The fight through sterile airport lounges and grimy dystopian cityscapes against grunts, faster grunts and rocket-wielding grunts is bad enough first time around. But dismal checkpointing forces replays, of up to half-an-hour at a time, are especially painful when culminating in one of the uninspired boss battles against mechs, tanks, helicopters and, oddly, gigantic biotic gorillas.
Over my dead body
To compound the drudgery, MindJack's on-line features offer the opportunity to hack into other people's single-player campaigns to aid or hinder them, much like Demon's Souls. And so, twenty-five minutes into your third retry of a difficult stage, you can suddenly encounter human opposition. Able to switch between enemies after death, and able to exploit distraction and break the confines of the game's AI to flank you, the balance of power rests firmly with antagonists.
Fortunately, hacking can be disabled in the options. And on the flip-side, the chance to hack an unsuspecting noob and run amok provides an addictive schadenfreude that temporarily elevates MindJack well above its otherwise lacklustre gameplay.
No mettle, just metal
Towards the end of the game, your partner Rachel asks you to “shoot first, ask questions later.” It's a facile cliché that typifies a lack of imagination and perfunctory cultural stereotyping. On this evidence, it's no wonder that developer Feelplus was recently disbanded. For it seems the company ethos was: shooting is the answer, Alas, MindJack never bothers to reveal the question. ®
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+1 for Paradroid remake
Or the spectrum sequel whose name I forget.
It would be not so bad if this crapfest was just the latest iteration in an already done to death franchise but when a dev takes what is conceivably a reasonably innovative premise and proceeds to just flush it down the crapper then that is just sad.
Queue marketards such as that clown from Treyarch blaming stupid angry gamers for "punishing a developer who dared to do something different" etc.
Ah, thanks for reminding me of that one. I used to love Paradroid 90 (the remake) on my Atari ST.
I'll have a Arrgh please Bob!
Well bad game or no, this comment made me chuckle. Maybe throwing it in as some kind of mini-game might have improved things. I can imagine cyborg Holness gunning you down if you get a wrong answer!
I bet that lots of people think that being a reviewer on a site like El Reg.......
........must be a great job given that you get lots of lovely shinies to play with and to write about. This however, shows the downside of the job! Sometimes you have to watch/use and review something that does not even deserve half marks. Thanks for the warning - I will of course avoid this game like the plague.