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Vivisector: Beast Within (Windows)

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Description

A team of navy seals investigating a series of strange reports from Soreo, a desolate volcanic island somewhere in the Pacific, have gone missing. Kurt Robinson and his team are sent out to reestablish contact and to find out just what truth is behind those reports... Bit by bit, the history of the island and its inhabitants will be uncovered - as will Kurt Robinson's role in it.

Vivisector: Beast Within is a first-person shooter which has players exploring some thirty-odd levels ranging from beaches and jungles to the snow covered heights of an inactive volcano. They'll be forced to face a literal army of various engineered animals, from canines with lightning rods on their backs and metal reinforced fangs to the Rhino-truck, to various half-breed like Gepardmen, which utilize Ninja-like mortal combat techniques, or various types of Wolfmen, which field different types of heavy weaponry.

The player, in turn, gets access to an arsenal ranging from a standard combat knife and Pistol to more advanced weaponry, such as machine guns, plasma rifles, and a handheld Howitzer.

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Vivisector: Beast Within Windows The indoor scenery is very well modeled
Vivisector: Beast Within Windows A production line, used for splicing together more of those... things.
Vivisector: Beast Within Windows Three down. Millions more to go.
Vivisector: Beast Within Windows The green flare is the location of the next waypoint

Alternate Titles

  • "Вивисектор. Зверь внутри" -- Russian spelling
  • "Vivisector: Dusza Bestii" -- Polish title
  • "Vivisector: Creatures of Dr. Moreau" -- Working title

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The Press Says

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 27, 2005 67 out of 99 68
PC Powerplay Feb, 2006 64 out of 100 64
Shooterplanet Jan 29, 2006 61 out of 100 61
Gamers.at Jan 25, 2006 59 out of 100 59
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 2006 59 out of 100 59
PC Action Jan 23, 2006 55 out of 100 55
PC Games (Germany) Jan 23, 2006 51 out of 100 51
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2006 49 out of 100 49
CanardPC Mar 01, 2007 2 out of 10 20
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 23, 2007 4 out of 20 20

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Trivia

German version

In the German version, all blood and gore effects were removed and killed enemies disappear almost instantly. Also two sources for experience points were removed: "Vivisektor" (knife kills) and "Fatality" (awarded for spectacular kills). A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Inspiration

The working title for the game was Vivisector: Creatures of Dr. Moreau as it was partly inspired by H. G. Wells' famous 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. The events of the game are set 100 years after those in the novel, on the same island and still feature similar experimental human-animal hybrids. The game also has a similarly named renegade geneticist: "Dr. Morhead", whose hybrid soldiers are fighting against the corrupt general that ordered their creation.

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Cadorna (190) added Vivisector: Beast Within (Windows) on Mar 27, 2006