Mars, 2044. The UN establishes MARSCORP (Martian Security and Economics Committee) under the leadership of Samuel Longwood. In the years that follow, the UN gradually loses control of MARSCORP, mainly due to the non-transparent licence policy of its director.
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Release Date: Aug 22, 2003

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Mars, 2044. The UN establishes MARSCORP (Martian Security and Economics Committee) under the leadership of Samuel Longwood. In the years that follow, the UN gradually loses control of MARSCORP, mainly due to the non-transparent licence policy of its director. Longwood uses his autonomous status to create vassal relations between the corporations and MARSCORP. The unshakable power position of MARSCORP is supported by the companies and thus they acquire additional rights and licenses. Longwood and his consortium become extremely wealthy from this arrangement. However, dissenting voices in MARSCORP begin to challenge Samuel Longwood's authoritarian policy. They demand his dismissal as director and a complete redistribution of the mining rights.

But Samuel Longwood keeps an ace up his sleeve for occasions like this…

Chaser awakens on board the spaceship H.M.S. Majestic. He doesn't know who he is, what he's doing here, why he is being sought by men in black uniforms and what they will do to him when they find him…

The player's goal is to find out who Chaser really is and why he is being hunted. The story leads the player from the H.M.S. Majestic to Montack City on Earth, then on to Siberia and finally to Mars, where the trail ends and hopefully the truth can be found.


Key features:

  • Based on Cauldron's cloakNT engine. Boasts state of the art graphical features and is perfectly suited for rendering large environments.
  • Authentic weapons: Nearly all the weapons in the game are modelled on real-life equivalents. The developers placed a great deal of emphasis on building detailed replicas.
  • Engaging storyline: In the search for his identity, Chaser becomes involved in a plot full of twists and turns.
  • Highly developed A.I.
  • Multiplayer support via GameSpy as well as dedicated servers.
  • Numerous multiplayer modes including teamplay modes in the style of Counter-Strike and Team Fortress as well as deathmatch and capture the flag.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP
    • Processor: 650 MHz Pentium® III or comparable
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 8.1 3D graphic card (32 MB)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 1.35 GB of free hard disk space
    • Sound: DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP
    • Processor: 650 MHz Pentium® III or comparable
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX® 8.1 3D graphic card (64 MB)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 1.35 GB of free hard disk space
    • Sound: DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound
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Mostly Positive (556 reviews)
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Space Jam on VHS
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
its pretty good i like it play it men who like to play games that take place on mars is very good if you are to like them
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calicovi
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
its okay but cheats dont work at all and i suck at chaser so meh but still worth a pop
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Sir Saevo*253
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
I ARE DESARAP
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KingJak
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Game and protag are called "Chaser", but you are the one being chased most of the time because reasons;
also there is a horrible underwater level I wish I didn't play,
aside from that, this is a solid FPS without regenerating health and with the possibility to carry loads of different weapons, just don't forget to quicksave, unless you want to repeat the level because lmaonochekpoints.
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|ZCG| Zone Dymo
( 22.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Deal lord ♥♥♥♥ THIS GAME.

Look Im not going to pretend Im done with it, Im not, not yet, and if anything changes during the rest ill get back to you but gawd damn it this game is terrible.

Its a basic simple oldschool shooter, the enemies are however massive aimbots (no kidding) and that means they will hit you, upping the difficulty or lowering it does not change that, it only influences how much damage they do.
On hard....yeah it becomes the twitch shooter to end all twitch shooters, and not a lot of fun.

But the worst thing about it: the ♥♥♥♥ing gawd damn pos amounts of padding this game contains.
Like holy hell I cannot emphasize this enough, the damn padding is off the charts!
You will forget all about the main story purely because you are doing so much irrelevant bs on the side.

Example?
Someone wants you dead, you escape, land on earth, the government sends out a warrant for your arrest, claiming you are responsible for a lot of crap.

Then you get contacted by a friendly individual you knows you (oh yeah...you lost your memory) and he warns you for mobsters who will force you to work for them, he tells you to leave town.
You leave and BAM run straight into those mobsters....and yes...they force you to work for them.

So there you go, now you got mission to do for damn mobsters which has nothing to do with the main story, FANTASTIC.
And it keeps doing this, you keep getting lengthy unrelated bs shoved inbetween you and your damn goal.
Its the freaking worst.

Urgggg all the hate in the world for this game.



Edit:

Completed it now and my initial conclusion stands
What a gigantic piece of ♥♥♥♥
There is potential there but the devs clearly bit of WAY more then they could chew.
There is no story for 95% of the game, you are just doing ♥♥♥♥ for no reason
And then there are moments with huge plot dumps and well in the end it does not even make any sense whatsoever.

