Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Ep 1 Review
- Paced like a typical TV episode; drags you in and leaves you wanting more.
- Voice acting from the original cast.
- Shooting sequences make for a fun way to break up the typical exploration/puzzling.
- Twitchy controls paired with an unresponsive camera; makes walking a chore.
- Dialogue cycles end in a robotic fashion; breaks the conversational flow. Non game breaking technical flaws; occasional choppy framerate and twitchy camera controls.
Stargate SG-1: Unleashed Episode 1 suffers from a handful of technical flaws, but is otherwise a treat for fans of the TV series and of light adventure games in general thanks its action-based hooks and intriguing time-travel storyline.
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I have a deep, dark secret to reveal. Actually it's not all that dark, and possibly not that secret to those who know me - I like the Stargate TV series... So much so I was worried it would be a problem coming in to reviewing Arkalis Interactive's adventure title 'Stargate SG-1: Unleashed', but after the initial geeky glow wore off, what was left was a game worthy of the name, but still in need of improvement.
Unleashed takes its cues from the Telltale Games playbook of designing a modern, casual adventure game. Inventory systems are all but abolished in favor of exploration, dialogue, and action based methods of moving the story forward. Also, instead of the distant 'point and click' system, players get right in to the thick of things, controlling each character from a third person perspective (though without sensitivity options the game does end up feeling very 'twitchy').
For those interested in the story, it's set smack in the middle of the series and features the Goa'uld Sehkmet, as well as a healthy dose of time travel. After being warned by their future selves, SG-1 is sent to investigate.
As mentioned the game has a handful of modes of play. First of all you'll be introduced to the combat, which is best described as a 'Time Crisis' like shooter with the player ducking behind cover and only coming out to fire off several rounds in to the closest enemy Jaffa. Once you regain control you can explore the environment and if you encounter an obstacle or trigger a cut-scene you'll go through a small QTE (quick time event) involving taps and swipes. And last, but not least, you'll need to talk to the occasional character to get the information you need to complete your missions.
With the already episodic game being broken up in to even smaller areas (each with their own challenge to overcome), it's easy to jump in, make some progress and jump out again. Or if you're focused enough, the episode clocks in at around an hour or so, matching the pacing and arc of a typical TV episode.
In short, Unleashed is a solid, if casual adventure title that's only really marred by a handful of technical problems ranging from choppy framerates, to twitchy controls. It's nothing game breaking, but it does break the engagement far too frequently.
If you're a fan of Stargate, or you enjoy the Telltale style of casual adventure gaming, this is a solid purchase.
Description**ATTENTION: Works with iPad 2 and up, and iPhone 4 and up. -NO IPODS- DOESN'T WORK ON EARLIER DEVICES**
Stargate SG-1 Unleashed The interactive adventure has arrived! The original cast of Stargate SG-1 is back, and they are reunited in an entirely new episode that will awaken all your Stargate memories.
Starring the voices of Richard Dean Anderson as Jack O’Neill, Amanda Tapping as Samantha Carter, Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson and Christopher Judge as Teal’c, this is an all new immersive third-person adventure you can enjoy on your iPad or iPhone.
Get involved in the action – defeat Jaffa warriors, infiltrate a Goa’uld labor camp, solve cryptic ancient puzzles - and stop a new evil menace before it’s too late!
You control the actions of O’Neill, Carter, and Daniel as they explore and discover new worlds through the Stargate.
•Voice over from the original Stargate SG-1 cast
•Episode written by well-known Stargate novelist, Sally Malcolm
•Travel to previously unknown planets through the Stargate
•High quality 3D graphics
•Follow the story through eight interactive chapters
•New soundtrack based on the original score
•You control the SG-1 team
•Easy-to-master touchscreen controls
•Works with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and the iPad Mini, New iPad with Retina Display, and iPad 2.
•Requires iOS 4.3 or higher
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