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Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows)

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Description

Dr. Joan Aiken had discovered a way to inject a special serum into the human brain, which will grant this human powerful psychic abilities, known as "talents". Since only little babies were able to absorb the serum properly, it was injected to twin brothers, Cain and Abel, in a scientific project called "Children of Tomorrow".

When they grew up, the children took different paths. Cain joined a special law enforcement group, while Abel walked away and stepped into the world of crime. Years later, a radical organization known as Eye of Ra emerges, with the only goal to sabotage Children of Tomorrow project - according to them for ethical reasons. Cain's first mission is to infiltrate their headquarters and deal with their leader.

Sanity is an action game with puzzle-solving elements. There is also a role-playing element present in card-collecting and upgrading the talents. The game is heavy on combat, which is mostly ranged, involving Cain either shooting or using the psychic powers. The talents are classified into groups, such as Fire, Sun, Illusion, Science, Demonology, etc. In each group, there are many talents Cain can learn, which range from offensive and supporting combat spells to abilities needed to solve puzzles (such as levitating, pushing heavy objects, etc.). The game has fully 3D graphics with top-down perspective, similarly to Metal Gear Solid.

Screenshots

Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows When all powers fail... you still have your trusty gun at your side.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Taking a cue from Half-Life, in Sanity Cain often finds himself dealing with a mysterious, sinister government agent with a bizarre speech impediment.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows There is a multiplayer aspect to Sanity but it is deathmatch only.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Cops try to bring down a zombified butcher cow with little success.

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

IGN Sep 25, 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
ActionTrip Oct 05, 2000 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 11, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 13, 2000 14 out of 20 70
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
Gamigo Jan 26, 2001 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 57 out of 100 57
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Despite the numerous hang-ups, crashes, and freezes users have reported, Monolith has stated it has no intention of releasing a patch for this game, suggesting that the majority of problems are the fault of graphics card incompatibilities rather than actual gameplay issues.

This, coupled with an unsuccessful marketing campaign, is probably one of the larger contributing factors which has led to new retail copies of this game being sold for $2.99 at game outlets such as EB and Software Etc.

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jeff reitman (55) added Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows) on Oct 07, 2000