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Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows)

73
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.2


The Press Says

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100
Game Vortex
Like I said before, graphically, Sanity: Aiken's Artifact starts off looking like a turn-based RPG, but don't let the looks fool you. You are playing an action game, and action is what this game delivers. You portray Agent Cain, a psionic agent in the 21st century. During an experiment to unlock the unused portion of our brains by the use of a serum, things started to go wrong. Subjects in the experiment would start to go insane because their brains could not adapt to the new powers or 'talents'. Cain was different because he was given the serum while in the womb, so his brain was able to deal with the talents and keep his sanity longer. Able to control these talents and his sanity, Cain joined a police force formed to deal with psychotic psionics called the Department of National Psionic Control, or the DNPC.
87
Shooterplanet
Als ich das Spiel zum ersten Mal als Demoversion spielte, war ich so dermaßen beeindruckt von Atmosphäre und Spielgeschehen, dass ich mir die Vollversion Wochen später als US-Import zulegte - und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Sanity: Aikens Artifact ist durch und durch ein Action-Adventure, wie es im Buche steht. Wer sich bei Sanity langweilt, der kann nicht bei Verstand sein. Ein ausgewogenes und faires Gameplay, abwechslungsreiche Ortschaften, die unser Held bewandert (Forschungslabor, verfallende Städte, Schlachterbetrieb) und ein für Monolith Productions typischer, abgedrehter Humor (schimpfender Kopf im Einmachglas, Todes-Gameshow im TV und Agent Cains Handy, welches immer dann schellt, wenn man es nicht gebrauchen kann) zeichnen dieses Spiel aus und machen es zu einem der besten Action-Adventure aller Zeiten für PC.
85
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Однозначный must-have или хотя бы must-see. Редко когда еще можно встретить такое удачное сочетание двух совершенно разных жанров, да еще с отменным юмором и озвучкой. Дизайнеры Tomb Raider 6, учитесь!
84
GameZone
This game is a very good step in the right direction. The use of the infamous card games is always a big winner with gamers. The game plays well on the PC, but has a console feel to it. With all the minor flaws and disappointments, Sanity is still fun and a great game to play.
84
PC Gamer (Netherlands)
Is er dan niks mis met Sanity? Jawel. Het nadeel van de oogverblindende overvloed van SAA is de laadtijd van het spel. Ik heb misschien niet zo'n heel snelle pc, maar met mijn PIII 450, 128 Mb RAM, duurde het eigenlijk net te lang iedere keer. Zo lang dat je na vijf keer knoeien op een moeilijk punt maar weer een tijdje met het spel stopt, en dat is heel jammer. Want zo kom je natuurlijk nooit verder...
83
GameSpy
So, after all the analysis, is it a good game or not? The answer is a definite "yes." In fact, it's one of the most original games of the year. Despite certain shortcomings and some frustration, Sanity provided me with a tremendously entertaining, 28-hour long experience that is seldom seen elsewhere.
83
IGN
Mind over matter, brains over brawn, and action film sensibilities over intelligent conversation.
82
ActionTrip
I suppose we all wondered what would it be like to be a super hero when we were kids. Monolith Productions offers the experience to all players, and the chance to relive their childhood dreams with their new release Sanity: Aiken's Artifact. The basic story is very simple and is about the "Psionics", people with highly developed mental abilities. It all began when Dr. Joan Aiken discovered an ancient artifact in 2028 in an excavation site in East Asia. Examining the artifact, she came up with a formula that allows ordinary people to utilize the full 100% of their brain mass, opposed to the 30% they used before. Those who volunteered to test the formula developed powerful psychic abilities, but their mental health weakened. Their brain could not withstand the strain and they lost their sanity. Not all Psy's intend to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, some of them turned to the life of crime.
81
PC Gamer
Sanity isn't without its problems, of course. Besides the issues of perspective and control, there are a couple of dubious game-logic issues -- Cain beats up a civilian for a visitor's pass when such an action should cost you the game, and a butler once spotted me even though I was invisible -- and some of the chapter-ending "boss" battles are frustratingly long. You'll find yourself completely ignoring many of the weaker Talents as you face tougher enemies. But it never fails: just when you're feeling frustrated, you'll solve a puzzle or come up with a powerful combination of Talents and find yourself grinning from ear to ear. Sanity will give you your money's worth -- and that's a fancy way of saying it's pretty damn good.
