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Blade Runner

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
14 customer reviews

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  • Immerse yourself in the dark, gritty world of Los Angeles in 2091.
  • Over 100 interactive environments, including original movie sets.
  • Real-time story structure for a different experience each time you play.
  • Over 70 characters, all with artificial intelligence and their own agendas.
  • Atmospheric smoke, fog, fire, and rain that affect your character in real time.
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004U28F
  • Release Date: 18 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,878 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Armed with your investigative skills and the tools of the Blade Runner trade, you'll be immersed in a world that lives and breathes around you with breakthrough lighting and visual effects. Your ability to survive will be put to the test.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Games with ties to films usually stink, but few adventure games can even begin to approach Blade Runner in terms of gameplay, production level, and respect for source material. You play the part of Blade Runner Ray McCoy, travelling throughout the Los Angeles of 2019 to gather clues and question suspects as you try to follow the threads of a series of interwoven crimes.

Blade Runner is unusual in the amount of freedom it gives players. Theoretically it is your job as a Blade Runner to eliminate any Replicants you encounter in the course of your investigations. (For those of you unfamiliar with the movie, Replicants are synthetic humans banned from Earth due to their unpredictable nature). You can choose to sympathise with their cause, however, and all the choices you make in the game have a dynamic impact on the way things will turn out in one of the multiple endings.

Blade Runner has some of the most impressive and dramatic visuals ever to grace a computer monitor. The title's low resolution is more than compensated for by the myriad animations on each screen, the stunning detail present in every image, and the atmospheric lighting effects. Still shots do not do this game justice.

The game is also notable for its high-quality sounds and music. It is rare to find a game with voice acting that doesn't elicit chuckles, but the hours of voice recordings in Blade Runner are almost universally superb. The diverse characters speak in a variety of accents that rarely sound phoney, and the overall quality of sounds does much to make players feel as if they are actively participating in a film.

No game is without some problems, and Blade Runner has its share. Puzzles sometimes devolve into hunt-the-pixel searches where you try for minutes to find the exact spot to put the mouse cursor so you can pick up an object. Some of the time-based events, like trying to outrun a bomb explosion, are just plain frustrating. However, if you can live with the pixel hunts and have the discipline to save often, prepare to enjoy one of the best adventure games ever produced. Just be aware that the R-rated language and violence make for a game that is strictly for adults. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Stunning attention to detail in both graphics and audio
  • Outstanding voice acting--especially for a computer game
  • Captures the atmosphere and style of the film with aplomb
Cons:
  • Puzzles are sometimes more cheap than challenging


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jackie on 31 July 2002
For a game that was released an age ago, the graphics in this game are pretty dammned good to say the least. Admittedly, some of the character models do look a bit dated, but still, wow.
This is my 3rd favortie adventure game (behind The Pandora Directive and Under A Killing Moon.) It does almost everything right, as mentioned, the graphics are good. The plot is likewise. The acting is suberb, with 'old' actors from the film doing the voice work for their character. The 'new' actors are equally good.
I never really had a problem with any of the puzzels in this game, there were some that made me have to stop and think, but there weren't any impossible or illogical ones.
On the other hand, this lack of 'unfair' puzzels did make the game a little short (I would like to point out that we are not talking MGS2 style short. It still takes longer to complete than most console games.)
However, this is an adventure game with replay value (*gasps*) One thing heinously missing from most of the press releases is that there are multiple endings (about 5 I seem to recall) which you get by playing through the game differently.
Also, each time you play through, you'll find something that you missed (eg: Despite having played through the game, what? 10 times, I've never found a photograph of one of the suspects.) , or another 'path' within the game narrative.
Playing from the begining again, unlike most other games, never seems like a chore. The highly cinematic presentation makes it more like watching a favorite film again.
A previous reviewer said that you needed a high spec machine to play this game. I disagree. I took the game of to a friend's house and it ran absolutely fine on his 233Mhz machine, so they're not exactly high system requirements.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "karabiner98" on 15 Jan. 2003
Wow. This game is absolutely sublime in every way. Gameplay= ***** Graphics=**** Realisticness(?)=****. Wow. It's quite old now, but it still never ceases to amaze me. it is so true to the film, in the way which you interact, the Voigt-Kampff test and everything. The graphics are very blocky on the characters, but that is more than compensated by the backgrounds and areas.voice acting is the best I have ever heard on a game, and the way you begin conversations b showing your badge and yeling 'hey! LPD!' instead of just silently approaching people like in most games. It never slows down and it runs like a ferrari. when you begin the game for the first time, it opens with a brilliant movie, instead of menu upon menu upon menu. I love the idea of it ovlapping the storyline of the film, and all of the characters are familiar, especially the mysterious Gaff. Everybody must own this game. if you don't, well. expect an early RETIREMENT...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stuart Fielding on 25 Oct. 2001
This game is in a league of its own, the amount of thought and fine detail that has been put into the creation of this game is really second to none, although the story of this game isn't the same as the film , they actually tell you that this game is set on the same timeline as the film, hence why you run into characters from the film, to sum this game up is to say tha it grips you and doesn't let go
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2004
I got this game as i loved the film and everything to do with Blade Runner. The mini movies are great, must admit though, i had to download help from another gamer on the internet with tips on how to navigate or i would have been lost. Once in, you feel immersed in that rain sodden LA we know so well. I found that there were 2 endings.1 when he goes out to the moonbus and secondly when McCoy and Lucy go off in the car a la Deckard/Rachael. I found it a superbly challenging game and to relive the movie while playing it was unreal. A great game for a great film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jonah283" on 2 Aug. 2000
This may seem over the top, but when I purchased this game it was due to reviews and not due to any particular love of the film which I had seen some years ago. Never have I been so immersed in a game, so taken over, so in love with the animated characters, to an extent that I found myself thinking about the game when I had to be at work and not playing it. This sounds really sad I know but that is the quality of the game, the immersive storyline, plot changing moral decisions, wonderful animations and convincing characters, it is an experience not to be missed by gamers and non gamers alike. Admittedly, the puzzle solving can be a little frustrating, but I never gave up, and when I had completed the game, I started all over again making different decisions as I went along. The game also made me watch the film again which I now also adore. BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul McSherry on 14 Aug. 2000
As a huge fan of the film, I was waiting to be disappointed by yet another weak film to game conversion. But thankfully the creators have done a splendid job and produced a first rate game. The game mimics the films atmosphere so well that, just as with the film, this game is much more enjoyable for it's look rather then it's content. The story is very strong but is let down by the dead ends you can run into frequently, where you fly back and forth around futuristic LA looking for the right pixel to click to get the story to open up again. Although it does descend into a point and click exercise once in a while, these small frustrations are more than outweighed by the games pure beauty and moodiness. You'll find yourself totally emersed at times. A very faithful adaptation, 9 out of 10 for plot, 10 out of 10 for atmosphere.
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