32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's taken a lot of flak, but it's a goodun!
A lot of magazine reviews have given this game a proper beating. I was sceptical and held off buying it, but am now glad I did. I'm a big fan of first person shooters, particularly stuff likeHalf Life, HL2, Doom 3 (Although not Halo). So given the reviews, I didn't really have all that much hope for Pariah...
Firstly, many reviews have criticised the storyline -...
Published on 21 May 2005 by Michael Sutherland
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why so short?
Everything said about the graphical quality of this game is true - it looks beautiful and runs very smoothly. You may "only" get 6 weapons (excluding upgrades) but that's enough to get the job done. The plot is interesting if nothing special and the cut scenes are good enough, even if sometimes they don't quite complete and throw you back into the game without...
Published on 24 May 2005 by W. Vandyk
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's taken a lot of flak, but it's a goodun!,
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)A lot of magazine reviews have given this game a proper beating. I was sceptical and held off buying it, but am now glad I did. I'm a big fan of first person shooters, particularly stuff likeHalf Life, HL2, Doom 3 (Although not Halo). So given the reviews, I didn't really have all that much hope for Pariah...
Firstly, many reviews have criticised the storyline - frequently a weakness in the FPS world. But goes on in Pariah doesn't seem all that complex - you're a doctor escorting a cryogenically frozen virus victim across a post apocalyptic earth, when there's an attack, and you're left to track down, gain the trust of, and escape with the virus victim after everyone else turns against you. A sinister plot then unfolds... In sci-fi film terms, it's pretty solid, standard stuff - nicely interesting, engaging and keeps you thinking about what's going on. The characters are suitably appropriate - the virus victim girl (Karina) reminds me of Agatha from Minority Report...
Onto the all important stuff now -
1. Graphics - it looks nice. The explosions are satisfying enough, and some of the ambient effects (mist and fog in particular) look great. It's varied and interesting enough, and doesn't repeat too often. I particularly like the train level - it's very Time Crisis...
2. Gameplay - it uses the same control system that HL, Doom3 and all the FPS use these days, although some of the extra controls take a bit of getting used to - you don't run, but you do "dash" by holding F, which is fair enough, and there are two keys to switch to either a hand-to-hand or healing item, which is pretty handy. The levels are pitched right in the difficulty stakes, no frustrating levels - which is good, because it uses a checkpoint based save system (unlike Half Life, and like Halo and Second Sight) although the save points are at nicely regular intervals.
Again, to pick up on a critic's point - apparently some people found it repetitive. I don't think taking out three dropships and battling the dropped occupants of another three, whilst dodging canonfire from the ship itself counts as repetitive, particularly given the geography of the level where you do it. There was another point made about driving a tank firing mortars to hunt down jetbikes - apparently one critic found it impossible to time the mortars to hit the speedy bikes. It's not that hard, and if you do find it hard, you can ram and run over the bikes!!
3. Weapons - The much-lauded weapons upgrade system works really well - by gaining little green pods, you can add certain features to your weapons, such as larger clips, heat seeking, lower recoil, faster delivery (although these add-ons are fixed to three successive levels, individual to the weapon), which basically means you can make the weapons you use most more powerful, and tailor the game to your style of approach. The weapons are sufficiently powerful for the enemies and sound fine. There aren't enough of them (only six guns) but they are all decent enough, and with upgrade thing keeps you happy enough.
The enemies are mostly human types (with a few hovering robots etc thrown in as well) - either smartly outfitted prison guards, or escaped prisoners making good with whatever they can find. I found the AI pretty good - they will occasionally use cover, they move pretty fast and come in groups. Sometimes they'll do stupid stuff, like using rocket launchers in close quarters, but really, when is this not the case?
Some of the vehicles are a tad hard to steer, although this is made up for by the variety in styles, and I was pleasantly surprised close to the start by having to be a gunner in a buggy being driven by someone else! A refreshingly original twist on Halo's "well, you're always going to have to drive it" approach. That said, you don't get to fly...
I've rambled on for quite long enough, but by and large it's a goodun and well worth playing. It definitely doesn't merit the criticisms that it has received so far, although it's certainly not as strong as Half Life 2, but it has more storyline and intrique than Doom3's slugfest (although fewer scares and the graphics aren't as impressive).
Well worth a good look!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why so short?,
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)Everything said about the graphical quality of this game is true - it looks beautiful and runs very smoothly. You may "only" get 6 weapons (excluding upgrades) but that's enough to get the job done. The plot is interesting if nothing special and the cut scenes are good enough, even if sometimes they don't quite complete and throw you back into the game without explaining fully what's happened.
However, Pariah is incredibly short - I got to a cut scene which I presumed to be the end of an Act and it was followed by the closing credits!
In summary, 2 days of decent if not spectacular entertainment. If it had the length of Half Life then it would be 4-5 stars, but the brevity actually had me questioning what I'd spent my money on.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not great, but it's not bad either...,
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)Certainly not a 'classic' but worth playing for a few hours (it only lasts that long!). The graphics are extremely good although my ageing PC struggled with them and as a result I was unable to run anywhere, only walk (or maybe this was a ploy to double the lenght of the game...?). However, great graphics do not make a great game - gameplay does that and with Pariah that was pretty run of the mill and nothing special.
