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Urban Chaos (Windows)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
78
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3.6
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Written by  :  SebastianLi (46)
Written on  :  Apr 13, 2000
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Think Streets of Rage in 3rd person 3d view jumping from building to building.

The Good

The sheer size of the game world and the feeling of that you really are in a city are the best parts of the game. Your character's size was actually realistic when compared to the tall tenement buildings of Union City. In this game you actually really do feel small. The graphics are incredible. The rain and the falling leaves add a peaceful ambience to the atmosphere, funny how such peace is juxtaposed with the Gotham City-like darkness and chaos in the city.

The Bad

The controls in the game REALLY suck. Combos are near impossible to do consistently, and the whole game feels sluggish to control. Manuvering with a gamepad sucks too, and you'll scream in frustration as you'll constantly plummet to your death in one of the games final levels. Some of the platform elements are well done, as with the jumping from building to building, but some seem thrown in, such as that one level where there is one moving platform moving between buildings (yeah,right) and small platforms hanging on the sides of buildings. The lack of an in-game save adds to the frustration. You'll hate playing the same damn level 50 times in a row. I can't believe they overlooked that feature. You can drive police cars and vans, but there's virtually no damage when you run people over. I'd run over a gang member, then put the car in reverse and run him over again, and repeat, and he still had 2/3 of his life left. That's ridiculous. The storyline had the potential for greatness, too bad the details are left out in the dialogue. Top that off with the most anti-climatic ending I've ever seen outside of Syndicate or those old Nintendo games and you've got yourself a pretty bad game.

The Bottom Line

A nice game to watch your friend play due to the incredible graphics, but attempt only if you enjoy repition and/or frustration.