Here's a love it or hate it game. It ain't Halo or Call of Duty, but it's a game that I'm sure will capture some people's interests. Clive Barker's Jericho tries to be the new Halo and Call of Duty in terms of quality, but it fails to reach the goal. However, it's still not a bad game after all and offer plenty of intense fire fights.
Clive Barker's a horror legend novelist so he must be good at writing stories right? Indeed. Clive Barker's Jericho has a very intriguing storyline and it's simple, but at times could be very difficult to understand. It involves religion, history, anthropology, and catastrophe. It basically starts with God creating this thing called the "Firstborn." It was God's failed attempt at creating humanity and threw it in the abyss to kill it. However, it's just as strong as God and it cannot be killed. The Firstborn would try to escape the Abyss at times and this would cause an effect on each time line like creating Nazis into demons and monsters or Roman soldiers into tough zombie soldiers. This guy named Leech who was a former member of The Department of Occult Warfare-it was created in the 1930s to combat the supernatural and unexplained. He would be the one to set the First Born free to make it rule the world for his revenge of being kicked out of The Department of Occult Warfare. There's only one way to stop this madness, Jericho.
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The graphics and sound aren't really equal to each other. The models and weapons look incredibly sharp even to this date. The environments aren't that bad too, but textures are somewhat blurry if you get up close. Blood absolutely amazing and realistic. It could possibly be better than Gears Of War's blood effects. The sound aren't the best, but they are appropriate to the weapons. They sound underpowered most of the time, and it's fine since the weapons are too strong. It's just decent at best. Nothing sound too amazing or what so ever. The music is quite hard to hear at times, but it fits the atmosphere. oh and the voice acting is great from both monsters and characters alike-they all sound believable.
Expect to die quite a bit...
You will be seeing this guy a lot.
Clive Barker's Jericho feature no multiplayer mode and it's heavily focused on the single player campaign. This 8 to 10 hour campaign is an adventure to hell and I enjoyed the game while it lasted. The game's squad-based run and gun shooter with the option to switch characters since the protagonist died and once you go back in time, you can have the options to switch to 6 different characters and try out their magic and weapons. All characters can heal a member if any of them dies. At times it reminds me of a team-based Bioshock on speed since the game offers intense fire fights. Sadly, the learning curve is a bit rough. Usually games like to start out all easy and fair on the first few levels, Jericho does the opposite. This game expects you to know what to do right away and it just made the game very frustrating to play at times. Speaking of frustration, your AI are completely stupid. It's pretty sad how 1-2 guys can actually take down your whole squad down. This game also have an obsession with this one unit called Explosive Cultist and these guys are INCREDIBLY ANNOYING to fight at times. Since you're guys are retarded, they will die a lot especially by these guys so that means you gotta heal them a lot while fighting. The game's challenging and at times very unforgiving. It seems to use some kind of AI system that if the game sees you doing bad, it makes the game a lot harder by making the enemies more aggressive and lasting the battles even longer. However, once you get farther in the game, it becomes much better and then you won't have to suffer too much. The game has five acts and there are 7 boss battles. Each acts have their own unique settings. The second act is world war II and the third act is medieval and the rest, you'll have to play it for your self. Controls are your typical FPS, but with a couple of twists. You thought Gears of War was bloody? This game is incredibly bloody. There's actually a level where you're basically walking in a lake of blood! You even fight a disgustingly fat boss who shoots acidic blood out of his stomach. The game tries to be scary like Bioshock, but it's not that scary, but a creepy game. What sucks is that all that hard work I went through leaves me with a cliffhanger that's worse than Halo 2's ending.
Overall, it's a good game and I enjoyed it even though I had quite a bit frustration with the game. It's a very easy game to play for achievements and it's only about like 10 dollars new so if you hate the game, it wouldn't be that bad. The game's replay value is pretty strong since you have the options to play other characters and try different stuff than you did last time (keep in mind not every level, you have the option to play all the characters). In conclusion, I would say it was an enjoyable adventure. 7.5/10