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Messiah (Windows)

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (22 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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95
GameBlitz
Generally speaking this is a thinking man's game, though that's not to say everyone can't enjoy this style of gameplay. If you want flat-out action you'd be silly to pass up Soldier of Fortune, but those who want a clever mix of gaming styles and that MDK style eccentricity, Messiah is for you. A unique game that will provide weeks of fun, Messiah is a pleasant departure from the usual genres - it's half adventure, half action and a quarter bizarro.
91
GameSpy
In an industry where hype is often its own reward, it's uncommon to find a game that delivers. Messiah parts the sea of stale clones and boring knock-offs to deliver an original and outstanding gaming experience.
90
games xtreme
I like this game a hell of a lot! It took me a while to get into it. But after messing around for a while, I soon got to grips with it. I have to admit, whenever I play Messiah, I usually play for a couple of hours, at least! I personally think it’s a really cool game. I mean after all, it’s not everyday you find a game where you can perform a violent take-over of a Rat’s soul. Different, eh? I can without a doubt, recommend this game. If you haven’t got it, you need to buy it!
90
GamePro (US)
If you're tired of me-too games that engage your left mouse button more than your brain, you should run out quickly and possess Messiah. It's a great game with an all-new gameplay style, and should be a part of every jaded action gamer's library.
90
RealGamer (Benelux)
Meteen na de installatie begon ik natuurlijk te spelen en het eerste wat me opviel was de levendige omgeving in het spel en de mooie grafische effecten! Kort gezegd dus een zeer goede titel die vele gamers lang zal kunnen bezighouden! Ik hou het voorlopig absoluut bij deze titel!
89
Power Unlimited
Bijna twee jaar geleden werd Messiah met veel bombarie aangekondigd. Vooral grafisch zou deze game revolutionair moeten zijn. Dat is inmiddels niet meer maar kwa gameplay is deze game zwaar oké en zeer verslavend. Bovendien kun je zelf bepalen hoe je speelt. Een gedurfde en absoluut geslaagde game.
88
Power Play
Mit „Messiah“ ist Shiny ein wahrhaft himmlisches Actionspektakel gelungen, das durch seine innovativen Gameplay-Elemente und Ideen sowie seine schlichtweg großartige KI begeistert. Für aufmerksame Spieler gibt es zudem viele witzige Details zu entdecken. Und wann bietet sich schon einmal die Gelegenheit, mit einer geflügelten Putte die Welt zu retten? Die Wartezeit auf diesen Titel hat sich definitiv gelohnt. Es bleibt nur zu hoffen, daß es den Entwicklern bis zur endgültigen Verkaufsversion gelingt, sämtliche Bugs zu beseitigen, über die wir während des Spielens gestolpert sind.
87
Privat Computer PC
Messiahs grafikmotor er ikke så flot og velkørende, som vi alle havde håbet på. Men når røgen letter og al reklame-hypen forsvinder, er Messiah stadig et forfriskende originalt og utroligt spilbart spil, der både tør og gør det meste.
87
PC Games (Germany)
Die erlösungshungrige Spielerschar musste bis zum Anbruch des neuen Millenniums warten, bis Shiny endlich Bob auf die Erde sandte, auf dass die kleine Putte den irdischen Sündenpfuhl vom Laster befreie. Wir klären im folgenden Testbericht, ob der Wonneproppen ein echter Messias oder doch nur ein falscher Prophet ist. Fast drei Jahre lang währte die Entwicklung von Messiah, das Chef-Designer und Shiny-Präsident Dave Perry noch im vergangenen Jahr als technische und spielerische Revolution anpries. Rechtfertigen konnte er diese Lobhudelei zum einen mit dem ungewöhnlichen Spielprinzip seines Hätschelkindes, zum anderen bot die verwendete Grafikengine Möglichkeiten, von denen die meisten Mitbewerber nur träumen konnten.
86
PC Player (Germany)
Nicht dass Sie denken, ein gewisser Engel wäre in mich gefahren und würde mir meine Worte diktieren, aber Messiah ist einfach göttlich. Eine abgefahrene Geschichte, ein abgefahrener Hauptcharakter und jede Menge wunderbarer Einfälle - die Designer müssen entweder regelmäßig geniale Momente haben oder stehen unter Drogeneinfluss. Da aber das Ganze handwerklich tadellos zusammengefügt wurde, tippe ich eher auf chronisch auftretende Schübe von Brillanz. Die Grafik ist zwar nicht ganz so sensationell wie lange angekündigt und erfordert hyperschnelle Rechner, doch zusammen mit dem mitunter spektakulären Level-Design ist Messiah ein Augenschmauß.
