Chrome is the first Ďfirst person shooterí made by Techland Software. Techland Software hmm? I never heard of them. They were at E3 in L.A. but that was the only thing I knew about Techland Software. Anyway, enough chitchat about the developers.
'Chrome is a tactical first person shooter whose main action takes place in the future during the colonization of the newly discovered solar system of Valkyria. An unusual and dramatic story takes place among the huge and wild terrains of the five planets, within the residential complexes of the first settlers, deep within mines rich with precious minerals and inside the headquarters of the powerful corporations fighting among themselves over the unique riches of Valkyria. From tropical forests, rocky deserts, canyons, a crater, snowy glaciers to lakes and mountains Chrome has it all.' Or not?
The game play:
The game has stunning graphics, thatís for sure. But the game play and the A.I. of your enemies arenít that good. The engine has troubles sometimes: it lags and stutters. I even have to play the game in safe mode because my pc canít handle resolution 1024*768 with every detail option set to full.
Lots of enemies equals lots of lagging, and thatís not really funny while you play. I think the developers at Techland therefore made the enemies dumb so you would stand a chance against 8 guys while lagging like hell. If they notice you, they will attack immediately and run straight at you. You even know that there are enemies at the other side of the door - because you have the dumbest radar which ruins every element of surprise in this game Ė and you throw a hand grenade to the other side of the wall you can here a little cry ĎGrenadeí. Ok, nicely done and stuff, but why do they run to the grenade when they know that that would kill them? It doesnít make any sense.
And there is another thing, when you want to aim precisely you shall have to hit your mouse2 button because thatís when your crosshair will change to another mode which allows you to aim precisely. When you release you mouse2 button the crosshair will change and then you canít hit ****. Now here comes the beautiful part, when you hit mouse2 and you focus to shoot someone in his head you will walk slow, very slow.
Therefore rushing is out of the question. When you rush you would have to aim precisely to hit something or someone BUT youíve got to run. And because of the walk-slow-when-you-aim-your-gun thingy you canít walk fast. Isnít that wonderful! OK, itís a tactical shooter, but rushing once in a while doesnít hurt anyone Ė anyone cause you canít hit any-thing!
In the game you will have to possibility to around with some vehicles. Itís fun because they are really nice and fast and some of them have lots of firepower. But controlling them isnít that easy. Ok, youíre thinking, isnít it fun to drive around in some sort of moon cars? Actually it is fun! After some practice it would be very fun to drive around these beautiful worlds. It WOULD be fun, because you arenít getting the chance to practice your drive skills. Since there arenít many parts in the game where you actually need or can drive for a long time, itís mostly just for a few seconds. AND THATíS A SHAME!
As said before, the graphics are really good. The different places youíll have to go are really nice! From palm trees to desert, everything looks really good. All different worlds have real growth in 3D, even when you put all your video options to normal. All in 3D, not just painted on the floor like in the most games
But as you all know, pictures can say a lot more then words, so here are a few in-game screenshots:
This game hasnít got it all. At first sight everything looks cool and smooth. The graphics and intro of the game will maybe blow you away, but after a while the gameplay will begin to bore you and you will find the uninstall button very quickly. At least, thatís what happened over here. I didnít even have the chance to get hooked on this game, too bad, because it had the potential to be a #1 game :x. Itís a pity that the gameplay isnít all that. And thatís what counts!
+ Nice graphics
+ The way to your uninstall button isn't that hard to find
- Sucky game play
- vehicles (isn't easy to control them)
- can't rush (thats a BIG con for moi)
- it's pretty hard (due sucky game play)
- boring from time to time
- you've got a radar so there isn't an element of surprise to be found in this game.
Fun Factor: 15/25
I like to rush a lot too :)
A bit hard on the contras for a result of 71% .. didn't play it so I can't judge it. :p
If I look @ the screenshots, they sure look like a halo rip off...
I think this says enough ;)
That has to be the absolute worst review I've ever read, hands down. I can't beleive this site sent it out to the major news sites as a legit review.
You complain about performance with a game like Chrome (it "lags and stutters"), maxed out, on a Ti4200??!! here's a news bulletin: This game uses Direct X 9 libraries, high poly counts on vast levels with large texture resolutions, you need to either a.) reduce your detail settings or b.) get a higher end card if you want to run it with full detail otherwise it runs fine with details lowered. I won't even get into the ridiculous statement of the radar ruining the "surprise" of enemies attacking. You made zero mention of how implants affect your success in a mission and how they become almost a necessity in later missions (but I'm sure you never got far enough to find out).
If I had to guess I'd say you went into the game thinking it was a run-n-gun spectacular but it turns out its a slower paced tactical shooter where you have to think about what you do before you act. The gameplay proved too challenging so you chalk it up to "sucky gameplay" and hit the uninstall button.
Great work. Don't quit your day job.
Hands down the worst comment ever Toolie, instead of posting a mature and friendly post you chose to ignore this and went all out. Congrats!
the review Clearly states what the background of the reviewer is (fast FPS) so don't be surprised if this game gets a negative review from him..
secondly: the game engine is nauseating, even on a DX9 capable video card, running around in the game for more then 15min gave me an instant headache. Don't have these problems in Q3A/UT2003/Max Payne2/Halo.. etc
+the AI of the enemies is very low, nothing tactical about that. It ruins the whole game and makes this game score very low on playability and average fun had from this type of "game-play"
my 2 cents
the Gamers out there really seem to love Chrome, Blowefish must have made a mistake with this review & his conclusion? :rolleyes:
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