Conclusion: Ironically, Deadfall Adventures fails to be adventurous in any way; it is a drab and dull affair, a sort of tired FPS/Adventure-by-numbers. Unfortunately its creators were unable to inject any vigor into the proceedings. What we are left with is some nice looking levels and not a lot else, it is life-less, lacking any sort of soul; a character driven adventure title with very little character at all.
Conclusion: Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and Far Cry 3 immediately spring to mind as adventurous shooters you should play long before resorting to the desperate measure of playing Deadfall Adventures . It's an uninspired retread of good concepts, and an unfortunate visitor into a genre with some genuine giants. It might take you on a long trip across the globe to visit some attractive locations, but by the end the only temples I cared for were throbbing away in my head.
Pros: Very pretty, Diverse locations
Cons: Tedious combat, Boring puzzles, Poor acting and writing
Summary: Deadfall Adventures takes its inspiration from Indiana Jones and H.R. Haggard. Those are big shoes to fill, and Nordic's newest first-person adventure doesn't even come close. The three large environments are impressive, but the story is nothing new and combat is boring. Gamers looking to solve puzzles will enjoy portions of Deadfall Adventures; however the action gets in the way of its true potential. Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Summary: Make no mistake: it’s not that I didn’t enjoy Deadfall Adventures. It’s an all-around average game, which could have made better use of the Quatermain setting, and dragged down by some design issues. The mixture of shooting and puzzling are certainly pleasant, but are they enough to justify the $39.99 price tag? If you’re looking for a satisfying single player FPS, there might be better games out there.
Excerpt: It can be fascinating to discover how a pre-conceived mental image of something can be entirely different from the reality. After watching the trailers for this FPS prior to release we thought we were in for a simplistic run and gunner, much like The Farm 51’s own Painkiller: Hell and Damnation.
Conclusion: Deadfall Adventures certainly has some problems but if you’re an Indiana Jones fan you really should be getting it. The shooting isn’t anything to write home about, animation is rather basic, voice acting is okayish, and there are glitches and little problems aplenty, but the puzzles, exploration, traps and amazing environments make the whole thing worthwhile.
Excerpt: Deadfall Adventures is the newest game from Polish developer The Farm 51, who has previously worked on PC first person shooters NecrovisioN and Painkiller: Hell & Damnation. While this new title is also a first person shooter, the team has decided to go in a different direction this time around and focused on combining action and puzzle solving in a Lost World setting. Players take on the role of James Lee Quartermain, the great-grandson of Allan Quartermain from H.
Pros: + Lengthy Adventure mode with a variety of environments to explore, + Some interesting puzzles that help to add some much needed variety to the gameplay, + In-depth Survival mode that can be played co-op, + Art design makes the levels look very appealing graphically, + Decent voice acting and soundtrack for a B-movie style experience
Cons: - Gun play feels a bit unsatisfying at times and enemy AI is a mixed bag, - Occasional clipping and glitches late in the Adventure mode, as well as some cut off audio during cut scenes, - Too many invisible walls for a game that encourages exploration, - Storyline is too generic and isn't truly memorable on its own, - Checkpoint system is a bit too spaced out, resulting in lengthy repeated sections after deaths, - Multiplayer servers are currently deserted
Excerpt: In many games, you unlock ancient discoveries and acquire grand treasures as a reward. But not all tombs offer something grandiose, and a long trek down a musty corridor may sometimes yield disappointment. Deadfall Adventures is one such trek. The game draws its history from H.R. Haggard's Allan Quatermain series of adventure novels written in the late 1800s, but the plot of Deadfall Adventures bears a closer resemblance to the Indiana Jones movie--which were in part...
Pros: Some impressive set pieces
Cons: Poor retelling of a story we've heard countless times before, Boring, repetitive combat, Plagued by glitches and invisible walls, Puzzles run the gamut from overly simplistic to wholly nonsensical
Excerpt: Indiana Jones. From the battered fedora, the bullwhip and the fear of snakes to the irredeemable, limping Gestapo villains, Indy has found his way firmly into the public consciousness and has been ripped off inexhaustibly since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Excerpt: I went into my review of Deadfall Adventures thinking I was about to play something along the lines of an FPS version of Uncharted, and came away realizing this was nothing more than one of those cardboard sleeve budget games you see at Wal-Mart in the wire rack next to the 1,500 versions of Solitaire, only this one is $40 and being sold on Steam. That’s not to say there isn’t some fun to be had with this Indiana Jones knockoff, but it’s more of a $10-15 level of fun.