86
FiringSquad
Shiny has truly created a masterpiece here. The graphics are stunning, the sound is amazing and the gameplay is phenomenal. I'm starting to sound like some hokey movie critic. Next I'll be saying the game is electrifying or something. But seriously, this game is truly unique. In Shiny's attempt to create something different they succeeded. Even the storyline was good. Voices were great, with Bob sounding quite hilarious, and the German Satan being evil as all hell. Messiah has the occasional moments of common third person mediocrity, but those are far and between. Most scenarios require a decent amount of thought and the use of under-handed tactics.
85
PC Zone
Taken as a whole though, it does work, and if you can suspend your disbelief, Messiah is an intriguing game. There's constantly something going on, and much of the value is in seeing what's around the next corner. It's a fine piece of work, although whether it gives Shiny the hit they are so desperate for remains to be seen. Its mass market appeal is debatable, and it's certainly no Earthworm Jim, but in aiming high, Shiny have furnished us with a hardcore gaming experience that will test your manual dexterity and gaming acumen to their limits. Messiah is certainly an epic game, but after two and a half years, you'd really expect it to be.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Techniquement à peu près irréprochable, un gameplay plutôt bon et original, et l’intégralité des textes et nombreuses voix en français font de Messiah une bonne surprise. On peut seulement regretter la durée de vie assez courte du jeu ainsi que quelques hésitations dans la jouabilité. Quoi qu’il en soit, les jeux les plus attendus sont toujours les plus sévèrement notés : Messiah n’est pas le jeu du siècle, mais soyons objectifs, c’est une belle partie de plaisir.
83
Svenska PC Gamer
Bland andra problem märks ett onödigt besvärligt kontrollsystem och en alltför vanlig presentation av sci-fi-universumet. Detta hindrar dock inte detta från att vara ett högoktanigt actionspel av bättre märke
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Messiah is met afstand het meest originele 3rd Person actiespel van het moment.
82
PC Games (Germany)
Vier Monate nach unserem Test hat uns der Hamburger Vertrieb Virgin den eingedeutschten Bob zugesandt doch der sieht anders aus als erwartet. Hat sich der Engel auf der Reeperbahn verausgabt? Bereits kurz nach seiner Ankunft stellt sich Ernüchterung ein: Nur auf einem einzigen Arbeitsrechner läuft das Spiel ohne auffällige Aussetzer. Auf vielen PCs stürzt Bob bereits während der Installation ab, andere Computer zieren sich trotz aktueller Grafikkartentreiber lange, bis sie ein erschreckend zähes Spiel zu Stande bringen.
81
Gamer's Pulse
As I said at the beginning, this was a damn hard game to review. I could barely get it to run before the patch and it’s still really unstable on my system, but… When it does run it is amazing. I have to give Messiah high marks for graphics, concept, gameplay and sound, with the caveat that the game is not that stable. It may work for you or it may not even boot. Wait for the inevitable patches and watch the message boards before picking this one up.
80
Gamesmania
Messiah hat ein neues Spielkonzept und einige gute Einfälle. Leider stellt sich nach relativ kurzer Zeit ein ähnlicher Effekt ein, wie beim ebenfalls grafisch hervorragenden Forsaken: Enttäuschung macht sich breit, weil keine rechte Langzeitmotivation aufkommen will. Auf die Dauer ist der Spielablauf einfach zu eintönig, echte Rätsel gibt es nicht. Die Steuerung wird besonders dadurch unnötig unpräzise, dass die Verfolgerkamera am Bewegungsende immer noch etwas nachschwingt - in reinrassigen Shootern, aber auch zum Beispiel in Tomb Raider ist die Kontrolle präziser und leichter zu handhaben. Unbedingt notwendig für den Spielgenuss sind aktuelle Treiberversionen. Am besten läuft das Spiel mit einer 3dfx-Karte.
80
Clubic
Messiah est un excellent jeu d'action. Certes ce n'est qu'un jeu d'action mais les gens apprécieront. Le principe de pouvoir posséder le corps d'un autre personnage afin d'avoir de nouveaux pouvoirs et des nouvelles armes est vraiment excellent. La réalisation technique est sans faille. Cependant le gameplay bien huilé à la longue pourrait devenir un peu répétitif. Toutefois ça ne l'empêche pas d'être un très bon jeu. La diversité des ennemis, des hôtes à votre disposition, et les armes assez nombreuses font que l'on s'ennuie guère. En plus la nouvelle technologie 3D avec le système de tessellation parait vraiment très prometteuse. Un excellent jeu d'action comme sait si bien le faire David Perry.
80
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Подведем итоги. Чтобы переварить то, что навертели разработчики вокруг своего детища, потребуется ангельское терпение и зверская машина, способная вынести претензии движка местного разлива. Из хорошей стрелялки со сменой тел и множеством оружия игра неожиданно превратилась в не самый удачный сплав adventure и action с грубым дизайном уровней, в котором иногда слишком сложно понять, каков будет твой следующий шаг. Перебор, господа хорошие.
