Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
|a game by||Rebellion Developments|
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What Amazes Me about 2000AD is how few of its stars are in games. Where's the Halo Jones point-and-click, Bad Company squad shooter, or the Zenith RPG? But at least we've got two decent 2000AD shooters: Rogue Trooper and this.
Dredd vs Death is a great FPS. Your main weapon, the Lawgiver pistol, has a wide variety of ammo types - from heatseekers to rubber ricochets that bounce around rooms - giving you an armoury other FPSs can only wish for from the go. The story's cool, the graphics remain fairly good, there's enough action to stop you ever getting bored, and it's packed with black-as-sin humour.
Gameplay-wise it's also innovative: Dredd is a cop, but unlike cops in every other FPS he's expected to arrest people. Don't and your 'law meter' - a measure of how good a cop you are - drops to nothing, and the Special Judicial Squad (bastard-hard Judges) come to kill you. To keep the meter up you need to arrest perps, generally by shooting their buddies until their morale breaks and they surrender. Despite all this Dredd has downers.
It remains buggy. Nothing serious, but the occasional AI screw-up will have you FWTFing. And although Dredd is Mega City une's top Judge, here he's an errand boy.
The two main flaws are that the vampires (of which they are legion) are unbelievably fast, soak up bullets, and travel in packs. In short, they're too lethal to be fun to fight. Worst of all, the game's final stages lose originality, turning Dredd vs Death into just another FPS. But you won't find another FPS of this quality for $3 these days. Prettier and flashier ones maybe, but none as entertaining as this.
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You're The law in this hit-and-miss shooter based on 2000 AD hero Judge Dredd. Armed with a multi-purpose gun called The Lawgiver, you spend the first part of the game cuffing punks round the ear for committing heinous crimes such as doodling on walls, after which things start to warm up as the evil Death begins causing mischief.
The naughty little scamp. The game's sprawling city is bold and colourful, but is let down by a lack of life that makes it less of a bustling metropolis and more of a British seaside resort in .wfHfer. Otherwise, the licence is p. well used, managing to capture the sanitised yet brutal and discriminatory world over which the Judges preside.
As a shooter, though, Dredd Vs Death feels as though it'd be more at home on a console, a fact that's compounded by some moronic AI that often resorts to charging right at you. Not essential, but Dredd vs Death is still the best Judge Dredd game ever made. Then again, that's not saying much.