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Restricted Area (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.3
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.0
Overall MobyScore (11 votes) 2.3


The Press Says

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Game industry News (GiN)
Restricted Area does a lot of things right. There is enough role-playing to keep a hardcore RPGer like myself happy and just when the levels start to get a little tedious, they seem to throw a boss level creature at you to shake things up. And it's nice to find a game of this type that is not set in a medieval world. So for a sci-fi, shooter and RPG fix, sneak on into Restricted Area.
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Digital Entertainment News (den)
Restricted Area faces an uphill battle. It has no glitzy license or pre-established series upon which to rely for automatic sales. The publisher, Whiptail Interactive, isn’t as well-known as Microsoft Game Studios, Konami, SquareEnix, Sony Online or a number of others I could list here. And it has not enjoyed the benefits of a huge ad campaign that includes TV spots and sponsoring a WWE pay-per-view.
82
PC Action
Restricted Area ist ein astreiner Oldschool-Titel. Die Iris-Engine zaubert eine stimmungsvolle 2D-Optik auf den Bildschirm, das Geschehen wird aus einer isometrischen Perspektive präsentiert. Spielerisch erinnert das Teil an Blizzards Hit Dia-blo, doch statt in einer mittelalterlichen Fantasywelt gehen Sie hier in einem Zukunfts-szenario auf Monsterjagd. Die Story könnte direkt einem Shadowrun-Roman entsprungen sein. Im Jahre 2083 leben die Menschen in gigantischen Megacitys, Konzerne halten die Macht in den Händen. Außerhalb dieser Metropolen liegt die riesige Einöde, wo noch das gute, alte Faustrecht gilt - genau wie bei Tommy Lee im Ehebett.
82
PC Games (Germany)
Restricted Area spielt in einer Endzeitwelt: Im Jahr 2083 hat sich die Erde in eine Einöde verwandelt. Nachdem Millionen von Menschen aufgrund einer Umweltkatastrophe umgekommen sind, haben sich die Überlebenden in riesigen Megacitys zu-sammengerottet. Zwar wurde eine globale Regierung ausge-rufen, doch in Wahrheit wird die Welt im 21. Jahrhundert durch sieben Konzerne nach dem Prinzip des Faustrechts kontrolliert. Der Spieler platzt nun mitten ins futuristische Intrigenspiel hinein und übernimmt die Rolle eines von vier wählbaren Charakteren. Aus einer altmodischen, aber grafisch äußerst stimmungsvoll inszenierten zweidimensionalen Iso-Perspektive dirigiert man seinen Protagonisten durch schaurige Verliese, verfallene Fabrikanlagen oder verstrahlte Wüstenei.
81
Gamesmania
Endlich: Rollenspieler, die Shadow Run oder ähnliches zocken, können nun auch in der virtuellen Welt so richtig actionreich loslegen! Im Vergleich zu Diablo 2 ist Restricted Area allerdings wesentlich weniger ausgefeilt. So kommen die Projektile oftmals schief aus der Wumme, Grafikblitzer nerven und das Gegneraufgebot ist arg begrenzt. Auch das Itemsystem kommt nicht an die Perfektion des Vorbilds heran. Abgesehen von solchen Schnitzern lohnt sich Restricted Area aber für jeden Action-Adventure-Fan. Vor allem Kenner der Cyberpunk-Welt werden hier Ihre wahre Freude haben.
79
Shooterplanet
Restricted Area ist zwar kein gängiger Shooter, aber eine willkommene Abwechslung zur Standartware. Auch, wenn die Story kein Hammer ist, können die Grafik, das Gameplay und der Sound durchaus überzeugen. Das richtige Spiel für alle, die einmal etwas anderes spielen wollen.
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GameStar (Germany)
Lassen Sie sich nicht (wie auch ich anfangs) von der tristen Optik täuschen! Restricted Area packte mich von der ersten Minute an. Denn das gute alte Sammel-Suchtprinzip greift sofort, von den vier Story-Strängen und dem coolen Cyber-Upgrade-System ganz zu schweigen. Oft brüte ich minutenlang über dem Inventarbildschirm, um meinen Recken optimal auszurüsten. Eine Aufräum-Automatik und drehbare Gegenstände (Hallo Blizzard!) helfen, im Rucksack Ordnung zu halten. Die fast perfekte Soundkulisse trägt immens zur Endzeit-Atmospähre bei.
70
Just Games Retro
Restricted Area’s fault is not in cloning Diablo, because it does this competently. It takes the best parts of a solid gameplay system and pulls off their execution well. Its fault isn’t in being too generic or average, because the story is actually fairly creative and engaging. There’s even legitimate incentive to play through as each of the four characters. Its fault, hands down, is the grind, which to me just feels like lazy padding. However, I have a particular aversion to obvious busy work in games. If this doesn’t get you down – or if the endless quest for better loot and skills drives you enough to overcome it – Restricted Area is a pretty fine action RPG that’s a worthy alternative to the fantasy genre.
70
Game Chronicles
There is something about envisioning our future that naturally fascinates mankind, and if it’s a dark and destructive future, we’re all the more intrigued. Whether this fascination has to do with a disguised desire to live in an anarchic world with a personal purpose rather than a comfortable world of complacency, or whether it’s just the general ‘what if’ syndrome is up for debate, but games that take place in a dark futuristic world that could very well be our own seem to pop up often either way.
