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Without Warning

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PlayStation 2
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68
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Mindless shooting is okay, but Without Warning doesn't ever hit the threshold of becoming compelling drama.
68
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Mindless shooting is okay, but Without Warning doesn't ever hit the threshold of becoming compelling drama.
65
XboxMS Xbox World
Without Warning is a decent albeit an average 3rd person action game, which although showing some flaws, most noticeably the AI at times; remains engaging and fun. I think the idea of telling the same story from 6 characters points of view works well for the game and the only thing that really lets it down is its overall lack of ambition with the idea and its execution. There is some fun to be gained from this title but I think most people should perhaps rent it first. A decent idea let down by generic game play.
65
XboxGame Informer Magazine
If generic terrorists are this decade's ubiquitous bad guy like the commies of the eighties, then it's likely that uninspired games like this will continue to use them to such dull effect. Consider this your warning.
65
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
If generic terrorists are this decade's ubiquitous bad guy like the commies of the eighties, then it's likely that uninspired games like this will continue ti use them to such dull effect. Consider this your warning.
64
XboxTeamXbox
Without Warning, on paper, has the elements which make up a good third-person action/shooter, but it doesn’t quite deliver as a complete product when it’s all said and done. Perhaps the biggest downfalls are the targeting and shooting systems (the heart of any third-person game involving guns) which are adventures in their own right, and make for some trying times throughout each mission. Pick this one up to bolster your third-person action collection, but you may want to wait until the price drops. A rental is a good idea too, but don’t tell me that I didn’t warn you about the shooting/projectile systems.
55
PlayStation 2Game Critics
There are things to like here—decent use of minigames, an attempt at a non-traditional gameplay structure, and an entertaining story that, unlike many other recent games, doesn't set anything aside for a potential sequel. Sadly, anything good about the game gets bogged down in the mindless, repetitive blasting. There's nothing wrong with gunning people down in a videogame, but when the amount and type of violence conflicts so clearly with the game's premise, and doesn't even manage to make the game especially interesting or enjoyable, maybe it's time to take a step back and take a good hard look at the established rules of our videogame genres, and wonder if it isn't time to think up a few new ones.
51
XboxGame Vortex
Taking into account that the developers ripped off 24, I’m surprised that they didn’t rip off games from the genre they were shooting for. None of the mechanics are anywhere near entertaining, and the gameplay is the exact same thing every single level. Though in theory the game should be great, there is no substance to back it up. However, since Without Warning is the first of its kind (in the execution of the story anyway), it may have laid down its life to open the door for other companies to walk through, and hopefully one of them will get it right.
50
PlayStation 2TTGamer
Without Warning is a game that should have been on the PSP. It's perfect for the portable market and there is no reason why Circle shouldn't now port this. However on the PS2 it doesn't work at all because console games need to have deep, long levels with an interesting storyline, neither of which this game has.
50
XboxGameSpy
While it was a nice effort, Without Warning lacks the shimmering magic to be considered a "must- own" title. Those of you who've been curious about this game enough to give it a try would be better off seeking a rental or awaiting a pre-owned copy to hit the bargain bin. Of course, some of you may be eager to fork over the cash, having seen footage of the game and are will dismiss my criticisms as being way too critical. To those of you, I tip my hat with the genuine hope that you'll discover something that I couldn't find.
50
XboxCheat Code Central
Without Warning could have been so much more. It focuses too much on the Timeline gimmick but doesn't quite make it feel like a natural part of the gameplay. It reminds me of the early 3D movies where the objective was to tantalize the audience with 3D effects like a magician rather than incorporate the gimmick into a well-told story. Maybe the sequel will explore this feature in more depth. A well-developed multi-player mode utilizing the Timeline feature wouldn't be a bad idea either.
50
PlayStation 23DAvenue
When Circle Studio, the team behind Lara Croft’s original exploits, announced this game we were quite excited to see how it turned out. A team with a pedigree of third person action was finally going to give us fast paced action with multiple characters and a time limit. How wrong we were. Without Warning is a moderate game that suffers too much of the same old same old and fails to innovate when really, for it to have any chance, it had to. It's also, in our opinion, on the wrong platform but more on that later.
50
PlayStation 2GameSpy
While it was a nice effort, Without Warning lacks the shimmering magic to be considered a "must- own" title. Those of you who've been curious about this game enough to give it a try would be better off seeking a rental or awaiting a pre-owned copy to hit the bargain bin. Of course, some of you may be eager to fork over the cash, having seen footage of the game and are will dismiss my criticisms as being way too critical. To those of you, I tip my hat with the genuine hope that you'll discover something that I couldn't find.
49
XboxFragland.net
Don't let these fun parts misguide you though. Most of the time you'll be cursing on the controls, the AI, the bad flurry graphics and the short levels. It's so to speak enough to walk up a stairs, go through a door and push a button to start watching the "loading next level" screen.
46
XboxGameSpot
Without Warning can't be blamed for wanting to try something a little bit different than the average shooter--the problem is that the only thing it does differently isn't done very well, and the remaining components are so generic and hackneyed that they completely murder what small measure of originality the game has to offer. It's a dumb, frustrating, and boring game that clearly needed a lot more time in the pipes to become something entertaining, and it's not worth your time.
