Conclusion: Infernal has several decent ideas, but nothing quite comes together. Might be an interesting bargain bin pickup, but there are too many other great games out to spend your money and time on this one.
Conclusion: If you haven't already guessed, The Orange Box is well worth the price you pay for it. While the single-player games are a little on the short side, the achievements and multiplayer action of Team Fortress 2 will keep you playing for months. The package is available at most retailers and the PC version is available through the Steam service. PS3 fans will need to wait for a while longer.
Excerpt: Developed by Metropolis Software and released by Edios, Infernal is a third person shooter viewed from the perspective of Ryan Lennox, a fallen angel turned mercenary for the forces of evil. The Devil recruited Lennox to take down EtherLight, an organization run by Heaven that�s creating a mysterious device designed to suck the willpower out of humanity. While the premise ultimately appears promising, the execution of the presentation leaves much to be desired.
Excerpt: Infernal is something of an oddity. As a third-person shooter on the PC it's got many of the qualities you'd want: great visuals, a large arsenal of weapons, special powers and diverse locations. It also happens to suffer from a rather terrible story complete with poor voice acting and a complete lack of excitement. It's by no means a terrible game; it's just not a game that's easy to jump up and down in joy about.
Conclusion: Would I recommend this to fans of the FPS genre or those who like to play on the darker side of the tracks? No, honestly I wouldn’t waste anyone’s time with false prophecies about Infernal. The only ray of light was the amazing, and well out of place, graphics which are both visually stunning and seductive. Gameplay is a repetitive mental abuse and the plot would make baby Jesus cry, there I said it.
Excerpt: You never want to get on the bad side of God, especially when you’re one of his elite angels. That’s what happened to Ryan Lennox (who bears more than a striking resemblance to Ryan Reynolds), the rugged protagonist of Infernal. You step into his forsaken boots as a fallen angel who is looking for redemption—but still isn’t afraid to kick ass and take names.
Excerpt: Ah, yes. A war between Heaven and Hell being waged right here on innocent little Earth. We've seen this premise in many movies and video games, and every time someone comes up with an interesting, slightly new take on the whole thing.
Excerpt: In traditional Christian theology, souls stuck between heaven and hell are caught in purgatory, which is an apt description of where Infernal belongs. This third-person shooter portrays the conflict between heaven and hell as being waged on Earth via corporate proxies. You'll play as a former heavenly agent who's kicked out of heaven and caught between both sides. However, the gameplay in Infernal hardly aspires to greatness, nor is it a complete disaster.
Pros: It looks pretty, ummm, it doesn't crash
Cons: Dull, repetitive gameplay; makes the act of shooting a chore, wastes its interesting setting and premise, short single-player campaign, no multiplayer, little replayability
Excerpt: When I first started playing Infernal , I was actually pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of Winback for the Nintendo 64—frenetic third-person shooting with a basic but effective cover system that adds a bit of flair to the combat. The game's presentation is surprisingly polished as well (considering its B-game status); it might not send people running for a video card upgrade, but it certainly looks good.