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Jaws (NES)

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Written by  :  Arejarn (5018)
Written on  :  Oct 29, 2008
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I'd rather get crushed by Jaws' teeth than see this game ever again!

The Good

Well, I won't talk much about the good stuff about this game, because there isn't much to give this game "praise" for.

Quite a few people have been asking me to continue reviewing good games and bad games. Since I received quite a lot of positive feedback from the people who read my game reviews, I decided to start again by reviewing the infamous and terrible game; Jaws for the NES.

Now, like I said: there aren't many good things about this game. The only thing that seems a slight bit redeeming is that, well; it's JAWS: the great big hulking shark that kills people.

I recently saw the first Jaws movie and I couldn't be more relieved that there was a Jaws game for the NES. However, this was just another disappointment just like E.T. and Predator.

The Bad

Well, practically everything in this game shouts out, "GODAWFUL".

When you start off the game, you are told to head off into the ocean in search of (you guessed it) Jaws. This doesn't seem like a TOO bad idea, I guess someone has to do it. As soon as you start traveling, the screen will pause saying,” You’ve hit something!” You think it might be Jaws or something nasty, but it's NOTHING!

Just for this, you have to take a dive into the vast underwater area. As soon as you get lower, all you see are a bunch of harmless manta rays and jellyfish; they don't seem to bother me, so I (unwisely) chose to go near them! And if you touch ANY of them just once, you're a goner!

There's no way to get back to your ship, so the only way to get out is to kill a certain number of enemies. So after that mess up, I chose to go to the the local naval base just to find something to do. And I can't enter because (Get This) I DON*T HAVE ENOUGH SEA-SHELLS!

In order to get in, you have to kill more boring enemies in order to get into the base in order to get a radar in order to track down Jaws. Now, is there any point in getting the radar? I mean: He keeps on showing up out of nowhere and starts chasing you, so it isn't THAT hard to track him down!

When you eventually start fighting the big lug, you realize that something is terribly wrong; Jaws is too small and he is too hard to kill! And just to make matters worse, another shark pops out of nowhere and starts helping Jaws. At this point, I only focus on Jaws just to get the game finished as soon as possible.

When you finally get Jaws' health down to zero, all you have to do is shove a harpoon through his heart in order to end this torture. If you mess up here, you have to fight Jaws all over again. Eventually after the defeat of Jaws, you are treated to one of the world's worst endings ever.

The Bottom Line

You definitely shouldn't play this game, not even if you are the world's most patient gamer. This game was another attempt to catch the thrill of a great movie but failed.

If someone ever sold you this game, you were RIPPED-OFF and humiliated. This game is one of my least favorite movie-based games I have ever played. It's almost as bad as E.T. (see review)

Therefore, with all that said; Jaws receives a meager 0.5 out of 5.