46
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Without Warning can't be blamed for wanting to try something a little bit different than the average shooter--the problem is that the only thing it does differently isn't done very well, and the remaining components are so generic and hackneyed that they completely murder what small measure of originality the game has to offer. It's a dumb, frustrating, and boring game that clearly needed a lot more time in the pipes to become something entertaining, and it's not worth your time.
45
XboxXbox World Australia (XWA)
Without Warning is one of those games whose concept greatly outshines the final product. Poor controls, shonky camera, lacklustre presentation and a whole bunch of glaring bugs and glitches spoil what is at times a pretty good fun action shooter. Individually you could overlook these issues, but when they all work together, and when the bugs have the potential to crash the game or make it unplayable, it becomes totally unforgivable. Do yourself a favour and avoid this game: you have been warned.
45
XboxGameZone
Completely flawed in almost every aspect, Without Warning is a good idea that just isn’t executed as smoothly as it should have been. Its more-than-interesting concept has all the makings of a unique action game but with awful controls, poor AI and uninteresting mini games there isn’t much here that will make gamers want to see this through to the end.
43
XboxGamer Within
Simply put, Without Warning fails on every front. It fails to offer an engaging, interesting storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It fails to correctly incorporate the views of six different characters and combine them to form an overall storyline. It fails to offer captivating gameplay that is pleasing to be a part of. It fails to offer any form of decency in its voice acting and visuals. Without Warning ultimately feels like a game that spent no more than a week in development, a project that fails in every aspect and is certainly not worth spending any money on, regardless of how cheap you can get it in the bargain box.
42
PlayStation 21UP
I'm all for action, but the gunplay here is mindless. Enemies pop out from cover on a timer, much like those in an old lightgun game. And they just keep coming, crawling out of every nook and cranny. The run-and-gun sections are broken up by MacGyver-ish minigames: lock picking, bomb disarming, fuse-box rewiring, etc. These are usually a welcome break, as long as the bin Laden brigade doesn't ambush you from the broom closet.
40
PlayStation 2PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Without Warning is a game that had a lot of potential in its concept, but a few solid ideas can't make up for poor gameplay.
40
PlayStation 2AceGamez
Without Warning is a pretty-looking but utterly mediocre gaming experience that's little more than space invaders with terrorists. The concept is sound, the storyline is okay, but the implementation just doesn't work. It's not incompetent, but shooting wave after wave of terrorists, or sneaking around them, while defusing bombs and rewiring circuits in between, isn't half as interesting as it should be, and has been in many other great games, such as good old Splinter Cell for example, from which this is a world apart. Anyway, if you still give this game a go, when you realise that it really is as boring as I've said it is, just don't complain that you were without any warning…
40
XboxAceGamez
Without Warning is a pretty-looking but utterly mediocre gaming experience that's little more than space invaders with terrorists. The concept is sound, the storyline is okay, but the implementation just doesn't work. It's not incompetent, but shooting wave after wave of terrorists, or sneaking around them, while defusing bombs and rewiring circuits in between, isn't half as interesting as it should be, and has been in many other great games, such as good old Splinter Cell for example, from which this is a world apart. Anyway, if you still give this game a go, when you realise that it really is as boring as I've said it is, just don't complain that you were without any warning…
40
XboxIGN
Without Warning really isn't very good... Its shooting is tame, forward progress is tedious, most enemies are foolish, the environment is dreary, and the unprofessionally delivered storyline is predictable and quite unentertaining. But perhaps Without Warning's biggest problem is the gimmicky multi perspective system it employs to distinguish itself from other action titles. Despite being conceptually sound, six kinds of the same uninteresting story and gameplay isn't at all satisfying.
40
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
Having actually sought to review this on the grounds that it sounded interesting and unusual, I now find myself so thoroughly disappointed on both counts that I'm struggling not to mark it down further. So let's be clear: there's nothing devastatingly awful about this, it's just thoroughly outclassed by most of everything else on the market. Here's our warning: do without.
40
PlayStation 2IGN
Without Warning really isn't very good... Its shooting is tame, forward progress is tedious, most enemies are foolish, the environment is dreary, and the unprofessionally delivered storyline is predictable and quite unentertaining. But perhaps Without Warning's biggest problem is the gimmicky multi perspective system it employs to distinguish itself from other action titles. Despite being conceptually sound, six kinds of the same uninteresting story and gameplay isn't at all satisfying.
36
Xbox4Players.de
Wie kann man nach jahrzehntelanger Erfahrung im Videospielbereich eine an sich spannende Idee wie die von Without Warning nur so lieblos und dilettantisch umsetzen? Der Titel krankt an so vielen Mängeln, dass man eigentlich darauf wetten würde, es handle sich um eine überhastete Filmadaption. Mit großem Kino hat die spannungsarme Terroristenhatz aber reichlich wenig zu tun: Handlung, Dialoge und Charaktere sind so flach wie die Bergwelt Hollands und der im Mittelpunkt stehende Figuren- bzw. Perspektivenwechsel so dramatisch wie die Live-Übertragung eines Häkelturniers. Und welcher stumpfsinnige Sadist hat sich bitte diese spastische Steuerung bzw. Zielerfassung ausgedacht? Wahrscheinlich derselbe, der auch die hirnamputierte Gegner-KI und die haarsträubende Kollisionsabfrage auf dem Kerbholz hat... Na ja, das kommt halt davon, wenn man sich die Kosten für eine Qualitätsprüfung sparen will und jeden unbeaufsichtigt das machen lässt, was er am wenigsten kann.
