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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (386 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
86 of 105 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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126 of 175 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.1 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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45 of 55 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
WARNING: Even if you are not prone to nausea, headaches, or just plain blurred vision, this game will cause it. Something about the lighting-camera combo just is bad, but nevertheless if you don't mind stopping after every mission to heave a bit(exaggeration) this game is hella fun. Sure, story is a ripoff of Total Recall (the original not the remake) and the enemies have the IQ of an ameoba, but it's a good time. Remember, saving is not automatic so set the hotkey to F5 or something easy to get to and use it often. Definitely buy this on sale though. Anything more than $2 is just punishing yourself.
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53 of 72 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
102.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!
I HAVE PLAYED IT FOR 68 HOURS AND COUNTING; YOU CAN NEVER STOP!
THIS IS WHAT HELL IS!
SAVE YOURSELF...
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40 of 52 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
I know most of you are coming from inside gaming's youtube videos but this game is actually quite fun. Its not amazing and it has its flaws (Quite alot actually!) but it can be enjoyable. If you like games from 1990's-early 2000's Then you will most likely enjoy it! :)
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58 of 90 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.4 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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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
A must-play FPS with no equals. You'll find yourself gladly trudging through quicksave/load hell repeatedly just to see what joys await on the other side. Never before has an action game so perfected the art of storytelling. Oh and there's a bullettime mechanic that the game never tells you about even if you play the tutorial.
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27 of 43 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I you are like me and bought this because of IG then you are true fan and I salute you.
If you have no idea what IG is buy it anyway , if you dont JoWood wont be eating this week.

10/10 would bang
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Here's what some of my friends have to say about Chaser

"It's the 'Troll 2' of video games"
"I'm gonna throw up"
"I like this because it really makes you appreciate how good other games are"
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
104.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Chaser is honestly one of the most innovative games of the past, present, and future generation. After playing over 100 hours of this game, it's obvious where the inspiration for Bungie's Halo: Combat Evolved came from. Sure, it came out two years after Halo, but that's because they only saw Jo Wood's amazing design. If the investors had given him his $17.26 before, Chaser could've revolutionized gameplay for PC and would've put the Xbox and PS2 out of business.

My favorite part of the game is how the enemies just run into the wall in such a beautiful way. Sure, some might call it a glitch, but I know that was there by design. When Jo Wood presented the concept for Chaser to his two cats and a parrot (RIP Jo Wood the Parrot), he wasn't just imagining another game, he was imagining the future!

By far the most interesting character is Thruster Man. (SPOILER ALERT) Thruster man is a deep and well thought out character that I know Jo Wood put hours into creation. His one goal is to appear for 30 seconds, shoot at you 3 times, then continue off into the sunset. You (John Chaser) must help him out by shooting him, otherwise he'll keep going, never to actually come back and do his one job, which is to kill you. The chemistry between him and John Chaser is one for the ages. I will be sure to tell my kids about Thruster Man when I grow up.

Overall, I recommend this game, and look wish Jo Wood luck with his new developer team, Homeless Studios.
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36 of 64 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
What a truly terrible game, good grief. I started writing down things I found wrong with the game after stage one and I filled over half a page in no time flat. I'm tempted to just list them rather than write a proper review.

First things first, what few "plot" points there are are ripped directly from Total Recall. In this game you take control of Douglas Quaid John Chaser as he proceeds to get his ??? to Mars. The first part immediately after you land is kind of neat and has decent cutscenes, but once you actually start to head towards Mars everything just turns into a mess and nothing makes sense at all. Prior to landing all the cutscenes are heavy flashing lights and shaking camera, and after they're just boring until the end.

But people don't play FPS for the plot right? So the devs clearly focused on the gameplay! Right? Right?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Bullet damage and health spacing is reminiscent of the original Far Cry game (that is to say very high and very poor) without any stealth mechanics or decent graphics. Further the AI is dumb as bricks and appears to be only able to open doors as part of scripted events. If a door shuts in front of them expecting them to be staring you in the face later. 99% of your damage taken will be from some enemy you never saw aimbotting you from above/below/behind/spawning out of thin air. There is absolutely no enemy variety, just guys with guns. And oftentimes it's only one gun per stage. One particularly badly designed stage only has one model for said enemy too (the rest of the stage is a tiny little area copy pasted about 8 or 9 times). The hit effect seems to be bugged or just not implemented right as well so oftentimes you don't even know if you're hit from things, especially falling or explosions.