80
Game industry News (GiN)
I have to admit, I am not going to stop playing Half-life for messiah, but that's mainly because Messiah does not have a multiplayer option. Beyond that, I rate it as an impressive step into the next generation of FSPs. The graphics are well thought out, and the characters appear to actually move around whether you are near them or not. The only serious negatives are the lack of a multiplayer aspect and the religious undertones of the game, if that sort of thing bothers you.
77
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Volle boezems, geweld en een vertederende peuter in een luier. Dit game heeft gewoonweg elk marktsegment gecoverd.
77
PC Gamer
If you were expecting the second coming, you're going to be disappointed - but Messiah is still a fun ride.
71
Game Over Online
In conclusion, I enjoyed playing Messiah, regardless of the above mentioned gameplay issues. Shiny have put together a good package and they should be proud of it. We can only expect good things to come from them in the future and let's hope they have learnt from their mistakes.
68
ActionTrip
Messiah, unfortunately, has several inconvenient bugs that should never appear in a final release of a game, especially not after all those years of development. The levels seam somehow incomplete with overlapping textures, and the game occasionally simply locks the computer down, leaving you no other choice than to go for the reset switch... Let us hope the patches will solve these problems. The general impression is also affected by the difficulty of the game caused by incoherently stated missions and weird problems with even stranger solutions. This can make playing quite frustrating, so I will recommend Messiah only to the somewhat older and more experienced players in search of a properly challenging game.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Without a doubt, Messiah is one of the most original titles that you’re likely to see all year. The ability to possess the game’s NPCs is not only unique but also vastly entertaining: you’ll always remember the first time that you leapt into someone’s back, your little cherubic wings flapping, and the subsequent scream and bright flash of light indicating that you had taken control. This uniqueness presents a surprising amount of strategic gameplay opportunities, which are only made that much more enticing by the rather excellent audio-visuals. Overall, Messiah has a considerable amount of potential, which it unfortunately fails to live up to. Between the flawed NPC responses, repetitive verbal cues and stunted length, Messiah comes across as a highly amusing but ultimately hollow offering that will invariably become better known for what it could have been rather than what it actually became.
60
incite PC Gaming
But the sad truth for little Bob and the folks over at Shiny is that time marched on for far too long, and the game's graphics have begun to show their age. That is, if you can even see them on your system. If Interplay finishes the bug-wrangling process we'll have no problem recommending Messiah, but until that time, we sadly have to call it a false prophet.
60
GameSpot
Even though it was in development for more than three years, Messiah still feels rushed. It's got one good idea, but it's a really good idea - and one original concept is still one more than most games offer. During the occasional moments when Messiah gets everything right, it transcends its many shortcomings. But it's bogged down by its litany of problems more often than not, while it frequently squanders its best play mechanic.
59
Fragland.net
In my opinion (which is pretty negative as you may have allready noticed), Tomb Raider 4 is as fun to play as getting in a fight with Mike Tyson, but at least the story is somehow realistic. The only thing realistic in Messiah is the body damage. When you fall from a stairs, be sure you break your legs and can do nothing else than crawl around, looking pittyful (and that's not what you want in a game). Nah, Messiah is a piece of crap that tries to be some kind of Tomb Raider-like game with a "neat" story (yea, let's make the player a kiler-baby-angel that saves the world) behind it. And to believe I wasted (not too much) time on this game.
58
Game Revolution
As much as Messiah throws some new concepts into the mix, as much as it creates a brooding, dark, creative world of evil, and as much as I truly wanted to like it, the brevity and bugs make it feel like a preview sparkling with unrealized potential. From a design standpoint, Messiah has a lot to offer, but as a game, it lacks content, polish, and ambition. Only the true sheep of the upstairs shepherd need apply for this one - the rest of us cynics will spend our time on earth playing better games.
47
WomenGamers.com
Looking at the cover of Messiah, I couldn't help but think, "I've got to be a baby? What kind of action-packed game is this?" But after reading the literature a bit further, it is revealed that the baby is an angel, and that angel is you, and you have the power of possession. Not only that, but it promises a world of greed, lust and the biggest lack of moral turpitude that one could imagine. The story states that in the future, everyone will be able to buy beauty and brains as easily as buying a diamond ring. They are available to just about everyone, but only the wealthy can truly afford to have them.
30
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
It’s possible that what MESSIAH’s designers were after was to replicate the creepy, genuinely frightening atmosphere of HALF-LIFE, and if so, you at least have to give them credit for a well-chosen goal. But where HALF-LIFE gave you a character to play for whom you could feel empathy and a predicament that was relentlessly engaging, MESSIAH gives you a succession of characters who are literally no more than empty shells — you pick them up and throw them away like tissues when you’re done — and a predicament so bizarre as to be incomprehensible. MESSIAH tries very hard. But it could have used a little more work on its fundamental gameplay and story, and a little less on making every strangling in the game look and sound so realistic.