Before we start i just want to say; Chaser is by no
means as bad as people make it out to be.
In fact, this is actually a GOOD game. Not SUPER good, not mediocore. No, it simply is GOOD.
With that out of the way, we can begin.
When i got this game, i went in, expecting a mediocore, if not ♥♥♥♥♥♥ experience. However, what i got was a lenghty, entertaining and mostly well executed game.
For a game that was released in 2003, it both looks and plays very well. What is very obvious to me, is that Cauldron set out to make a visually impressive and huge game, rather then a story driven game.
What i mean by this, is that the game's dialouge is completely off, and so are many sound effects, aswell as plot points.
But, the enviroments, the characters, serval other visual elements and the shear size of the game, are not only amazing for the time, but also make up for the cons. I also want to add, that the screenshots on the Steam page for this game, are mostly from the same level, and are very misrepresentive of the game's overall look and design.
Personally, i love the setting and design of the game, now it does use alot of grey and brown nuances like so many games do.
But the fact that the setting and level design is a combo of futuristic and present day architecture is making it all the more appealing. It also sets the tone for the game, humanity beat down by political and global crisis, rebels, savages and mafia scum all fighting for dominance, all helps to give the game a very distinct and depressing feeling.
One thing that most absolutely be commented individually, is the amazing 'breakable' glass. The glass will not break in one single point, it will break where ever you shoot it. Try it yourself, find a big juicy window and shoot out the corners and watch as it breaks as you want it to. Effects of this quality have not been matched by many games since, and Chaser defintly needs commenting for this. It is amazing
Gameplay wise it's pretty solid, nothing too special or underwhelming here. It functions as any good FPS game should, you also have the ability to slow down time using "Adrenalin Mode" this especially becomes usefull at later stages, when you run into many enemies at once.
In latter parts of the game, everything becomes far more fast phased, and i had a short moment of throw back to the days of Doom.
The cutscenes are a real joy, as they have some truely funny dialouge, and often awkward yet funny situations. The main protagonist's look at the world is truely funny, and makes me believe he is not right upstairs... That making him even more awesome then he already is.
Alot of people probably want to know "Does the game have many bugs? Is it unplayable thanks to them?" the answer is; No.
The game does not have any bugs, that hasn't been disregarded completey in other "cheerished" titles. The only annoyance, and this is not a bug, is the fact that you do not recieve any kind of 'response' when you take enviromental damage, or fall from a ladder.
This can often cause you to die, while you thought you were beefed up on health. But it is a small thing, and incidents with it, are far and few between.
Overall, this is a good game, and defintly one i had alot of fun playing. The game is insanely long, and this is done very well, as it manages not to drop in quality the further you get. (Though some levels are abit repeatitive.)
The game also holds a nice challenge to it, even on the easiest difficulty, it can still be very hard.
It is essentially worth every penny, of the 5€ it costs. And if you are looking for an old shooter, that has aged well, Chaser is one to go for. (with that price, you got no excuse)
Thanks for reading, i hope this review has hooked you on getting this game.
I am really saddened by the amount of hate that is thrown towards it, as it hardly deserves half of it.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as i have.