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Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows)

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Description

Dr. Joan Aiken had discovered a way to inject a special serum into the human brain, which will grant this human powerful psychic abilities, known as "talents". Since only little babies were able to absorb the serum properly, it was injected to twin brothers, Cain and Abel, in a scientific project called "Children of Tomorrow".

When they grew up, the children took different paths. Cain joined a special law enforcement group, while Abel walked away and stepped into the world of crime. Years later, a radical organization known as Eye of Ra emerges, with the only goal to sabotage Children of Tomorrow project - according to them for ethical reasons. Cain's first mission is to infiltrate their headquarters and deal with their leader.

Sanity is an action game with puzzle-solving elements. There is also a role-playing element present in card-collecting and upgrading the talents. The game is heavy on combat, which is mostly ranged, involving Cain either shooting or using the psychic powers. The talents are classified into groups, such as Fire, Sun, Illusion, Science, Demonology, etc. In each group, there are many talents Cain can learn, which range from offensive and supporting combat spells to abilities needed to solve puzzles (such as levitating, pushing heavy objects, etc.). The game has fully 3D graphics with top-down perspective, similarly to Metal Gear Solid.

Screenshots

Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Taking a break for a musical interlude.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Cops try to bring down a zombified butcher cow with little success.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows As is tradition with Lithtech games, Sanity's cut scenes and cinematics are all rendered with the in game engine.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Cain must infiltrate a tour group in order to gain access to Aiken's lab. Hint: waving a gun in the air might not be the most subtle way to go about this.

Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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The Press Says

Shooterplanet Aug 22, 2006 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Nov 03, 2000 8.4 out of 10 84
Electric Games Nov 01, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 78 out of 100 78
Gamigo Jan 26, 2001 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 6.6 out of 10 66
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 57 out of 100 57
Just Adventure 2000 C 50

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jeff reitman (55) added Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows) on Oct 07, 2000