You don't know where you are, or who is in control, even the most
essential concepts of identity have been stripped from your mind. Only the
realization that something is not as it should be makes you take control of
your destiny to rise, seek answers and fend for yourself in an insane and
nebulous reality. Make your way through different indoor and outdoor
environments, and get swept into a breath-taking drama upon which the fate
of the universe depends. When you break free of your security cell, you
enter a laboratory set on the ruins of an ancient and long-dead alien
civilization. Fighting your way through superior forces vies with the need
to discover alternative ways of manipulating yourself and others.
BioForge is an action-adventure game that was one of the first to feature fully textured 3D characters over pre-rendered backgrounds. In this unique cyber-thriller you collect items and solve mind-bending challenges to discover the secrets of your imprisonment and recover your lost identity. Fight against your robotic and human oppressors using a combination of melee weaponry and guns. Break out of your prison and show your foes what you’re made of. Half metal, half flesh, all vengeance!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Animated Violence, Realistic Blood, Realistic Gore.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
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Posted on 2012-10-18 06:22:35 by the_algebraist:
Ah, this one was a childhood favourite. Tough as nails, clunky controls, but what a fascinating plot it had. On top of the story, the environments and atmosphere were captivating. Besides its flaws (let's be honest here -- how many 3D games in the early 90s didn't have clunky controls?), it was far ahead of its time and had some fantastic gameplay elements.
Four stars, becauseread more it was far from perfect, but slotted some very vivid memories into my head.
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Posted on 2012-10-18 06:37:46 by BoBFiSh:
A game from my younger days where it wasn't just all about quick-time events and cinematic cut-scenes.
This game is hard, not always because of the game's actually difficult but due to controls that weren't 100% great but perserverance and you'll discover a gem hidden beneath that difficulty.
The game uses a classic standard for adventuring genre's with the amnesia aspect - utilisingread more audio logs and cutscenes to reveal more and more of what you've both become, and who you were. The narrative is a great hook and kept me playing through the entire game in a single sitting.
It was also one of the early 3D games which means the graphics, for their time, were good but clunky looking. Don't let this spoil the game for you, as it is a great fun adventure, some awesome scenary and settings and overall great fun to play through even if it does look a little ropey in comparison to modern standards.
I encourage anyone who hasn't experienced this to give it a whirl, you'll enjoy it I'm sure. Something I'll definitely purchase even though I still have the disc copy lying around here somewhere.
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Posted on 2012-10-18 06:46:02 by wvpr:
One of the first examples of controllable 3D motion captured animation in gaming. It's not a perfect game, but it's unique and memorable.
Bioforge traps you on an island with a mad scientist and his experiments. Except it's not an island, it's an uncharted planet, and the scientist is a highly influential member of a radical future religious sect. Earthquakes and alien artifactsread more interfere with mutants and security forces trying to kill you. Victims of the mad doctor's excesses make horrific appearances. As with all Origin games, the presentation is first rate, pushing technical boundaries without sacrificing art quality. The software 3D characters look primitive now, but they convey enough to carry the story along.
The game has two major weaknesses. Controls are similar to early Resident Evil games with the addition of 8 or 9 keys used to launch high, low, strong, or weak attacks, or block. There is an intentional delay to discourage spamming a single attack, and on top of that the responsiveness isn't up to par with an average 3D fighting game. Combined with the Resident Evil style fixed camera angles, the combat might frustrate some players.
The other big weakness is story. The dystopic backstory is great. Like most Origin games it gives lots of detail about the game's universe. But there isn't much emotional investment in all the horror taking place onscreen. The characters all fall flat, including the unnamed amnesiac hero. On top of that, the game ends on a big cliffhanger that was never resolved. It has an ending, solid enough to call it complete, but there are lots of loose ends.
Give it a try if the setting sounds interesting or you're a fan of fixed camera combat adventures from this era. Despite the flaws, Bioforge is full of memorable moments and images, and it's a taste of Origin's last burst of single-player greatness before EA and Ultima Online took hold.
I'm writing this review from memory. I can't comment on technical quality of the GOG release.
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