Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller Download
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
Gametek seems to have thrown caution to the wind and decided to have a go at just about every type of computer game imaginable. Space sims, rpgs, Doom-type things on wheels, Doom-type things without any wheels. You name it and those wacky dudes at Gametek have probably done it. This time though, they look like they've landed a real scoop by persuading that loveable psycho, Dennis Hopper, to star in their new cd-rom Cyberpunk thriller. Hell Dennis, has directed and starred in countless blockbusting mega-hits on the big screen, including Speed, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and, er, loads of other dead good ones.
In the Hell game Dennis plays the part of a psycho (no change there, then) with the decidedly unpsycho-like moniker of Mr Beautiful. Grace Jones also makes an appearance, giving Gametek the perfect excuse to shout "star-studded-cast" every time Hell is mentioned.
Dennis and Grace aren't the only famous peeps in the game, though, not by a long shot. There can hardly be a single person walking God's earth that hasn't heard of. er, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, or ultra-famous "household name or what" actor Geoffrey Holder. Okay, look, I know they're not that famous and you may well be falling about laughing, but at least Gametek hied to get loads and loads of famous people in the game. It's not every software house that would go out of its way so much just for your entertainment, so just leave Gametek alone, alright? Anyway, whether you've heard of the actors or not, and whether you like it or not, they're in it, so there! Er, back to the game.
The game stars you as one of two characters, Gideon or Rachel, a former investigator for the government. And for some unfortunate reason, you are now a fugitive being hunted for sins against the state. There are some pretty serious questions for you to find the answers to. Why are you being hunted? Do the government really have the keys to Hell, and if so, where is its seemingly divine power coming from? However, there is a far more serious question which needs to be answered here on this very page. Namely, what exactly is a "Cyberpunk thriller"? Read on.
Hell and back
A Cyberpunk thriller, in Gametek "Cyberspeak", is a cd adventure game with lots of interactive movie bits in it. "Oh no, not again" I hear you cry, "not another 40 smackers down the drain on something that played itself the whole way through and asked me to click the mouse button once at the end". Well, no, actually, at least not if you believe what the excited chaps and chapesses at Gametek have to say. They reckon they've come up with a totally nonlinear adventure in which players will make partial discoveries that lead them to yet more mysteries. This will supposedly be a radical departure from your ordinary, common garden adventure, which simply outlines the quest for the player. And as if all this innovative, groundbreaking design stuff wasn't enough, the developers have even given it a plot!
The game is set in 2049. The Hand of God party controls Washington D.C. (led by the enigmatic Mr Beautiful, aka Dennis Hopper). Players will travel from the mean streets of the future to the pits of hell in their quest to get to the bottom of the underhand goings-on. Along the way, you will get to hack your way into computers, mess about with lots of electronic gadgetry, use futuristic-looking Cyberpunk weaponry and battle with psionics.
As you can see from the screen shots, the in-game graphics appear jaw-droppingly exciting. Hell uses 3D-rendered graphics and animation to bring its supernatural thrills and spills and high-tech horror to life. It will also have the obligatory full-motion multimedia videos to enhance the atmosphere of its Cyberpunk underworld.
If just half of the hype flying around about the game is justified when it comes out. Hell could prove to be real competition for Under A Killing Moon, currently the best cd "interactive" adventure around.