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SummaryThis is what a bad shooting game is like.
The GoodIt's not terribly ugly, but you can't call that beautiful. Just don't look too much around. The levels are not too long and the game in general can be completed fairly fast.
The BadToo limited controls. Repetitive gameplay, one straight line levels, unfair fights. Left with a feeling of a too sparse background story. Worst than most games of the same era.
The Bottom LineYou might be tempted to buy this game one day because you can see it in pretty much any store for a ridiculous price. Well, don't.
The game is bad. There is no redeeming quality, except maybe the attempt to do a "more adult oriented" game in an not so known era (the end of the cold war). But in the end, it comes off as something a fan of Marcinko would have tried to make to promote his wikipedia's page... Not exactly the good kind of fan game. The only thing that helps you power through it is the numerous executions you can make, but even there it's hard to trigger more than the same 3 ones. Basically you end up running to your enemies and pressing A to finish the fight and move on. There were a 3rd person cover mode but... it's really too boring to use. No really, use your pistol for far away targets and melee everyone you can.
I should have seen it coming when the first cutscenes were lagging. I wanted to give it a shot but it's really not that great.
The AI is dumb but their aimbot is on point and they will shoot you from across the map. Sometimes they're blind, sometimes they'll see you through the 7th sense. You cannot jump in this game so you're stuck moving from one cover to another until you've reached your opponent.
I've played this in normal mode by default and even though you die a couple of times, it ain't too hard. Just take your time to heal up and you'll be fine. But the game is empty, there is nothing to collect, there is no score to make, and the arsenal is quite limited (1 sniper, 2 pistols, 1 shotgun, a few more,...) Odds are you'll finish the first level and then put it back away and never touch it again.
If for some forsaken reason you MUST play the game, make your life easier and take it on PC. Who knows maybe they are mods for it ?
I believe the change of developers might have deal a vicious blow to what this game could have been like. They must had a decent budget to be so wildly released and featuring Rourke in it, yet the game is bad. And if Marcinko is still active I wouldn't like to be one of the devs who have worked on this...
Turns out only swearings is not enough to make a good game. But special mention for the end song !