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Majestic - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 95
Mature
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews) 66 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00005QJEC
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 31, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,592 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Majestic puts players in the center of a powerful suspense thriller in which the lines of reality are quickly blurred (the conspiracy mystery plot could have come straight from a season of The X-Files). Unlike any online gaming experience to date, Majestic decides when it is time to engage, then interacts with players via e-mail, instant messaging, voice mail, fax, and the Internet.

For example, you could be reading your e-mail when suddenly your computer announces that someone wants to open up a video conference. You click the link, and fringe investigative journalist Tim Pritchard (played by Joe Pantoliano of The Matrix and The Sopranos fame) appears. He runs a Web site for stories that the conventional media wouldn't dare publish, and he needs your help. The rest of the episode, played out over several days, may involve searches of real and fake Web sites, hacking voice mail systems, intercepting e-mail, and chatting with contacts as you try to unravel Pritchard's mystery. Anything is possible in Majestic.

Majestic revolutionizes online gaming as it delivers its content episodically over a full season. The first season of Majestic launches with the free pilot (included in this box), followed by monthly episodes from Electronic Arts for an introductory price of $9.99 per month (subscription price subject to change). As this is an online game, a stable Internet connection is required.


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Fun Is Officially Over July 6, 2002
Originally billed as "The game that plays you!" Majestic was an exhilarating online mystery, unlike any other game before it. However, gameplay was all online, and involved searching websites on the servers run by EA. The software in this box is merely the interface for that online play, there is zero off-line content. EA shut down the servers running this game in April 2002. So, now, this is merely a collector's item for the box art, there is nothing that can be done with the software at all.
If you are looking for a game to play, do not buy this. There is nothing payable at all in this box. It's not bad, it's simply non-existant.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, if you like to THINK March 16, 2002
Majestic is a game I'd heard about for some time, but was waiting to read the reviews for. I finally read some, and they were uniformly outstanding, but to play you had to join an EA-owned service and I didn't want to do that. But then, they released the game on CD and no special membership was required. So, I bought the game.
You've probably heard, EA has pulled the plug. This is sort of like cancelling a great TV show before it has the chance to build up an audience. EA never gave Majestic a chance to succeed. The game servers are active until the end of April, so if you start now, you can't finish the game... period.
That said, I have NEVER enjoyed a game more than I'm enjoying this one. Well, maybe "enjoy" isn't the right word. I'm addicted. Besides the main plot, which consists of some simple puzzles that get harder over the course of the game but are always solvable with the tools right at hand, there is a second, much more challenging game just "outside" of the main game that has absorbed my attention for days and days now and is the single most challenging intellectual problem I've ever come across. I won't ruin it for anyone except to mention "Solitaire1947."
If you don't own Majestic... don't bother to start. But remember that Majestic was something truly innovative, great, and exciting, and Electronic Arts killed it before it ever had a chance to succeed.
Sad, really...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This Game February 26, 2002
Majestic is a highly entertaining game in the vein of the X-Files and David Fincher's movie, "The Game". In fact, Majestic is one of the most original and engrossing games I ever played.
Then why the 1 star rating? Electronic Arts, the creators of Majestic, have decided that the game isn't profitable enough for them - one of the reasons it is being released on CD. Unfortuneatly, subscriptions to majestic were much lower than EA expected. Instead of trying to get more subscribers, they have nixed Majestic. Already, the message boards and "members only" areas of the majestic web page are gone... But it get worse. How? Majestic is being cancelled as of April 30, 2002. I'll say that again : MAJESTIC IS BEING CANCELLED AS OF APRIL 30, 2002.
As many gamers have been, I am throughly disappointed with this decision. Unfortuneatly, EA is not about to change their minds on this. In fact, rumor has it the entire majestic team has been fired...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Game No Longer Playable August 21, 2003
By A Customer
Just in case anyone was thinking of buying this game...
EA no longer supports this game and it cannot be played. So don't waste your money. It was a great game when it lasted.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please bring back Majestic August 14, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you're a fan like me, you might occasionally check this space for reviews, hoping that someday you'll load up the Majestic page and see a note from someone saying "If you liked Majestic, try this new game instead." So far it hasn't happened, but I keep hoping.

Majestic was one of the most innovative and immersive games I ever played, but it was cancelled back in 2002 for lack of interest. Sure, the AI on the AIM bots was poor and the phone calls were hokey, but it was unlike any other game ever made, before or since. I dream of more games like it, but I guess the market isn't there, because I've not seen a single one. I can't even find any fan pages on the net.

But I find it hard to believe I'm the only one that fell in love with not only this game, but the concept of this game. A game that extends past the traditional interface and calls your cell phone, sends you faxes, AIM messages, and emails. For a brief moment back in 2002, I was stalked by a video game, and it was exciting as hell.

Anyway, this has gone on too long for a game that's been dead for three years. I just wanted to let you fans (if there are any) know that you're not alone. Some of us are out here waiting for the day that a new Majestic-like game comes out. [...]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This game screws with your mind. October 3, 2001
By A Customer
Majestic is an online game that puts you right in the middle of a far-reaching global conspiracy right out of X-Files. You solve puzzles by going to websites, and the game interacts with you by email, phone, fax, and AOL Instant Messenger. You can specify how much you want to be contacted and when, and if the game puts a "header" before it's phone calls, but this is definitely *not* a game for children.
There is only so much that I can say about the game before they find me. It has been up and running on EA.com for a few months now, but this new CD version will let you play five episodes for free, and comes with a strategy guide, classified documents and possibly a soundtrack CD.
New players will need to purchase this CD and register online to play the five episodes with no monthly fee. But current subscribers will experience no difference in their game and do not need to purchase this CD. EA.com's monthy fee is currently US$9.95, but that also currently includes unlimited access to the EA Web Sports games, and future games like Multiplayer Battletech, Maxis' The Sims Online, Westwood's Earth and Beyond, and Motor City Online.
Imagine getting woken up at 3am by a threatening phone call. Or finding a creepy classified-looking fax waiting for you at the office. Or getting a message in AIM by somebody claiming to be one of your allies, asking for immediate help.
This game plays you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, lacking in execution.
I was one of the original online players of this game, and the idea excited me to no end. Imagine! Threatening phone calls at 2 AM! Read more
Published on November 29, 2001 by "kermiedfrog22553"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad! Very interesting...
I really liked this game and joined just as soon as it started. To be honest, the first episodes really weren't that great, but as it went on it really started to improve! Read more
Published on November 18, 2001 by Todd Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars I want to Play More!!!
I really like this game. It is a new concept that is finally something diferent than the Starcraft, or Half-Life models that are out there now. Read more
Published on November 7, 2001 by Ryan D. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really messes with your mind
If you enjoy X-Files, Roswell kind of thrill and are paranoid of the shadowy organizations running around playing their dirty tricks, Majestic captures that experience. Read more
Published on November 5, 2001 by S. Aiyar
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and disturbing
I just got a copy of this over the weekend and getting the phone calls is pretty creepy. I have to say, there is alot of stuff here to fiddle with. Read more
Published on November 4, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Innovative
This is the most innovative game of the year. Totally different from anything that I've ever played. I've been playing the online version and found it engaging and surprising. Read more
Published on October 30, 2001 by "billyncy"
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Online Game
Majestic provides an interesting mixture of emails, IM's, streaming media, phone calls and Internet "browsing" activities to spin an interactive adventure. Read more
Published on October 30, 2001 by Richard Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't meet expectations and hype
I had high hopes for this game, and waited anxiously for it to be released on the internet, and joined right away. But what a disappointment! Read more
Published on October 5, 2001 by NONOBADKITTY!
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