Developed by Cauldron
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £29.99
play as John Chaser and the game begins with you awakening in what
appears to be the medical section of the HMS Majestic. Chaser appears
to be disorientated and has no idea of what's going on. Without
time to catch his breath he comes under intense fire from the military
who, as it turns out, have orders to kill him. To make matters worse
the space station that he's on is about to explode. Only seconds
into the game you'll have to get Chaser off the Majestic and away
from certain destruction, and this is only the beginning.
certainly begins dramatic enough. After escaping certain death on
the Majestic, Chaser crash lands in Montack City and soon finds
himself in deep trouble. It's not long before he has a spider type
device implanted in him which basically allows his movements to
be monitored and controlled. Disobeying orders or straying from
the given task will result in Chaser being killed. Throughout the
game Chaser has to find out who he really is and why so many are
after him. It's this mysterious beginning to the game that will
initially keep you interested.
terms of gameplay Chaser is a real mixed bunch. There are times
when stealth is called for, as it's best to avoid a confrontation
at all costs, and there are times when an all guns blazing approach
is called for. Whilst this adds to the variety of the game there
may be some gamers out there that do not appreciate this mix and
would have preferred either a pure stealth game or a frag fest.
nice to see that Chaser's multiplayer game is actually very good.
There are four modes in all which include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch,
Capture the Flag and Shocktroops. Of course you all know what's
involved with the first three modes and you'll be familiar with
what Shocktroops is all about if you've ever played Counterstrike.
Shocktroops is a game of two teams and each team has specific goals
that must be completed. Just like Counterstrike, if you're killed
you'll have to sit and wait until the next round and purchase better
weapons with the money you earn. Still it's a classic formula and
is the best of the four multiplayer modes on offer.
game uses the custom-built Cloak NT game engine and it's use of
vertex and pixel shaders are very impressive. The textures used
generally look good but it does look a bit angular in places and
the animation of the characters can look a bit wooden at times but
all things considered it's not a problem. The water effects are
particularly impressive and are surely the best to date in a PC
title. A variety of environments such as the mines on Mars or the
Russian wastelands all look impressive and it's obvious that the
Cloak NT game engine is up there with the best of them, particularly
as it seems very framerate friendly.
for deaf gamers in Chaser is particularly impressive. Subtitles
are an option and they are on by default. The tutorial is fully
subtitled and all instructions are shown in text. Subtitles exist
for all the story line and all important conversations but some
enemy conversations are not shown in text but there are no problems
as the unsubtitled information isn't important to the gameplay anyway.
Holding down the Tab key will recall any objectives that you have
Chaser can't be regarded as a classic it certainly is one of the
better FPS games of recent times. There are a few bugs though and
some people who buy the game will need to download the patch so
that your PC will recognise that the CD-ROM is in the drive (a problem
one of our systems had). An enjoyable single-player experience that
lasts approximately 20+ hours and a solid multiplayer experience
make this a FPS that most of you will enjoy.
Game Rating: 8.0/10
search to find out just who Chaser is will keep you playing right
to the end and there is a solid multiplayer element to keep you
interested once you've finished the single player game.
There are no real problems for deaf gamers. The game is subtitled