Review

Armed and Dangerous

Reviewed by Shawn Kennedy, Posted on 2003-12-09

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Developer: Planet Moon Studios Publisher: LucasArts
Release Date: December 2, 2003 Also On: None

Usually you would only see Star Wars games out of Lucas Arts. Since the beginning of the next-generation era, they have been releasing a bigger variety of games outside of Star Wars. Armed and Dangerous is a wacky third person shooter that places you in the world of Roman and his friends in the Lionhearts. Together, they are a group of thieves who act like Robin Hood and give the money they steal to the poor, but is this a good game to buy? Maybe, you be the judge.

Visually, Armed & Dangerous looks pretty appealing. The environments are very well done as well as the main character’s design. Many of the normal people in the game look kind of funny, but then again, this game is supposed to be comedic. Explosions look cool seeing as you are constantly blowing stuff up through the entirety of the game. The enemies you fight all look pretty much the same though. It is kind of bad, but you barely see any of them anyway since you normally defeat them before you actually get to take a real good look at them.

Armed & Dangerous is very good in the sound department as well. The voice talent is probably some of the best I have heard in a while. Gunfire is loud and realistic; all of the guns have a different sound which gives you the distinct feeling of you using another gun. The in-game music seems like something Irish or Scottish because of the tune. Most of the voice actors use the accent anyway so I guess it makes sense to have music like that. It’s nice, but you really can’t hear it over the constant gunfire anyway.

A&D is very easy to just pick up and play. There really is no learning curve to the game since the controls are so well in tune. The triggers and the two joysticks are all you really need to play the game. All of the other buttons are mainly for switching weapons and the occasional jump or use of the hover-pack. The problem with it is that the game is kind of easy. There are a lot of pick-ups in the level that refill your health, ammo, and bombs, but there are way too many of them. If you die once in a level, you must not be very good at the game. It may be easy, but it sure is addicting to play. You complete different kinds of missions that deal with saving peasants, blowing stuff up, or escaping an area. Fun!

The story in A&D is somewhat creative in a sense that it is like a wacky fairytale. Things you may remember are the Lady of the Lake, soothsayer, and a book that talks about fate. There is one scene here that has one of the main characters named Rexus using the force on some guards, plus there are robots here; all this in a medieval setting may seem weird, but in actuality, it is pretty cool.

There are many unlockable cheats in Armed & Dangerous that you will find scattered throughout the levels. It will take you more than one through to unlock them all. There are only about 10 hours of game here if you play only one time through. I say A&D is a very good rental, but questionable for a purchase.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 9.5
Gameplay: 8
Creativity: 8
Replay Value/Game Length: 7
Final: 8
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Reviewed by Shawn Kennedy

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