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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.

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Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows The levitate talent is used to cross chasms and other obstacles.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows Taking a cue from Half-Life, in Sanity Cain often finds himself dealing with a mysterious, sinister government agent with a bizarre speech impediment.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows When Sanity was new, extra talents for the multiplayer game could be downloaded for free or purchased in "booster packs".  Good luck finding any now.
Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Windows When you find a new talent, the "card" is added to your abilities.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Aiken's Artifact" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Shooterplanet Aug 22, 2006 87 out of 100 87
All Game Guide 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electric Games Nov 01, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Yiya Oct 22, 2001 B 75
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Oct 11, 2000 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 69 out of 100 69
PC Action Mar 21, 2001 63 out of 100 63
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2000 62 out of 100 62
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Just Adventure 2000 C 50

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Trivia

All US copies of Sanity: Aiken's Artifact came with a 23" X 17" poster featuring the box cover art on the front and a guide to the 80 psionic power cards on the back. Those who bought the game at Best Buy got an added bonus, a CD Single of the song "Sanity" performed by Ice T's metal band "Body Count".

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jeff reitman (64) added Sanity: Aiken's Artifact (Windows) on Oct 07, 2000