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Zax: The Alien Hunter [PC]





The game that will get you to into Star wars.

9.4

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
30 to 60 Minutes
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Underappreciated"

Summary

Gameplay- when you first start out it will seem very annoying as you only have guns( you are looking for a hack and slash game right) but after a while youll fell at home with a gun and not even care about it when you get yourlightsaber. the enemies prove a challenge...sometimes but when you get through the single player youll be happy. the HUD system might be hard to get used to but youll get through it.
But the game is meant to be played with another player its very worth it when someone else is playing. Nearly all my time playing is played in Multyplayer.

Story- the storys continues from the other two games even if you havent played the prequels(like me) youll understand whats going on. Kyle Katarns personality will give you some sort of feeling for the character ( bad or good) Also the story is continued in Star Wars jedi night Jedi acadamy (still good but not as good as this one)

Sound- Star wars speaks for itself.

Overall- i decided to right a review on it three years after i played it this is the game that got me involved in star wars and also after my friend and i rented it i decided to buy an xbox to get this game. But the xbox introduced me to other games....like halo this game even if you dont like star wars is enjoyable. My favourite game ever.(thats saying something)

Get this game whether it looks bad or good.




The translation from computer to Xbox is solid, but some re-worked points would've made this game a must-have.

9.2

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Immersive"

Summary

This is the Dark Forces series 3rd entry, despite the fact that it's missing from this game's title. Despite the original Dark Forces doing abysmally with the Playstation One, Lucasarts was gracious enough to let this game come to the GC and XBOX as well. The graphics of Jedi Outcast are equal to the "High" setting on the computer version, making for a very real and believable look to the game. Rarely will you see a problem in the graphics, from the lightsaber interactions to how a dead enemy's limbs react when you push/pull it. However, in the translation done by Vicarious Visions, the cinematic portions of the game look fuzzy, as if there is a constant "snow" effect on them. And the only time I have experienced slow-down on is when all 10 bots are playing on FFA, guns and force a-blazing.

The sound is as one would expect from a Star Wars game, classic blaster fire, lightsaber hums galore are in here. Every one of the sound effects is clear and crisp, and understandable. Even better than that is the voice acting which is top-notch. The acting gives a scruffy personality to hero Kyle Katarn, and a wise, Obi-Wan inspired personality to Luke Skywalker.

The gameplay is top notch as well. You are Kyle Katarn, you and your pilot Jan Ors have been assigned to check out a supposedly deserted planet named Kejim for Remnant activity by Mon Mothma. As the story unfolds around a villain named Desann, you regain your force and lightsaber abilities from the previous game. But not all at once and not at the start, the game has a predetermined ladder of points where you gain force and lightsaber skill. About 6 levels into the game you start gaining these and from there you are hooked. Simply becasue you now have abilities unlike that in many shooters, high jumping, pushing and pulling enemies, melee attacking and tossing your saber out like a boomerang.

There are plenty of secrets inside this game. Most of them are models for use in the multiplayer version, but there are also CG movies you can view, conceptual drawings, and bios of the characters.

The multi-player game features the standard far for FPS games, but also a FFA Holocron mode, which is FFA but the force powers are strwen throughout the map in cubes that then circle you, showing all what powers you have. There is also a duel mode which pits two in a one on one match in a small map. The others are left to observe the combatants. The big let down is that you can only have two people playing at once on multi-player. If there was an on-line service this would be a must have game.

Over all the game is very good, and retains much of the original PC version. The story keeps you intrigued, which is rare in shooters these days.




NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS JEDI ACADEMY!

6.3

Fair
Difficulty:
Hard
Learning Curve:
30 to 60 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Disappointing"

Summary

This game is not even close to as good as Jedi academy was (if you played it).

This game has a ok story line and pretty fun light saber duals. But the bad things about this game are the customisation. During the entire game you can only be one character and you can not customize him in ANY way. You also can not choose your type of light saber and you CAN`T EVEN CHOOSE THE COLOR OF THE LIGHT SABER!

The puzzles in the game are some times extremely hard to solve. AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF THE MULTI PLAYER IN THIS GAME IS HORRIBLE!

But don`t get me wrong it can still be fun at times......




Some games are just ten years late.

6.3

Fair
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Check your bargain bin"

Summary

Zax isn't a great game, it isn't even really a good game. It could've been an okay game, but really it wasn't much of a game at all.

I don't think I paid money for this game, and it was worth every penny. Being a free game it was fun to run around and shoot things and die and come back to life and shoot things some more and die some more. It is a fairly mindless action game with properties that are mildly RPG-ish, but I would'nt be comfortable ever say that. You just get to upgrade your armory.

The settings and characters and creatures for this incredibly cheap game are actually decent and aren't horrible. I could actually stand to look at them and I could tell what was what generally. Being able to distinguish shapes is a good thing in a game. I've played games that aren't that way. But I don't really want to mention Halo. Oh, did I say that outloud!

Anyways, if you see this video game for two or three bucks somewhere and you have two or three bucks to blow and you want a mindless distraction for an hour or two go ahead and pick this up and play. If this game had come out ten years ago, it would've been amazing.




The cheap version of 'Agatha Cristie's and then there were none'

6.0

Fair
Difficulty:
Very Easy
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Uninspired"

Summary

If you haven't played that yet, then try dark saviour, it just uses the mouse to control zax and is just improved graphics. To me, this was made for windows 98 as it doesn't look so great when any menus pop up, and especially when in the same year S.W.I.N.E. was released with ausome graphics, sounds gameplay and entertainment factor. The sounds can be a bit retro like in places, of which is not to my liking. The gameplay is really what gets the marks for me, as it kept me playing for half an hour, unexpected when you first start playing it (I just lost it when there were no aliens in sight.)
7.5

Great
7.0
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