This game hasn't had much attention since its release due to all the 'bigger' games being released and everyone seems to be consumed by them. However, when I saw the trailer and the previews of this game, it became a must have for me.
First let me start by saying, if you are a graphic fanatic, and all you play for is good looks, then don't bother. This game does have good graphics but not to the extent that it will satisfy all the COD fanboys.
Moving on, the gameplay is quite fast paced and the action is pretty intense. Every few levels you will be introduced to a stronger and sometimes eerier foe, each with different weaknesses and strengths. Your job is to find these and use it against varying enemies.
The weapons are pretty standard, such as shotgun, assault rifle, pistol etc, but hey, it is set at the present day (so no lasers or railguns). Your melee weapon is a Fire Axe.
But for me the coolest weapon is one given to you by 'Pandoras Box'. Your hand becomes scarred but glows after you kill an enemy to absorb some sort of energy. With this energy you can heal yourself whenever (providing you have enough energy) or use it as a shock wave to stun or reveal (invisible) enemies. Against some, this can mean life or death since enemies don't muck around and are on top of you, usually before you know what's going on.
The story might be a bit cliché perhaps, with two sides, one doing good, the other doing evil but at least its a strong supported line that has stood the test of time.
The game overall is great fun to play, with fast, powerful explosion filled scenes and missions. There is the inevitable sewer level that always gets you on edge, with lots of creepy sounds to make you that ever more cautious.
To be honest I don't know why this has not had more attention.
A great triumph by Atari.