one for all the little monsters out there.
Hell puts you in the role of a monster looking for
some respect. This is a quirky, third-person shooter
loaded with cute creatures, violence and humor. It's
a very challenging game that is not recommended for
the casual gamer - unless you want a real bad beating.
Don't knock it, it's good for you.
unique characters, interesting gameplay and both co-op
and online modes, Raze's Hell manages to break through
the "generic" border associated with most
budget games. Although you'll notice that the graphics
are a little weak, with bland textures, empty voids
and an unsteady framerate, just about everything else
is on par with full-priced blockbusters. The difficulty
is somewhat unbalanced and even at the easiest settings
you may find yourself overwhelmed and frustrated.
is an ugly monster (beauty is in the eye of the beholder)
and as such he dwells with other unholy-looking creatures.
In an interesting role reversal, the Kewletts are
darling looking little cuties that are actually draconian,
racist killers. They want to destroy all of the harmless
monsters. Raze manages to escape from his village
which is under attack and vows to seek revenge on
the queen Kewlett by fighting his way to Kewtopia.
hiding in a cave, Raze comes across an enchanted stone
that imbues him with great powers. By harnessing nature,
Raze is able to fashion weapons that resemble machine
guns, shotguns, sniper rifles and rockets as well
as few nifty specialty weapons. Ammo isn't found in
the traditional method, but Raze will knock together
different colored pods that correspond to specific
weapons and will fill them with ammo.
attacks are also a part of Raze's arsenal. He'll need
them later when runs short of pods to replenish his
weapons. Taking on the Kewletts at close range is
a dangerous proposition since they are very aggressive
and difficult to kill. They can withstand many shots
and tend to attack in packs. On the plus side you
can inhale giblets from the dead ones and recharge
your health. You can also use a one-hit-kill stealth
move by sneaking up behind one. It's slow going to
be sure but you don't really want to start a full-blown
war because more often than not you'll end up the
times it's best to use ranged weapons such as the
sniper rifle or rockets to assault the Kewletts. If
you spot a guard or two it's best not to let them
see you for fear of alerting the others. That's not
to say the game is based on stealth, there is a lot
of action and exploring but for those times that you
come across a concentration of the enemy it's best
to play it cautiously.
facilitate faster travelling, Raze can turn into a
ball and roll his ass around at a good clip. He's
also more protected in this form and can roll over
his enemies leaving them as a squished, bloody mess.
There is something quite addicting about turning these
cute varmints into gory mincemeat. They can be dismembered,
flattened and blown apart into bloody chunks. Just
before they die they'll either let out a high-pitched
squeal or some wise-ass, one-liner.
lock-on system is better than nothing but it doesn't
always highlight the most serious threat at the moment.
The reticule for the sniper rifle is too touchy as
it floats around the screen like Tinkerbell on crystal
friend can enter into the game with you at any time.
This co-op mode is fun but it's not any easier. The
enemy is still formidable but you'll also have to
deal with friendly fire which can take you out just
as quickly. Online modes include Deathmatch, Team
Deathmatch, King of the Hill, Team King of the Hill
and Soccer. If that's not enough for you there are
several mini-games that you can unlock including a
golf game that is almost as much fun as one of the
a chance that Raze's Hell won't get the promotion
that it deserves because it's a budget title and as
a result may be overlooked by the very gamers that
would enjoy it most. Seek this one out even if it's
just for a rental and tell your friends about it -
or make new ones online.