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Frankenstein comes bundled with Bram Stroker's Dracula, another frightfully average CD game. This two-for-one deal's okay...at discount.
The movie adaptations keep coming. This is a challenging game in the One-player Mode: however, the one-on-one fighting sequences are awkward and don't work so well. Overall, this game yields mixed results.
The CD version certainly seems more interesting than the 16-bit platformers, and there’s no question it’s better than certain other attempts, but there’s still not much to it. The fighting sections feel outright ridiculous, with an unbalanced system reliant on cheap attacks to boot. The adventure sections are moderately interesting, but you get the sense the developers ran out of time or ideas. Why is the Creature suddenly delivering groceries (oh, yes!), and no one is questioning his grotesque visage? And as this was only sold in a double pack with Dracula, it seems clear Sony didn’t have much confidence in it as its own product. Pretty, but flawed.
The fight sequences aren't good enough to satisfy fighting game fans like me and the adventure game just isn't deep enough, so all you're left with is another mediocre game based on a movie. And that's just too bad, because I really wanted to like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Occasionally you'll encounter a person or another monster, and that's where the game takes a turn for the worse, as the game abruptly changes into Street Fighter-style fighter. To see your monster go from a limping corpse to a high-jumping martial arts expert is practically comical. Your number of fighting moves is very limited, and the fights are far too difficult to win. You'll eventually get to explore a town, but your goal is never clear. On a positive note, the background organ music is effectively scary, and you can save your place to memory. But all in all, this Frankenstein is a real turkey.