24: The Game Reader Review
Unless you've been living under a rock for a few years you should know that 24 is an exciting television series based in real-time. It follows the life in a single day of Jack Bauer a CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) agent and many others with plot twists and turns along the way. So is the game as good as the television show?
No. It's not. There are many problems with 24 The Game that prevent it from being as good as it's television cousin. First off the targeting system which is a circle with two lines through it. One vertical, one horizontal and a little dot where you're actually aiming. Now this little dot in the targeting circle makes it hard to nail that perfect headshot and with the targeting system automatically locking on to your enemies chest you'll lightly shoot anyway but the problem is it takes ages for the enemy to drop to the floor. But thankfully you can use cover which is pretty much essential if you want to live. Anyway by pressing the X button you'll hide behind cover then by pressing the L1 button you pop out and can fire with the R1 button. Changing targets is awkward having to flip the right analog stick in the direction you want to target. This can lead to irritating firefights and reminds me of a similar shooting system to that of The Getaway.
The sound is not as good as you may expect. The voices of all the main chracters is great and really adds to the game. But enemies sound stupid. When they spot you they will say "Who are you!" in a really camp voice even the women say it! They must all be transvestites. As for the music its a bit hit and miss really with the music cranking up for no reason at all. The cut-scenes are great and again make you feel like you are watching the show. Graphics are poor and do have pop-up and glicthes included. In total there are 58 missions in the game ranging from shooting goons to easy puzzles to shooting more goons. You will play as various characters including Jack (Obviously), Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, Kim Bauer and Chase.
To be honest the best parts of the game are these mini-games. The interrogation being the best you have to keep an eye on the heart monitor in the corner of your screen and have the choice to be aggressive, coax or calm. Choose wisely as seeing Jack get all angry may be funny but it will end in mission failure. Speaking of mission failure I found the game eerily similar to the original Splinter Cell. The scrren turning green if you're successful and red if you fail. The oriental music when Tony visits the restaurant. Also Dennis Haysbert the President in 24 is the voice of Lambert in Splinter Cell. Hmmm.... strange.
Also in the game are driving sections and this isn't anything you'd normally see in this type of game. Now I know why. While the driving sections aren't as bad as you'd be made to believe they could be a whole lot better. It certainly dosen't help when you've got cops and bad guys ramming into you. On two occasions you also need to shake the tail of the cops which sucks. Skidding around like a figure skater trying to avoid aggressive cops is not my idea of fun.
Considering the t.v show is one of the best things to come on t.v in a long while you'd have thought the game deserved better. The shooting mechanics are really poor and because this is the crux of the game it really lets itself down. It also passes you by way too quickly and you can get through it in one sitting if you wanted to. You do get rated by percentage each mission and depending what you score you can unlock movies and look at badly worked graphics! 24 The Game is a dissapointment no question. Let's hope Jack interrogates Sony Cambridge and forces them to make a much better game next time.
6 / 10