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|Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn; PlayStation|
|Topic Started: Mar 26 2008, 12:44 PM (376 Views)|
|The Red Shadow||Mar 26 2008, 12:44 PM Post #1|
Stealth action games for the PlayStation usually fall into two categories: Metal Gear Solid clones or Syphon Filter clones. Either heavy on the stealth or heavy on the action. Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn actually pulls off a healthy mix of both. That's probably the only thing that the game does well, but I still enjoyed this overlooked title for the PS1.
Graphics - 7/10
Pretty standard fare here, not quite on par with Metal Gear Solid but serviceable nonetheless. Everything is 3D, which is impressive considering loads of gamemakers tried to conserve memory by utilizing pre-rendered backgrounds in PS1 games. Since the entire game takes place on a train, I guess it wasn't so hard to push the fully 3D graphics. The only odd thing to the graphics comes in the cutscenes, some of which look like nice and smooth CG, while others just look like cleaned up graphics straight from the playable portions of the game. It gets a little distracting when games can't decide how to present the cinematics.
Sound - 7/10
Not much you can do wrong with train sounds. The game definitely produces the sound of a fast moving train to perfection. Music comes along during cut scenes and dramatic moments and is about what you'd expect for a game such as this. The sound effects are fine, not nearly as bad as I've heard in some action games.
Control - 7.5/10
Think a little Metal Gear Solid, a little Resident Evil. There are aspects of stealth, including pressing the triangle button to change the camera angle to one that views up and down halls and corridors to see if anyone is patrolling the area. The rest of the movement is controlled and feels like Resident Evil. Which means you end up with camera problems on occasion and the slow 180 degree turn. But most of the bad guys are pushovers so it never really annoys.
Gameplay - 9/10
Not to be too redundant, but this is simply a hybrid of MGS and Syphon Filter. Short, somewhat easy and not too brain numbing with the puzzles, it follows a lot of typical 'find this item and use it somewhere else to progress' cliches of aforementioned series like Resident Evil and such. There are a lot more innovative ideas to be found elsewhere.
Overall - 9/10
I don't know why, but this game just rubbed me the right way. It's nowhere near as good as MGS or Syphon Filter, but it has it's place with the big franchises. Too bad the story and voice acting could have been better. They are definitely not top notch, especially the voice acting. Thankfully that aspect of game production has gotten better over the years.
This is just a fun little action piece that you can probably complete in about 6 hours, if not less. For me, it's a fun diversion from the lengthy experiences of the PlayStation's heavy hitters. It's a rental, if you can still find PS1 games to rent somewhere. If not, I wouldn't recommend spending more than 5-10 bucks for it on eBay or at game stores. If you like any of the games mentioned in the review then you'd probably dig this. If not, then I'd say stay away.
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