Doom Troopers - The Mutant Chronicles
by Adrenalin Entertainment
Allgeroth's marauding forces of the dark legion are about to destroy the last survivors of the human race. The megacorps trying to retain their power have decided to call the Doom Troopers and order them to search out and eliminate all of the dark legion mutants. Based on the popular role-playing and card game, Mutant Chronicles features side-scrolling, Contra-style shoot-'em-up play with an outrageous amount of gore.
Begin the game by choosing to play as Mitch Hunter, Max Steiner or both in simultaneous Dual-Player Mode. They are basically the same character--the only difference being their weapon preference. Mitch's CAR-24 shoots very fast and lets you get the first shot off quickly, but you will waste more ammo. Max's twin MP-105S are much slower but will save you some ammo in the long run.
When a weapon power-up is found, Mitch's gun will become a rocket launcher with the same range as his starting gun but with a lot more power. Max will inherit a nasty flamethrower with a very limited range.
During the first few minutes of the game, you will be witness to more gore than you could possibly see staying up all night watching cable TV. Shooting enemies' heads clean off, burning them to a crisp, watching a severed spinal column dangle out of a still-intact lower torso, and enemies flopping around on the ground like dead fish while spilling blood profusely will all be evident in the first few stages alone! The gore in Mutant Chronicles makes MKII and MK3 look like kiddie shows.
MC:DT's control is very sluggish and never seems to respond to any of the commands you give it. Not letting you shoot an enemy who is touching your character is a very irritating feature that you have to overcome by stepping to either side and then opening fire on him.
Although I think Mutant Chronicles is more annoying than challenging, it does have some good points that should be noted. The first unsuspected item for this style of game is a password option. With few available 1-Ups plus enemies who can cause massive (cheap) damage to your character, even the programmers knew a way to continue a previous game was important. MC:DT has very smooth running animations, but unfortunately good graphic quality does not back that up, making the game look unfinished.
Overall, Mutant Chronicles: Doom Troopers tries to shock players with ungodly amounts of gore that appears to be a cover to hide the problems in this game.
If you are not disturbed by the thought of floods of enemy bodies spilling nasty stuff out of every orifice, and are willing to overlook the flaws in play, you may like MC:DT.
As mentioned earlier, Mutant Chronicles has many secret rooms and underground passages. They will help you out a great deal when you need some power-ups in a hurry. You can find the first one by jumping into either one of two small waterfalls. Once inside, you will find the power-up cases that contain a 1-Up. one weapon power-up. extra ammo and a health recharge.
2006-03-23 Doom Troopers - The Mutant Chronicles is based on the popular role-playing and card game.