is a great looking shooter but it's not all that and
a bag of chips, if you know what I mean.
has multi-personality disorder. It's loaded with features
and options but they all don't add up to one cohesive
game. The single-player mode is relatively easy but
you have many options in the multi-player mode to
make the game more difficult and ultimately different
since you are replacing the AI with more aggressive
human players. It's like a totally different game.
With the map editor you can rearrange all of the outdoor
environments as well as the spawning areas. Some on-rails
and vehicle levels are included but they do little
more than offer a diversion.
doubtful that any one player will like everything
that Pariah has to offer, but if you're in the market
for a solid shooter marinated in eye candy then look
no further. Pariah tunnels just below the surface
so it's no completely shallow but Halo it's not.
Jack Mason is entrusted with the care of a female
patient who carries a deadly virus. While escorting
her through enemy territory they survive a crash landing.
Mason becomes infected with the disease while trying
to stop the girl from escaping. He must now use all
of the equipment that he can scavenge from the craft,
and the dead, while he tries to locate this girl and
save himself from succumbing to the virus.
than create a panic situation the story doesn't have
much impact on the gameplay. The voiceovers do little
to endear you to the characters which is too bad because
the visuals are excellent. The cutscenes look like
a digital generated movie but the voices remind you
that you're playing a videogame.
with a bone saw, this close-range, melee weapon cuts
a swath through the enemy. You can alternate between
melee and ranged weapons at the push of a button.
There's a slight delay when changing so you have to
do it at the opportune moment. The guns are huge and
powerful. They pack a wallop and do tons of damage.
Aiming is very forgiving. The Bulldog is a massive
machine that will make mincemeat out of the enemy.
Almost all of the weapons are capable of one-hit kills.
They are so effective that you won't even use your
melee weapons much at all.
you have the Bulldog, shotguns and a sniper rifle,
nothing is more effective than the grenade launcher.
It simply rocks. You can take out a number of enemies
by firing into the crowd. Each weapon can be upgraded
three times. Not all of the upgrades automatically
make the weapons more powerful, some may include more
ammo or even a protective shield.
will have four life bars at the start of each life.
A healing tool left in the wreckage will allow you
to recharge your bar when they begin to get low. You
lose one bar if it drains completely. Using the healing
tool leaves you vulnerable to attack and it also makes
the screen blurry so you must also use this at the
has basic, but useful moves. He's not complicated
to control and that's fine with me. The landscapes
are large wastelands rife with rocks, rivers and sinkholes.
Mason is able to jump long and far which makes it
easy to navigate over some of this inhospitable terrain.
He also has the ability to sprint, which is a bit
longer than a dash, which allows him to get out of
overwhelmingly dangerous circumstances. In some instances
you can pull a little stealth on the enemy by hiding
behind things. They're not the brightest enemies and
will often leave you enough time to prepare your next
move or weapon. If you get into a tight situation
it's usually your own fault.
play is loaded with modes and features. Aside from
the standard Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture
the Flag, Quickmatch and Optimatch, you can adjust
the difficulty, chose weapon systems and create new
maps which can be uploaded with the map editor. A
dedicated server will include a friends' list and
accommodate up to 12 players with no lag or slowdown.
feels good to have the upper hand but it feels better
if you earn it. One can't help but feel that the single-player
mode is designed to appeal to cheat code users. The
forgiving weapon accuracy, the healing tool, the unchallenging
AI and convenient checkpoints all combine to make
things fast-paced and easy. At least the multi-player
modes will allow you to test your mettle against other
players although the weapons are still almost too
powerful. But if that's what you like, Pariah is for