Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 0
Date N/A
Publisher Eidos
Date N/A
Publisher Eidos
North America Retail Box ArtAbomination, an action strategy game heavy on the action, from Eidos Interactive and Hothouse Creations, will, at first glance, remind veteran game players of X:COM: UFO Defense and Crusader: No Remorse. However, Abomination's repetitive game play and purposeless single-player game likely won't reach the acclaim of either of those classic titles. For gamers interested more in multiplayer action, Abomination supports up to eight players over LAN and Internet connections. You'll likely find more enjoyment than those playing alone, since Abomination's single-player game lacks a worthwhile story line and any interesting goals. Players control a squad of four mercenaries, selected from a pool of various specialized and general soldiers. Loads of weapons and equipment, including rocket launchers, flame throwers, and sniper rifles, can be equipped to each squad member as you do battle to hordes of mutated human and alien enemies. Most single-player objectives center around the same theme--kill everything in sight--though Abomination's random map generator and various replay options ensure many hours of frantic, though repetitive, game play. Multiplayer offers better choices: co-operative, death-match, capture-the-flag, lone-runner, and survival modes. Playing online against human friends and opponents (or teaming with them) provides more excitement than Abomination's average-rating solo campaign. In multiplayer mode, you'll soon become more forgiving of its story line and artificial intelligence shortcomings and enjoy the few things we found to be worthwhile: colorful graphics, blazing pyrotechnics, and extensive multiplayer options. --Doug Radcliffe
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