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Assume the position, creep!,
This review is from: Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (PC) (Video Game)
Judge Dredd. Futuristic icon, judge, jury and executioner, The Law in Mega City One. Unfortunately for him he shares the burden of other classic comic book heroes in the poor attempts to recreate him in other media.
Well, Rebellion (who now own 2000AD of course) have finally brought "Ol' Stony Face" to life in a sympathetic and faithful way with an immersive first person shooter.
Very reminiscent of Half-Life in its look (especially the Clooney Hospital scene) it is an inventive FPS without being a classic. Where it scores highly is in a stable and versatile game engine that appears to be bug-free (apart from the occasional AI oddities). Weapons are great and varied, especially the Lawgiver sidearm with its variety of fun ammo. Like Half-life, it has a nice line in scary adversaries as well; zombies, vampires, phantom judges as well as your usual death cultists and gangsters. The plot is broken up with various sub-missions that involve various situations in Mega City One from stopping graffittists and bank robberies to clearing zombies from a mall - one of the funniest sequences in a "serious" game I have ever played.
But the high point for me is the recreation of the spirit of the comic character; the sense of being a lawman, trading cracks and one-liners with the perps as you lock them up for the familiar (murder, assault on a judge, resisting arrest) and the not-so-familiar (stookie glanding, umpty bagging, possession of a goldfish without a licence). It is this dimension which makes it different - you don't just blast anyone who crosses you, you have to challenge them first, and they may come quietly; or you may find popping a gang member will cause his or her buddies to throw in the towel, whereupon shooting them would be a crime in itself. Tread carefully - you don't want the Special Judicial Squad on your trail!
As a fan of the comic, I thought this game is just great, a real gem; I hope it is successful enough to spawn the add-on packs to make Judge Dredd a proper gaming franchise, and unlock the weird world of Mega City One for a new generation of people who don't remember the comics, but should know about this great character.