So worth a look if you can't find anything else to get but don't hold out for great excitement.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating!,
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars
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This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)Nice looking, but suffers from one extremely annoying flaw. In order to save you need to complete a level. the levels are very long. Guess what happens if you get killed after 99% completion - yep, you have to start all over again. I do not mind this if you only have to redo a small portion of a game, but in this game it gets VERY FRUSTRATING! Add to that the fact you die too easily and this game is a recipe for hair loss - i.e. losing more hair. A quick save would have made all the difference, but...
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge let down,
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)This game got a lot of hype, which, unfortunately I fell for.
Screenshots, magazine reviews & other comments made this game sound like it could shape up to be a future classic, but it falls way short of the mark.
Graphically it looks good, when you can see anything that is!
Some people criticised the lack of weaponry, but to be honest it is well balanced. The upgrade options (3 per weapon) allow for some tailoring to reflect gamestyles, but not that much.
Its nothing special, especially when compared to other FPS currently out there & soon to hit the shelves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pariah - ''Okay'',
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)Okay ,, My Specs are as follows
1gb ddr 533 ram
256 x800 pro
ran like a dream on this spec, now and again did it lag a few times when there was plenty of enemies around. first things first ,, imo this is better then halo, alot better but without its bad side. its only worth playing if you are into single player games and have kinda ran out of good games to play
the good :
nice use of unreal 2 engine here, not bad graphics,
the havok physics are used which is like the HL2 style of physics and i like it alot
not repettive in the mapping
good choice of weapons
the Bad :
there is no self save button so u can only save when u are at a certain part of the map,, can be really annoyin when u die before a save point and have to replay a level
the save points on the game are badly placed, u might not run into a save point for ages but when u dont need to save theres plenty of them around.
the other bad part is that you have watch the cinematics over and over again if u dont reach thast first save part on the level
the story seemed pretty dull (imo)
but i agree with another review this isnt a good nor a bad game ,, worth a try tbh, dont hesitate to think your buyin a bad game, it good for the FPs fan
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this game a chance!,
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)I am fed up of people bashing this game; they simply do not appreciate just how much fun it is to play.
From the moment I started playing I was hooked until the final credits rolled, a good 15 - 20 hours of gameplay later.
The single thing that impressed me so much is its accessibility, you are instantly drawn in to the situation with little or no idea what is occurring around you, the further you progress the more you learn. The story does make sense but also demands that you show a little intelligence and read between the lines to fully grasp what is happening around you. The same premise shown in Half Life 2 works brilliantly here.
The weapon choice may seem limited but thanks to such groundbreaking games as Halo and Farcry, which encourage you to stick to a preferred weapon choice individual to each gamer, Pariah allows you to pick the weapon that suits you best and upgrade it using secret hidden power cells. I went through the game switching only between 3 or 4 different weapons and the whole experience felt more fluid because of this, my weapon of choice being the machine gun (with zoom), which becomes armour piercing when upgraded...nice!
This is a PC game so I need not tell you that the graphics and sound are top notch and fly along at a blistering rate even on lower spec machines. Compared to Doom 3 and Half Life 2 there is no significant load time when starting the game or between levels. For comparison my machine is AMD64 3200, 1 Gig Ram and Radeon 9600 graphics card.
I have read the complaints about this game and I disagree with most. What we have here is a game that is immensely fun and surely that is the biggest point of buying any game. Don't let this game get away from you!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised!!,
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This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)On purchasing the game I thought I would not be able to play it on a relatively low-end graphics card (Nvidia Geforce FX5200 128MB). However, I was pleasantly surprised when I started playing! The game runs extremely smoothly even in higest settings. It is engrossing in it's graphical detail and the effects are excellent. I had trouble playing DOOM3 even in low settings and HL2 required A LOT OF tweaking to get the 1024x768 res. settings to work, so Pariah was a most welcome deviation from the norm of overdemanding games (and yes I loved HL2, eventhough it's buggy).
3.0 out of 5 stars Ageing, but fun shooter,
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)Whilst the more recent titles such as Bioshock are engrossing and quite challenging, I wanted something simple and lightweight for a few hours of Doom-style carnage. With all the noise related to DRM currently getting on everyone's nerves, I thought I'd open the cellophane on this bargain bin inhabitant, save a lot of cash and avoid the potential Securom festive bloatware that is currently infecting the high street shelves.
Blacksite : Area 51 proved lightweight to the point of airheadedness; bug-ridden (both code and adversaries), easy and short, but also a noisy and sometimes enjoyable blast.
