on both the MTV Liquid TV animated series and the recent
live-action movie, Aeon Flux the videogame is a lot
better than most multi-tiered media products - but that
only places it in the average category.
Flux is a hot looking, futuristic secret agent babe
that has more in common with Batman than James Bond.
She's got some wicked moves and an assortment of gadgets
at her disposal that she uses to foil enemies, solve
puzzles and gain access to platform-style areas. She's
as deadly as she is mysterious. If anything, you can
say she's seriously misunderstood.
is a storyline here somewhere but it's so convoluted
and presented so haphazardly that's it's almost impossible
to give it a simple overview. The animated series
was an artful, adult, anime production that defied
convention. It was sexy, racy, violent and mysterious,
often culminating with the death of Aeon at the end
of each episode. A lot of things were never fully
explained and we were never able to fully explore
Aeon as a person. The game attempts to keep this mystery
alive but it only succeeds in alienating us from her.
Since we are actually playing as her in most levels
it would only be appropriate to have a little more
insight into her psyche.
is the walled city where Aeon resides. She is involved
in a freedom fighting movement against an oppressive
government. Her nemesis is one, Trevor Goodchild,
whom she alternately hates and loves. Her world is
one of animal lust and barbaric violence. Aeon takes
no prisoners and while there are information capsules
to collect they never explain anything more than what
you need to complete the next goal in a mission.
are unfocused and never seem to relate to the big
picture. You don't always get to play as Aeon and
these alternate perspectives do nothing to make things
any clearer. I do appreciate the unpredictable nature
of the gameplay but I can't help but think it's just
too messy and convenient for the writers with all
these unresolved issues.
an assortment of moves such as kicks, punches, blocks,
jumps, grapples and the ability to run up wall, Aeon
is a formidable weapon in and of herself. She has
an inventory of gadgets to help her solve puzzles
and gain access to restricted areas. She can also
hack into weapons systems such as gun turrets and
use them against her enemy. The targeting system is
automatic and will only lock-on to the enemy you're
facing. When confronted by more than a couple of goons
this can really spell trouble as you'll have to tap
dance around the buttons to ready your weapon, face
your enemy and fire. One of Aeon's trademark moves
is the Flux which warps time in a bullet-time fashion,
slowing down all elements in the game except for your
character. This will help you when you're up against
levels are huge and separated by checkpoints. You
can get around using a mini-ball which you steer around
challenging courses consisting of high, narrow ledges
and ramps. It's a lot like Super Monkey Ball but even
more frustrating because you tend to fall off a lot
more. There is definitely something afoot with the
of these futuristic environments don't live up to
expectations. I expect a lot more imagination 400
years in the future. The graphics aren't even as good
as the decade-old anime series. There's lot of polys
and reused low-res textures that make it look like
you've already been to some of the new areas. Multiple
enemies onscreen contribute to some slowdown and there
are lots of repeated phrases.
Theron stars in the film and lends her voice talent
to the game. I admire an actor that supports their
character through the various mediums. She does a
great job as do most of the other actors.
not much for replay value, although you can play through
the game as the various characters that you unlock.
Overall Aeon Flux is a somwhat confusing game that
doesn't live up to the inspired madness of the animated
series; it does however manage to be a whole lot better
than some of the games featuring female heroes.