Conclusion: I’m disappointed. Early on, the game showed lots of promise. The problem was that we got the early game. There are just so many problems with RLH on so many levels that any small iota of enjoyment you might get out of the game is destroyed by the major problems that hamper gameplay so much. The gameplay is bland and monotonous, the graphics are boring and murky, and the sound is excruciatingly painful. RLH is not a fun game on any level.
Excerpt: Run Like Hell can best be described as a survival horror game set in space, with action and mini-game elements thrown in for good measure. It places you in the role of Nick Conner, a veteran warrior who has been demoted and relegated to a backwater research station. At first it is not such a bad assignment, as in addition to a motley crew of aliens the station is also home to a very shapely assortment of female scientists, your fiancé among them.
Summary: Interplay and Digital Mayhem's long-awaited
"survival horror in space" title Run Like Hell has finally arrived on
the PS2. You are the captain of a ship that's been over-run by aliens intent on
killing you and everyone else on board. The in-depth control system is
excellent, and the main object of the game is to hold the invading hordes at bay
long enough to save the crewmembers who survived the initial assault.
Conclusion: not one big happy family, creating a level of believability that just adds to the overall story and tension of the game. Connor goes into battle armed with some cool weaponry, which is pretty typical sci-fi fare. Many of the weapons can be outfitted with circuit board upgrades that improve your chances of staying alive. Then there’s one alien weapon that actually drains your like meter as you use it.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: RLH is a nice addition to the next generation consoles horror library. It isn't amazing but will have you hooked for the duration of the game. It's worth a buy if you are really into the survival horror genre - but for anyone else this is definitely worth renting.
Conclusion: Sometimes I wonder why publishers go through with publishing games, when they just aren’t worth it, but RLH is on the market and it is not worth anyone’s time. I really couldn’t even recommend renting this one, because it will just be a waste of $5. For those of you who are looking for a good Survival Horror game stay clear of this one, and wait for something else.
Conclusion: It's a fairly cheesy game through and through, and many long-time gamers will baulk at it's amateurish design, but there is a level of suspense that belies its B-grade production values, and if you do a little digging, you'll find there's heaps of simple-but-fun running and gunning to be had with Interplay's survival horror game.