Kiss Psycho Circus
Genre Action -> FPS
Today's Rank 19494
Date 2000-07-22
Publisher Gathering
Date 2000-07-28
Publisher Take 2
North America Retail Box ArtWhen someone asks you to go to the Circus, the last thing you would expect is to see a clown with eight legs, or a creature with a unicycle for feet. Yet with KISS Psycho Circus--The Nightmare Child, this is exactly what you'll get. Take 2 Interactive and the Gathering of Developers (GOD) have taken the popular comic book series by Todd McFarlane, the creator of such masterpieces as "The Spawn", and created a glorious dark and imaginative masterpiece. The Nightmare King has returned to pervert the fabric of our existence. In the rather crazy and strange world that is the Psycho Circus, the only thing between him and the perversion of justice is of course the four band members of KISS; Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons. In the game, each band member, or Elder as the story likes to suggest, is in control of a certain element. Paul Stanley is the Star Bearer and responsible for the water element, Peter Criss is known as Beast King and his element is earth. Whilst Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons go by the names of Celestial and Demon and are in charge of Air and Fire respectively. Once you have completed the four elements, you will enter a fifth element. No, not a sexy Milla Jolivich, but the hideous conception of the unborn Nightmare Child. The game takes a number of good elements from other titles such as the cinematic sequences from Half Life and the interactivity of the surrounding from Duke Nukem, is a well-balanced single player and multiplayer package. Yet unlike other games, not all the characters that you meet are buffoons, with the AI (Artificial Intelligence) creating a hierarchal system of behaviour. Monsters such as the Headless will charge in large hordes, whilst characters further up the food chain will take a more controlled approach. Based on the first person genre, KISS Psycho Circus offers a whole new plethora of experiences to the genre while not forgetting its heritage. This game has virtually everything, graphics that are stunning, gameplay that is challenging and a storyline that is inventive. --Stuart Miles
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