A common legend pervades the galaxy-that of a powerful, highly intelligent ancient race that will one day deliver the universe. They are known as Humans. The Advent of Humanity Begins...
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Very Positive (189 reviews) - 80% of the 189 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 9, 2005

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“...has a lot to offer in terms of gameplay, story, and sound...it brings original ideas and a good dose of personality to a genre that often focuses too much on just shooting people in the face.”
79 – IGN

About This Game

A common legend pervades the galaxy-that of a powerful, highly intelligent ancient race that will one day deliver the universe. They are known as Humans.
Some claim they are the messiah. Others believe they exist only in the imaginations of the young. The Seekers, however, know Humans exist and believe they are an enemy that must be destroyed. Under the guise of benevolent explorers, Seekers comb the universe and eradicate any Human colonies they find. Until now.
Working with award-winning science fiction author Orson Scott Card, GlyphX Games has created a gripping storyline that will thrust gamers into an incredible intergalactic saga.
The Advent of Humanity Begins...

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP, 2.0 GHz Processor, 256 MB of RAM, 128 MB ATI 9000 or higher or 128 MB GeForce 3 or higher (except GeForce 4 MX), DirectX 8.1 or higher compatible sound card, DirectX 9.0 (included with download), 5.5 GB Minimum Hard Drive Space, NVIDIA nForce or other motherboards / soundcards containing the Dolby Digital Interactive Content Encoder required for Dolby Digital audio, Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
    Recommended:Windows 2000/XP, 3.4 GHz Processor, 512 MB of RAM, 256 MB GeForce FX 5600 or higher or ATI Radeon 9600 or higher, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 series sound card or higher, Game Pad
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
Advent Rising is one of these games that just can't seem to get it all together. Despite excellent production values and a compelling sci-fi story there are some less-than-perfect gameplay flaws that mar what could have been one of the best games of the year.

Advent Rising tells the futuristic tale of Gideon Payne, an altruistic hero and rookie pilot that attempts to save all humans from an evil alien race. The Seekers are hell bent on destroying the humans that colonized the galaxy while another benevolent race revere the humans to be fantastical creatures with extraordinary gifts. In Gideon's case this turns out to be true as he is imbued with superhuman powers such as levitation, energy blasts and energy shields.

An action-based shooter, Advent Rising incorporates elements of role-playing in that you unlock new skills, powers and weapons and increase your ability to utilize them in different situations. This game has already been released on the Xbox where the control system attempts to replicate the keyboard and mouse combo of the PC. Now that it's been released on the PC these features are somewhat redundant. Some of the technical problems that plagued the Xbox version have been addressed such as the chugging framerate which is as smooth as glass on the PC but there are other problems that keep this game from reaching the top of the heap.

This isn't your typical shooter. It's marinated in a good story, good graphics(keeping in mind it came out in 2005), great effects and an excellent soundtrack produced by two Emmy award winners. The story was written by Orson Scott Card who was responsible for Halo as well as other sci-fi publications. Playing the game on the PC it seems to have more console elements to it. It's reminiscent of a console to PC port such as Max Payne. Not only do the main characters share the same last name they also use a dodge move that slows down time. It's called bullet time in case you just fell off of the turnip wagon.

The pace is a little slower than your average shooter but that's because of the all-encompassing storyline. It justifies situations in the game. There are lots of interesting plot twists and turns. It's like a great comic book come to life. It's just too bad there are some control issues. Some of the weapons are slow such as the plasma and rockets. Character models are irregularly elongated and have a spongy bounce to their movements which doesn't feel very solid. There are also instances where characters get stuck in the environment.

The voiceacting and soundtrack are second to none. The music doesn't just mimic the action it actually foreshadows events in true Hollywood fashion. There is some cornball dialog that seems like it came from an anime production but thankfully those moments are few and far between. The explosions are impressive from both a visual and audio standpoint. They almost set a new standard, which is good considering that some of the graphics are rather boring, especially some of the overused textures.

Advent Rising is a good game, it's short but it's good. There are some flaws that you need to overlook but there's nothing here that will ruin the entire experience. The lack of a co-op or multi-player modes reduces the replay value but you can go back and experiment with different combinations of powers.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
awesome game, great storyline 10/10. expect bad graphics, come on this game is 11 years old
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game is great. Its 10 years old but still super fun and the story and style are top notch. if you catch it on a good sale snap it up. You will enjoy this. I cant believe i missed this when it first came out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This is a pretty underrated game. The gameplay itself is actually quite good. With the mix of powers/weapons, it's a bit like a fast-paced Bioshock. With it currently on sale for a buck, you can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Advent Rising is a good game, to be a game that is so old and compaired to games of this past year alone it holds its ground quite well. Matrix like action combined with tons of firepower and lots of enemies. Makes for a good game.

Oh and the story is kinda okay.
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