24: The Game

a game by 2K Games
Platform: Playstation 2
Rating: 6/10

There's no denying the following 24 has and for good reason. The storytelling style, character building, and plot development all come together to create a unique experience fans clamor to see. The good news is a lot of what makes the series so successful on TV is represented in the game. Story telling, plot, and strong characters, all transfer almost seamlessly to 24: The Game, but unfortunately many other aspects of the game fall well below expectations.

24: The Game is really a surprise to me as I expected at least a game that could appeal to the huge fan base of 24. Instead, we get a game that is actually challenging to play, and not in a good way. It starts off well taking the essence of the TV series to heart, but as soon as you start playing it falls apart.

The camera is a constant pain, general movement can be challenging at times, and even aiming can be extremely cumbersome. When you are having trouble at this level, it can make for a frustrating experience. It doesn't stop there however especially when you start contacting enemies. The AI is just plain immature. They'll stand up and fire without even attempting to take cover and the stealth missions don't require any real stealth. You could be standing in a corner revving a motorcycle these guys probably won't bat an eyelash.

Following suit, the graphics also are disappointing. Without going in to a ton of detail, to me it looks unfinished. Some areas are acceptable, others are almost distracting. The audio fares better but is almost unnoticed because of the other problems. The voice acting is convincing and the sound effects are one of the few highlights.

I would be cautious of 24: The Game. Even die hard fans are probably going to be less then thrilled with the gameplay. I would recommend renting it first and then deciding if the plot is enough to justify a purchase.

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