newly released PC game The Thing continues the story where the film left off.
Players are given the chance take control firsthand of the U.S. Military Search
and Rescue effort, sent to the freezing wastelands of the Antarctic to locate
the missing members of the original science post.
Excerpt: The Thing , is a staple of horror movies. It's been 20 years since the suspenseful, paranoid classic was remade, and now gamers can enjoy the thrill of wondering whether their comrades will, at any moment, transform into a grotesque monster. Computer Artworks has done an excellent job of recreating the oppressive atmosphere of The Thing in their new game called, oddly enough, The Thing . The movie The Thing had decent special effects for the early 80's.
Excerpt: Set some time after the events of the horror movie by the same name, you play the part of Blake, who is part of a team sent to investigate what had happened in Antarctica. After checking out the remains of the American base with his own team, he goes on to the Norwegian base to find the other team in disrepair - separated, wounded and distrustful of each other. Blake comes to discover things aren't what they seem.
Pros: Great lighting and textures, Excellent voice acting, Fear, Team and Trust factors add to gameplay, Good difficulty
Cons: Skipping in cutscenes, Some blocky models, Prescripted events remove any randomness
Excerpt: Normally, when a movie's released in theaters, there's a license-based video game not too far behind hoping to cash in on the familiarity that's fresh in our minds. The Thing is a total exception. It's based on John Carpenter's cult classic of the same name that came out in 1982, twenty years ago.
Excerpt: I'm going to start this review in the same way that just about every other review for The Thing has begun: by stating the obvious. Games based on movie licenses - with a scant few exceptions - suck so hard they usually aren't worth the plastic used to stamp the disc. So tainted have I been by the streak of terrible movie license-based games that I pretty much wrote off The Thing before I even had a chance to spend some real time with it.
Excerpt: Sent in a short while after the destruction of Outpost 31 (perhaps a few days, certainly not more than a week), Captain Blake and his crew investigate the immediate area only to find that there are no survivors and no explanation of their deaths since nothing can be seen in the pallid wasteland.
Excerpt: NOT based on the classic b/w mystery fright flick The Thing From Another Planet, which would have probably been a mix between Myst and Fatal Frame as you wandered through a stylish grim shadowy world of mystery and lots of puzzle solving and key finding to unlock doors as you seek a creature that is not of our world… and isn’t Martha Stewart. Sorry, you would probably have been bored to death by all that high brow intellectual horror anyway.