Excerpt: If there is one thing that action games need these days it’s innovation. Lately it seems all you need to do is throw a gun in each hand and send our hero off at a wave of enemies and you are done. Come to think of it the only truly original action game that comes to recent memory is Psi-Ops, which if you haven’t had the pleasure of playing, you need to go snag a copy right now as it’s excellent.
Excerpt: Total Overdose can only be described as the love child of Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, and raised in front of a TV that played Robert Rodriguez’ El Mariachi movies 24 hours a day. It attempts to take the greatest elements from those mediums and combine them all in one sleek and spicy package and it works really well on some fronts while on others it falls flat on its face.
Excerpt: Total Overdose is a GTA clone that tries to be something more by changing the set-up and location, and adding some John Woo-like action moves, but alas, it falls short and ends up being nothing truly special. Graphically, Total Overdose looks good, characters are nice and generally have a diverse series of animations that they can use. Well, the main characters anyway.
Excerpt: Total Overdose will be dismissed by many as a poor GTA clone, mainly due to its city setting, car driving, violence and bad language, but playing the game is a very different experience to Rockstar's multi-million selling offerings. While not really coming close to GTA in terms of overall game experience, Total Overdose focuses on gunplay, and does it exceedingly well.
Summary: Total Overdose is far and away the best alternative to Grand Theft Auto and shows Driv3r and True Crime up as the embarrassments that they are in comparison. Total Overdose is definitely not up to the standard of GTA yet but given time and plenty of effort this can become a game series to rival Rockstar's ever-present. If you liked Grand Theft Auto then you will definitely enjoy playing through Total Overdose - a game that exceeded my expectations.
Excerpt: Being 21 years old, I would say that I am old enough to have witnessed some of the defining moments in recent gaming history, through the innovative leaps forward in the PC and console gaming industry of recent years. During this period of evolution, there have been several titles that you remember for their own unique innovations. Games you can say ‘that invented that type of game’ or ‘that was the first of its kind’.
Conclusion: Shooter fans looking for something brainless and easy, with plenty of violence and buckets of blood might be mildly entertained. For those with slightly more-discerning tastes, the game has absolutely nothing to offer.
Conclusion: In one memorable instance I shot an enemy in the chest, and he reacted by yawning and stretching his arms. Your opponents can shoot through the body of a car or truck to kill you, whereas your bullets will just bounce off. The actual combat AI is a joke, with all enemies adopting either a 'run and shoot' approach, or a 'stand and shoot' approach. None will hide, none will try to pick you off from hidden alcoves, and none will use any semblance of group tactics.