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Pariah (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A derivative shooter which moves very well, and simply works on its own terms. Nick Drew (371) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A splash of imagination wouldn't have been wasted Marko Poutiainen (1148) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.1
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.5
Overall MobyScore (19 votes) 3.1


The Press Says

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Game Informer Magazine
Even with this major drawback hindering the experience, Pariah's high-caliber gameplay is hard to deny. You'll tip your hat toward Digital Extremes every time you see a gas tank mounted on the back of an adversary catch fire and explode, and you'll have a hard time setting the controller down once you hop online. Digital Extremes provided a rip-roaring play, but neglected to make it mean something.
82
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Hoewel de singleplayer campagne veel te kort is, valt er nog heel wat lol te beleven met het multiplayer gedeelte van deze degelijke shooter.
81
PC Zone
Pariah is a good, solid game that could have been so much more - although it was in deep, dark danger of having its score slashed due to its brevity (I clocked in at around the ten-hour mark). Thankfully though, the enjoyable multiplayer and (quite ingenious) level design program keep its head above water. There were clearly some fundamentally good ideas being thrown about during the development of Pariah, but unfortunately a fair number of them have been lost in transit - not least the stuff they were aiming for with the story. The game can and will entertain, but both myself and its creator were clearly expecting better, brighter and more narratively-coherent things.
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Game Informer Magazine
Beyond the great game types and numerous maps, the simple but extremely powerful map maker gives Pariah some long legs to run on. I'm a sucker for a great story, which is why this game left a little sour in my mouth, but don't miss out on its other great features because you share that same disappointment.
80
PC Action
Ein Virus, das übermächtige Kräfte verleiht? Ich verstehe gar nicht, warum sich der Doc so anstellt. Ich würde den Erreger mit Kusshand in meiner Blutbahn begrüßen. Moralisten-Sack! Anstatt mit dem Erfinder genüsslich einen zu heben, hetzt Mason über den Planeten und plättet alles, was ihm vor die Wumme kommt. Optisch und spielerisch bietet Pariah zwar nicht viel Neues, dennoch fesselt das Action-Feuerwerk für acht bis zehn Stunden an den Bildschirm. Länger dauert der Einzelspieler-Modus nicht. Außerdem verstehe ich nicht, was Herr Mason an Karina findet. Wenn eine Dame nach dem ersten Treffen einen Zickanfall nach dem anderen erleidet, sollte man tunlichst die Finger von der Braut lassen! Aber bei dem Gesicht muss der Doktor halt nehmen, was er bekommt. Gell, Ciszewski?
78
IGN
When games like Half-Life and Unreal started coming out, everything changed for the action arena in terms of story and intensity. As FPS dedicated developers traded blows for the next several years trying to claim the shooter crown, the ideas of what made an FPS successful were cut so deep that some games couldn't seem to claw their way out. Breaking out can be hard for even the most dedicated and well versed development crews. While there are some that do manage to srabble up that slipper slope, it probably comes as no surprise that Pariah, while containing some good ideas, settles a little too easily into the groove molded by so many that have come and gone before.
75
1UP
Pariah's virtues, ultimately, are adult virtues: it's a solid, serious, deeply competent game. This competence may not prove an adequate substitute for the moment-to-moment buzz of the mindless FPS in its terminally adolescent pomp. But if you have to grow up sometime, there are vastly worse ways to go.
75
Pelit
Digital Extremes on tunnettu Epicin ohella Unreal Tournamenteistaan ja nyt firman uusin scifiräiskintä on valmis. Tällä kertaa yksinpeli ei ole pelkkää bottimatsia, vaan mukana on juonellinen yksinpeliseikkailu.
75
Game Chronicles
While this title won’t win most original content for 2005, nor will it break the sales record, it offers several solid additions to the FPS world. You will face countless threats through 18 levels, in both urban and wilderness settings. Your health system is composed of 4 bars that regenerate during inactivity. You can supplement these bars with a healing tool that refills to full levels and even can be upgraded (much like the weapons) to add more bars. I found this pretty forgiving on the player, maybe not as easy as Cold Winter with it’s unlimited health pack; just play smart and you won’t be frustrated.
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PC Games (Germany)
Noch nachhaltig von Far Cry (dt.) und Half-Life 2 beeindruckt, habe ich mich ziemlich apathisch durch Pariah geballert. Nichts hat mich in diesem schablonenartigen Ego-Shooter staunend innehalten lassen. Andererseits gibt´s auch wenig, das man diesem Spiel wirklich ankreiden kann. Die Action ist solide, die Waffen machen rums, die Fahrzeuge sind eine nette Abwechslung - der Spielablauf ist schon okay, irgendwie. Die im Vorfeld mit Trommelwirbel angekündigte Story nervt mich noch am meisten: Ich jage in Computerspielen gern Bösewichter mit Charakter, doch in Pariah entsteht einfach kein richtiges Feindbild.