I would rate this game at a 4/10 purely because of the amount of desire behind the project but I wont NEVER recommend anyone playing it.
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B1ackMesa
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
"Mostly Positive."

I'm going to assume most of these reviews are sarcastic. The game isn't garbage, but it's not even close to being good, nor would I recomend it to anyone.

The graphics look horrible, even for 2003 standards. Devil May Cry 2, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, Silent Hill 3, and Max Payne 2 all came out in 2003 and look amazing compared to Chaser. It's true that graphics aren't everything, but this game looks so much worse than it should. More than a couple of times, I've walked into rooms that don't even look like there are textures on the walls or floor.

There was even an instance where I was watching a cut-scene where my partner was driving, and my character was sitting in the drivers seat just talking. My parnter was steering from the passegner's seat, only to have the characters switch places back and fourth two or three times during the cut-scene.

I'm about 2 and a half hours through the game and I have NO idea what's going on. The story is jumping around like the developers/writers had a severe case of ADD. Characters are being introduced, only to have them die at the end of the cut-scene. In one instance. a commander was whispering to his boss while they were the only two people around, and his boss was speaking like the commander wasn't whispering.

Also, the AI is pretty dumb.

This game is just... really weird. And not in a good way; but the gameplay is at least on par with some shooters from 2003.

I plan on finishing the game, so... maybe the story will come together by the end, but usually if a game doesn't seem at LEAST promising within the first couple of levels, I don't have much hope for it. Maybe the game will become a little more fun and cohesive, but I highly doubt that.

As it sits, I'd give the game the benefit of the doubt and give it a 2/5.
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七海 アオ
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Best MMO ever made according to tom's clancy publishers...
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Foreverseeking
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
A straight out shooter, with some of the dodgiest level design I have seen in a game outside of Tomb Raider. This is a game where you need to "jump crawl"... God knows how stupid that would look in real life, and there are more than a few jumps that feel more like glitching the game rather than playing it as intended. Crashes were also reasonably often (probably had about 10+ crashes) at random times. The acting is also so bad it is almost funny with the lead character being the most dreadful of all delivering line after line of god awfulness. In later levels, the level design goes off the chart weird, and I have to start questioning what the developer was thinking.

And that ending...one of the worst endings within a game.

Still, it was strangely compelling. The graphics were pretty good for a game of that age (weird upscaled resolutions, that looked kinda good) but the overall art design was lacking and boring. AI is almost non existent, along with rag doll effects. And the enemy can see you and shoot with 100% accuracy, even when you are miles away and hiding in the shadows. Despite all of that, I completed it, so can't be all bad.

Can only recommend when you are really running out of ideas to play! 5/10
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BKindRewind
( 35.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Pros:
Good combat
Lots of different enviroments
Tons of weapons
Works well on windows 10

Cons:
Some of the graphics didn't age well
Cringe-worthy cutscenes
Some frustrating problemsolving
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Owlet VII
( 51.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
This isn't a game, this is never ending torture.

Imagine that you are a lazy, incompetent game developer, and you don't want to write any actual AI for the enemies in your game. You don't have to imagine that if you've worked on this game. Instead of AI you'll just make ALL the weapons in the game hitscan and populate it with aimbot enemies with one tenth of a second reflexes. But then you'll think to yourself "Well now it's too hard for the player! But I still can't be bothered to actually do anything about it..." so you'll just add a half-♥♥♥♥♥ slo-mo feature to the game, realize that it doesn't actually work when your weapons are true hitscan, and enemies still react too fast, but you'll leave it like that because you're a hack developer.

It looks like ♥♥♥ for something released in 2003, too.

I didn't actually play it for almost 52 hours — I would play it for, like, two hours, Alt+Tab out of it, forget it existed for six hours, notice that it's still open, and close it, repeat next week.
It is an EXTREMELY long game, though.
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Puddy
( 25.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
The problems with this game are the voice acting, the ♥♥♥♥ story, the difficulty and the level design.
The voice acting had minimal effort put into it. It sounds like the voice actors came from a ♥♥♥♥ Nickelodeon sitcom. The story makes no sense. Your an ex-space military thing person guy that was also in a space-ship lab that was raided by people from mars. You get into an escape pod that crashes into some crazy ♥♥♥ city or something and stuff happended with the mars people that did things with water. Some gang puts a evil chip in you so you can't leave the city and you have to do the things to do good for thing and stuff, and the mars people are trying to find you so they can do the things. Also, robot ninjas were tied in for some reason. The game is super hard even at the lowest difficulty setting. The level design is overly large for no reason and is confusing. Also no servers are open at all.


