Amity Island is growing, making corporate connections with
prestigious companies like Environplus to improve the island's
economy. Unfortunately the increased population around the
island and recent industrial activity has also attracted you
- one of Earth's most fearsome creatures - a great white shark.
When the Environplus CEO's son falls prey to your deadly attacks,
the CEO hires renowned shark hunter Cruz Ruddock to track
and kill you. Meanwhile, Marine Biologist Michael Brody tries
to capture you for research. Can Ruddock and Brody stop you
from causing havoc and killing more people before the 4th
of July celebration...?
is a rather ambitious game, but sadly one that doesn't even
come close to the mark. The developers came up with a nice
idea - you are the great white shark instead of having to
graphic look pretty impressive, but as soon as you start the
tutorial it becomes clear that this is going to be a pig to
play. First off the camera controls make it impossible to
view your surroundings comfortably. While you can partially
customise these, you'll still not be able to get the hang
of them that quickly. The problem with this is that once you're
into the game proper, you'll need to be able to work out where
you are in relation to other things like ships, swimmers and
divers, but that's not as easy as it should have been. You
do have the option of switching to first-person mode, but
that is pretty poor too.
next big problem is eating in order to keep your energy up.
It seems to be the case that no matter what you chew on your
energy levels randomly go up and down. Sometimes eating a
diver will increase your energy, other times it won't. And
then there is the problem of your energy draining. A few harpoons
in your back and that's it - game over.
the tutorial (where I didn't really felt I knew what I was
doing anyway) you are captured and held in a holding tank
inside a large aquarium. Here you have to work out how to
escape. The answer is, rather bizarrely, that you have to
grab one of the scientists and drag his body over to a card
reader so that his identity badge can be scanned and then
the door keeping you trapped will open. Next up you have to
smash your way out of the aquarium and... well, I'm afraid
that's where I lost the will to live.
several attempts to escape I kept being instantly killed by
divers and I suddenly thought of a thousand and one other
things I could be doing - like all that paper shredding I
needed to get around to doing.
this had been part of a mini-game in some other, much better,
release it may have amused me for about five minutes. However,
to expect someone to play £30 is criminal.
as much fun as being eaten by a great white shark.
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