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Urban Chaos Reviews (Windows)

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Potentially great, but ruined by a couple of bad design decisions xroox (3966) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Think Streets of Rage in 3rd person 3d view jumping from building to building. SebastianLi (55) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
Fun yet incredibly annoying Evil-Jim (181) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Tomb Raider, Driver, GTA and the worst story line ever all mixed together. Michael Joyeux (16) unrated

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Critic Reviews

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Urban Chaos offers ultra-realistic background graphics and some of the smoothest movements we've seen -- sometimes too smooth. So smooth, in fact, you slide into a sweeping kick to knock an opponent off his feet and continue sliding right on through a door or some other solid object. This isn't a new problem for Eidos. The latest installment of Tomb Raider suffers from the same shortcoming. Still, it's a small imperfection in an otherwise amazing game. Urban Chaos allows you to not only blow away the bad guys, but slide behind the wheel of a police car, hit the siren and, should the mood strike you, run over a pedestrian or two. What more can one ask for?
90 (UK) (Jan 04, 2000)
Playing Urban Chaos gives you a great feeling of really being in a run-down city. Litter blows through the streets, which are alive with people going about their business. And yes, it is possible to mow down innocent civilians with your M16, before you ask! There are some annoying glitches in the game engine though, where some platforms are impossible to walk on to unless you jump or even back flip on to them. However, the next time you visit the same platform it will be working as it should... Bizarre. The lack of networking options may be a factor in your purchase as well. But to be honest, with single player gameplay this good, you won't be worrying.
Overall this is a great game. I know I had a blast playing it. So if you haven't already, pick this game up at your local video game store.
Urban Chaos is pure, unadulterated fun. You can play a mission in 15 minutes or less, or spend an hour in the same level and still not see all the detail the map has to offer. This type of gameplay builds upon the player's feelings of accomplishment, and feeds directly into whatever he or she wants from the experience. The story and action will have you wanting to continue, and its main component, the multi-faceted combat, is never boring. It's packed full of content that will take even the most dedicated crime fighter more than a month to uncover. There are only a handful of games that are this good; don't pass this one up.
Svenska PC Gamer (Jan, 2000)
Urban Chaos är ett mycket underhållande, actionladdat spel som på ett trevligt sätt har lånat de bästa inslagen från - Tomb Raider, GTA, Resident Evil - och ändå känns originellt. Det är stämmningsfullt, spelbart, snyggt och framförallt kul.
IGN (Dec 24, 1999)
What makes Urban Chaos so damn fun is the way that it provides you with all the size and mass of todays biggest adventures, without any of the bad pacing. You'll come back to earlier areas with new missions, and then suddenly have the opportunity to explore a completely new level only a few minutes later. D'arci moves really fast, and you'll rarely, if ever, become involved in the block-pushing puzzles, perfect jumps, or switch madness that currently dog most third-person games. I couldn't get myself to stop playing Urban Chaos, and found it to be one of the fastest and most fun games of the year -- even though I wished that the actual fighting system had a deeper level of complexity. But forget about nitpicking -- you'll find yourself playing this one into the night, waiting to see what the next mission will bring you. Plus, you may actually be able to use this as a sort of police-prep course.
Absolute Games ( (Jan 15, 2000)
Что тут скажешь... против правды не попрешь. Мы получили очень хорошую игру. Разнообразные миссии, возможность использовать технику, отличная и очень атмосферная графика, приличное звуковое оформление, здорово проработанные движения персонажей (motion capture во всей своей красе), качественно исполненный мордобой и, конечно же, оригинальность. Есть, само собой, несколько недостатков (например, маленький глюк с Луной, загораживающей здания, или необходимость долго искать какую-нибудь лестницу, дабы наконец забраться на соседнее здание, на котором спрятался искомый бандит), но это очень мало влияет на общее (очень хорошее) впечатление от игры. По крайней мере, один раз ее стоит пройти всем поклонникам жанра.
Gaming Age (1999)
Mucky Foot Productions is the brainchild of a good chunk of ex-Bullfrog workers. Their first title is a break from what might be developed at Bullfrog: an action adventure title involving a whole lot of gunfire and fist-to-fist combat. What title would this happen to be? Urban Chaos, an excellent first endeavor for the company, that's what.