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Daily Game
Restricted Area is a cyber-punk RPG set in the year 2083, a time when most of the Earth is covered by wastelands and contaminated deserts that just happen to be inhabited by mutants. The hope of Whiptail Interactive was apparently to have a successful game in the mold of Diablo and Fallout, both of which served as inspiration for the click-attack combat and isometric camera angles. But where Restricted Area falls short of these great games is its content, or lack thereof.
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GameSpot
Restricted Area's instruction manual lists just two people from Germany-based Master Creating in the developer credits. Regardless of whether they're the only individuals who created this game, Restricted Area has the feel of a small, humble project. It borrows liberally from older games that have since influenced much-more-technologically sophisticated examples of the role-playing genre, and Restricted Area's relative lack of audiovisual punch, combined with its straightforward action RPG gameplay, means it's only suited for avid fans of other games in this style. If you're up for a decent cyberpunk-style Diablo clone and are tolerant of technical issues, though, look no further.
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Next Level Gaming
I know my score for this game is pretty low, but I honestly can’t think of what category they really deserve a higher score, and when you add them up, this is what you get. So in the end, this is my suggestion; if you are a big fan of this genre then grab yourself a copy. If you are a border line fan or new to the genre I would have to recommend to you Diablo 2 or The Baldur’s Gate series.
61
GameZone
Ah, Fallout, that tidy little RPG that came out eight years ago that had me all wound up, playing until 4 a.m. and darn near causing me a divorce. Oh, Diablo, the rock em', sock em' action fest that darn near had an entire generation of gamers playing till 4 a.m. and almost causing divorce on a megawatt level. Ah, Restricted Area, the game that probably should have come out in 1999 as it clearly borrows from these two more successful and engaging games.
60
Withingames
Das Cyber-Punk-Szenario von "Restricted Area" hat sofort mein Interesse geweckt, denn es ist eine Kombination aus Endzeit und Science-Fiction - meinen beiden Lieblingssettings für Computerspiele. Auch die Infos im Vorfeld und die ersten recht positiven Reviews in den Printmagazinen haben die Vorfreude gesteigert. Leider macht sich nach dem ausgiebigen Zocken dann aber Ernüchterung breit, denn selten habe ich ein Spiel gezockt, wo ähnlich viel Potential relativ leichtfertig verschenkt worden ist. Trotz aller Widrigkeiten zieht mich aber "Restricted Area" immer wieder an den PC, auch wenn der Spielspaß nur kurzweilig ist.
60
GamerDad
The game is best characterized as a clone of Diablo II. Restricted Area does not stray far from standard isometric action-RPG conventions used repeatedly over the past few years, and in general they work fairly well. There are a couple of quest givers – Smith and Jones – and other characters in the main hub area. Each has something that seems like a quest, but yields no experience or reward. Jones gives you the story quests, while Smith gives you the extra missions.
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IGN
In keeping with the unsurprising cyberpunk style of the game, Restricted Area offers up four characters who are little more than stereotypes. There's the gruff, trenchcoat-wearing firearms expert; the shirtless Asian martial arts hero; a gigantically-boobed psionicist (read: spellcaster) and a hacker with a pet droid. The only concession to originality here is that the hacker character is actually attractive. While this makes the game very easy to understand, it also means that you'll be playing a caricature more than a real character.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Master Creating выпустила скорее технологический движок, чем полноценную Action/RPG. В руках хороших сценаристов и дизайнеров вполне мог созреть замечательный хит, а в итоге получилась однообразная стрелялка, страшно надоедающая уже через несколько часов. В ваших карманах завелись излишки буказоидов? Познакомьтесь с Restricted Area для развития кругозора. В противном случае лучше не тратьте деньги и дождитесь чего-то более достойного.
42
Game Revolution
The future? I've seen it. It's a sinister landscape full of treachery and action. A place where I know how to handle myself against the best of them. Too bad it's so damn expensive. Who's got that many credits to burn, when we can barely afford enough Soylent Green in the first place?
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Hello indeed. This glorious legend represents the very first spoken words in RPG-lite Restricted Area, (should you be playing as one of the two available female characters). Typos are not the be-all and end-all of civilisation (that honour goes to incorrectly used apostrophes), but their inclusion is never a good sign. Opening with one - that achieves ‘omen' status.
30
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
But 10 minutes in, Restricted Area devolves into little more than monotonous mouse clicking as you navigate uninspired dungeons, fight generic baddies, and collect lame loot. You’ll also deal with desktop crashes, pathfinding problems, and frustrating areas where enemies will overwhelm you. If you want to share your misery with a friend, there’s a featureless two-player online option that lets you do just that. Or you could just hit Alt-Tab, watch the game crash, and then uninstall it.
30
1UP
According to the manual, Restricted Area was created by exactly two people--and it shows. Now we aren't just talking about the sorely outdated shareware-caliber graphics, the amateurish techno soundtrack, the poorly translated dialogue, the horrible monster A.I., or even the truckload of glitches and crash bugs you'll encounter. No, what we mean is unabashedly dull action-RPG gameplay that will leave your eyes glazed over and your keyboard covered in a puddle of your own drool.
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GameSpy
If you read our most recent preview of Restricted Area, you know we were looking forward to the final build of this Diablo-style action-RPG set in a post-apocalyptic universe. After all, the opportunity to gun down hordes of mutants, collect cybernetic gear, and wander the wastelands should appeal to anyone who misses the classic Fallout and Fallout 2 role-playing games. So much for that. Master Creating's title is laden with bugs, pathfinding issues, poorly implemented multiplayer, and tedious quests and level design, making it one of the worst titles we've reviewed this year.