quite a riot, but fun nevertheless. by
15, 2006 - Did
you ever notice that everything that is supposed to
be good for you usually turns out to be bad in other
ways. Like celery with nothing on it, cod liver oil,
Christian rock bands and exercise. The same could
be said about Urban Chaos: Riot Response. Compared
to Grand Theft Auto it seems like a budget title.
In this game you play as the good guys, busting up
gangs and other criminal low life. Despite the incredibly
good gameplay, Urban Chaos doesnt offer much
in the way of production values. Its on the
right track but its more like a steaming locomotive
rather than a magnetically levitated super train.
a first-person shooter Urban Chaos does not disappoint.
Its a solid game with plenty of interesting
elements. It takes you on an adventure but it doesnt
hold your hand. There is a general lack of background
information as well as a very basic storyline that
does little to endear us to the main character. The
non-playable characters are reduced to stereotypes
that do little more than fill the predictable void.
The graphics have a dated look to them with boring
textures and minimal detail. But if you can get past
the lame presentation, the gameplay is definitely
a lot of fun.
suppose that you dont really need much in the
way of a story to help illustrate your motivation.
There are FMV broadcasts that highlight relevant situations.
You are a member of a government agency bent on protecting
innocent civilians from gangs, terrorists and other
criminal elements. In other words, you are the good
guy. And there is no shortage of violence, blood,
foul language and adult subject matter. For those
very reasons its inevitable this game will be
compared to games such as Grand Theft Auto, Dead to
Rights, Max Payne, 25 To Life, Robocop and Manhunt
to name a few. While it does have a few elements of
all these games it manages to eek out a notch for
itself that makes it unique. There are some elements
that are familiar but overall Urban Chaos has a fresh
feel to it that I recommend you investigate.
Mason, (youve got to love that cheesy moniker)
heads a special anti-terrorist, anti-gang task force
called T-Zero. Working cooperatively with civil servants
in the community such as emergency medical technicians,
firemen, the local constabulary and even civilians,
Nick busts up evil networks and brings them to justice
in one piece - if they dont resist too much.
The main antagonists in the game are members of the
Burner gang that seem intent on terrorizing the city
that appears very similar to the Big Apple. These
hockey-mask wearing freaks are armed with a variety
of weapons that include knives, cleavers, Molotov
cocktails, flamethrowers, chainsaws and machineguns.
Fortunately you have slightly superior weaponry that
is upgradeable and you can even pick up the weapons
that you confiscate from these gang members.
best weapon is defense - in the form of a riot shield.
Its virtually indestructible as it will protect
you against everything from knives to a hail of machinegun
fire. You can move it up or down to defend yourself
from attack above or below. It really adds a good
deal of depth to the gameplay as you can reload your
weapon or select a different one from your inventory
while using the shield for protection.
include various guns such as a shotgun and sniper
rifle. Specialty weapons such as smoke and riot grenades
also come in handy when dealing with gangs and the
tazer will help you take em alive. Weapons can
be upgraded by completing other objectives in association
with the main mission. At the end of each mission
you may be rewarded with new weapons, upgrades, new
sub-missions and medals of honor. To earn these rewards
you will have to accomplish objectives that include
scoring a specific number of headshots, collecting
Burner gang masks that you will find hidden throughout
each level, making arrests, getting through the level
without dying and taking the gang leaders alive.
can be dynamic. When rescuing hostages for instance,
you have to try to keep the perpetrator as calm as
possible, even while shooting at him, so that he doesnt
go over the edge and kill the hostage. You accomplish
this by shooting at him in spurts, slowly reducing
his health over time. You use your shield to protect
yourself and take your shots during the moments when
he has to reload. Get too close to him or spark a
shooting frenzy and you might just have an innocent
death on your hands.
you can play with as many as seven other gamers. You
can look forward to new missions with more of an approach
to teamwork. The single-player mission includes plenty
of teamwork situations where you can use other government
agencies and even civilians to give you a hand with
certain tasks. But the online mode really takes this
to the next level. Its a lot of fun and while
it may have limited replay value its definitely
a great bonus feature.
Chaos is presented like a cheap arcade game. It even
features a disembodied, over zealous announcer that
shouts out what youve been awarded. The graphics
are blasé but they do tend to fit in with the
whole urban decay premise. The tunes are rocking and
are appropriate choices for the soundtrack as they
tend to underscore the situation. The characters have
a generic look to them and thanks to the hockey masks
the gang members all look like clones. At least they
have some nice death animations and bleed profusely
when shot in the head.
Chaos is definitely worth a rental. If youre
good, theres no reason that you cant complete
it in a weekend. There are plenty of side missions
that will extend the replay value if you purchase
the game and want to wring every second of enjoyment
out of it, but you dont have to take on these
side missions if you just want to blast your way through
Nick Mason, a member of the elite, newly formed
anti gang unit "T-Zero" The last line
of urban defense
your reputation, expand your arsenal and use whatever
means necessary to kick ass to save the day
your nerve and take on gang leaders in intense one
to one situations. Save your citys citizens
and make that perfect shot
terror explore the action in a realistic and dynamic
environment, fighting for a city at melting point
whatever weapons necessary from military issue and
upgraded high tech firearms to brutal gang weaponry
including meat cleavers, Molotov cocktails and power
control and ensure the safety of civilians, recruit
key members of the Emergency services from Firemen
and Medics to the Police department leading them
into the heat of the action to take your city back.