by Monte Cristo
Developed by Monte Cristo
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £29.99
we finally have the first strategy game based on the role of the
Firefighter. Fire Chief aims to give you a taste or what it's like
to be a Fireman. The game contains 34 challenging missions that
are set over 10 different environments that will test your fire
fighting skills to the limit. Of course being a strategy game fanatic,
this represents a refreshing change, or at it least it should do.
Unfortunately as we shall see Fire Chief is not the game it should
we had to pick a word to describe Fire Chief it would have to be
sloppy. The game looks like it's a rough beta in all honesty. On
reaching the main menu you'll find it oversized and some of the
words run off the edge of the screen. If you pick the station option
on the main menu you'll find yourself on a screen that describes
the various units and vehicles that you'll be using in the game.
Again we see sloppiness as the units/vehicles revolve in the middle
of the screen and obstruct the very text you're trying to read.
Even on the screen you get when you have failed a mission, the text
is overlapping and unreadable. To make sure this wasn't a driver
problem I tried various drivers and it didn't make one bit of difference.
You have to wonder why the play testers didn't pick this up but
at least it's a problem that could be fixed via a patch.
game itself is a single-player affair only. Should you choose to
play the tutorial you'll be pleased to find that it is delivered
exclusively in text. The only speech used is the unit confirmations
and it's not a problem that these are not subtitled. Controlling
the Firemen, and other human units is absolutely fine but the control
of the vehicles is pathetic (I don't mean to be harsh but no other
word describes it better). Instead of left clicking on a vehicle
and right clicking on the location where you want it to move to,
you have to left click on a vehicle and then right click and drag
the vehicle along. It is just too awkward and looks awful. If you
can visualise a child pulling a toy along with a piece of string
(and the toy twists and turns as it is pulled and bounces off everything
in its path) then you've got a good idea of what moving a vehicle
around looks like.
a mess, a complete and utter mess and the irritating part of it
all is that it could have actually been a damn good game as if you
think about it, the very nature of the game means that it could
have been filled with suspense and excitement. Controlling the firefighters
isn't too bad at all and the missions are quite interesting although
could have been better. However you have to control the vehicles
as they enable the firefighters to resupply and I'm sorry to say
that even the most patient gamer will not be interested in putting
up with Fire Chief for all it's faults. The graphics don't look
too bad, the game is deaf gamer friendly but the bottom line is
that it should never have been released in its present condition.
Game Rating: 3.0/10
huge disappointment. The game looks very rough and shouldn't have
been released in it's present condition.
Fire Chief is deaf gamer friendly, except for a few screens, but
you can't say much else for it.