Format: PC

5 021290 029699
Age Restrictions: 16+
23 February 2007

Ryan Lennox is a fallen angel who has been recruited by hell to fight 'Etherlight', heaven's own secret agency. Etherlight has eliminated most of hell's earthly agents and is planning its final blow against its arch rival. Lennox, hunted by his opponents, is left to take them on single-handed, armed with a vast arsenal of weapons and supernatural powers. The captivating plot sends him from ancient monastery catacombs and secret mountain hideouts to sprawling harbour docks and oil refineries, before finally facing the ultimate showdown...

Infernal is a third person shooter that tries a little too hard to carve a niche for itself in a marketplace overcrowded with numerous clones. You play a fallen angel (what another one? I thought Lucifer was the last word in fallen angels) who is recruited by hell to fight against heaven. That said I was expecting some mean ass baddie who would kill with just a look. Sadly your demonic powers seem a little lacking when it comes to some things that even I can do in reality.

One thing that has frustrated me with games like this for years is the fact that despite your character being bigger and badder than any normal human the developers will insist on blocking your exit from rooms with barrels and locked wooden doors. Come on. Are we really expected to believe that Lennox wouldn't simply smash through these without a second thought? Yet that is exactly what we are expected to swallow while we spend hours skulking around rooms looking for hidden levers, keycards or other means in order to progress onto further levels. There's also the fact that this fallen angel obviously didn't fall that far - as the game illustrates. Drop more than a few feet and you die. Oops! Bang goes the fallen angel plot then.

Ignore these little hiccups in the narrative and this is not half bad as third person shooters go. There is slightly more to it than simply running around similar looking corridors past countless locked doors (although this, sadly does feature quite prominently). The bosses are a little more fleshed out than most brainless games in a similar league. But I just couldn't help feeling that this could have been so much better.

Sadly though it's very unlikely, unless you've been living in a cave for the past 10 years, that you'll find anything truly original here. It's all been done before - and much better. However, this will help you pass a wet weekend, if you fancy a bit of mindless play.

Pete Boomer

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