly 24 hours. If that wasn’t unbelievable enough already, 24: The Game introduces another ridiculous day for Jack Bauer between seasons two and three (which also happens to be the same time period that Jack got addicted to heroin…which the game doesn’t address). Despite the ludicrous nature of the show, I’ve been a hardcore fan of every single season. Because of this, I tried to hold out on some hope that the game experience would feature even one tenth of the intensity and action of the show. Sadly, it fails on virtually every level.
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GamePro (US)
Given terrorism's place in the nation's psyche, 24's themes are more resonant than ever. You couldn't ask for a cooler game character than Kiefer Sutherland's weathered and scarred all-American bad-ass, though you'll also play as Chase, Tony, and others during the interval between seasons two and three.
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Games TM
If Sony Cambridge had placed as much emphasis on the gameplay mechanics as it had recreating the show´s style, then 24: The Game would have been an excellent action title. As it is, it is more the videogaming equivalent of Jack´s daughter - stylish, relatively fun, but incapable of helping itself.
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The A.V. Club
But the story can't save the clumsy, half-baked action, from the generic third-person shooter missions to pointless driving sequences where your enemies crash into you like kids in bumper cars. You'll also solve trivial "decoding" exercises, which include simple mazes and word scrambles reminiscent of those old activity books where you helped Superman beat Lex Luthor by finishing a crossword puzzle. But worst of all, the game is missing the show's most crucial element: the incessantly ticking clock. While a timer sometimes kicks in near the end of a mission, the game usually lets you dawdle or finesse your aim instead of forcing you to rush, cut corners, and make (interesting) mistakes. Would the "real" Jack Bauer worry about nailing every headshot when he's busy trying to save the world?
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Gamezine
Dans sa globalité, le jeu reprend donc plus ou moins les ingrédients de la série TV, notamment la qualité de sa mise en scène. Seulement voila, ce n’est pas suffisant et le jeu s’écarte un peu trop du projet original. On retrouve au final un jeu limité au niveau du gameplay. Un titre correct mais pas assez abouti, comme on pouvait s’y attendre. La PlayStation 2 propose beaucoup mieux.
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GameCell UK
The ONLY thing that saves the game is the story – I would have given up on that one driving mission if it had not been for wanting to see “what happens next” – the voice acting is very good mainly due to the fact that the original actors are present (although Carlos Bernard sounds very wooden and uncomfortable at times) - any fan of the show WILL get a buzz out of seeing an untold story from the character’s past. On the whole the game is most disappointing – a real waste of a licence and a good story. I suppose in a way it does make you feel like Jack – it can reduce you to tears.
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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
What 24 is searching for is focus. It lacks any, and as such, is a convoluted mess of average at best engines that fall apart long before they become fun. Fans of the series will definitely get more out of this than a non-fan (significantly more so given that the story falls between seasons two and three), but even those who continue to watch will find themselves aggravated at the lack of effort in every gameplay engine. It's a shame that most people won't see the whole story.
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Club Skill
In the end, 24 is a decent TV game handicapped by the vomit-inducing camera, so maybe it’s a good thing the predictably-numbered set of 24 missions each provide just enough playtime for the gamer to realize what good things 24 brings to the table, but are not long enough to cause one to befoul the couch. 24 fans are recommended to enjoy, in small doses.
50
Deeko
24 is considered by many to be the best show on television. Being an enormous fan of the series, I have to agree. The show's relentless balls to the wall action, superb writing, and nail biting suspense provide more than ample material for a game. That may well be fine and dandy, but my fear of licensed game material has yet to subside. 24 is a bit different though, as fans of the show will no doubt be interested to know exactly what occured between seasons two and three. 24: The Game provides us with that story, filling in the gap between them and does it exactly as you would expect from the show. The unfortunate thing, however, is that the game is barely playable, which is truly a shame.
50
Game Revolution
24 is a game for fans, and it won’t disappoint them. They, being fans, will forgive the horrendous driving mechanic and the martyr-like stupidity of the terrorists. They will rejoice when they find their favorite dead characters alive again. And they will feel superior when they finally discover what the show means by “opening a new kernel.” It means completing a fifth-grade logic puzzle which, in turn, won’t impress you, because you’re a discerning reader of cranky video game journalism. So take our irritable advice, and leave this half-cooked “kernel” unpopped.
45
Netjak
The game never truly matches the intensity of the show itself though, mostly because it's placed between seasons of the show which have already aired, so you know from the beginning that certain characters are going to be ok, even when their lives are supposedly threatened. (I mean, come on, they made appearances in season 3.) If you aren't a fan of the show, steer clear. There are better ways to spend your time.
42
IGN
Let me begin by saying that I'm an enormous fan of 24. I've been watching the show since it first premiered, and on the one occasion that I thought I'd missed an episode, I was ready to swear off TV entirely for 8 months until the DVDs hit so that I wouldn't accidentally catch spoilers in a commercial. Luckily I caught a replay within a few days and all has been well since then, but that's neither here nor there.
40
Game Arena
There are tons of hidden extras as well, and much of it is unlocked for performing well, but for the most part, the only reason you should be playing this game is if you're a die-hard fan of the show, otherwise the gameplay side of things is fairly lacking due to horrible AI, awkward controls and a dodgy camera system.
40
Jeuxvideo.com
Cette adaptation attendue de l'une des séries les plus en vogue déçoit, comme on pouvait le redouter. Hormis un habillage soigné, le titre n'a rien d'autre à offrir qu'un gameplay dispersé et totalement bancal qui ne parvient à engendrer que l'ennui et, parfois, une pointe d'agacement.
40
GameSpy
It's really a bummer to see 24: The Game fail so miserably at being a competent title. It seems that the main focus of the game was on making it look cool and impressing fans of the show when they looked at it. The problem is that the presentation is, far and wide, the strongest thing this game has to offer. It has so much potential, but it's really fallen flat. If the developers spent some time tightening up the controls and the cameras, they'd have themselves an impressive and fun game. Instead, unfortunately, they've delivered gamers and fans of the show something a bit more like Kim Bauer -- nice on the eyes, but plagued with a perpetual onslaught of problems.
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Gaming Age
The nicest thing I can say, which is one of two or three nice things I can say about the game as a whole, is that 24 The Game really nails the look and style of the show. Cutscenes use the same camera techniques and mannerisms that define the show, including the trademark multi-frame shots. The various characters are instantly recognizable, their voices spot-on, and the animation, at least in cutscenes, lifelike. It's a testament to the quality of these cutscenes that they genuinely feel like an episode of 24, complete with Keifer Sutherland's announcement of "the following takes place between" at the beginning of each in-game hour and dramatic events occurring near the end. It's also nice to note these cutscenes can be paused, a welcome feature in cutscene heavy titles.