Genre Action -> FPS
Today's Rank 10280
Date N/A
Publisher Activision
Date N/A
North America Retail Box ArtAt first glance Sin looks like weird mix of Quake, Resident Evil, and Half-Life; at second glance, that's still about right. There's nothing terribly original about Sin, and the graphics and character modeling are rather clichéd, even for a 3-D action shooter. The females, for example, make Lara Croft look like she hasn't yet hit puberty. They're certainly some 13-year-old's grotesquely distorted idea of forbidden female eroticism. This kind of aesthetic pervades the entire game and might give the average player a slight case of the heebie-jeebies. This aside, there's plenty of shooting, pummeling, and ass kicking for those who want to get down to business--in the style of Quake--and lots of cabinets to open and handles to pull, a la Duke Nukem 3D or Resident Evil. For all its retreading of familiar ground, Sin is, on the whole, reasonably satisfying, and the death match, not too shabby at all. Escaping from the ordinary isn't the only challenge that Sin faces. The developers seemed to run out of Q&A folks: the multiplayer mode works fine, but there are definite bugs in the single-player version, and the loading time for some of the modules is not quite acceptable. Bottom line--a good ride for hard-core action shooters, but a pass for gamers possessed of a more discriminating palate. --Tamara Hladik
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