Pariah (Microsoft Xbox, 2005)
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|This futuristic first-person shooter from the makers of Unreal Tournament puts players in the role of a down-and-out medical researcher named Jack Mason, whose spacecraft has crash-landed. He survives the crash, along with his only remaining patient, an incarcerated test subject called "Katrina J." who was exposed to an experimental drug that killed all her male counterparts. The two find themselves far from civilization, alone on the surface of one of the most notorious prison planets known to humankind: Earth.
Luckily, the two unlikely heroes have access to an arsenal of sci-fi weaponry, which can be equipped with custom upgrades. "Energy cores" can be found throughout the game world, and used to add more power and new abilities to weapons and other equipment, as the player sees fit. Mason and his "prisoner" will also commandeer vehicles to help them move around the overgrown wilderness of the planet's surface. Although designed to offer lots of run-and-gun shooter action, the game's levels include vehicle-based and adventure-puzzle challenges as well.
Along with the full-fledged single-player campaign, Pariah also offers a number of multiplayer modes and options. Traditional match types such as "Capture the Flag," "Deathmatch," and "Team Deathmatch" are available, along with a "Front Line Assault" mode, and the game comes with integrated editing tools that allow players to design and share their own maps.
Pariah comes with a map editor used to make multiplayer maps, similar to the ones in the TimeSplitters games and Far Cry: Instincts. Uploaded maps then can be played online or over a LAN.
|Genre||First Person Shooter|
|Number of Players||1 or 2 (System Link 2 - 16)|
|ESRB Rating||M - Mature 17+|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence|
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