Armed and Dangerous
Hell, I like blowing #$%@ up as much as the next guy, but these days, mindless gunplay gets you only so far. Sure, Armed and Dangerous has some inventive weapons, but it's still a pretty basic third-person shooter--and one with dated graphics and a dopey sense of humor, at that. ("Oooh! Look at me! I'm Scottish! Isn't that quirky?!
Maybe this is another "love it or hate it" LucasArts game like Gladius, but I'd rather Armed and Dangerous had fewer missions and a lot more polish."]
It's one of the ugliest Xbox games you'll ever play (it's so...brown), and shooters don't come much stranger (fans of Giants: Citizen Kabuto (PS2) can expect similar har-hars). But fugly duckling Armed and Dangerous has a great personality that keeps you hooked longer than similar yet more blase blasters like Brute Force. Sure, I got tired of too many rescue-the-peasants missions, and the game needs a larger arsenal (plus more levels with the superfun jetpack). But the open-ended level design--and especially the nifty fortress-defense stages--made for many moments of shooter Zen.
Armed and Dangerous holds some of the greatest videogame weapons ever--the Black Hole bomb sucks, while the Shark Gun bites. These armaments complement delightfully frenetic gameplay that has enemies jumping out of windows to attack, buildings exploding with their roofs rocketing into space, and huge zeppelins falling to the ground in a twisted mass of metal. It's excessive carnage done wonderfully, broken up with great laugh-out-loud humor. Sadly, the game loses its punch as it wears on, presenting players with repetitive rail-gun shooting and mundane peasant-rescuing challenges.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Humor doesn't always work in computer games, but the laughs blend well with the non-stop action in this third person shooter set in an alternate Scotland filled with robots, projectile land sharks and portable black holes. Armed and Dangerous sends you through wave after wave of smart-cracking bad guys, blasting your way to the end of a stream of missions that will eventually have you take on the King Forge.
Most of the game is pretty straight forward, with the exception of the weapons and power-ups. There are a few levels that will have you soaring over the action with a jumper pack and other levels are completed with the assistance of two sidekicks, which can be directed to guard you or attack a specific area.
What really sets this game apart though is the humor. Besides the constant stream of jokes and one-liners coming from Roman, the lead in the game, the weapons and their effects are truly spectacular in a very humorous way. Take for instance the topsy turvy bomb. This device basically looks like a giant corkscrew, when you activate it, Roman screws it into the ground and then gravity is reversed flipping your screen over and sending all of the bad guys screaming into space. A few seconds later the screen reverts and you can walk around, but watch out for the bodies of falling bad guys. It's a great effect.
Another favorite of mine is the land shark gun. Just aim the gun at an enemy and pull the trigger, a full sized land shark jets across the ground leaps up and grabs the baddie, thrashing him back and forth until he is dead. It's a great homage to one of the best Saturday Night Live skits of all time.
Although many of the weapons have built in punch lines, the one you'll use most often is the machine gun. The game offers slight Xbox Live support with the promise of downloadable weapons and levels, something that could be hit or miss depending on how humorous it is.
Armed and Dangerous is a sold third-person shooter but gets a little old after awhile, the game's saving grace is its well-written plot and myriad of dialogue jokes. It's almost like playing a Monty Python script.