- 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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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.
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
- 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
- Puzzles are sometimes more cheap than challenging
Top Customer Reviews
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very pleased with the product, particularly the conditionPublished on 11 Mar. 2015 by MR D E J THORPE
I am big fan fan of Blade Runner and Ridley Scott in general. So I was pleased when Blade Runner was released and despite the lack of anything resembling good 'ole Harrison Ford,... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2011 by H. Havighorst
There are actually several different endings to Blade Runner the game despite what the previous reviewer had said. Read morePublished on 25 July 2005
Just bought this game, as it has had very good reviews. Needed to use compatibility mode to install but I can't find any way to get the shooting part of the game working under XP. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2004 by Mr. D. E. Robson
This game has been out for some time now, however it's excellence still shines through and above a lot of games of it's type. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2002