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The Ultimate Cyberpunk Mystery Thriller.
15 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

**** out of ****

I first played this game on the SegaCD. It's still my favorite game for that system. The plot, the humor, the two endings, and the whole basis and set up for the entire game still keeps me entertained all these years later when i pick it up again. This doesn't happen usually with video games but this one for some reason is still cool.

The plot basically consists of a man named William AKA Blade Hunter who gets a call on his Vidphone by the mayor of the city of LA. He tells Blade that there is a strange drug that has been killing and mutating citizens who have tried it. This drug had killed his daughter in the intro, so he is more passionate about this situation. William Hunter must figure out what is going on, starting with finding a man named The Jake at the local Pleasure Dome. While all this is happening, Blade is also in hot water with his girlfriend, Karen. He accidentally stood her up, and she isn't too happy about it. Blade must repair his relationship with his girlfriend, all the while trying to stop people from dying.

The plot of this game certainly isn't exactly easy to figure out, and most gamers will probably have to play through it more than once to really understand some of the details. However, it is totally worth playing through due to it's two endings that you can have depending on whether you save a certain character's life at the end of the game. There is a good ending and a bad ending, but personally i prefer the bad ending just because it fits the mature tone of the story better.

The voice acting is quite good, particularly Cam Clarke as Blade. However, the voice actor of Karen fits perfect for her character, who can be angry and fierce one second, and sweet and happy the next. The voice of The Jake is appropriately flamboyant, and the rest range from sinister sounding, to overtly happy and joyous.

The music score of this game is so catchy. The four songs that can play at the Pleasure Dome all sound perfect for the stuff that's happening outside, which is usually very sad and deteriorated, with people warming themselves up over a fire and thugs running from mysterious figures. At times, the music is quite chilling(behind the warehouse next to city hall) and at other times, bittersweet(Blade's date with Karen). It always fits well with Blade's surroundings.

This is a supremely rich, adult oriented video game classic. If you don't like point-and-click adventures, you may want to steer clear. Everybody else should definitely try this one out. It's tough to find, but if you can find a way of playing it, it's totally worth your while.


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