GameSpot (Jan 04, 2000)
Mucky Foot Productions' Urban Chaos is an attempt to meld a side-scrolling arcade beat-'em-up such as Double Dragon or Final Fight with a modern third-person action game. All the standard ingredients are intact: a trek across a metropolitan dystopia, baseball bats, evil gang members, scantily clad karate prostitutes, punching, and lifebars. Unfortunately, perhaps in a misguided attempt to make Urban Chaos more realistic, the developers have replaced retro-gaming's universal health power-up, the big-boned hunk of meat, with a generic medical kit. But Mucky Foot can be forgiven for this oversight, because it's one of the game's only significant missteps. Urban Chaos is a great looking and ingenious reinvention of a classic genre.
PC Accelerator (Mar, 2000)
Still, the brilliant little touches of Urban Chaos - the real world/realtime feel, populated streets, and stand-up combat system, go a long way toward making you feel part of a live, breathing world. It wouldn't take much more attention to environmental logic to make an Urban Chaos sequel a ten-out-of-ten title. Here's hoping for lots of talented copycats.
incite PC Gaming (Mar, 2000)
Urban Chaos is tough but fair, robust, and more than a little rough around the edges. Even if you don't advance the game's story, roaming the mean streets of Union City is a safe and amusing way to vicariously live out the "Thug Life".
PC Gaming World (Dec, 1999)
As an arcade Adventure/beat 'em up/shoot 'em up/driving game combo, Urban Chaos is hard to fault. The controls are sometimes messy - you often need to hammer the keys several times to get them to respond when controlling a car, and D'arci occasionally seems to have a mind of her own. Also, you can't really get out of a fight once you're in it, which is a shame when your health starts getting dangerously low. Still, neither of these problems really detracts from what is, essentially, a goodly slice of gaming fun.
Urban Choas is a game screaming to become a comic book. The graphics are excellent and the storyline will have you wanting to turn to the last page just to see who, or what, is responsible. Muckey Foot has definitely brought the fun back to vigilante justice.
80 (Dec 28, 1999)
Un bon jeu qui auraient mérité plus d'attention dans les commandes. Pour une fois, il aurait mieux valu copier sur un Tomb Raider pour certains mouvements. Urban chaos reste tout de même un jeu à fortes doses d'adrénaline où les bastons sont légions et l'action débordante.
80 (Feb 16, 2000)
After all that I had heard about the game, I had high hopes that this title would be a nice change from the usual style of action games. I popped in the CD to find that yes, it is a unique game, but not quite what I expected. All the cops (except Darci of course) seem to have a thuggish appearance and either a New York or Italian accent. The compilation of the cartoony characters and the interesting layouts of the world made playing Urban Chaos feel more like playing in a comic book. I was both a little surprised and pleased with the design of the game.
De politiemacht van Union City doet zeker aan positieve discriminatie en dat geeft je de kans in de huid te kruipen van de zwarte, vrouwelijke politieagente D'arcy Stern.
GameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2000)
Darci, laß mich dein Freund und Helfer sein: Der jungen Polizistin in Urban Chaos greife ich beim Kampf für das Gute doch gerne unter die Arme. Abgesehen von der schmucken Grafik gefallen mir hier vor allem die geschickt aufgebauten Einsätze: Ich weiß stets, was ich zu tun habe. Aber wenn ich will, kann ich die Stadt auch auf eigene Faust erkunden und finde immer wieder originelle Mini-Missionen. Mindestens ebenso spannend sind die Prügeleien. Das Kampfsystem ist zwar einfachst gestrickt, aber ab zwei Gegnern ist neben viel Geschick auch ein wenig Taktik gefragt.
Game Over Online (Dec 24, 1999)
Though they have tried to add some twists to it like being able to control a gangster and some other mystery man who fits into the…erm…"plot". I loathe calling it a plot, basically it’s just some silly excuse to beat lots of people up and lousily carried out through some really horribly done conversations. But all that is not at stake here, this game is here so you can run around and beat people up. After all, it is just *fun*. There’s nothing really special about the title, but if your looking to spend a while on a nice fun action game that will keep you busy for a bit, then this is for you.
Power Play (Jan, 2000)
„Urban Chaos“ bietet durch seine abwechslungsreichen Missionen durchaus spielerische Kurzweil und ist zudem erfreulich umfangreich. Durch seine Mängel in puncto Steuerung, Präsentation und Speicherfunktion gelingt es dem Titel allerdings nicht, sich im forderen Feld der Genre-Produkte zu plazieren.