My favorite quotes are: I'm sorry chico, Get him, Behind you, Watch out, Idiot, and much more that I can't remember off of the top of my head, probably for a very good reason because its ♥♥♥♥.


+The gameplay is good and the same can be said for the graphics.

EDIT: Gameplay is all that matters.

10/10
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Arthur Zimmermann
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless!--but his horror was still more increased on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of his saddle!
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Doug S - NJ
( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 9
Linear FPS... Found the story moderately interesting... Game play was straight forward... Game is visually good for the era. It was worth the "on sale" price. The game was obviously not well tested as there are many areas where you can get stuck... It also crashed about 6 times and I tried many compatibility settings in Win 10... Save often...

Overall rating 6 of 10
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✪JaffaParty
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
Terrible.
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Axel
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
Getting to Mars has never been so complicated.
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MattyNicholl66
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
"Careful...uhhhh... careful of the desperation that a lonely man... I'm on mars now."
-John Chaser 2k44
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BigZman95
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
Surprisingly fun shooter game. Even though it's about 13 years old, it holds up pretty well and doesn't feel too dated nor are the graphics really too bad. Game mechanics feel pretty fun too. Good buy for $1.
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Gorman Freedon
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
A classical FPS, almost "old school" with the exception of the so called adrenaline mode, an early example of bullet-time slowmotion. Being more than 12 years old, the graphics and cutscenes are for the museum, but 16:9 resolutions are supported at least. Weapon sounds are intense. The AI is not clever but some enemies are dangerously placed, attacking you from behind more often than in most shooters.

Runs fine in Windows 8x64 / GeForce 610M here. Except if gameux.dll is present in ..\Windows\SysWOW64 (or in System32 I guess). IMO this is an artifact because the related service Game Explorer is not available in Win8 anymore. Due to that it causes some older games (FEAR 1, Sin Emergence...) failing to run properly. It should be renamed or moved away into a backup directory. That solved the problem here for all games I found to be affected. The DLL may reappear occasionaly if a new game installation causes this, so if a game starts but doesn't display and hangs in memory, this is the usual suspect.

Baseline: If on sale at 50% or less, a clear recommendation for distinct FPS fans.
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LittleSweetLoli
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
I'll make it quick:

+ Story (with surprising, yet disappointing ending).
+ Lot of weapons.
+ Graphics.
+ Stage themes (Dam, Japanese Style Building, Russian Base, Space Station, Mars Colony, Underground Tunels, etc.)

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- Maps are MUCH TOO LARGE and too complicated.
- No hints at all. I learn you can use adrenaline by YouTube near end of the game.
- Dubbing. Mother of f★★king god. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night had horrible dubbing. Chaser cross that border. it's horrible² or even horrible³.
- Sick hit system (ex. Enemies dies by hit their legs with pistol, but they can simply survive 3 sniper riffle headshots... Or they survive 2 rockets but we die by single hit that exploded 10 meters away).
- Music. One song per stage, looped, slighty different from previous stage. BORING.
- Lots of illogical things (ex. you open cells to let prisoners escape... You simply make prison break. In return - all prisoners attack you. Just like that).
- Horrible labyrinth. Do not approach without video guide. I tried find the way by myself. I lost around 3h of playtime because of that.
- Escort/Protect missions. Holy Madoka, just f★★k this s★★t. Characters run and stop whenever they want and just get killed.
- Later parts of the game (on Mars especially) is a "Love Story of Keys F6 and F9". Quick save, quick load, quick save, quick load over and over. 30+ times per mission.
- Underwater mission - FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU...
- Bugs. Lot of bugs. Your character can freeze anywhere and if it does - you have two ways with same effect. Or kill yourself by granade and load game or simply load game.

Yes, game had interesting (at first glance) story. It does. And I enjoy it at some point. Then I reach underwater mission when I finally clear it, I pray to Holy Madoka "Make this stage last one..." And no - Underwater stage is somewhere around middle of the game. Afterall game have lot of positive reviews, that's why I played it but... Decide yourself if you want to spent ~14h in this game... And if you start - play it till the end.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Pros:
Good combat
Lots of different enviroments
Tons of weapons
Works well on windows 10

Cons:
Some of the graphics didn't age well
Cringe-worthy cutscenes
Some frustrating problemsolving
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Best MMO ever made according to tom's clancy publishers...
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
CHASER

