Urban Chaos Download
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
Yes, Eidos' new game is set at the end of the millennium. If a swift glance at the title isn't enough to hint at what's in store, take a gander at the main character in the screen grabs. She shows a distinct lack of a Peruvian, brightly coloured sweater. She doesn't appear to be wearing baggy surf pants with patterns based on healing herbs and Mojave Indian depictions of the human soul. She isn't wearing a pair of Birkenstocks. Not even ironically.
Those of you with more advanced visual reasoning skills will already have ruled out the possibility that, by the year 2000, western culture will have evolved into a gentler, more holistic approach to life. Which is a good job, really, because it would bore the arse off you as a computer game. The last thing anyone needs is a let's-all-stand-in-a-circle-holding-hands relate-'em-up.
What we have here is a third-person-viewed action adventure set in a turbulent futuristic cityscape. What we also have is another female lead character, by the way. It's not that long ago that heroic female computer games characters were rarer than a panda's erection. Now, post-Tomb Raider, they're all at it. The politically correct among you may be relieved to see that this particular character doesn't require two dragster parachutes to contain her ludicrously oversized breasts. She's also black. Both of these features are a good thing. That was a party political broadcast on behalf of the Sanctimonious Arsehole Party. Now let's move swiftly along.
So, turbulent urban cityscape; a lethal world of anarchy and confusion; shaven-headed gangs roaming the streets shooting pensioners for buying too much cat food - that son of thing. In you come - in your role as the aforementioned cool black chickster - to set the world to rights, sort out the gangs and get home in time for Old Men Behaving Badly. You find yourself in the middle of a revolutionary three-dimensional world - basically, it all takes place in a living city, with stuff going on around you in real time: slobs drop litter; leaves drift to the ground; pigeons wander about trying to give people psittacosis. And so on. You have complete freedom to explore every area of the city, from buildings and rooftops right down into the sewers. You can even ride on the subway, steal a motorbike and, in later missions, make use of a hang glider. There are weather effects -rain, fog and snow - and missions take place during the day and night.
Gameplay is structured so that there's no one correct route through the game - or through the city - and neither is there any one way to complete missions. You can use stealth and planning, creeping about like a French secret serviceman in Ronaldo's bedroom before the big game; or you can go for all-out violence, using an array of devastating weaponry and even martial arts skills thanks to a fully-loaded beat 'em up facility. And, of course, for technical reasons far too lengthy to go into here, it all looks rather lovely.
It's not due for release until spring next year and at the moment the plot is still, apparently, a closely guarded secret. But hey -who needs plots?