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Headhunter

Developer: Amuze | Publisher: Acclaim
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 05/09/02 | Genre: Action

Throughout the years there have been many games that you just get stuck in. Now I don't mean when a puzzle is too hard. What I mean is when you play a game and just keep doing the same thing over and over and over. This problem was mostly found on the earlier video game systems such as the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and other earlier systems. But now with the incredible amount of technology, the games today are deeper and very well-rounded. Why do I bring this up, you ask? Well, this week's review is a perfect example of how video games have become so advanced and that we as the players benefit.

When video games first arrived they were nothing more then two bars and a dot. And all you had to do was not let that dot get past your bar. Of course, I am speaking of the classic Pong, which at the time was a very fun game. But now in 2002, video games have truly reinvented themselves. This week's review of Headhunter by Acclaim is a game that you will not only enjoy if you are a fan of action, but you will also enjoy if you like racing, thinking, and of course sneaking.

The gameplay is the truly remarkable part of this game. Not only do you get to enjoy the action part (where you get to go around and shoot at the bad guys) but also there is SOOOOOOO much more to enjoy. The best way to describe this game to compare it to other games. If you take some Resident Evil, mix it with a little Max Payne, and then throw in some GTA 3, then you have Headhunter. The Resident Evil part comes from the walking around, gathering items and puzzle-solving that you need to do in the game. The Max Payne portion is the shoot-em up style you get to enjoy in some parts of the game. And the GTA 3 part comes through the transportation element in the game (because you need a good ride to move all over town, don't you?). Tie all that up and then add the stealth feature in the game that you must use in order to be a great Headhunter and you realize you have quite a game here. No more of that on- trick pony stuff. You will find something for everyone to enjoy in this game.

Graphically, this game is awesome. As you can see from the screen shots all the different environments look fabulous in this game! And it even has my favorite FMV (Full motion Video) which, if you are unfamiliar with it, is like watching TV and seeing real actors and actresses. These are used as a Local News feature, which helps deliver the story and adds even more to the character of this game. Along with the graphics the audio in this game is brilliant! The voice acting is terrific! The voices match the characters perfectly!

What's not so good? There are a couple of things that keep this game from being perfect. First the camera views (as in all action/adventures games) are somewhat hard to deal with at a few points in the game. Second, the level of difficulty in this game can be frustrating at times.

Except for a few minor flaws, if you like any of the previously mentioned game genres then you should most definitely check this one out. The game is not only deep but also fun, and though the storyline is a bit cheesy, I really enjoyed it. It is rated M for Mature by the ESRB for Blood and Violence. I really liked this game a lot and I think you will too!

By Chris "Hoss" Neupert - 07/05/02
ESRB Details: Blood, Violence
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