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Playback
Pariah jest tytułem dobrym, pod warunkiem, że wgrasz wszystkie dostępne łatki (naprawiają sporą ilość błędów, naprawdę warto). Oprócz bardzo dobrej grafiki, ciekawej oprawy muzycznej zapewni Ci około 15 godzin gry na średnim poziomie trudności. Niby to nie jest dużo, ale myślę, że gdyby to trwało więcej mogłoby zacząć się nudzić.
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Gamigo
Dicke Chance vertan! So hart muss man leider mit Pariah ins Gericht gehen. Die Messlatte für Shooter ist inzwischen einfach mörderisch hoch und da reicht es nicht, nur einen gut bis befriedigenden Vertreter dieser Gattung auf die Spielergemeinschaft loszulassen.
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Gamesmania
Pariah ist für mich eine klare Enttäuschung – obwohl ich das Spiel als Unreal 2-Fan nicht gleich als Totalpleite werten würde, hat Digital Extremes einfach Potenzial verschenkt. Gute Ideen und eine solide Technik reichen eben nicht für einen Hit, wenn auf der anderen Seite grundlegende Designmängel den Spielspaß trüben. Das unlogische Leveldesign und die ungeschickte Platzierung der Waffen sind nur die Spitze des Eisbergs, sollten aber einem Top-Titel nicht passieren. Ähnlich geht es auch der Story: Kündigte Digital Extremes im Vorfeld an, Pariah werde vor allem durch eine erwachsene, spannende Geschichte fesseln, so ist das Ergebnis leider ein schlechter Witz. Im Ergebnis ist Pariah also ein durchweg durchschnittlicher Shooter, auf den höchstens Unreal-Fans ohne aktuelles Futter oder Freunde von Mehrspielerpartien einen Blick werfen sollten.
70
Gameguru Mania
For those of you who have been FPS lovers for a long time, this game may just be a variation on a theme. However, there's nothing you have not played before.
70
Boomtown
The hype from Pariah has been growing in my mind for quite some time, since I first spoke with members of the development team about their all new project, before it was even publicly revealed.
70
Yahoo! Games
Picture this. You're a doctor, recently booted down to a lousy security detail. While babysitting the transport of a woman in suspended animation, your ship is blasted out of the sky. On the ground, soldiers in impersonal body armor carrying machine guns surround the wreckage. Most of us would play dead or try to negotiate. But not Jack Mason, hero of Pariah. This guy picks up some weapons and dashes into a perfectly average first-person shooter.
70
GamerDad
Pariah is the latest game based on the Unreal graphics engine and does a great job showing off what the engine is capable of delivering. The outdoor and indoor environments are very well realized. There are nice lighting and weapon effects as well as detailed characters and animations. But aside from the nice looking graphics and one other unique feature, there is not much of interest. The single player portion is short even by today's standards, and the multiplayer is sub-par in the current competitive landscape. The price is rapidly dropping though, making this a possible budget bargain for a few hours of entertainment.
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GameStar (Germany)
Pariah stellt einen neuen Rekord auf: In sechs Stunden hatte ich bisher noch kein anderes Spiel durch. Gruß an die Entwickler: Setzen, sechs! Auch sonst enttäuscht mich das "nur" gute Spiel, denn die wenigen großen Momente peppen die Standard-Ballerei kaum auf. Immer wieder nerven unnötige Fleißaufgaben, ideenlose Suche-Schalter-dann-öffnet-sich-die-Tür-Rätsel und teilweisen selten dämliche Gegner. Dafür machen die coolen Waffen viel Spaß., Mit einem voll aufgerüsteten Granatwerfer ganze Gegnerhorden umzuholzen, macht mächtig Laune. Und dank der Unreal-2-Engine komme ich bei Pariah trotz Far Cry und Co. auch heute noch an manchen Stellen ins Staunen.
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PC Powerplay
Ein Paria ist ein Ausgestoßener sagt das Lexikon. Also jemand, den kaum einer lieb hat. Den keiner kauft. Pariah ist ein Paria. Ausgestoßen aus der Gesellschaft der PC-Spieler.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Pariah lijkt gemaakt met de idee 'als je Halo goed vond, probeer Pariah dan ook eens'. Jammer genoeg faalt het game net op dat ene punt dat voor shooters zo heel belangrijk is: het afvuren van een wapen!
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GameZone
In Pariah, you play as Dr. Jack Mason, a disillusioned, anti-authority field medic. Having recently been transferred to the now wasteland-filled Earth, the good doctor must escort a prisoner with a strange new virus. Well, no sooner than you can say "plot twist" Jack and his prisoner, Katrina are shot down into the very wastelands that they were flying out of. Again, in almost predictable fashion, Jack now has the same odd virus that Katrina has and is forced to basically kill anyone who gets in his way. Which is made all the more difficult with a plot that has no real cohesiveness.