36
PlayStation 24Players.de
Wie kann man nach jahrzehntelanger Erfahrung im Videospielbereich eine an sich spannende Idee wie die von Without Warning nur so lieblos und dilettantisch umsetzen? Der Titel krankt an so vielen Mängeln, dass man eigentlich darauf wetten würde, es handle sich um eine überhastete Filmadaption. Mit großem Kino hat die spannungsarme Terroristenhatz aber reichlich wenig zu tun: Handlung, Dialoge und Charaktere sind so flach wie die Bergwelt Hollands und der im Mittelpunkt stehende Figuren- bzw. Perspektivenwechsel so dramatisch wie die Live-Übertragung eines Häkelturniers. Und welcher stumpfsinnige Sadist hat sich bitte diese spastische Steuerung bzw. Zielerfassung ausgedacht? Wahrscheinlich derselbe, der auch die hirnamputierte Gegner-KI und die haarsträubende Kollisionsabfrage auf dem Kerbholz hat... Na ja, das kommt halt davon, wenn man sich die Kosten für eine Qualitätsprüfung sparen will und jeden unbeaufsichtigt das machen lässt, was er am wenigsten kann.
33
XboxGaming Age
A simple, one dimensional story, horrible voice acting and frustratingly boring and inconsistent gameplay make Without Warning an easy game to skip this holiday. Fair graphics keep it from being a complete waste of time, but with so much competition in the realm of first person shooters, there's no reason to seriously consider it.
30
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Without Warning avait un bon concept de départ qui passe complètement inaperçu, d'une part parce qu'il est sous-exploité, d'autre part parce qu'il est noyé par un monceau de défauts. Pourvu d'une maniabilité à coucher dehors et d'un gameplay ultra basique, Without Warning entre par la porte et sort directement par la fenêtre.
30
PlayStation 2Games Radar
We do like the bits where you do odd things, like when you play a rhythm-action game to defuse a bomb, but these moments are too rare and often too simple to save the game. The result is that Without Warning plays more like a kind of arcade light-gun shooter with legs, and feels like it needed a better script and about six more months of development time. There’s got to be a "be warned about Without Warning" joke that hasn’t been done already, but screw it: just stay away from this game, OK?
30
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Without Warning avait un bon concept de départ qui passe complètement inaperçu, d'une part parce qu'il est sous-exploité, d'autre part parce qu'il est noyé par un monceau de défauts. Pourvu d'une maniabilité à coucher dehors et d'un gameplay ultra basique, Without Warning entre par la porte et sort directement par la fenêtre.
25
PlayStation 2UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Without Warning is a definitive D-list game. Sycophantically pilfering a 24-like plotline and offering six 'unique' perspectives of mediocre game design, Without Warning is a waste of time and money. Built around and wringing every drop from its on-the-nose temporal motif, Without Warning is sure to remind you of everything else you should be doing with your time instead of wasting your day with an ill conceived, poorly executed, and predominately pointless game.
25
XboxGame Shark
Without Warning just isn't a fun or even interesting experience - most of the time it's just a frustrating mess that you wish you weren't experiencing. The game concept could have worked if not for the myriad or problems that plague this title. Playing from six different perspectives, having multiple plot paths and a decent story could have been fun - it's a great idea, after all - but Without Warning drops the ball and kicks it under the bleachers. Players looking for a 24 type game experience should stick to watching that show on television or waiting for the officially licensed game to release.
25
XboxUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Without Warning is a definitive D-list game. Sycophantically pilfering a 24-like plotline and offering six 'unique' perspectives of mediocre game design, Without Warning is a waste of time and money. Built around and wringing every drop from its on-the-nose temporal motif, Without Warning is sure to remind you of everything else you should be doing with your time instead of wasting your day with an ill conceived, poorly executed, and predominately pointless game.
16
XboxLawrence
The easiest way to sum up Without Warning is with this sentence: You will not have fun playing it. Conceptually, it has potential, but the execution is atrocious. In the right hands, this type of game could be very interesting. You’d be much better off waiting for the actual 24 game than wasting time and money on this disappointment.
16
PlayStation 2Lawrence
The easiest way to sum up Without Warning is with this sentence: You will not have fun playing it. Conceptually, it has potential, but the execution is atrocious. In the right hands, this type of game could be very interesting. You’d be much better off waiting for the actual 24 game than wasting time and money on this disappointment.
15
XboxOfficial XBox Magazine
Don't let the promising premise behind Without Warning -- terrorists have taken over a power plant, and you have 12 hours to stop them while playing as six different characters with overlapping storylines -- fool you: This is easily the worst Xbox game in recent memory.