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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre at best and that was in 2003, 21 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (PC) (Video Game)
although overall the game isn't that bad, just lacking any imagination or real innovation to set it apart and more so now than then. Obviously its appeal was mainly aimed at Dredd fans and even we weren't impressed. It was probably hindered from its inception by the fact that it is obviously a console written game, with the accompanying simplicity these usually have.

The game takes the form of a standard and very linear FPS with a small assortment of weapons. The Lawgiver is replicated very well with all of the ammunition types available and reprimands for misusing them, so no cooking citizens with incendiaries.

You come across shotguns, the Lawrod, various laser weapons, a pistol and a grenade launcher, but overall I used the Lawgiver and pistol, making the others pretty much redundant. The biggest problem with any of them is the lack of spare ammunition and you could easily find that you run out if you do not use it sparingly, especially with the alternative ammo that the Lawgiver has.

Adversaries consist of armed perps, vampires, zombies and Death cultists, none of which give much of a challenge on normal setting. An innovation in the early levels is being able to disarm and arrest perps and cultists, adding to your end of level score. Later on this becomes redundant as the cultists refuse to surrender, so it just peters out. There is also the option to arrest citizens peppered around the levels, but again this disappears later on in the game.

The graphics are rendered well and shouldn't give a modern PC any problems on max, with the sound being adequate. Of anything to note graphically it is the blatant intrusion of Red Bull advertising on one level and PlayJam billboards on another and is an early example of misplaced and ill thought out product placement in games.

The online multiplayer has been withdrawn, so the player skins you unlock in the single player are now redundant and the only other replay value is in a number of small sub games that you unlock as you go. Some are OK for a quick game, but mostly they are irritating as you are overwhelmed by hordes of the enemy.

Overall this is not a bad game, just not a good one. It will only take a number of hours to play through and I found it easily bored me on this replay. A redeeming feature is that whilst you take on the Dark Judges they are not irritating end of level bosses, quite the opposite, as apart from Fear dispatching them is done in a cut scene. At this price you can't go wrong for a couple of hours entertainment, just don't expect too much.
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