Escape from Paradise City Review
Escape from Paradise City box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Sirius Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: CDV Software 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 26, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Gangers are fairly expendable, but tougher personal henchmen can be recruited at the neighborhood bars. These dives are also a good source of stat-boosting drinks as well as weapon and armor upgrades. Whether you want an alcoholic cocktail or a Molotov cocktail, these establishments should suit your needs perfectly.

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Paradise City looks run down, but the game's visuals are far from it. Shadows and light, weather changes, shifts from day to night, and other interesting effects all play perfectly into the intense graphics and city atmosphere. The streets are bustling with more than gang activity as pedestrians walk around town, cars travel to-and-fro, and people go about their business amidst the chaos. Everything happens in real-time, so a watchful eye and a fast trigger finger are necessary when roaming the streets.

Two different camera modes provide their own unique perspectives and can make the game feel completely different depending on which one you choose. Strategy mode is an overhead view of your character and the city around them. It provides a good view of what's happening across a large area of the current neighborhood, and movement, combat, and other controls are handled with a simple point-and-click of the mouse. Action mode gives you a closer third-person view - much like in later Grand Theft Auto titles - with the camera settled just behind your character. This mode gives you more direct manual control over your character with movement and strafe controls handled with the WASD keys and surrounding buttons. Combat attacks and special skills are initiated with the mouse. Switching between the two camera modes is effortless, and both do a great job of giving you a front-row seat for the action.

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Escape from Paradise City thrusts players into a dynamic gaming experience they won't soon forget. Some story elements may feel too common or even cliché at times, yet the high level of play control, enthralling locations, superb visual detail, and role-playing elements are some of the best we've seen lately. On the whole, the game knocks you to the curb, kicks you in the teeth, and makes you love every second of it. It's violent, sexy, and highly recommended.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Three distinct, playable characters with unique strengths, flaws, and individual motivations for cleaning up the city. Each must be successfully employed to survive the gripping single-player campaign.
  • An expertly blended mix of gritty RPG and "territorial control" RTS gameplay that challenges players to grow their characters and employ strategy to create and hold on to an expanding crime empire.
  • An intriguing single player story told over sixteen chapters, interweaving the lives of three "rough around the edges" heroes that slowly uncover a terrible mystery behind Paradise City.
  • A beautifully rendered 3D modern city, populated with the worst elements the criminal world has to offer, along with some seemingly non-human creatures, complete with day-night cycles, and inclement weather.
  • LAN and Internet based multi-player action that pits up to eight players against each other for control of Paradise City (working in up to two four-person teams). A deep skill tree offering players a wide variety of powers and skills for creating the ultimate character
  • A wide variety of weapons, including pistols, shotguns, and much more
  • A fully controllable camera lets players command their characters from an "eye in the sky" viewpoint, or a "man on the street" third person view


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.7
    Graphics
    Superb visuals from every angle. Lots of attention was given to creating proper lighting, weather effects, and high detail environments to give players a full taste the unique flavor of the city.
    4.2
    Control
    Lots of flexibility with camera controls and the point-and-click interface. Two unique camera modes give completely different play experiences.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Funny one liners and slick jibes abound. The voice acting is solid and other sound effects are great.
    4.8
    Play Value
    This is just a great game all around that will suck players in and hold their attention through to the end.
    4.6
    Overall Rating - Must Buy
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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