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asnaz11 12-26-2008 05:45 AM

Truly 1 of the most underrated games ever, if u need to be convinced 2 get this, read
After hearing the horrible reviews, I didn't really think about this game. However, if I wasn't so ignorant at first about the game and if I actually knew what the game was about, I would have ignored the reviews and got it. But eventually I read about it online and figured why not, so I rented it a while ago (probably at least a year) and instantly from the get-go it was a game I loved. I asked for it for Christmas and I just beat the game on hard yesterday again, and I had a blast, even though I had played through it before.

I cannot stress enough how much of an underrated game this is. I'm really quite irritated at magazines like EGM who gave this a 3/10. I mean good lord, the game's worth 30 bucks in my opinion, easily. Of course, reviews are completely subjective, but I'm almost angry at the game magazines/big sites that gave this game below 5/10. This game is truly awesome. I love games like Call of Duty 1/2/3/4/5, Halo 1/2/3, Black, Far Cry 2, Doom 3, and other FPS, but this game is so unique and really is such a blast to play.

Things I liked about this game
-Graphics are amazing. People who complain about them must be spoiled silly or something with other games, I was really impressed with the graphics here. This game seriously ranks top on my list of best graphics in a game, whether you agree with me or not.
-Guns/Weapons are sweet. There's quite a variety, from Machine Pistols to even Katanas (I love Church!!), Miniguns to a G36 Assault Rifle fitted with a Shotgun as a secondary weapon (I love this thing), a Sniper Rifle with a Grenade Launcher as well as Dual Desert Eagles w/extended clips that can either be fitted with Explosive, Fragment, or Regular rounds, a SMG with a telescopic sight which can point out enemy weaknesses, grenades which can be set to 4 different modes (remote, 2 second, impact, and proximity), and a .50 caliber pistol as a sidearm.
-The powers of each team member are unique and awesome. The animations/graphics for each power is done very well and the resulting effects are awesome! Let's see, we got a:
-Witch chick who uses a knife to carve her own blood and can create either a Fire Ward, which sets enemies on fire, or a Blood Ward, which binds enemies with weird blood rope things and freezes them for a short period of time.
-A "Pyromancer" Sgt who has a huge thing on his arm which releases a flame spirit that resembles a snake which sets enemies on fire and flies around (is pretty much homing), and has a fire barrier which makes him invulnerable to fire.
-A "Reality Hacker" chick which can slow down time or uses a "firestorm" which makes the team's weapons more powerful for a short period of time. She also "updates/downloads" the team with ammo automatically.
-A Psychic man who can use "Astral Projection" to jump out of his body and posses others in order to open doors and other stuff. Once possesing an enemy, he can bind together the team's powers (such a telekenesis) to open doors and stuff.
-A telekenetic chick who can use a "Ghost Bullet" which slows down time for you, and basically is like a Guided Missile, but a bullet you can use to guide into enemies heads for ownage headshots. She also uses Telekenesis to move large objects like piles or rubble or boulders in the way.
-The "Father" exorcist who can heal downed teammates from long range, using a blue ball of energy conjured from his hands, and can curse enemies, causing enemies' health to regenerate teammates if they hit the enemy with conventional weapons.
-The controls are incredibly easy to learn. I have the game on the highest sensitivty, but the controls are tight, responsive, and almost perfect feeling in my opinion. Simply put, the left and right bumpers are the two different powers for each teammate, the left trigger is secondary weapon and the primary weapon is right trigger, y is turn flashlight on, left and right on the D-Pad control the two squads in the team (they are split up 3 on each squad, it's like Rainbow Six Vegas, you hit left or right on the D-pad and the squads will head to that location), up and down on the D-Pad control "Follow Me" and "Hold position," respectively, b is melee attack, and zoom is clicking in the right thumbstick. to switch characters either hold a and pick one or have your crosshair over the desired teammate and hit A.
-The story is actually well done. Even the reviews that bashed this game noted the story was well done, thanks to Clive Barker. I actually cared about the characters, and while the ending fight is shocking, the actual ending sucks, but there's 2 sequels planned as this is a trilogy, so seeing a cliffhanger ending really shouldn't be that surprising.
-Pretty cool boss battles. I won't mention any, as I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but they're awesome. There are truly some epic moments (I like the last boss battle a lot)

Things I didn't like;
-No vibration in the controller when shooting guns. I was incredibly disappointed, this game would have been much better if there was vibration, as in some parts of the game (rarely), there are instances when your controller vibrates, which makes absolutely no sense at all.
-No multiplayer/Co-op. Would have been a freakin amazing co-op game, I hope they make it co-op for the next game. Still a great Single Player Experience, though.
-Somewhat repetitive enemy types. The enemies are fun to fight, but there isn't much variety, other than the bosses. Rarely do you see a lot of variety in the enemy types, but it's nothing to discourage you from getting the game, there's a fair amount of enemy types and bosses, although you sometimes end up fighting the same enemy for several levels.
-Somewhat repetitive level design. Not as bad as, say Halo 1 (I still love the game though), but pretty repetitive. Again, nothing to really worry about, but I feel there was some repetition.

