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A great game worth buying.
on 24 April 2006
Firstly let me clarify some points about Total Overdose made by another reviewer. The fight moves are excellent and it can take alot of ammo to take down some opponents, but the bullets do not pass through them, plus it's only a game, if it was a real life game then one bullet would take down Ramiro as well. To say it takes 3 head shots to down one of the baddies is ludicrous, that is for the bosses. All the weapons vary, as does the damage they inflict, for example the bazooka does not do the same damage as the hunting rifle (which is rubbish). The handgun is one of the best, but for melee fights the assault rifle or double submachine guns are recommended.
You only carry a tiny amount of ammo for each weapon at the start, as the game progresses and you complete more challenges you weapon carrying ability is upgraded, especially when you achieve the highest score for the challenge. This is something I seriously liked about the game and having completed it yesterday I am now content with replaying some challenges to upgrade the main character.
There is also loads of ammo available in the game, especially if you collect it from downed baddies as well.
There is no need to complain about the lack of a map, when the radar is sufficient enough. This game is not GTA, so do not be fooled into expecting it to be, it's a step aside from GTA and more like the better aspects of True Crime Streets of LA mixed with aspects of Vice City and Max Payne.
The loading screens are seriously annoying, but bearable, as this is a decent game. The vehicle speeds do vary, the fastest being the motorbike, the police car and the sports car with the truck as the slowest. The racing missions can be annoying due to traffic and the fact that the vehicles are prone to over steer if you do not control them properly, it takes practice.
There are alot of glitches - disappearing cars and on two occasions falling through the ground, but no more than in the GTA games or most games.
The hidden save points are annoying at first, but after 30 minutes of driving around the game you get to locate most of them, so that is not a problem and advisable to do when you first try the game, as you are best to save your progress frequently.
The game does not suffer from the "where on Earth am I supposed to be syndrome", it is all clearly shown on the radar.
The graphics are similar to San Andreas and they are in no way brown, if anything the graphics are very clear, with gorgeous sunny blue skies while you drive around the place.
Regardless of all the glitches this is an essential game with a truly amazing playability factor and the story really draws you in the same way as Vice City. The music is excellent and the wise cracks come thick and fast from Ramiro.
The story is about two Brothers who infiltrate a gang to find out what happened to their Father. The first Brother, Tommy is badly hurt at the start, so his "loco" Brother Ramiro has to take over the infiltration. Excellent missions, a great story and seriously entertaining combo moves make this an amazing game.
Some of the best bits are the Loco moves such as the Golden Gun, El Mariachi, Piñata (crazy), the funny Mad Wrestler and for me the most frequently used Tornado.
This game is all about fun, laughs and all out action and it delivers all of that and more. It may have a high difficulty level, but it is aimed in my opinion at the more seasoned gamer, hence the 18 certificate. Ignore the bad reviews and buy this game.