Through The Gate!
You and your team find yourselves on a strange, new world after passing through the ancient StarGate. Now you face an ancient enemy by the name of Ra. Ra has used his power to enslave the people of this world. He orders them to mine for quartz which powers the machine that keeps him eternally youthful. As Colonel Jack O'Neal you are determined to free these oppressed people, find your men and take them home. All you have to complete this mission is your radio, machine gun and hand grenades that you find along the way.
The thing that I first noticed about this game was the attention to the animation of the main character. Another thing that hit me right off the bat was the loose control. To be fair, I must say that once I got used to the control, it got a lot better.
The animation and the story line are the two best things about this game.
I played through a lot of the game and I never faced any Bosses. I think that the lack of Bosses really hurts the structure of the game, because you're not really sure if you completed a level or not.
WILL YOU LIKE IT?
If you liked the movie, you will probably like the game. It's always cool to take on the role of someone who is a hero in the movies. Also, if you're into cool character animation you might want to check this out.
Stargate uses the same engine as Alien 3. and very loosely follows the movie. The graphics are good, and the audio fits the game quite well. However, the control absolutely kills this one. It's almost unplayable. (Try the Super NES one, it's a lot better.) Trying to run and jump requires more than two hands. The gun you start out with can't even scratch the scarab beetles. Shooting downward is a real chore. I loved the movie, but this game could have been better.
What we have here is a game that looks rushed so it could be out in time for the home release of the movie. The control is what seriously hampers the enjoyment of the game. Just simple skills, like jumping from ledge to ledge or shooting diagonally down, requires some serious effort on your part, and you shouldn't have to do that. On the plus side, your character animates very well, but the animation looks too slow for a character who is obviously running quickly.
Although I thought the movie was okay, I must say l was thoroughly disappointed with this game. First of all. there isn't a Configuration Screen to set the buttons to your preference, making it difficult for players who are accustomed to a set configuration. On top of that, the play control could have been better. Killing enemies who require a low shot is a chore in itself. In addition, the graphics are uninspiringly dithered. This needs to go back to the drawing board.
The movie was really good but the game, like most translations, just isn't that exciting. Your main character is small and kind of clumsy to control. On the plus side, the sounds are decent as well as the story's innervation. It could have used a bigger main character with a few more strong initial weapons though. The animations are done rather well, however it just isn't fun crawling through caves and fighting the beetles. This may be for diehard fans only!
DIFFICULTY - MODERATE
THEME - Action
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1