Headhunter
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 10895
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UK
Date 2001-11-16
Publisher Sega
Sega's latest breath of life for their Dreamcast console comes in the shape of the sleek, action-packed and highly addictive Headhunter. And, in short, it's a game not to be missed. Set in the future, where crime is fought by paid mercenaries, you play one such Headhunter, in this case suffering from a memory lapse. The key to the game is exploration, puzzle solving and all-out action, the aim being to regain your memory and solve a murder case while you're at it. Easy, huh? You undertake these tasks by road and on foot. On road, you need to ride your bike to the various locations across the map, and on foot you have to get to grips with sneaking around, uncovering clues and taking out bad guys. The slightly clumsy controls don't help, unfortunately, as every now and then you'll find yourself unable to do exactly what you want when you need to do it. It's a shame, because it's one of the very few flaws this otherwise superb game has. For, in the plus column there is the excellent story line, the tense, compulsive gameplay, the well-constructed game world and the continuous pacing of the action. And that's just for starters. There's an argument that Headhunter is the last great game that the Dreamcast will see. Here's hoping not, for the machine is still playing host to titles such as this, as well as other top-notch games such as Virtua Tennis 2 and Shenmue 2. As it stands, those who have stood by the Dreamcast are in for a genuine treat, as Headhunter is, frankly, one of the games of the year. Enjoy it. --Simon Brew
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