Excerpt: We aren’t huge advocates of innovation here at Console Obsession; therefore we don’t view it as an essential to making a good game, although when a game like Fahrenheit comes along we simply must bow at the feet of innovation. This is a game that is single handily attempting to reinvigorate a dying genre, and as an adventure game Fahrenheit is a huge success and a title that will hold many memories for gamers long after completion.
Excerpt: Licensed games such as this are often primarily targeted towards the more casual minded gamer, who perhaps don’t play games all that often but may very well be huge fans of the TV show, owning almost all the merchandise and whatnot, including the videogame. It makes a fair bit of sense.
Excerpt: Games based on licensed properties have proven to be a hard to grasp category lately. Sometimes they outright suck, other times they end up being incredible experiences. For every Buffy the Vampire Slayer there are always at least two Chaos Bleeds . Alias places itself firmly in the latter category. While it is a fun romp through the TV show's universe, there's little about it to make it a truly memorable experience.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Games like Alias are not made for gamers. They're made for consumers walking the aisles at entertainment megastores who see a familiar face and say: What the hell, why not? Little surprise then that the game offers scant not done before and much better. There's no unique selling point outside of its franchise roots, which helps distil the only question that needs answering: Are you enough of a fan of the show to pay good money for a mediocre tie-in?
Excerpt: Back in the early 80s, my favourite video game was Commando on my trusty Sinclair Spectrum – the upgraded 48K ram version. The little blue commando guy didn’t look a bit like Arnold Schwarzenegger I’ll admit, but that was okay because the little white character in the Rambo video game didn’t look much like Sylvester Stallone either.
Conclusion: For fans of the TV show Alias is probably well worth a purchase, they will probably be able to put up with the simplicity of certain parts of the game and get a fair bit of replayablity from it, certainly for myself it will keep be going until September and the launch of season three on DVD. However, those with no knowledge of the series would probably be better off with renting it, - it's still a very playable and fun game.