Did I mention doors? There are a LOT of doors. A lot. And the ones you can use and the ones you don't look EXACTLY the same. But you have to guess which one is right. I cannot emphasize enough how tedious this gets. There is a general lack of direction in the game that will have you wandering around aimlessly; everything looks the same in most of the normal levels. And some of the dead ends REALLY are dead ends; you can't get back. And the levels that attempt to mix it up... well... One of them is generic sniping mission where the graphics are mysteriously downgraded to N64 tier. You get to protect a truck with non-moving wheels as it glides along a port. There's a 'stealth' mission where you instantly die if you fail. But the worst offender is an underwater one with 6 degrees of freedom and seriously screwed up controls. I swear I spent 10-15 minutes where to go on one part of it.

Unsurprisingly there are tons of bugs too. I:
  • Got stuck on geometry
  • Saw enemies spawning on top of each other
  • Crashed several times
  • Fell through the level attempting to do a required jump to progress

    Absolutely disgusting/10
    This game is not worth it even for a dollar.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Got this because Inside Gaming played it. Suggest you watch their playthrough first. The story is terrible but the gameplay
is good and reall funny with all the glitches. I'd wait until its on sale too as i got it for 1.24
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
For The Love Of All That Is Holy, DO NOT BUY this game. It won't even start. Chaser - Technical Support has 373 list of errors and possible solution to this game.
Don't you dare buy this game. I say again don't even think about it. You've been forwarned.
Fortunately, I bought it on sale and it only cost me Php41.48. But I want my money back. Give it to me now STEAM.
Well, I guess not. Better luck next time me for then. Peace.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
I too purchased this game because of the Inside Gaming, expecting to play a stupid game for a little while only to move on to the next horrible purchase (Uber Soldier 2 anyone?)

However Chaser quickly drew me in. Despite it's rough, and I do mean ROUGH, presentation in terms of graphics, A.I, story and voice acting, Chaser is actually really fun. The controls and shooting are refreshingly old school and they are really tight. The game feels good to play and is a good time if you can get past the rest of the crap that the game throws at you.

6/10. Pick it up on sale and perhaps you will surprise yourself.

Insert arbitrary Jo Wood joke here
Aye Aye Papen
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
CHASER PUZZLE!
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I'll start this review of by informing people that there is a slo-mo like ability mapped to the caps lock key by default. As far as I know (unless I skipped it somehow) the game doesn't actually inform you of this and I only found out by pure chance when I spazzed on my keyboard trying to get away from an explosion...so yeah there's that.

Anywho as far as the game itself goes although I'm giving it a recomendation it is a real mixed bag game design wise. This is probably a game you'll have a love/hate relationship with. Overall the gunplay is great. I really enjoyed the old school twitch based no iron sights shooting and good old fashioned health and armour drops. It's the level design that really starts to let this game down in the last few hours. The first level has you going through a space station with very linier corridors with very little room for deviation whereas the next few levels open up a little more. About halfway through the game the levels start becoming a little too open, with unessessary doors and corridors becoming accessible and some just plain huge open spaces with zero guidence or indication where to go next. This is bearable though and it's not until the last few hours that it just gets tedious. The game starts resorting to horrible half-life like platforming (crouch jump and all) and extremely obscure and hidden paths like barely visible vents and holes in the ground. The end mission is definitelly the lowest point of the game unfortunately. There's also a terrible stealth mission very early in the game but thankfully it's the only one and is over reletively quickly.

If you're looking for a game with a cohesive story I would look elsewhere as well. The plot is all over the place and the cutscenes and voice acting are laughable. It's a shame because the game takes you to some amazingly different locations like a space station, gang infested city slums, Russian bases crawling with soldiers and even eventually to Mars for the 'big' conclusion. The amazing variety of weapons is fantastic and they all handle differently making each of them very situational.

So in conclusion, if you're looking for an old fashioned shooter with some fun gunplay I would say pick this up. Even if you don't play it all the way through to the boring conclusion (honestly the story ain't worth it) it's still a lot of fun.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Better than The Last of Us.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
You know what I love about this game...

It exists at the end of that small window in time between the original "forced 3d" shooter era of games like Doom and Duke Nukem, and before the modern era style of FPS took over. It feels like a lost relic from a past era, and a hybrid of old and new concepts.

That being said...this game is ambitious and really dumb in a "so bad it's good kind of way". You will quickly form a love/hate relationship with every aspect of this game.

The area to area shooting and combat mechanics are really quite good, but also really unforgiving. You can save anywhere, and you'll need to!

Cinematics and voice acting are really rough, but not dull or pretentious. It's a lot of tough talk and mafia stereotypes.

Now, the bugs and glitches...yes, there's a lot. They don't break the game or make it unplayable, but they do provide many good laughs.

So...enjoy this old school dumb shooter and buy it when it goes on sale.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
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.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Nice
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