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Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2

Score: 100%
ESRB: Mature
Publisher: Gathering
Developer: Ritual Entertainment
Media: CD/0
Players: 1
Genre: Action/ Adventure


Graphics & Sound:

Everything about this game is stunning. For starters, the levels are filled with incredible backgrounds, sharp vibrant colors, huge interactive environments with details so real you'll have to pinch yourself to make sure it isn't a dream. The games' characters are also incredibly detailed and add a movie-type element to the game. The weapons you'll find along the way are very crisp and have a metallic shine to them, making them really beautiful to behold. Basically everything found in the game is nothing short of stunning. The sound effects found in the game are not to be outdone and are just as fantastic as the graphics. The voice acting is up to par with any movie. Weapon sound effects are solid, and the music, much like in the Tomb Raider series, is only found at certain points in the game to give the game a more cinematic feel. Although it is certainly sparse, what's there is very good.

Gameplay:

Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2 focuses on Julie who must defend her home world of Eden from Lord Tyler. Boy, did Lord Tyler pick the wrong girl to mess with. Julie is ready to kick some serious butt with a huge amount of weapons at her disposal. With the ability to combine weapons, or hold two different weapons in each hand, Julie is for the most part unstoppable. Not only Julie have weapons, she has a huge range of different movements like wall climbing, wall hanging, crouching, jumping, swinging on monkey bars and such. There is nothing this girl can't do! On the quest to save her home world, Julie explores three main areas of her home planet: The Colony of Eden, The Moogaly Swamps, and the WE Cemetery. Each area offers a number of different challenges, and really keeps things interesting throughout the game.

Difficulty:

Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2's difficulty is not to incredibly hard and most experienced gamers shouldn't have a problem completing the games' 25 levels. That's not saying this game is going to be a walk in the park though. Certain levels are crawling with huge amount of enemies and very little ammunition to take them all out. So for the most part, you either have to master your sword and shield, or run like you've never run before. Plus, there are a number of different challenges throughout the game that will keep you busy for quite some time. Also, if you really want to experience all this game has to offer, you will have to explore the huge levels to find the many different weapons and gadgets that will make the game a lot more fun. Not that finding all these extras will change the game much, it's just fun to master a game. Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2 also offers a Training Mission that will help you master everything you will need to complete the game.

Game Mechanics:

The game does a fantastic job of combining and balancing the action elements of the game, as well as the exploration part of the game. The end result is a fantastic combination of Tomb Raider and Quake (no surprise as id's Quake 3 engine is used). Puzzles found in the game are nowhere near as complex as some found in the Tomb Raider series, which helps keep the game moving at a very steady pace, and there are always plenty of baddies around to blast, so there is never a dull moment. The only complaint (if you can call it a complaint) is that the game went by too fast, and left me wanting more. I guess it's because I enjoyed playing the game so much. Bravo Ritual and Gathering of Developes for making such an enjoyable game. If you haven't already, go pick up this game. You won't regret it.

-Raider, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Duran

Minimum System Requirements:



PII 300MHz, Windows 95/98 or NT, 4X CD-Rom, 8MB Video Card, Keyboard and mouse, 30 MB Free Hard Drive Space, Any Direct X Compatible Sound Card.
 

Test System:



PII 450, 128MB Ram, 44X CD, Voodoo 3 3000 video accelerator

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