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Firestarter (Windows)

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Description

In the year 2010 video games have evolved from consoles to virtual reality playing machines. The only problem is computer viruses still exist and can wreak havoc on your mind. This is the premise of Firestarter, a first person shooter named after the virtual reality machine. The virus infected game has trapped your consciousness and you must complete your virtual reality game within 48 virtual hours to free yourself.

You can choose from six different characters to play as with some being an Agent - a female with excellent acrobatic skills, a Gunslinger - a male with good reaction and great accuracy, a Cyborg - a heavily armored player with the skill to restore his armor and a Mutant - a four armed humanoid with the ability to fire with all four arms. Each character can improve his/her skills (27 total) by gaining experience points on completion of objectives in missions. Skills range from learning - increased experience points to vampire - conversion of monster damage to player health. A unique skill is vandalism in which the player receives extra experience points for brutally killing a monster or desecrating dead bodies.

Gameplay consists of 16 levels broken down into several episodes with each episode objective being different as in killing a certain amount of enemies or surviving for a limited time before the door to the next episode opens. There are 19 different types of weapons from your typical assault rifle to the mighty mortar firing 7 types of shells in which to slay the 20 different enemies from demons to symbiont's. In each episode you must (or game over) find and pick up artifacts within a certain amount of time. Artifacts range from invisibility to terminator where the monster targeted by this artifact will become the #1 enemy and all other enemies will attack it until death.

Choose from single player campaign (from one level to the next) or instant game where you can select a single map to play with your character from the campaign mode. Multiplayer modes include classic deathmatch and cooperative play to hunting - several players on one map with one monster to kill, first one to kill it wins and slaughter - players fight non-aggressive re-spawning stealth mimer's to see who can kill the most.

Included in the game is software to benchmark the game on your computer.

Screenshots

Firestarter Windows Up close and personal with a hostile.
Firestarter Windows Remember when 90 second level loads were considered fast?
Firestarter Windows ... if you don't grab it in 25 seconds, game over and kiss your progress goodbye.
Firestarter Windows As you progress, you can choose which of your class specific skills to develop.

Alternate Titles

  • "火线追击" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Excellent in all aspects, especially as a stress reliever! SifouNaS (1317) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Shooterplanet Aug 20, 2004 84 out of 100 84
7Wolf Magazine Dec 15, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
PC Action Mar 03, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Gamesmania Mar 23, 2004 71 out of 100 71
4Players.de Mar 17, 2004 71 out of 100 71
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 31, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Worth Playing Mar 16, 2004 6.9 out of 10 69
GameStar (Germany) May, 2004 62 out of 100 62
Withingames Apr 06, 2004 3 out of 5 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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  • Firestarter (The official Firestarter game website with news, game info, concept art, downloads and a forum.)
Stillman (7515) added Firestarter (Windows) on Aug 03, 2004