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angermanagementME Yes its true. While the series has its own Wikipedia page, and there are people who can’t get enough of the series (to make their own SCI engine even) to be honest there were parts of the game that were simply painful.

The original game required a 286 computer, but that was honestly wishful thinking (as there is no computer that makes it run smooth). When I played it as a child on a XT (8 MHz 8088) the save/load times were easily minutes long. Even on my 3 gHz 8 cpu machine it still takes over 10-15 seconds (yes seriously).

So there’s this section where you are floating in the air trying to get away from the sequel police, and it has a unique sequence. You fly up, then right, and once they shoot at you, down and to the stairs. About half the time they shoot you right as you leave the left hand side, another one that will get you is other skaters will stun you and the police will shoot you, but even if you make it to the other side – move right up the stairs is a challenge for your hero for some reason and the guards blow you up there. Needless to say after doing this some 30 times I gave up.

Can you imagine doing this on the old XT? Seriously – it took hours waiting for that ST-225 (2” tall, 25 megs unformatted hard drive, and very very very very slow by today’s standards)  to load the game to try that sequence again and again and again…

So what’s wrong with it? I honestly think there were certain parts of the game that weren’t play tested – ever. Unresponsive controls combined with split second reaction requirements = suck.

And yes I played it on a 386 later on in life, and it wasn’t any better as I remember.

Picked this up on Steam for cheap – made it about 75% of the way through the game before putting it down.

So basically its a sandbox game where you run around a zone doing repetitive missions for one 5 different people (three factions, a gun shop, and your partner). Its a fun game for a bit, but there are a few really annoying design decisions of the game itself.

A) Everyone hates you. Everywhere you go they drop everything immediately and do whatever they can to kill you. If they are in a vehicle they try to ram into you, but normally they just run around trying to shoot you. Even the people you are doing missions for shoot at you. The back-story for this phenomenon is they are secret missions, but its clear that programming various factions to be nice to you was just too darn difficult.

If you’ve never played this game it would be like having 5-10 people at every single intersection in Grand Theft Auto camped by these people who hate you. Makes it really annoying to go anywhere.

B) There is no direction in the game what-so-ever until you complete about 40-50 missions in each zone. This may not sound so bad, but see point A) – getting anywhere in this game is a pain because everyone wants to kill you.

C) Once NPC’s see you – they know where you are at all times – there is no hiding from them. In other words there’s no real sneaking up.

The biggest flaw is that every single mission can be done by basically pulling up your armed truck to the mission area and shooting everything that moves.