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SNESThe 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.
Even though True Lies, the movie, represents a low point in the career of James Cameron, True Lies, the game, is the best translation of his stuff the video game world has seen. Even if you hated the movie, if you like video games, you'll probably dig this one. Eminently playable, True Lies is a downright joy to plug into right from the start. With the wry (read: dopey cynicism) warnings of Tom Arnold, you immediately blast (and I do mean blast) into some heavy action. The shrunken 3/4 perspective characters don't detract anything from the enjoyment of the game. And, the heavy artillery, that you both carry and avoid, combined with the numerous obstacles that you must side step, make the game highly challenging and extremely addictive.
Game BoyTotal! (Germany)
‚True Lies‘ ist eines der packendsten Actiongames, die es für den GB gibt — wenn nicht sogar das exzeptionellste seines Genres. Wer also ‚nur‘ einen Game Boy besitzt, muß nicht schweigen, wenn es um diese Art von Actionspielen geht! Bereichert Eure Spielesammlung ruhig mit diesem Game!
Overall, I really liked True Lies. There's a lot of shooting and exploring to be done, and there are passwords after each level so you don t have to play every stage over from scratch. So, if you've played through MERCS and Twinkle Tale and want a fresh, fully packed action game grab yourself a copy of this one. It was released in America and Europe, and it s not hard to find. It's just a shame that no one really paid it much attention, since it was developed near the end of the Genesis' life span.
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.
Don't get cocky after beating the early levels - True Lies gets harder midway through when extra lives are harder to find. But stay with it because you'll find fun everywhere. True Lies gives you plenty of bang for you buck.
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.
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!
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!"
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.
SNESElectronic 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.
True Lies is a quality top-view shooter for the Genesis. While the game offers nothing ground-breaking it does help fill the void in Sega's 16-bit line up. The graphics are above-average and nicely detailed. Multi-directional shooting really enhances the gameplay and trickling blood and nice explosions add to the realism. I also like the reactions of the innocent bystanders as you lay waste on the bad guys. A solid, but difficult action/shooter.
Game GearVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
True Lies is actually sort of an exciting game for the Game Gear. The six missions that must be completed are: The Chateau, Slopes, The Mall, The Park, Dock and Office Party. Lots of shooting makes this game as good as it is.
GenesisVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
The movie, True Lies, may have been a scary example of mainstream cinema today, but the game is actually kind of cool. You play as Arnold Schwarzenegger (a super-deformed Arnold Schwarzenegger). The overhead perspective allows for 360 degree gameplay. The game includes actual scenes from the movie: Blinding Ski Chase, Explosive Chopper Rescue, Nuclear Warhead Disarmament and Missile Blasting Harrier Climax. Plus never-before-seen secret ones.
Un jeu vraiment bourrin, pour passer des heures à déambuler en tirant dans des allées. C'est pauvre.
SNESVideo 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.
Game GearGamePro (US)
Slowdown, bad sound and poor controls make True Lies for the Game Gear a sure dust collector after the initial excitement wears off...which shouldn't take long. Truly.
Game BoyGamePro (US)
Although the game may alleviate the boredom brought on by an afternoon spent in the back seat of a car, don't waste your time on it unless you're stuck badly. True Lies doesn't ask for a lot of your time and it doesn't give you much in return. No lie.
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.
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