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GameSpot
Though the overused backdrop of World War II has probably surpassed it recently, science fiction and first-person shooting still go hand in hand. The near-future settings of many action games let developers both insert all manner of laser guns into them and spin tales of futures gone awry. Digital Extremes' Pariah is just such a game, giving users access to a small arsenal of impossible weaponry, while having the story take place in a war-torn world of the future. While the backdrop may still have some life left in it, Pariah's combat, story, and weapons loadout are all positively lifeless, making the game feel like nothing more than an also-ran shooter that barely stands on its own, let alone stands up to the genre's best.
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Worth Playing
Pariah focuses on a robust immersive storyline that weaves survival elements into the traditional run-and-gun style of first-person action games.
60
UOL Jogos
No fim das contas "Pariah" é mais um daqueles jogos competentes, que possui algumas boas sacadas, mas que falha nos aspectos importantes. Num gênero tão competitivo como o tiro em primeira pessoa, principalmente no Xbox e PC, esses fatores podem pesar mais do que deveriam. Mesmo assim, vale a pena conferir o enredo que tem uma premissa interessante e foge um pouco do tema da Segunda Guerra Mundial, tão em voga na atualidade.
60
Jeuxvideo.com
Ne tournons pas autour du pot, Pariah est décevant. Décevant d'abord au niveau de la réalisation loin d'égaler celle des gros FPS du moment comme Half-Life 2, Doom 3 ou encore Far Cry. Décevant ensuite au niveau de la durée de vie du mode histoire beaucoup trop courte. Décevant enfin lorsqu'on voit la manière dont l'IA a été programmée. Vos adversaires font en effet preuve d'une débilité extrême : ils ne fuient pas lorsqu'on leur lance une grenade, ne réagissent pas quand on leur tire dessus de loin... Au final, la concurrence féroce en matière de FPS sur PC est fatale à Pariah qui se retrouve dès lors relégué dans la catégorie des petits jeux sympathiques sans plus.
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ActionTrip
What really irks me about this game, more than anything else, is how Digital Extremes trumped it as some mind-blowing game with revolutionary elements to it and a "Hollywood written" awesome storyline. All that hype proved to be very false. I'm very glad I tried before I bought. 2Lions tagged it well, Pariah's an average shooter that offers an average degree of entertainment. If you're simply a big fan of mindless first-person-shooters in general (like I am), then you will marginally enjoy Pariah. But only marginally. So, buy this game when it starts going for 10-20 bucks. That sounds about right for the value of the game.
60
GameSpy
Digital Extremes, the outfit responsible for Unreal and Unreal Tournament games, has shown that it's capable of excellent gameplay and sexy graphics engines. It's only a matter of time before this development house knocks a single-player rocket out of the park with a Half-Life level tour-de-force. It just needs to concentrate more on level design, logical puzzles, and instilling its games with other touches of greatness. As it stands, there are any number of shooters you should check out before grabbing Pariah.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Honestly, it looks like Digital Extremes spent its entire time perfecting the proprietary map editor (which works fantastically) instead of making the game fun. Six more months of dev time and a complete rewrite of the script could’ve made this a good game. Some free advice to Pariah’s publisher, Hip Interactive: Drop the price and repackage this as an awesome introduction to mapmaking with a couple of decent sample levels.
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1UP
Honestly, it looks like Digital Extremes spent its entire time perfecting the proprietary map editor (which works fantastically) instead of making the game fun. Six more months of dev time and a complete rewrite of the script could've made this a good game. Some free advice to Pariah's publisher, Hip Interactive: Drop the price and repackage this as an awesome introduction to mapmaking with a couple of decent sample levels.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Бессмысленную беготню подают на завтрак, обед и ужин. Враги ловко выскакивают из-за укрытий, когда наш подопечный наступает на триггер, и с вероятностью 50% впадают в глубокий умственный ступор. Долгие часы ожидания в засаде разрушительно действуют на хрупкий рассудок негодяев (в особенности тех, кому досталась ракетница — эти камикадзе не боятся стрелять из нее в упор!). Отстрел глупых тушек разбавляют поездки на транспорте. Сцена погони на военизированном джипе, миниатюрное побоище с "бигфутом" в главной роли, кувыркание по ухабам на вездеходе со сбитым прицелом занимают в сумме 10 минут игрового времени.
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PC Arena - Game Arena
Pariah jest dość nietypową grą. Nie trzymająca się kupy fabuła, przeciętna grafika, straszne sterowanie i koszmarna sztuczna inteligencja wrogów sprawiają, że w ogóle nie powinno się sięgać po tę grę. Gra została jednak stworzona na silniku Unreal Tournament 2004 więc przynajmniej tryb multi jest warty zainteresowania. Nie zmienia to faktu, że lepszy multiplayer i w dodatku niższą cenę posiada polski Painkiller, tak więc Pariah kupią jedynie fanatycy FPS-ów, którzy są ciekawi trybu dla wielu graczy.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Pariah est la dernière production de Digital Extremes, les développeurs de la technologie utilisée par la série Unreal et plus particulièrement par UT2004. En général, ce genre de pedigrée est plutôt encourageant, hélas, une bonne technologie ne fait pas tout, et c’est ce que nous allons voir.