Judge Dredd vs Judge Death Reader Review
Having read some pretty damning reviews for this title I was naturally reluctant to buy it. However a friend and, like me, former 2000AD reader, told me to give it a go. The criticisms of the title are slightly overblown, personally I felt that the game represented Dredd's world pretty well (dispite undercrowded streets and disapointing Dark Judges: Judge Fear could have used some kind of "fear attack", Mortis could have been more close-combat orientated, etc.) However there were three points that really hit me as being pretty unique and made the whole experience rather enjoyable:
- That lawgiver: nice to have all the ammo in one piece here, albeit with not much use for the ricochet round as this is not really a stealth title.
- The whole arresting thing: judging (heh) when it's safe to arrest a 'perp' brought this game above the usual FPS level of kill-and-kill-again tedium.
- Occasional bouts of Dredd political satire, "The price of justice is freedom", not seen in many games. It reminds one of how radical the concept was back in the '70s and how valuable games like this are today. We must engage these young peoples' minds!!! I bought this at a cut price and was far from disapointed, an underrated FPS, similar to Time Spliters, (not so user friendly, but more involved: particularly for those with a history of reading Dredd) and a few nice, nostalgic hours spent.
7 / 10