a game by Crush Ltd.
This is a very strange game indeed. It basically involves shooting everything you see from a 3D perspective, so at first glance it seems to be nothing more than yet another Doom clone. However, the developers seem to be keen to point out that the game has a very strong strategic element and is not to be dismissed as a simple shoot 'em up.
Well, it's certainly true that Mortal Coil has a lot more features than your average shoot 'em up. For example, you get to control four fighters at once, sort of Space Hulk-style, except here it's from a 3D perspective, and you can give them waypoints on the playing area and send them off to explore places before you wade in. There are also driving missions in which your team zooms about in jeeps having a pop at all the aliens it comes across. There were things about the game I liked, and then things that absolutely drove me up the wall...
The high points
The use of four characters instead of one is certainly an original twist on what's fast becoming an extremely overcrowded genre. The levels are massive, each one containing several maps that need to be completed before going on to the next stage of the game. The driving missions are a welcome diversion from the seemingly endless walking around and blowing things up levels; it's obvious that the game's designers went to considerable lengths to ensure that Mortal Coil would be as different as it possibly could be to your average run-of-the-mill Doom clone. But unfortunately...
The low points
The graphics are absolutely dreadful. The scenery wouldn't be out of place in the ghastly Isle Of The Dead, which set new standards of awfulness for 3D first-person perspective shoot 'em ups. The aliens look crap and seem to be trying to walk on the W moon, while the voiceovers are " incredibly corny - Candy, the female character, has a most annoying habit of telling the aliens that they "picked the wrong girl this time" in a fake cockney accent, as well as constantly informing you that she needs a hot shower. Even playing the game on a Pentium 90, the characters move around so sluggishly that you start to think that they're all either really old. really tired, or maybe even both.
To be quite honest, I really wanted to like this game. It sounded like a great idea on paper, but hasn't worked out at all in practice. With better graphics (hang on, make that much better graphics) and voiceovers that didn't make you laugh every time you heard them. Mortal Coil could have been a winner. As it stands. I doubt it will ever make me want to stay up late every night, unable to tear myself away. If you really want to play a first-person perspective action game, go for Hexen which is utterly fab.
2018-11-14 Mortal Coil game added.