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|Distributor:||Electonic Arts||1 Player|
|Game Type:||Adventure Platform||Memory Card|
Imagine waking up in a strange chamber filled with sleep pods, without any idea who you are or how you got there or why you look like Al from 'Home Improvement'. The chamber is bitterly cold and if you don't find some way to warm up soon you're likely to turn into a giant bearded popsicle. This is the story presented by the movie intro and opening scene of Overblood. The basic idea of the game is to navigate your way through the underground facility that you find yourself in. To assist you in your quest you come across a little robot companion named Picky. This introduces the game element that separates Overblood from other games in this genre because you can actually swap between any of three characters in the game in order to complete certain tasks and solve puzzles. Unfortunately that's where the differences end, this game offers nothing really new and you will spend most of your time walking around dull corridors, opening doors and pushing giant crates to activate other doors and elevators so you can walk through them to find more doors. You get the idea. The story unfolds as you progress through the game and actually makes it worthwhile struggling through the interface and the boring scenery. The character graphics are also quite good and easily up to par with Resident Evil. The music does quite a good job of setting the scene and putting you on edge as you attempt to discover your identity and escape your dark imprisonment. There is quite a lot of sampled speech and while it may not be the best acting I've ever heard it does get the idea across. Sounds effects are well done if limited to the sound of footsteps, doors opening and robot beeping sounds from Picky.
Overblood attempts to emulate and build on the success of similar games in the genre and really doesn't cut it. Resident Evil 2 is a much better buy if you're interested in this type of game. Having said that, Overblood isn't a bad game, it's just arrived at a bad time, and in a world filled with plotless shooters and pointless beat-em-ups it's a breath of fresh air.