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Blood Wake (xbox)

Platform : Xbox
Rated: Teen
3.0 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
Metascore: 71 / 100
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  • Pounding waves, enemy fire, intrigue, betrayal - you'll have to face them all in this blazing gunboat combat epic
  • Choose one of ten gunboats to captain and arm yourself with a variety of torpedos, missiles, rocket launchers and more
  • Play against other in split-screen multi-player mode, or embark on more than 25 single-player missions
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Vehicle combat games have typically made up a good chunk of any console's library, but in the case of <I>Blood Wake</I>, the combat is taken to an atypical arena--the sea. Set against the backdrop of an Asian-themed locale where three different groups are vying for power, <I>Blood Wake</I> is a gunboat combat game that features good action, great graphics, and some of the most impressive water effects ever seen in a game.<p> Playing as Shao Kai, you are betrayed by your brother and left for dead. After being rescued by a rival warlord, you swear allegiance to that warlord and join forces with him. The story and setting are pretty original for an action game, but the animated cutscenes aren't as engaging as they should have been; after watching the first few, you'll find yourself skipping them and jumping straight to the missions.<p> Thankfully, <I>Blood Wake</I> scores big in this area. The missions run a wide gamut and will have you defending convoys, attacking enemy cargo ships, and collecting "payments." And though the missions are well designed, occasionally combat can degenerate into you and the enemy turning in circles in an effort to gain the best firing angle.<p> Over the course of the game you'll have access to over 10 gunboat variations, each armed to the gills with a wide variety of weapons. Though you can't choose which gunboat you'll use before a mission, the game does a nice job of giving you the boat that will best serve your purposes. Controlling the gunboats is fairly straightforward; but, since you need to contend with the physics of the water, some gamers may find the controls a little frustrating at first, especially when turning and moving forward after being stopped. Fortunately, after a few missions gamers will get their sea hands and the controls will become second nature.<p> Graphically, <I>Blood Wake</I

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Vehicle combat games have typically made up a good chunk of any console's library, but in the case of Blood Wake, the combat is taken to an atypical arena--the sea. Set against the backdrop of an Asian-themed locale where three different groups are vying for power, Blood Wake is a gunboat combat game that features good action, great graphics, and some of the most impressive water effects ever seen in a game.

Playing as Shao Kai, you are betrayed by your brother and left for dead. After being rescued by a rival warlord, you swear allegiance to that warlord and join forces with him. The story and setting are pretty original for an action game, but the animated cutscenes aren't as engaging as they should have been; after watching the first few, you'll find yourself skipping them and jumping straight to the missions.

Thankfully, Blood Wake scores big in this area. The missions run a wide gamut and will have you defending convoys, attacking enemy cargo ships, and collecting "payments." And though the missions are well designed, occasionally combat can degenerate into you and the enemy turning in circles in an effort to gain the best firing angle.

Over the course of the game you'll have access to over 10 gunboat variations, each armed to the gills with a wide variety of weapons. Though you can't choose which gunboat you'll use before a mission, the game does a nice job of giving you the boat that will best serve your purposes. Controlling the gunboats is fairly straightforward; but, since you need to contend with the physics of the water, some gamers may find the controls a little frustrating at first, especially when turning and moving forward after being stopped. Fortunately, after a few missions gamers will get their sea hands and the controls will become second nature.

Graphically, Blood Wake is extremely impressive. The gunboats feature lots of little details like cannons ejecting shells, the pilot moving in his seat, and the wood of the gunboat splintering damage as you take hits. The most impressive thing about Blood Wake, however, is its depiction of water. Waves crash over your gunboat, wakes impact how you steer, and torpedoes will send up a massive wave that will toss you into the air. It's not just fancy special effects; the water actually dictates how combat unfolds. When fighting in choppy seas you need to make sure you fire when you're at the top of a wave, otherwise your bullets will simply hit a wave in front of you. This is a nice touch and really show the amount of thought that went into Blood Wake's development.

Because of its fun gameplay and solid multiplayer component (four multiplayer games are included), fans of vehicle combat games owe it to themselves to try out Blood Wake. --William Harms

Pros:

  • Water effects are very impressive
  • Fairly original setting
  • Awesome graphics
  • Lots of fun gameplay
Cons:
  • Gameplay gets a little repetitive
  • Animated cutscenes aren't particularly engaging

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ASIN B00005Q8JN
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3.0 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
Media: Video Game