Pariah, much derided by critics at the time, released to cash in with the Halo clones on the market, is actually quite good. Combat mechanics shamelessly apes Halo (which became tiresome for me), but is none the worse for doing so. Your character is a gun-toting physician, more Doc Holliday, than Doctor House. After a transport ship crashes, you are tasked with escorting a female prisoner to safety. The prison planet means there aren't too many adversaries to shoot, and their lack of
imagination in tactics (they wouldn't give a moving platform a challenge, never mind a bot) means they're never a real threat unless you're surrounded. Your female sidekick spends most of her time running away, so elements of strategy in keeping her alive never arise, which is good, as I was tempted to shoot her myself. For the times I suffered the odd 'blond' moment and wandered into a few too many rockets and grenades, the game restarts at pre-specified save points. The ease of the game on normal settings meant these were never too onorous to repeat, and are not spaced too far apart.
Weapons are the usual machine gun, rifle, shotgun, raygun, rocket/grenade launcher loadout, but some element of customisation has been introduced to upgrade your toys, with the odd weapon core left carelessly on the maps. It never changes the way you approach the game, unfortunately, just requiring fewer bullets (which are plentiful) to do the same thing. There are a couple of vehicle sections, but these are unimaginative, using the same driving mechanics as Halo.
Graphics show their Halo-era raggedness, the living dead cut scenes remind me of the 'Yop' yoghurt adverts with some animated lips over a static facial texture. Half-Life 2 this is most certainly not, but it's a reminder why Halo stuck the main character in a helmet. Of course, this has the benefit on being able to be run on 2-3 year old hardware easily. One issue of note was with Blink video, under Windows XP. The game needs to be run in Windows 98 compatibility mode (check out the properties of the program icon) to start up successfully.
A rousing score helps the acts of cartoon heroism, and some ragdoll physics add a little humour when grenades are launched, as does shooting off enemy helmets. It's all adequately done, whilst never being as frantic or achieving the melodrama of Valve's finest.
Even though age has wearied Pariah in several ways, it's still a good few hours blast, and for the price that it now lists at, a no brainer, no Securom stocking filler.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pariah - Avoid like the plague? (Thats a pun!),
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Pariah (PC CD) (Video Game)Firstly, I see alot of unbalanced reviews here...its not as bad as the bad reviews, and that one particular sparkling review seems to have been written with a vested interest in selling the game.
Anyway, to business. The heart of the first person shooter lies in giving EVERYTHING to the gamer. You can't simply have great gameplay and crap story (Doom 3), or a great story with bad gameplay (Starship Troopers, kinda). Pariah doesn't quite live up to this level of excellence.
Pariah provides a beautiful graphical world to play around in. However, the buildings and other objects are blocky, like 80's sci-fi movie stuff. There's nothing wrong with that I suppose, but this problem is compounded by very enclosed environments, even while outdoors. You always seem to be in a narrow valley. For all the lovely looking graphics (the fog is particularly good), its not that hard to run this game; even mid-range computers should run it okay.
The game sounds good. Above average voice acting, clean and appropriately technological sounds...it works. However, the 3d sound can result in some things becoming very quiet, and others being VERY loud.
Playing Pariah is reasonably fun. The weapons are fairly cool, and the upgrade system adds another dimension to them. However, the variety of weapons is a little sparce - some of them just look the same as well. It must be said - the AI is woeful. 5 guys lined up will just stand there as you sniper all of them. They are NOT clever - no flanking, no grenading to flush you out, nothing. The only thing that makes them dangerous is their number, and that they seem to appear from behind you for no reason. The vehicles are clunky and unimpressive, the gameplay is repetitive (disable turret, open door, go through door, repeat ad nauseum). The game is also very short, that other review says 15-20 hours of gameplay - no WAY! I walked through this in well under ten hours. All that said, its way better than Starship Troopers to play, and honestly it will keep you coming back until you complete the game. Pity that doesn't take long.
This games biggest problem is the truly one-dimensional story, if it may be called that. There is NO character background or development - the extent of my knowledge about the protagonist is that he is a doctor, and fought in a war. Oh, he had a daughter. The second main character is a woman with a virus (hence 'Pariah'); she has this virus, you see, and...thats about it, really. There's a bad guy who's a bad guy for no reason, and the end boss is some other guy. Yep, thats just how shallow it is. The half-a-dozen or so cutscenes explain nothing, other than the fact that there is a virus possibly made by some people call the Shroud (no origin or explanation for them either) who may or may not be living dead (you only meet one), and this virus makes people explode when they die, and sometimes explode and not die for some reason. Its very disorienting - find Karina...ok, got her...cutscene, this should explain some things...oh, no, it didn't, and now I'm on a train, it seems. The story could have been put together in 10 minutes on the back of a placemat, its not clever, it doesn't work and there are GAPING holes. As Shakespeare may say, this be madness, yet there is NO method in it. This seems like a game that was made to display what could be done with an engine, like a display at a convention like e3 or something. There is zero depth.
So, I don't think you should buy this game unless you can pick it up cheap. Also, multiplayer is actually very good (the developers are known for it). You can easily make your own maps with the editor, and although they are small there's a fair amount of variety. Facing some intelligent foes with no need for a story makes the game alright!
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