Review by DaRattleshake

"One for the casual gamer, and fun for a day or two..."

You're Stern, a female police officer who is given various missions throughout the game, armed with various weapons (which consist of pistols, machine guns, shotguns, knifes, baseball bats, grenades and explosives), two fists and two legs (good for running and jumping).

Learner's Curve - I'll admit, I've never been one for games which make your heart pump. I picked Urban Chaos up pretty much straight away, which is a good indication of the learner's curve. The tests at the start of the game are frustrating and time consuming, but offer valuable help and experience for first-timers. I get the feeling a gaming veteran wouldn't appreciate this game as much as I did.

Controls - I have heard a lot around the Internet about Urban Chaos' poor controls... PAH! I have no major problem with the controls at all. The system isn't original, but doesn't take away from the game at all - as long as your controller has analog sticks. Moving around with analog sticks is fine, but moving with the D-Pad is difficult, causing you to make loads of errors until you eventually get used to it.

Graphics - The graphics, in a nutshell, are poor. Buildings and people walking the streets are too generic, and explosions look feeble. The animation is fine when running and jumping, but when talking... *cringes* On the plus side, blood looks real and behaves in a realistic way, and the way people react to gunshot is authentic too.

Sound - The music is gloomy and adds to the dark aura of the game, but I wouldn't want to listen to it on it's own. In game sounds like gunshot, punches and footsteps are lifelike and very, very satisfying. This field is let down by the unconvincing voice acting which sounds like something out of a 70's porno movie.

Gameplay - The tasks you must complete in order to finish the game increase in difficulty, and are mostly all fun. Some of the early tasks basically involve getting to a certain place without interruption, which is fun but too comfortable for a game of this kind. As the game progresses, it gets harder and ''getting to a certain point'' becomes ''getting to a certain point whilst beating up bad guys''. Yes, the gameplay isn't original, and tends to repeat itself, no matter how fun it is. Aside from the tasks you are given, there is some good stuff to do, like killing/arresting all the criminals at large, finding weapons, finding attribute points and killing innocent bystanders (which can get you a game over if you do it too much... but it's so FUN!).

Lifespan - The game can be completed very quickly, and isn't much of a challenge. There aren't no Final-Fantasy-like side quests to take part in, shooting civilians soon runs it's course and you don't need the attribute points anyway. You can always try finding weapons, but it's painfully easy.

Overall, this is a decent game worth checking out... if you're a first timer to this genre. Veterans might want to give it a go, even if it would be a small snack in their gaming diet.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 06/30/01, Updated 06/30/01

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