All in all, this game is simply put amazing. I was so impressed by it, and I know a lot of others feel this way. This game is definitely worth a rent, if not a buy (it's very cheap these days). I've heard people say they bought this game for 7 bucks and were "cheated out of my money," but wow, don't listen to them. This game is easily worth 30 bucks, if not 7 to rent it, so I suggest you guys go out and get it!!!!!!

deaks 12-26-2008 08:11 PM

I agree. This game was just a victim of bad timing. Other cooler games were coming out at the same time and it just never seemed to catch on. This really is a great game to play especially single player. I just recently picked it up again and it's really fun.

asnaz11 12-27-2008 03:41 AM

Yep. No matter how many "big" games (Gears of War, Halo for example) come out, I still enjoy the "small" ones thoroughly. I also enjoyed "Legendary" a lot as well. I'm not sure what games came out when Jerico did, but it still remains to this day one of my favorite games!! I just made this topic so hopefully people will at least rent it.

WUBBLE1989 01-19-2009 08:03 PM

come on now ,listen
people this game is truly something , i would highly recommend it
for many different reasons:
1. it is a great game
2. it is fairly cheap now
3.unique character

the only have 2 bad point i have against this game is that on part of the game i get slightly bored and no LIVE OR MULTIPLAYER AT ALL.

Darth Nightwing 01-21-2009 04:27 AM

I am a huge fan of 1st person shooting games but I also like games with a good story line like RPG. This has both. The story line is really unique and I have to say I really enjoyed this game. I am with these guys on saying that it is an underrated game.

For the easy achievements, and how low price it is now. I would have to say this is one of the games that everyone should atleast try, if only for the easy 1000 achievment score

Eternal 01-21-2009 04:38 AM

I saw this game for $30 (which is really cheap here) and I didn't know whether to get it or not. Thanks to you, I might be getting it :p

Enter The Nutty 01-21-2009 07:01 PM

I just got done playing the game a few minutes ago (still watching credits)

I must say that i am very impressed with it, especially with all the bad press it received. I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for a good cheap game (also, i suggest Crackdown)

Exane22 01-21-2009 07:21 PM

The game is ten times more fun with the cheats to, just thought Id throw that in there. Ive always really liked this game and have always spewed that its a way under rated game. People usually just laugh at me though :( :p In fact, when I traded in like 50 of my 60 games a little while back, this is one of the only games I kept. I will say that the ending is horrible, id put it up there with Gears 2's ending.

Silent Otto 01-23-2009 02:12 AM

I've been playing this game for about a day now and am half way through it, I am really impressed by the story. The levels can be a bit dark and you can get lost but definately worth a play. I am not using cheats and am racking the points in by playing it on hard, the roadmap really helps.


Patriot Se 02-05-2009 05:30 AM

I really think this game could have been so much better if they spent more time on it.

First off the story could be so much better. Sure the premise behind it is fantastic but the way its told and portrayed is just terrible. This brings up the levels....

None of the levels were creative rather just a linear path through extremely dark (I realize they were meant to be) corridors.

Also the switching between characters...its a cool idea but poorly used. It was pretty much given when you had to switch and the game just told you who. Instead of making it a "go about it how you want to" the game just said...ok we need the big guy to open this door.

The combat was alright, the guns were all cool. I do like the idea of a second function on weapons.

Overall, i'm glad I paid 12 dollars for it. For 12 dollars its worth playing...but not a good game per se.

ender1986 02-06-2009 06:43 AM

An underrated game sure, but a great game no. It sucks too, because the foundation is PERFECT. The idea behind the story, the thought of switching between multiple very different characters, control mechanics, everything. But the setup and execution are two very different things, and it really shows in this case. Never before have I loved a story but at the same time HATE all but one of the characters. I didn't like anyone other than Captain Ross, they either had painfully cliche one-liners or a "I Want To Be Hated" attitude. The enemies were all the same, and the level design was terrible. When I get lost in a linear level made up of corridors, there needs to be a rethinking of level design. It's not clear where you need to go, and while you're supposed to be traveling throughout different time periods, they all look the same. I would love a sequel, but they need to work out some of those kinks.

ellahjay88 02-06-2009 06:46 AM

I may have to try this now. You guys are very persuasive. Always contemplated playing it. I never listen to gaming magazines on their ratings because some of the best games will be the worst rated...or they will rate Halo and GTA 4 10/10 only because of the "big" name. I like getting other gamers' perspectives on games because that is the only thing that counts when you are thinking about buying them.

