Excerpt: Today I'll be reviewing Armed&Dangerous for the Xbox console. I'll skip the data section right away and tell you one thing:This, my friends, is a TRUE GAMING GEM. When you try this one out for the first time (without having looked at the packaging/the manual lol) you will notice right away that this game is HILARIOUS:The first cutscenes will give you quiet a few laughs, the whole game will do so.The characters have a very own personality and it is just so funny to see...
Conclusion: From the initial showing of Armed & Dangerous at E3 2003 I was extremely excited to see LucasArts picking up a title that really seemed to break away from the norm. After playing the game extensively the luster of the story and insane weapons which captivated me initially soon wore off. I soon found myself playing through the game, not because I really enjoyed the gameplay, but more so to see the next cut-scene.
Excerpt: Armed and Dangerous looks good, but isn't one of the Xbox's crowning achievements. Overall, the game is very blurry, and feels like it is done at one of the lowest possible resolutions on the Xbox. Cut scenes seem to take the brunt of this low-res punishment. The movie quality is about a notch or two above the resolution of a PlayStation game. They're dirty, they're blurry -- but at least they're entertaining. In-game graphics are a little better, but not by much.
Conclusion: share the same timeline. (Indeed, with the reference to a Majorcan prophecy, maybe they do...) In the case of AAD, you play as Roman, leader of a group of outlaws called The Lionhearts that set out to steal the all-powerful Book of Rule. To do so they must overcome an army of grunts, the likes of which were last seen in the Lord of the Rings.
Excerpt: Planet Moon Studios is probably not one of the most famous game developers around. Their first published title Giants: Citizen Kabuto was one of those games with lots of original content, but that didn't seem to have been noticed by many. Armed and Dangerous features the same action packed gameplay as Giants, only this time it’s more polished, and has a nice finishing touch.
Conclusion: On the plus side, A&D is the perfect outlet for your frustrations, barring a few simple search type puzzles it's pure non-stop no-brainer shooty-blasting action. On the downside it's an occasionally painfully unfunny and disappointing game. Levels end abruptly and without any clear goals, and the mission statistics screen looks embarrassingly tacked-on. A fun game initially, things soon become a repetitive chore with an ever growing frustration level.
Pros: Some nice visuals. Great explosions. Brilliantly imaginative weaponry.
Cons: Despite a few laughs and thrills at the start, overall A&D is a deeply unfunny game that is far too repetitive and simplistic to recommend.
Conclusion: Det verkar som om Planet Moon Studios har koncentrerat sig alldeles för mycket på de fantasifulla vapen som man har till förfogande. Stundtals så känns det som hela spelet kretsar kring de fyndiga sätt man kan utplåna sina plågoandar med – och det räcker inte för att göra ett spel. Varken det, eller lustiga mellansekvenser. Särskilt inte när det finns så många andra bra titlar i den här genren.
Conclusion: Allzuviel Abwechslung sollte grundsätzlich nicht vom Gameplay erwartet werden, die Dauerfeuer-Action-Abschnitte werden nur selten durch Verteidigungsmissionen unterochen, in denen man ein eine Zeitlang hunderte von hereinstürmenden Gegener von den eigenen Stadttoren fernhalten muss. Action-Fans sollten ein Probespiel wagen, sich aber vorher vergewissern, dass ihr Humorverständnis auch kompatibel ist mit der Mischung aus Brute Force und Pseudo-Monty Phyton.