PC Joker (Jan, 2000)
Was für ein cooles Game, was für eine uncoole Steuerung: Es sollte doch möglich sein, alle Funktionen sinnvoll auf zehn Buttons unterzubringen! Dass ein 3D-Handgemenge nicht automatisch im Chaos versinken muss, hat „Dynamite Cop“ auf Segas Dreamcast ja erst kürzlich eindrucksvoll bewiesen...
Wer von der Atmosphäre einen Hauch Blade Runner, ein wenig The Nomad Soul und einen Schuss Driver möchte, vom Spiel her eine Mischung aus Prügelspiel, Ballerei und Autofahren sowie Action-Adventure reizvoll findet, wird an Urban Chaos viel Spaß haben. Urban Chaos ist kein verkorkster Genremix, sondern ein ziemlich spaßbringendes Spiel. Wer lieber ein einzelnes Spielelement, das dann aber perfekt, bevorzugt, sollte seine Finger von Urban Chaos lassen. Mir aber haben die Actionszenen im Hinterhof, die Balanceakte über den Dächern und die Abenteuer in der Großstadt Spaß gemacht.
Urban Chaos leidet an den klassischen 3D-Spiel-Krankheiten Die Kamera folgt dem Character nur träge und verdeckt ihn stellenweise. Auch die Präzision der Steuerung lässt zu wünschen übrig und sorgt dafür, dass sich Fahrzeuge wie eine Planierraupe im freien Fall lenken. Zu Fuß, ausgerüstet mit einer der gefälligen Waffen, lassen sich die wirklich sehr originellen Einsätze aber trotzdem genießen.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec 29, 1999)
Het is zeker niet slecht, maar het had toch heel wat spectaculairder gekund, en dat geldt eigenlijk voor het hele paket. UC had een topper kunnen zijn, maar wegens zijn foutjes blijft het wat achter...
All in all, people who remember with fondness the side-scrolling, fighting games of yesteryear will probably appreciate the ‘90s makeover that URBAN CHAOS provides. Small problems like idiot Al, the save-game system, and lack of real depth in combat mar a decent effort. If Mucky Foot could fix the Al and work out some of the other annoyances — while keeping their “living city”— they might make the comic book game we’ve always wanted.
Power Unlimited (Dec, 1999)
Urban Chaos is zonder meer een goed spel voor de PlayStation maar doet het wat minder op de PC. Het spel zier er ietsje beter uit maar de gameplay en multiplayer-optie stellen teleur.
Game Revolution (Feb 01, 2000)
At the end of a day of rough-and-tumble police work, D'arci Stern is still just a well meaning rookie. Urban Chaos has a couple fun new gaming elements and fairly cool graphics, but it's still basically your standard Eidos fare. At least it turns out that being a cop is moderately more arresting that I first thought.
PC Games (Germany) (Jan, 2000)
Zugegeben: Die abwechslungsreichen Missionsziele unterhalten zumindest kurzzeitig. Damit wäre allerdings auch schon fast alles gesagt, was Urban Chaos positiv auszeichnet. Die veraltete Grafik, der dröge und einfallslose Sound und vor allem eine träge und hakelige Steuerung können einem den Spaß an der Polizistenlaufbahn sehr schnell verleiden. Schade eigentlich, denn Darci Stern hätte potenziell genug Persönlichkeit und Charisma, um eine Lara-ähnliche Karriere zu starten. So wird es für die resolute Gesetzeshüterin mit der Whoopie-Goldberg-Frisur aber wohl leider bei einem einmaligen Auftritt in den dunklen Gassen der Union City bleiben.
GameSpy (Jan 14, 2000)
An unimaginative and questionable foray into the 3D adventure genre. Urban Chaos does a few things well, many things "OK", and a lot of things just plain badly.
Gamekult (Sep 08, 2000)
Si l'on cherche un bon jeu d'arcade bien réalisé et doté d'un excellent gameplay, Urban Chaos peut s'avérer un bon choix. La ville et ses habitants constituent un environnement agréable et les intrigues secondaires facultatives ajoutent des rebondissements à un scénario pourtant linéaire. Cependant, le pur fan de Tomb Raider n'aura que très peu d'énigmes à résoudre et le mordu d'aventures touchera rapidement les limites du script. Bref, Urban Chaos est un jeu plaisant qui mérite le détour sans se faire trop d'illusions quant à sa durée de vie.
Spel för Alla (Feb, 2000)
Urban Chaos tar definitivt ett steg i rätt riktning genom den frihet du ges.