The Final Word game review
In Electronic Arts' Immercenary for the 3DO, you play the part of a mercenary enlisted to battle inside a virtual world of the future. You goal is to explore the 3-D world, collecting weapons and items, while builing yourself in rank until you can complete your ultimate goal... To remove Perfect1 from control so that the system can be shut down.
Best described as an updated, surreal version of "Tron", I was surprised at how unlike Doom this 3-D shooter was. As a combatant in a virtual world, you hunt down and de-rezz anything you can get a bead on in order to raise your defense, offense and agility levels. In doing so, you increase your rank and your chances of wiping out Perfect 1 - this system's version of the Master Control Program (MCP). The game features a fully realized cyberspace reality crawling with rival algorithms and program bugs as well as littered with special weapons. New age music and some well thought out graphical effects make this a unique and unforgettable experience.
This game was had its high points and low points for me. First off, I have to say that this game has great sound, graphics and play control. My problem is with the story and the play curve. First off, the story - at first the story seems pretty good, but as you go along it starts getting kinda weak... The intermissions in the lab are the same and repeat over and over, and my biggest gripe is with the character dialogs which don't evolve with the game... Some characters will give you warnings or info about a boss, but when you beat that boss and go back, you get the same comments as if nothing had happened. And some of the characters will only say the same two or three things every time you run into them in the game. A little more variety would have been nice. Second, the skill curve - OK, it took me five hours to advance five levels, then another five hours to advance 182 levels and solve the game at level 68 (you start out at skill level 255 and work to up to number one). I would have solved it sooner but didn't realize you could fight bosses early and out of order. This was a real disappointment. I thought the ending was pretty boring as well, since it leaves a lot of questions unanswered and then poof! no credits, no nothing but a VERY short animation... and third - this game has a bug in it that will cause it to lock up without warning during the disk load, so save frequently. BUT, I do highly recommend this game as a rental, and only for those who like 3-D environment games (ie: vaguely "Doom"-like) because the graphics on this game are well worth the effort to see!
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