80
Techtite
As one of the last great adventure game fans, I must say it again: If it wasn't for the flawed combat system, Sanity would be one of the action/adventure games of the year. Its FX, storyline, puzzles, and overall appeal are very unique and superior in many ways. These traits almost demand a thumbs-up rating, regardless of the frustration during heavy combat. However, with such flaws in an action-adventure, it took me some time to decide how much to reduce the rating of the overall game. In Techtite.com terms, is it a Large Crater (i.e., a "solid" thumbs-up), or just a small crater (i.e., "marginal thumbs-up")? You have no idea how close it came to a Small Crater, though "Large Crater" won out, thanks to some cool puzzles, nice storyline, humorous finale, and that way-cool concept of making powers gained by "playing cards."
80
All Game Guide
At the beginning, the story seems bleak at best (you're a cop who has to question people). However, once in the field, you begin to question the purpose of your organization and job and eventually gain control of 80 unique talents. Other than the somewhat complex controls in battle, there are no notable problems. The game offers depth and action and could quite easily be source material for a movie. Sanity: Aiken's Artifact is a surprisingly deep adventure with comedy, suspense, and drama wrapped into one saga about the dangers of unleashing powers humankind was never meant to harness.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Sanity is an enjoyable combination of action and adventure that will keep gamers entertained for weeks with the varied single player missions as well as the expandability of the multiplayer functions. The talent system is a breath of fresh air and functions well in the context of the story. The gameplay is enjoyable and engaging, forcing you to think your way through levels instead of merely blasting everything in sight, which makes it a welcome diversion from the droning repetition of many other games that consider themselves ‘action’ titles. Sanity manages to rise above the load times and weak multiplayer level-design to become a worthy title for any gamer willing to step into the spandex uniform of the wise-talking attitude-laden superhero, Agent Cain.
80
Electric Games
Sanity may be loosely based upon the gaming style of Diablo, but it takes the action/adventure element much farther in scope of story and provides much more depth, especially in single player mode. Multiplayer may be lacking but the single player game is extensive and a lot of fun. Bottom Line: The Lithtech engine shows its flexibility and provides an excellent environment for this third-person action/adventure. The game relies heavily on story elements rather than mindless slaughter. Pauses and long load times plague the game due to the intense graphics. Overall, the game looks great, sounds good, and is a lot of fun to play.
78
PC Player (Germany)
Vorweg die obligatorische Nörgelei: Unübersichtliche Kämpfe und unfaire "Schaff es oder stirb"-Rätsel sorgen für permanentes Nachladen. Das Wiederherstellen eines Spielstandes dauert horrende 30 bis 60 Sekunden. Ich habe während der Zwangspause den vierten Teil von Harry Potter durchgelesen, schnellere Leser schaffen vermutlich die Buddenbrocks. Auf geduldige Naturen wartet jedoch ein Actionspiel der Oberklasse. Die Grafik ist schnuckelig, die Geschichte abwechslungsreich, irgendwo passiert immer etwas Unerwartetes. Falls Sie jetzt denken: "Ha, Actiontitel fangen immer mit einem Skript-Feuerwerk an, aber das legt sich ab dem Punkt, an dem die Demo-Version endet."... Weit gefehlt! Auch die späteren Level sind vollgepackt mit relevanten Dialogen, kleinen Gags und coolen Sequenzen in der Spielgrafik. Wen Sanity langweilt, der kann nicht bei Verstand sein.
78
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Sanity is een eenvoudig en onderhoudend actiespel dat evenwel nooit de middenmoot overschrijdt.
75
Power Unlimited
Een frisse, kleurrijke en tot op zekere hoogte boeiende game die echter een beetje verpest wordt door stomme puzzeltjes en een lousy camerasysteem.
75
Yiya
Abschliessend kann man sagen, dass Aiken's Artifact eine gelungene Genremixtur ist, die man nur empfehlen kann. 25 Stunden Spielspass sind gewiss und wenn man einmal den Endboss besiegt hat, darf man auch mit seinen erworbenen Waffen alle Level nocheinmal direkt anwählen und darin sein Unwesen treiben. Das Spiel wird in einer DVD Hülle geliefert, das Handbuch ist ausreichend und erklärt alle notwendigen Funktionen. Es ist wirklich schade, dass ein so schönes Produkt total in der Masse untergegangen und daher kaum bekannt ist. Ich hoffe mein Review hat euch Lust auf mehr gemacht und euer Interesse geweckt. So gibt es dafür, auch weil das Programm bugfrei ist und bisher keinerlei Patche notwendig waren, eine verdiente 2.
74
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Een teleurstellende multiplayeroptie wordt grotendeels goedgemaakt door een uitgebreide en interessante singleplayermode.
74
FiringSquad
Sanity is a good game definitely worth the once-over. However, that's all you really get. The multiplayer just isn't interesting enough to bother with while the single player game offers no replayability to speak of. This, coupled with the possibility of development tools never being released (or released after everyone stops caring), means that you can't really do much with Sanity once you're done playing the game.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Un bon jeu d'aventure/action qui intègre un système intéressant de pouvoir psioniques à une aventure d'assez bonne qualité. Dommage que le manque de variété se fasse tant sentir au fil des niveaux.
