Chrome SpecForce is the surprising follow up to Chrome, surprising in the sense that nobody really expected a game that mediocre would get a sequel. Yet here we are, ready to take control of Bolt Logan once again against the evil corporations of the future.
Right off the bat the disappointment starts to set in, while Chrome was not much of a game one thing it did have going for it was the beautiful lush outdoor scenery that made an otherwise dull experience a little enjoyable at times. SpecForce on the other hand looks dated in just about every way imaginable. Everything from the character models to the 2D inventory icons looks like they belong in a different age.
In terms of gameplay SpecForce is your average shooter. You run around with your gun of choice killing bad guys with little variety. An occasional vehicle or turret segment breaks up the monotony a little but the experience still feels bland all around. The weapons feel weak and act weak as well, enemies often take half a magazine to bring down while your own character dies in only a few shots. The enemy Ai is utterly static as well with hostile guards refusing to move regardless of the situation and shooting at you the second you step around a corner with pinpoint accuracy. This lack of AI in the enemy NPCs might have been a deliberate choice however as the AI for your NPC squadmates leaves much to be desired when they act suicidally half the time and gets stuck on terrain features the other half.
In terms of sound is where SpecForce does gain some points however, not because of the mediocre soundtrack, or the lackluster weapon sounds, or even the repeating ambiance. No, it is your character's voice that will bring a smile to your face because for all the wrongs that the developers did with this game they did one thing right, they hired Jon St. John to voice the main character, and that man can bring a little life into even as horribly written a character as Bolt Logan.
All in all Chrome SpecForce manages tries to accomplish exactly what the original did, a mediocre shooter with some Deus Ex elements thrown in for good measure. However it tries to do so without the few qualities of the original Chrome and without those it's simply not worth a second look.