Competent Old-School FPS ( recommended only to "hardcore" fans who like to "dominate" ) - the game is a veritable maze with huge levels ( guaranteed you will get lost ) - playing on hard difficulty is a "chore" ( there is a huge bottleneck at defend the truck & kill kabir missions - i found out about adrenaline when i was 1/2 thru the game , recommend to not use it for a harder challenge ) - what this game lacks is a lean around the corner mechanic / huge + ultra wide screen support and this game is very , very , very long compared to games nowadays - 7/10 !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Surprisingly fun shooter game. Even though it's about 13 years old, it holds up pretty well and doesn't feel too dated nor are the graphics really too bad. Game mechanics feel pretty fun too. Good buy for $1.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
ok so.. ive played Chaser a bit now. and id have to say, as relitivly nice as the game is, it has a few quirks for an FPS action game.

Pros -
- - The game has a simple, relitively easy to follow plot. with a few small, but maby predictible twists.
- - Length. the game is complete, decently thought out, with several areas to experience in playthrough. each area is fairly unique and works well to make you feel immersed.
- - Maps. maps can go from small and clustered to large and open, a nice way to keep the pace of the game changeing and keep you from falling asleep.
- - Weapons. The game has a very nice variety of weapons, and does a nice job blending near scifi weapons with relitively normal ones.

Cons-
-- Jump hight. the MAX value for jumping seems to be right at or just barly below the hight of objects you need to jump over, such as crates or low walls. several areas of the game are irritateing if nearly impossible due to needing to 'jump over' items that are supposed to be average jump hieght. it seems whoever programed it didnt think to set it slightly higher. this gets to be more and more of an issue in later stages of the game when you need to jump over 'instant death' obsticles.
-- Bugs. there arnt many bad bugs, but in a later stage in the game, their is a crawlspace that goes no where, and once you reach the far wall, there is an optical bugg that messes up the graphics. its simple to fix by simply turning around and leaveing the crawlspace.
-- Jump Hight.
-- The AI. The enimies are hard coded (cant think of a better way to put it) as there dosent seemt o be any way at all to 'sneak' up on or past enimies. as soon as you are in a set proxcimity they start attacking. even if you are out of sight sometimes. and while the AI fits the simple nature of the overall game, it can be 'slightly' disapointing that the most thought they have is move a little to the side, but keep shooting,
==Jump Hight.
==jump hieght
==JUMP height
==jump HEIGHT
==JUMPHIEGHT.

so as i said.. their are a few cons to playing this game (jumphieght) but over all its a straight up shoot your way through (jump) game that might remind you of (height) the first syphon filter on Play Station. graphics are relitively similar. though, sorry, no taser.
just remember 2 words
its (jump) great (height)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless!--but his horror was still more increased on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of his saddle!
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682 of 740 people (92%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
i can't believe i bought this game for the sake of inside gaming.
10/10
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314 of 347 people (90%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Still waiting for that multplayer with Inside Gaming! They gotta do it, right? Right?

UPD. : They stopped playing it. Where is the unbuy button?
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234 of 259 people (90%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
Things I do for love...

Adam, James, Bruce.... That's for you....
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128 of 157 people (82%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
JoWood's crowning masterpiece, Chaser is majestic in both scope and ambition. With AI straight out of a computer virus and storytelling on par with an acid trip, players will lose themselves in a nightmare love/hate relationship with this timeless classic. I heartily recommend Chaser to all gamers!

10/10
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86 of 101 people (85%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
10/10 Inside Gaming Approved
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83 of 100 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Easily the best game of all time. We love you JoWood.
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109 of 141 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST JOHN CHASER SIMULATOR IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

this game is awful and amazing at the same time
how did they do this

playing the JOHN CHASER game will make you a big man
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103 of 133 people (77%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
AYE AYE PAPEN!


11/10
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151 of 208 people (73%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Funhaus/IG made this game. Right?
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64 of 78 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
The one major card it brings to the table is its size - I've never experienced levels as expansive as these. Many of them can take a couple of hours to blast through. However, the complete absence of innovation, linear levels, tepid multiplayer, irritating vocal effects, and unspectacular artificial intelligence keep this title from reaching its potential.
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134 of 192 people (70%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Bought because inside gaming made it look so "fun" They should do a multiplayer stream
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113 of 159 people (71%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I think the only reason why people bought this game is because Inside Gaming did a whole playthrough of it.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
Extremely long, old style fps with some efforts at early stealth mechanics and vehicles. Good fun but can be a bit repetative. If the developers had shortened the game by 25% and put the extra effort in polishing the other 75%, this may have been remembered as a classic. 6.5/10
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50 of 62 people (81%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
CHASER PUZZLE!
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