Forsaken (Sony PlayStation, 1998)
|Forsaken is a futuristic first-person shooter inspired by Interplay's Descent series. Like Descent, you have full 360° movement throughout the game's 23 subterranean stages. Characters ride sleek anti-gravity ships resembling personal watercrafts or motorcycles. Hazards such as spikes, spinning fans, and collapsing ceilings must be avoided while navigating the mazelike areas, but the real danger comes from robots and bounty hunters trying to shoot you down. Acquire 25 power-ups and weapons, ranging from twin laser beams to heat-seeking rockets, while taking out hostile forces looking to end your exploratory mission. Infiltrate and eliminate the evil "Mechanoid Defense System" to win the game.
In the distant future, the advancement of science has exceeded humanity's ability to control it. During a subatomic experiment, an accident causes an uncontrollable fusion reaction, utterly destroying the surface of the planet Earth. One year later, Earth has been classified as "condemned" by the ruling imperial theocracy, meaning that it is now legal for anyone to salvage anything left on the planet. Mercenaries from all over come to raid the dead planet, forced to battle not only each other, but the robot sentinels that the government has left behind.
Forsaken is primarily a multiplayer first-person shooter. The game may be played in single-player or multiplayer modes. The game is based on a 3D-engine that allows unlimited 360-degree movements. This concept is similar to the Descent series.
The single-player mode has four difficulty modes: easy, normal, hard and total mayhem. Each has progressively stronger enemies and less ammo to spare. Due to the near-impossible challenge presented by the latter mode, Acclaim provided the patch 1.00 that (among other things) decreased the difficulty of the game dramatically. There are 15 levels which have to be completed by the player — sometimes within a time limit — and occasionally include a huge end-boss against which the player must exhaust a fair amount of ammunition while dodging excessive retaliatory fire. In order to complete a mission, different efforts must be made by the player such as finding the exit or activating triggers to open locked doors. The primary objective is to destroy the enemies within a level. The enemies are static (turrets launching homing missiles, drones, other mercenaries, etc.), though not all will be spawned at the start of a level. Each level includes a hidden crystal, and once all are collected a secret map is unlocked.
There are six different types of multiplayer games: Free For All (deathmatch), Team Game, Capture The Flag, Flag Chase, Bounty Hunt, and Team Bounty Hunt. There are various sub-options for each.
Forsaken received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation version 74.59%.
|Publisher||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.|
|Genre||First Person Shooter|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|ESRB Rating||M - Mature|
|ESRB Descriptor||Animated Blood & Gore, Animated Violence|
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