For any X360 owner who is bored with the latest (same as before) Halo game I suggest they try the demo of 'Clive Barker's Jerico.'
The demo's graphics are superb, looking like a cross between a glossy horror graphic novel and an A-list fantasy/horror movie.
The three charactors on show are cool, each having a stylised look and individual style.
The game play seems complex at first try, but the learning curve (on the demo) is not too steep.
The atmoshere is great, like a smokey combination of the best scenes from 'Aliens' and 'Blade Trinity,' and Barkers own 'Nightbreed.'
The game's backstory is intelligently put together and engaging!
The music is great and entirely suitable -- it helps with both the urgency of the action and the atmosphere of creeping horror.
Survival events. Hated the SE on the demo during my first few attempts, but enjoyed beating it. Not sure i'd enjoy a lot of them in the game - a bit too like similar 'action scenes' in Syd Myers' Pirates.'
I have a couple of major negatives about the demo. The first being the sound of the weapons.... weedy and thin in the extreme. Whereas you might just get away with a machine pistol sounding like a pea-shooter you can't with a triple-barrel gatlin gun! And the sounds the guns did emit did not change as to echo etc within the different enclosed spaces. Secondly, although there was some vibration on the game pad when the player came in physical contact with an enemy, there was no 'recoil' vibration from any of the guns. I may have been spoilt by the guns on games such as 'Medal of Victory: Airborne' and the UK produced 'Urban Choas', but the weapons on the Jerico demo were not at all impressive regarding sound or vibration.
The demo is an intriging 'work in progress'. Could be a sleeper hit and a killer game (nice to see at least one developer concentrating on a single player campaign to the exclusion of a bolted on multiplayer element). As I played the game I thought how much I would like to see Barker publish a novel based on it or other adventures of th 'squad.' If the guns have the right zing and ting in the full version it could possibly end up being my fave of the year! On the other hand if the gun experience remains the same I may give the game a complete miss. So, fingers crossed then... Three stars then, if the guns are beefed up for the full price version it will probably get a five from me.