69
PC Games (Germany)
Die flugs gegründete Behörde DNPC widmet sich dem Kampf gegen diese Superschurken. Top Agent Caine (supercool gesprochen von Rapper Ice-T) verfügt über dieselben übernatürlichen Fähigkeiten wie seine Gegner.
67
Gamigo
Aiken’s Artifact hat mir, sofern es einmal lief, eigentlich rundum recht gut gefallen. Trotz leichten Mängeln wie z.B. der verzögerten Kamerarotation wäre es ein sicherer Kandidat für das obere Wertungsfeld im 70-er Bereich gewesen. Ein Publisher der Größe von Electronic Arts sollte aber in der Lage sein, ein Spiel auf den gängigsten Konfigurationen zu testen, weswegen es mir unverständlich ist wie das Spiel (in technicher Hinsicht) in der aktuellen Version herausgebracht werden konnte. Das führt zu einem dicken Wertungsabzug, weswegen die 70%-Hürde bei der Gesamtwertung leider nicht erreicht wird – obwohl Aiken’s Artefact dazu allemal das Zeug gehabt hätte.
66
GameSpot
It features a generally successful mix of action and puzzle solving, but some of its poor design elements, the long loading times, and the tiresome multiplayer mode bring it down.
63
PC Action
Tja, wer zu viele Zivilisten umlegt, hat es nicht besser verdient. In Aiken's Artifact spielen Sie den beinharten Agenten Cain, gesprochen von Rapper Ice T. Deutsche Untertitel beugen Verständnisschwierigkeiten vor.
62
GameStar (Germany)
Schade, da hätte mehr draus werden können. Das Kampfsystem von Aiken’s Artifact ist zwar simpel, macht mir dank der ständig bombastischeren Zaubersprüche aber richtig Spaß. Wenn da nur nicht diese ärgerlichen Rätsel wären. Schema: Unübersichtlichen Level komplett absuchen und zwangsläufig die richtigen Ereignisse auslösen. Ein dickes Extra-Lob haben sich die Entwickler dagegen für den erstklassigen Sound verdient. Trotzdem: Das Ding hat zwar ein paar richtig gute Ansätze – kaufen würde ich es deswegen nicht.
60
Svenska PC Games
Ett spel fullt av fina detaljer. Men Aiken's Artifact frustrerar med sin dåliga spelkontroll och alltför snäva synvinkel. Grafik och variation är dock imponerande och spelets no brain-action lockar nog nyfikna.
60
Game Informer Magazine
Note to self: Ice-T + voice acting = Oh darn. He tries hard, he really does, but Sanity: Aiken’s Artifact is just not firing on all cylinders. Some interesting fighting abilities just can’t pull this one out of the toilet.
60
Computer Games Magazine
If evaluated by the standards of pulp comics, Sanity has all of the elements of good storytelling-memorable characters, wild plot twists capable of drawing diverse story genres together, and dialogue that is often as campy as it is entertaining. If you are entertained by style alone, this game may be right up your alley. If you also want truly challenging puzzles and combat that rewards creativity, however, you may be a bit disappointed.
57
Fragland.net
I'm not going to keep rambling about this, but overall Aiken's Artifact left me with quite a disappointment. There's nothing that made me want to play more and it reminded me of some polished-up version of a ancient coin-up games.
52
Game Informer Magazine
In Sanity, players take on the role of an agent (voiced by rapper Ice-T), who is a member of a government agency that has been put in place to deal with psionic criminals. Basically, you run around the environments, knock off hostiles with your special powers and solve the occasional barrier puzzle. The game’s star attraction is the 80 psionic talents that you can eventually acquire. Unfortunately, while it was nice to pick up new stuff and try it out, most talents only had one real application. My true source of frustration was that the game’s automatic camera system is really slow to react to what direction you’re moving in, forcing you to resort to a manual camera which can be really tricky to manage in the middle of a boss battle. Sanity has its perks, but there are far better games out there right now.
50
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
I wanted to like SANITY. It almost has the vibe of a hip, slick, over-the-top comic book. But the puzzles, the disappointing execution of the Talents, and the interface all fall short of what could’ve been great.
50
Just Adventure
If not for the control issues, Sanity would be a good game that would have many hours of solid gameplay and story development. Instead, Sanity will shortly be relegated to the bargain bins of our favorite computer superstores. If you see it for $10, pick it up, but otherwise, stay far, far away. For those of you who may be interested, Sanity does have a multiplayer deathmatch mode, as well as some also-available-for-just-a-few-dollars-more Talent add-on packs that can be used in the multiplayer games, but somehow I don't think you care.