shooter.

25 to Life

25 to Life
1.5

Grand Theft Trainwreck Trailing behind GTA is 25 to Life, a dumb, ugly, barely playable hood shooter with a mean attitude. You start out as Freeze, a drug dealer looking to retire from the scene. Before he can, he’s asked to do one more deal, but everything goes wrong. You’ll eventually play as other characters […]

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Alias

Alias
2

In what amounts to an admission that Alias is aimed at fans of the television show, the game version lacks any cutscene introduction to the characters or their current situations. You have to have watched the show to have any idea what’s going on. The two pages in the manual devoted to this cause indicate […]

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Spec Ops II: Green Berets

Spec Ops II: Green Berets
3

Spec Ops 2: US Green Berets is the sequel to the original action-sim, Spec Ops: Rangers Lead The Way. The original game introduced a pleasing balance between the realism of a diehard infantry warfare simulation and the arcade-action of more accessible 3D shooters. Spec Ops 2 puts you in the first-person perspective and allows you […]

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I was an Atomic Mutant!

I was an Atomic Mutant!
2

I Was An Atomic Mutant casts you in the role of one of four giant monsters bent on destroying mankind and racking up points doing it. It’s pure arcade mayhem, and if you’re a fan of the kind of hyperbolic Atomic age giant monster movies they used to make fun of on Mystery Science Theater […]

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Carnivores: Cityscape

Carnivores: Cityscape
2

As if the first three Carnivores games weren’t the cause of enough suffering, along comes Carnivores Cityscape, which tries to offer a more traditional first-person take. (The operative word is tries.) You get two campaigns, unique mission objectives, and even a multiplayer component. But sadly, like the previous Carnivores games, Cityscape is just a Festival […]

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Carnivores: Ice Age

Carnivores: Ice Age
2

Will the madness never end? Since the release of Deer Hunter in 1997 approximately ten thousand hunting “games” have been released. Cue the release of Carnivores: Ice Age, the third game in the Carnivores series. In Carnivores: Ice Age, you travel around hunting ice age-era mammals like the smilodon (saber-tooth tiger), the wooly mammoth, and […]

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X-COM: Enforcer

X-COM: Enforcer
3

Fans of the series, run in terror. It seems the de-evolution of the X-COM series is complete. Starting as one of the most beloved, entertaining, and innovative strategy games ever, the series has traveled down the rungs of gaming fodder from rapidly declining strategic sequels to truly heinous space combat sims, canceled first-person squad shooters […]

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Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny

Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny
4

Spear of Destiny, an add-on pack for the original Wolfenstein 3D (standalone, doesn’t require the old game), was id’s final encore before moving on to the much more advanced Doom one year later. Granted, Spear of Destiny was more of a sideshow than a fully fleshed out game, so it plays like any mission pack. […]

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Mortal Coil

Mortal Coil
2

You can gracefully chuck Mortal Coil into the heap of forgotten 90s shooters. It’s a first-person sci-fi game with an odd team-based element that’s more gimmick than anything. You can give waypoints and command fellow team-mates around, but mostly they just tag along and frequently get in your way when you’re trying to shoot. Squad […]

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
4

It’s fun to play in the dark. Sam Fisher has a new knife in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. It’s one of those Ginsu-like monsters that villains flash to look menacing in action movies, with an edge that’s sharp enough to cut moonlight and a blade so long that the super-commando could stick it through a […]

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