El Sc0rch0o 02-08-2009 08:46 PM

It was great by all means but there was room for improvement. I think especially if this game had class based multiplayer I would still be playing it to this day.

Barker76 02-10-2009 12:24 PM

i read it was rubbish so i haven't bothered buying it but you simply can't have no multiplayer at all and get away with it.
reviewers give rubbish scores if the multiplayer sucks, just look at too human.

asnaz11 02-15-2009 06:42 AM

Thanks for your opinions guys. I never said this was the best game ever, but I was blown away by how good it actually turned out to be, since I knew I was gambling by even renting it. But I'm definitely glad I did!!!!

x Voit x 02-16-2009 08:36 PM

i agree, this game is awesome!

AngelArmed 02-17-2009 01:58 PM

Okay, I just finished this game last night. And while I do agree that it is a bit underrated, it is far from a stellar title, imo.

I'm not really sure how you can say the graphics are so great. It's one of the worst uses of the Unreal engine I've seen in a while. Areas not being looked at are blurry to the point of being distracting.

The story kinda had me going for a bit, but there was no follow-through. It certainly had the underlyings of a good story, but it wasn't fleshed out. And the ending? What the hell's up with the ending? So the remaining Jericho members are just floating in the ocean? Silly. Someone compared the ending to the ending of Gears 2, but at least in Gears 2, you had a solid understanding of what happened to the key characters.

Overall, I would rate Jericho a 6.5/10.

If you want to play a game that is really underrated, check out Bourne.

Elektrohazard 02-17-2009 08:30 PM

This is for sure one of the most underrated games. I recently saw it, and picked up just to try it, it's amazing.

It's refreshing to see more non-war games [because we all knows 360 decided to released some sort of war game every fucking week] and a game this is so unique. It's like COD meets Resident Evil, meets the occult.

By far, a brilliant game.

velho lobodomar 02-19-2009 06:40 PM

i really liked this game also. the only thing i hoped for was a split-screen option, this game is great for co-op.

Elektrohazard 02-19-2009 11:13 PM

Yeah, this really would have been great co-op. If it was, it might have been up there in popularity with Left-4-Dead. In fact, Jericho's co-op might have been better.

Tussell 02-20-2009 01:13 AM

I'm definitely purchasing this game this weekend then. I've been going to Gamestop/EB Games and I always walk by it, pick it up, carry it with me as if I'm going to buy it, but I always end up setting it back down before I leave. This time I won't! :)

Killer66250 02-20-2009 05:27 AM

I was planning to buy Jericho on release date but the reviews scared me away. I bought it a few days ago and was really blown away. I would highly recommend this.

Elektrohazard 02-24-2009 12:25 AM

To anyone who is planning to buy this game, I highly recommend the special edition. It's the exact same price, but it comes with an awesome art book, and a DVD which is probably the best game DVD I have seen.

This is the kind of game you can really get wrapped up in, because it has a unique, complex, and involved story line. Probably one of the best I have seen since Star Wars: KOTOR or Perfect Dark for N64. So the DVD kind of completes everything that you could know about this game. Most Gamestops will have it, special edition, for $20.

Tussell 02-24-2009 02:06 AM

I just bought it, and I must say it's decent, but definitely not the most underrated game. For the 360, I would go with either of the Condemned games.

Originally Posted by Elektrohazard (Post 1641746)
To anyone who is planning to buy this game, I highly recommend the special edition. It's the exact same price, but it comes with an awesome art book, and a DVD which is probably the best game DVD I have seen.

This is the kind of game you can really get wrapped up in, because it has a unique, complex, and involved story line. Probably one of the best I have seen since Star Wars: KOTOR or Perfect Dark for N64. So the DVD kind of completes everything that you could know about this game. Most Gamestops will have it, special edition, for $20.

I returned it because the damn thing wouldn't close and my OCD kicked in. I just got the regular edition.

Mantra 02-24-2009 07:22 PM

I've got it for 10€ yesterday.
Been busy getting the cheatcodes for it and it's now installed.

Time to kick some demonic ass!

Elektrohazard 02-24-2009 09:31 PM

I do agree the Condemned games are very underrated games as well.

Mantra 02-24-2009 10:57 PM

I might look for them as well. :D
Though I've played Jericho's Demo way back when and not being surprised by it,
I thought I'd give it a chance. ;)

Elektrohazard 02-25-2009 12:16 AM

For $20 it's worth it. I usually don't get amazed by games these days, but this one took me off guard.

Mantra 03-01-2009 04:28 PM

Your sig is revealing. ;)

Elektrohazard 03-02-2009 02:39 AM

yeah, I'm a little obsessed.

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