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Clive Barker's Undying (Windows)

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Written by  :  Sycada (191)
Written on  :  Jun 19, 2001
Platform  :  Windows

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Horror based 1st person shooter that succeeds tremendously.

The Good

Undying is scary. At it's most intense moments it can become so extreme that you need a break so that your heart rate can level out. Ominous corridors with curtains blowing right out into the centre, obscuring your view, heavy storms, lightning and of course, hideous monsters and ghouls. There are times when you can use a magic that allows you to see or hear events from the past. These are often horrific visions such as an intestine splattered bed coupled with the screams of a young child or a painting in which the images become demonic. The visuals are fantastic and very well done both architectural and organic. Watch out for the ghost who persues you with bloody hooks. The music and sound is magnificent. Orchestral pieces and for once, decent voice acting are most welcome additions to Undying. The story is really good and unfolds at just the right pace to maintain interest over the course of this longer than average game. This is all well and good but what about the gameplay? Wonderful. The weapons and magic systems are great but never make you feel like a one man army. There's a lot of skill involved here and as I mentioned before the quest is huge so there's many nights of intense action to be had.

The Bad

On approach to the final section of the game, it gets a little less interesting but never drops below good. Also the game is a little linear, leaving doors you need to go through open and others shut tight only to be opened when you need them later. This is a minor niggle at best.

The Bottom Line

A horror adventure/ 1st person shooter which is terrifying and fun to play. One of the best horror games for any platform. Judging by the recent and suprising news that the Playstation 2 incarnation has been cancelled due to the PC versions poor sales, fans of horror adventuring and 1st person games alike would be wise to pick it up while it's still available as I'm betting that Undying won't be given a repeat pressing. Brilliant!