Step into the shoes of Sydney Bristow, an agent for the CIA.
Use your cunning, extensive knowledge of martial arts and
array of high-tech gadgetry to accomplish dangerous missions...
is a third-person action adventure video game in the same
vein as Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell. While
not quite up to the standard of either of these games, Alias
does have a lot to offer.
mission starts after an operative disappears in mysterious
circumstances. When he last checked in he had some sensitive
intelligence on Sydney's arch nemesis, a rogue agent called
Anna Espinosa. The missing operative's last known location
was a Monte Carlo casino and that's where you must start your
investigation. However, it's not long before you are travelling
across the globe taking in locations including Saudi Arabia,
Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro.
spend most of your time trying to negotiate guards in various
guards can be a bit stupid at times - not seeing you when
you are right on top of them, or refusing to follow you into
other rooms. And at other times they are so on the ball that
you really have to do a little recon before you attempt to
take them out - disarming one may alert the others to your
are also a few mini-challenges that help to spice this game
up. You can hack into computers, but you are going to have
to guess the encryption code. This is a three lettered code
which can use any one of a combination of the letters A, B,
C and D. Type in a random code (L1="A", L2="B",
L3="C" and L4="D".) and the computer will
tell you how many letters you have in the right order. It's
then just a simple matter of trial and error and you can hack
into any mainframe.
are numerous weapons that you can pick up from your surrounds
- each of which inflict a different amount of damage on your
target. For example, a meat cleaver will render your victim
immobile quicker than a saucepan. And once you've knocked
your target out, you can take their weapon - the best way
to get hold of a gun. But
you may find that in a lot of situation it is better to sneak
around in stealth mode, rather than running head first into
a fight you will probably loose.
where this game has the edge, is in the cut sequences. Thankfully
the scriptwriters from the show have been brought in to make
everything as appear as true to the series as possible - they
have even used the vocal talents of many of the actors from
the TV series. A lot of the humour in this game comes from
the vocal talent's of Kevin Weisman's Marshall Flinkman, who
pops up now and again to help you out of difficult situations.
the biggest fault with this game is the loading and saving
facility. Firstly it's way too slow and secondly you are going
to be using it a little too much - if you want to avoid returning
to long cut sequences.
conclusion Alias is a good, solid game which only really
suffers from a slight amount of repetitive gameplay and a
lack of thought in the save options. However, this is still
one of the best movie/TV series tie-ins we have played, and
the graphics kick some serious ass. Fans of the series will
not be disappointed.
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