PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
This is the real-world incarnation of one of those "Wouldn't it be good if..fantasies we have on occasion here at Zone. Such as "Wouldn't it be good if someone brought out a game that was a sort of cross between Carmageddon and Quake, where you could drive vehicles around and then get out and run on foot?" That's something we used to say a lot.
Now we don't have to, because that's precisely what Redline is. There's some cockamamie sci-fi storyline underpinning the whole thing, the gist of which is that you (yes, you) are an ambitious tough nut in a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic nightmare world. Your mission: to become the hardest man in town (in a thuggish kind of way; not a sexually aroused kind of way, which would be a different game entirely). The game proper is split into a series of ten sprawling missions, each packed with plenty of excuses for high-speed vehicular combat and 'lone gunman' wandering-through-corridors action. And it's not bad.
Not bad, but not quite a classic either. The problem is that Redline tries to be a jack of two trades and doesn't quite master either of them. What you want is a combination of Carmageddon 2 and Half-Life; what you get is more like Interstate 76 blended with Duke Nukem 3D. a mixture of slightly-past-their-prime games. Although admirable in concept, it never quite turns into the white-knuckle, thrill-a-second fun-fest you keep hoping it will.
That spot of whinging aside, the game itself is consistently entertaining. It's got jokes (some of which are genuinely funny), it's got decent 3D card-only visuals, and it makes a fair stab at storytelling. Oh, and there's an online multiplay facility too. All in all, then, a valiant attempt but not quite valiant enough. Redline 2 should rock bells though.
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