Excerpt: You have to give a game credit when it tries something new. In the hands of most developers, Firefighters F.D.18 would be a fast-paced, high-adrenaline action game, with a heroic fireman pursuing terrorists or something through a long series of burning buildings.
Excerpt: It isn’t often that truly new videogame concepts rear their head. The statement applies even more in the current climate of sequel, licence, sequel that seems to be dominating the industry as we scream for help from beneath the murky seas of fallen publishers, developers and indeed, retailers.
Excerpt: What's going on with Konami? Their wavy-line symbol logo on a box used to mean that you could buy that game with complete confidence, knowing that no matter what it was, it would be a top-quality product good for hours and hours of playtime. These days, that peace of mind is long gone.
Summary: is one of those serious-looking games that bubbles with unbridled goofiness, but that goofiness is hidden in such a way that you don’t really notice it until you try to explain the game to someone else.
Excerpt: Wow, what a busy month for your favorite rumor-mongler. 3 reviews. And I’ve still got Pitfall, Lowrider, Saturday Night Speedway, and a new one-shot edition of the Down-Lo to do. Not to mention a feature that The Scotsman, angrier members of the Kliq, and I are working on. Can you say overworked?
Summary: Firefighter F.D.18 includes realistic simulations of fire, backdrafts, flashovers and chemical explosions. Stepping into the shoes of everyday hero McGregor, players must use their skills to face the raging flames and rescue those in danger.
Conclusion: But the initial novelty value of squirting a hose around with gay abandon is more or less immediately compromised by the repetitive nature of the gameplay, and control issues which turn basic tasks such as movement and camera manipulation into a chore.