True Lies (SNES)

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic
True Lies is basically an overhead scroller with endless shootouts in locations like a chateau, mall, park, and refinery. Fine-tuned controls include a diving roll and a strafing move that's incredibly useful. Harry is armed with uzis, flame-throwers, shotguns, and grenades. There's no shortage of ammo, and I like how enemies splatter with blood and fall to the ground when shot. Just be careful not to shoot three civilians, because then you're forced to restart the level. The background music is good, and the sound effects are remarkable. For example, when on the docks, you not only hear the water, but you can even hear the rats scurrying! Harry's partner (Tom Arnold) posts advice on the bottom of the screen and a password saves your progress. True Lies shows a lot of originality, and really captures the spirit of a great action film.
GamePro (US)
Because the action gets frantic but never unbearable, the game works for both novice and intermediate gamers. Maybe this game is so appealing because there aren't many good overhead-view action/adventure of this type any more. If you couldn't bear for Zombies or Soldiers to end, True Lies picks up the slack.
Power Unlimited
Er is duidelijk moeite gedaan om er een interessant spel van te maken. De speelbaarheid is goed en het sterft van de lastige vijanden. Leuke bijkomstigheid is het grote scala aan wapens dat Harry kan gebruiken. De graphics zijn jammer genoeg een beetje eind jaren tachtig hoewel er wel leuke stukjes uit de echte film in zitten.
Total! (Germany)
Will heißen: Das Game ist exorbitant schwierig und der Normalspieler wird das Pad wahrscheinlich nach ‘ner halben Stunde in die Ecke schmeißen! Somit also genau das Richtige für alle Freaks, die mit verbundenen Augen und den Händen hinter dem Rücken spielen. Also Actionfans: „Nix wie hin zum Gamedealer und anspielen!“
Lots of one-handed Uzi action and jerky, bullet-riddled deaths, and every bit as highbrow and politically sensitive as the film. If the fallen bodies actually piled up on the floor instead of just disappearing after a few seconds, True Lies would be a truly great game. Instead, it's just an excellent game that mirrors its film counterpart in almost every way. So don't just stand there - kill something!
Game Players
I love this game, despite it's outrageous price tag and the fact that it's incredibly difficult. Once you start it, you may never want to stop until you're done. Who needs sleep anyway, right? Perfection is the key to success in this game. You can't afford to make mistakes, otherwise it's "Hasta la vista, baby!"
GameFan Magazine
Here's a case where a movie license is made into a solid game, (somewhat of a rarity these days) but the overall experience is crippled by the high level of difficulty. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy playing a game you can't beat in one day, but there's a difference between challenge and frustration. Unlike Super Battletoads, for example, TL is not quite good enough game to justify all that pain.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
I found the movie quite entertaining and the game to be as enjoyable. True Lies offer plenty of action that most shooter fans will appreciate, but after a while the simple concept of the game can wear away at your patience. There are, however, some secret areas that you can find to stock up on more powerful weaponry. True Lies isn't a bad game, just be prepared for a relatively mindless shooting spree.
Consoles Plus
Un jeu vraiment bourrin, pour passer des heures à déambuler en tirant dans des allées. C'est pauvre.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
Instead of a fluid, Earthworm Jim or Contra shooting style, there's this twitchy, jerky, bullet-goes-wherever-it-feels-like kind of reaction. In a world filled with video games out the yin-yang, this is not something you'll want to play for ver long, that's for sure. Frustratingly difficult control ends up sending True Lies spiraling into the video game gutter. I'm not lying.
Mega Fun
Auf den ersten Blick macht True Lies noch einen recht guten Eindruck, die Kollisionsabfrage ist fair, Harry läßt sich ganz nett steuern (er kann sogar bildhübsche Rollen hinlegen) und auch die Extrawaffen sind nicht enttäuschend. Allerdings fragt man sich spätestens im dritten Level, wo die Neuerungen bleiben, denn außer dem Harrier-Abschnitt bietet True Lies keinerlei Abwechslung. Auch die Idee mit dem Nachladen ist ziemlich in die Hose gegangen, denn bald entleert man nach jeder Schießerei seine Knarre erst einmal mit sinnlosen Schüssen in die Luft, um nicht während des nächsten Gefechts nachladen zu müssen. Technisch gesehen ist das SNES minimal überlegen, ansonsten gleichen sich beide Versionen wie ein Modul dem anderen; wegen des viel zu hohen Schwierigkeitsgrades ist True Lies aber nur Masochisten und Arnie-Süchtlingen zu empfehlen.
The game really is a chore. You don’t ‘play’ it. You just mash the controller’s buttons and you survive. Considering all the options available these days, there’s no excuse for True Lies to continue existing. Someone should gather the cartridges, bundle them with a two-ton weight and toss them into a massive swimming pool. Then maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger can fire a rocket launcher at them, just for good measure. The world would be a better place.