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Justice is done to Judge Dredd but it's too darn short !!!
on 21 October 2003
When I bought this game, I must admit, I was prepared to be disappointed. We all remember the film, right. (Or try to forget it, take your pick!) I kinda hoped the fact that Rebellion liked 2000 a.d. so much, they bought the company, boded well for this title. Well on the surface it did.
I got this little baby loaded up, and boy did I think I was in for a treat. It looks absoloutly stunning. The graphics capture the feel or Dredd with delightful precision. The voice acting is great, and the dark humour that we know and love is there too. (Just wait till you need patching up by the medic.) The cutscenes are well directed, and would bode well for a 'Roughnecks' style Dredd cartoon.
The main 'Story' element of the game is a nice little tale about the four dark judges escaping (again) to wreak havock on Mega city one. With the aid of Judge Anderson, Chief Judge Hershey, and a force of nameless street judges, you pass through levels ranging from wrapping up some small time criminals, to fighting vampires and zombies, and the dark judges themselves.
Progressing through the levels unlocks extra 'arcade' levels. These are small subgames that can be played on their own, and also unlocking characters to use in multiplayer games.
The gameplay style will be familiar to fans of Halo, of which this seems to 'borrow' quite openly. You have a basic shield which protects you from damage. When the shield is depleted you take hits on your health. You can also pick up extra health packs, so that once your health is at zero it is refilled. The shield recharges after a few seconds and even has the same 'vooop' noise as in Halo. Mission objectives are also shown by an arrow on your heads-up display. with a distance in metres to the target. Familiar? Not half. However there are some nice little innovations, such as the fact that you are a judge, and must UPHOLD the law. Rather than just blasting everything that moves, you must try to arrest perps. Some come quietly, some fight back, but you must watch your lawmeter, and stay on the right side of the law. Be too naughty and your lawmeter drops to zero, before you know it the Special Judicial Squad are out to bring you down.
Where this scores points over Halo for me, is the true star of the game. The Lawgiver Mk III. What a weapon! With a deft roll of your mouse wheel, you can choose between standard, high explosive, heat seeking, armour piercing, incendiary and ricochet rounds. The ricochet is a beaut. Fire it into a confined space and WATCH OUT as it pings around the walls!
Great stuff, and makes you truly feel like you are playing the comic.
However, (You just knew this was coming, right?) the single player game is, how can I put this? Short. Nope that doesn't really do it justice. Minute? Teeny? Miniscule? Well lets put it this way then. I consider myself an adequate gamer. Certainly not brilliant. On normal setting, this game took me less than three hours to complete. Start to finish. Box to Binned. Now that ain't good. I'm hoping that the subtitle 'Dredd vs Death' means that there are some expansion packs on the way, cause if not, all the hard work on making such a lovely looking, playable, and accurate game will have been wasted.
The arcade games really just feel like padding to make up for the length of the single player game, and although fun, aren't going to hold your attention for long. (Although shooting dozens of crazed Walter the Wobots was amusing.)
I'm looking forward to giving the multiplayer game a go, so I may see you in the block wars!
Please give this a try. It deserves to be a success for the sheer attention to detail, faithfullness to the source, and playability of the game. Just beware of the length. P>This should have been a five star game, and shocked as I was by the briefness of the one player game, can only bring myself to dock one mark.