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Devil Inside

Score: 65%
ESRB: Teen
Publisher: Talon Soft
Developer: EA Games
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Miscellaneous

Graphics & Sound:

One of the only things that made The Devil Inside even playable for me was the graphics. The world of Shadow Gate, and the Devil Inside reality TV show are enhanced by 3D camera shots that you can access, and they offer a controllability that is often left for racing games or games of that nature. The environments are highly detailed, but one drawback is that the characters have very little mouth movement when talking. This is a little disconcerting for me, especially today when the graphical standards are so high. The sound track is also not very memorable with annoying monster grunts, audience noises, and forgettable music.

Gameplay:

As Dave, the star of The Devil Inside, a reality based TV show on the West Coast dripping with the supernatural, your task is to purify the Shadow Gate estate from zombies and devils from the pits of hell, which is where you must send them back too! How do you do this, you may ask? With fire power, of course. You'll use M-16's, riot guns, crossbows, flame-throwers and something called a light gun. You also have spells like Soul Burner and Fire Seed that are just as deadly. Make sure that you hit the walking dead many times, because they are persistent. If you only hit their legs they will crawl by their hands and start biting you on the ankles. Now, if walking around and shooting as Dave gets a little boring (which it did for me), you can call the devil inside of you by activating certain pentacles, where you will transform into Deva, a first rate devil who just happens to be female. Not a very PC thing to do in my book, lol. Even though shooting is the main point of the game, you also have the house and grounds to investigate for secrets. Oh yeah - you are going to be followed by a cameraman. Don't shoot him, and be sure to protect him from the goulies.

Difficulty:

Not too difficult. Just learn how to aim and you can save the world from evil. Nuff said.

Game Mechanics:

Your main functionality is controlled by a combination of keyboard strokes and mouse movements which is one of my least favorites ways to control adventure or shooter games. I find it a lot more effective (with a shooter) to use at least a joystick or gamepad. It makes it easier for me, anyway. You will use your mouse mainly for aiming and moving while you will use your keyboard to switch between weapon and camera views. Overall, The Devil Inside just wasn't my cup of tea. I found the gameplay to be somewhat boring and redundant, and it just didn't really bring anything new to the genre.

-Wickserv, GameVortex Communications
AKA Eric Wickwire

Minimum System Requirements:



Win95/98, PII 233, 32 MB RAM, 8x CD ROM, 4 MB 3D Video Card, Direct X 7.0a, Microsoft compatible mouse and sound card
 

Test System:



GX-450xl running Windows 98, 256 RAM, Creative Sound Blaster 64CPCI with Boston Acoustic Digital Media Theatre, STB Velocity 4400 with RIVA TNT chip, DirectX 7, 32 Mb RAM, 6X24 DVD-ROM.

Windows Croc 2 Windows Egypt 1150 B.C.

 
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