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By A Customer on January 7, 2002
I love this game. It has great action in a well designed and programmed environment. This game is technically solid and well developed. No slow downs, constant frame rate, great graphics, and the best water effects around make this one of the best games around.
I don't find this game at all monotonous like a few claim. It's a mission based combat game. It's a dog fighting game in water. If you like Star Wars Starfighter or Star Wars: Rogue Leader you will love this game. Plus, It has advantages over those game due to it's great multiplayer and battle mode features. Tons of stuff to do in this game!
I find it disappointing that people who haven't even touched this game come up with clearly false reviews. This game is not Twisted Metal or a Boat Racing game. This game is a mission based combat/ dog fighting game in water.
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This game is not the best X-Box game out there... coughHALOcough. However this game is fairly entertaining in its own respect. I won't go into the details about the graphics (boats and water are fantastic other graphics less impressive). The storyline is average with the cheesy voiceovers that you find in just about every game these days. The one player missions are challenging and you have to play them to unlock all the boats for multiplayer. The mutliplayer features various modes all of which are pretty good. There's nothing like blowing up my roomate's ship w/ a torpedo. The key to remember w/ Blood Wake is it's a vehicular combat game on water nothing more nothing less. This game isn't groundbreaking but it is fun. I would say that unless you know for sure you want this game to go out and rent it first to see how you like it. Just remember that you won't have access to all the multiplayer boats until you unlock them in the one player missions. Overall, this is a good game that belongs in the upper tier of X-Box titles.
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If you like a fast-pace shooting game then this will do fine for you. The graphics on the boats and water are very good and detailed. The first few missions are really easy (if you have talent in the game) but all of the sudden it gets like really hard and I still haven't beaten it. But if your up for the challenge then you should definitely buy this game.
Pros:
-great graphics
-challenging and interesting missions
-pretty good AI
-nice variety of weapons
-fun and competitive
Cons:
-really funky controls
-takes to many shots to blow up a boat
-sudden change of difficulty
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"Bloodwake" is a good looking, speedy boat combat game with that groovy Asian flavor. Story is typical revenge revenge revenge stuff, but it works well and features competent voice acting. The game itself features some very good visuals, particularly in terms of the water mechanics. Some of this goodness is slightly lessened in my opinion by goofy boat physics, particularly when your raft gets knocked into the air. The framerate is solid overall, there are a lot of nice details to see and plenty of things to blow up with a variety of guns, missles, and torpedoes. Control of the boats varies based on which craft you use but there is the real feeling of turning in water...somewhat slow, realistic, and requires you to modify the way you fight. Neat missions, a variety of cool weather conditions, and several game modes and difficulty levels give "Bloodwake" decent replay value. Overall, worth your dough if you like boats with guns, car combat styled games, and/or straight forward mission based shooters
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Based in England, where games come out after the US sometimes, i get to see the feedback before a game hits the shelves here.
On this occasion I feel an injustice has been done by some to this game, giving less than avaerage marks in some areas.
What you see is what you get on the box, the water effects, which set this game apart in the graphical sense, are spectacular. It is worth getting a copy of this game to see what an X-box is capable of doing. The game plays like a dream, the water dynamics rock! See your boat pile up on rocks and two others pile onto your craft, has to be seen! The sound effects are a little weak, but the music a great soother with 'choons' from China!
Order sea sickness pills when playing as you will need them!
Track down a used copy and relish the bargain you have acquired. Could last a lifetime this game! Very, very underated, could have great potential as an xbox live game!!!
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By A Customer on October 4, 2002
This game is great! The things holding it back from being a five star game is you don't get to choose the boat that you use on each level. Also it doesn't have a co-op multi player mode. You should also be able to custamize your boats.Now the positve things: GREAT graphics,not a piece of cake to beat, 3 difficulty settings, and good story line.
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The graphics of bloodwake are dutifully impressive for an Xbox title, but if your looking for the level of raw carnage that 'Twisted metal' provides, dont look here. In campaign mode your character is Kai, a Naval captain whose squad is splashed by his own brother. Fortunately for Kai, pirates happen upon the scene and pull him from the waves toward a shaky future. So of you go, initiated into the 'Shadow Clan' pirates. The story unfolds from there, never quite being exceptional but never making the player roll their eyes in disgust either. In other words, it's ok but dont expect it to 'WOW' you.
Gameplay takes a bit of getting used to; your boat rocks and rolls with the waves, reactes somewhat sluggishly, and is difficult to control in reverse. But after you get used to it all, it's fairly entertaining. The player unlocks an array of different boats as they proceed through the game, with an arsenal comprising torpedoes, chain guns, autocannons, cannons, rockets and mines. Unfortunately though, you can't choose which boat you'll use in a mission, it's always an assigned boat. Most missions are fairly straightforward: sink enemy. -But there are a few nice changes of pace along the way. That being said, some of the missions are extremely difficult on any difficulty level above beginner, and cheat codes are a must have for the last three. -Hats off to anyone who has beaten them without a cheat.
All in all it's a good game, but not great. A fun 'once in awhile' game. And it's a good choice for it's current price of [money].
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