Boiling Point

a game by Atari Co.
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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As a former French Legionnaire, Saul Meyer knows how to deal in death and good for him. You see, somebody has kidnapped Saul's daughter Lisa while in South America and it's up to him to brave the very violent underbelly of a fictitious country in order to get her back.

Boiling Point is a good idea gone to crap, the premise is fairly inventive. As a mercenary, you can roam the 240 square miles of bad terrain doing odd (and violent) jobs for the various groups that live in the area. Do a mission for the CIA and get cash, use the cash to buy information, use the information as trade with the mafia and then get in good with the local freedom fighters in order to further the game along. Get it? Good, because unless you are running literally a top end system (P4 3.2, 1Gig of Ram and 256 MB graphics card) you will suffer some of the worst crashes, glitches and performance problems I have ever seen. Not that it will be smooth sailing even with a hot system, this game has more bugs then the Orkin man can handle. Go out there and get the patches that are available.

But by that time, you may not want to continue, if you do so, you'll see that the game is very open ended, you can choose to align yourself with one of the many factions operating in the game, or you can choose to do nothing, there is no direction really given as to what you should do first. So in that respect, you could argue that the game has plenty of replay ability. Sadly it doesn't because of the shortcomings that the designers simply did not fix before the game went gold. For a game that demands so much from your system, we should be demanding more from the game, instead we get, hot and cold graphics, characters whose mouths don't move with the sound and below average action. Sure they pepper the play with lots of weapons and the ability to use vehicles, but I really couldn't get past how badly the game was programmed.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP