Cyberia

a game by Xatrix Entertainment
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platforms: Playstation, 3DO, Saturn
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews, 4 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Some gamers out there might recognize the name Cyberia from reading about it in computer magazines. Interplay had a serious hit on its hands earlier this year with this futuristic action R.PG and before you know it, you'll be able to take part in the action on your Sega Saturn.

The year is 2027 and it's five years after the global economic collapse (what took it so long?).You are Zak, a hacker who's about to pay the ultimate debt for his crimes: he's on death row, awaiting execution. As if that weren't a heavy enough load to bear, you must travel through cyberspace to the secret installation known as Cyberia. There you must find a secret weapon, a weapon so powerful it might just usher in the end of the world. Great. Not only are you about to get fried for "information crime" you have to save the world too.

Cyberia is a combination of straight-ahead role playing and arcade action. As Zak, you must interact with other characters in a dangerous future world as well as fly combat missions.

Interplay has done a fine job porting over its PC game, so Saturn owners should prepare themselves: We've seen the future and it looks really grim (but grim in a cool, next-generation-videogame-system kind of way).

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System requirements:

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

3DO Download

System requirements:

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

Saturn Download

System requirements:

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

Game Reviews

Interplay is currently working on a highly graphic flight/war game for the 3DO. While a lot of details are still sketchy, from these pictures, it looks like Cyberia could be a great game. Tune to EGM in the near future for more info on this upcoming soft.

Part shooter, and part puzzler, Cyberia is all adventure. Although this PC port looks super cool, it lacks replayability.

Cold Climate, Cool Hand

You assume the role of Zack, a futuristic tough guy whose mission is to infiltrate a base known as Cyberia. The multigenre gameplay includes cockpit shooting similiar to Starblade, pistol dueling while exploring on foot, and puzzle solving in the spirit of Myst.

The intense environment often leads to instant death, but unlimited continues help you beat the game. The puzzles are only a mystery once, though, and one play-through would be enough for most gamers.

Exploring with Zack is a slow process. The directional controls are initially confusing and annoying. Also, during the cockpit sequences, you can lose track of your cross hair in the flashy firefights.

Graphic Traffic

Graphically, this almost fully rendered game delivers crisp character images and breathtaking backgrounds. The flat explosions, however, don't quite fit with the rendered look.

With little music, the game's subtle background effects really enhance the overall sonic experience. You hear such nuances as the hum of an engine inside the base.

If you want shooting or adventure, stick to basics like Doom or Gex. In a tundra of genre-specific games, however, Cyberia comes in like a heat wave for the renaissance gamer who wants a little bit of everything.

ProTips:

  • The Ice Canyon Is tough, so memorize the attack sequence and pre-position your gun.
  • To open the complex door (on the Easy Puzzle setting), flick up the first and then the fourth switch.
  • To go straight to the flight levels, deny Gia the smooch. If you want a tough shootout first, though, plant one on her.

Adventure games are a flighty genre. It's part of their style to be a little slower than games in other genres, with better thought-out content. As a result, adventures that aren't designed well tend to act like a strong dose of Nyquil, putting you to sleep faster than a presidential speech.

I'm happy to say, though, that Interplay has managed to rise above the tedium that so many adventures contain to create Cyberia, a compelling interactive movie that'll keep you glued to your cushion. Cvberia has you going through all the motions, much like Burn: Cycle or Lost Eden, but here there's pizazz. The graphics and sound are fantastic, really putting the zap on you early in the game. On top of that, Cyberia mixes up the format to add spice. Switch from walking around and exploring, to hopping into the seat of a cannon in order to blast enemies out of the sky.

The interface is quite easy, using only a couple of buttons, and not allowing you to stray too far from the direction you should be going; Cyberia pulls you along through the story, but you don't mind, because the ride is so enjoyable. If you're into games like D's Diner and Burn: Cycle, Cyberia will be a treat you won't want to miss.

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