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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 Golgotham appears for an encore performance. What other game pits you in a boss battle against a 50 foot meat monster?
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows A lightning bolt strikes.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Heavy damage
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Fighting Golgotham's minions.

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

Game Vortex 2000 100 out of 100 100
GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 84 out of 100 84
IGN Sep 25, 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpy Sep, 2000 83 out of 100 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Yiya Oct 22, 2001 B 75
Computer Games Magazine Oct 02, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 5.25 out of 10 52

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Trivia

All US copies of Sanity: Aiken's Artifact came with a 23" X 17" poster featuring the box cover art on the front and a guide to the 80 psionic power cards on the back. Those who bought the game at Best Buy got an added bonus, a CD Single of the song "Sanity" performed by Ice T's metal band "Body Count".

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