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About the product
- In the future world of Valkyria, a man named Logan is looking to make a fortune the only way he knows how -- through assassination. See if you can help him reach his goal.
- Make the most of 22nd century science in this first-person shooter, as you combine strategic thinking with quick reflexes to help Logan make his fortune
- You'll have to strategically use various high-tech body implants to give Logan new abilities & skills -- each mission will require different implants that you choose
- Stay alive in deadly futuristic car chases and use your enhanced muscles and heavy plasma gun to plow through walls of enemies
- Innovative gameplay and fantastic graphics in over 14 deadly missions, as you play a silent assassin on the prowl!
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In Chrome you'll engage in tactical sci-fi shooter action, playing a deadly assassin looking to make his fortune!
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Mega-corporations are competing for control of the Valkyria System and its most precious resource...Chrome. Espionage, sabotage and theft are all a part of everyday life in the new frontier, and no one knows this world better than Logan, mercenary for hire. Become Logan in this first-person tactical shooter. Wield an extensive range of weapons. Operate vehicles on land, sea, and air. Learn that one man, the right man, can make a difference.
Slip into Logans skin as a one-time elite soldier turned fugitive bounty hunter in the New Frontier. Betrayed and outlawed by the squad with which he once served, he now uses his talents for personal gain. Enhanced by implants, he has the ability to sneak into high security installations or to barge in with guns blazing...the choice is yours. Survive and discover the secret of Chrome.
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I thought the game was done exceptionally well and would have rated very high when it was first released. It's a typical futuristic FPS in the tradition of HalfLife. There are a sequence of missions woven together by a story line with three endings to choose from. You can play all three, of course.
You start each mission by equipping your guy with a limited amount of weapons, ammo, and equipment. You can also get weapons, ammo, and health packs from dead enemies. Weapons include the traditional array of pistols, sub machine guns, sniper riffles, assault weapons, rocket launchers, and energy weapons, with an accompanying assortment of ammo. To be honest, I never even used the energy weapons, because they were apparently short range weapons. Importantly, some weapons are silenced and stealth is a required strategy on some missions. Equipment includes health packs, binoculars and a cloaking device. There can select a default load if you don't want to select everything manually.
Objectives and places you have to go are shown on a map and directional guidance is provided by a compass on the HUD. This is a sandbox style game, so you can wander all over on your approach to a particular target. There are a few different types of vehicles including "walkers". There are also fixed turrets that you can use.
You get guidance through each mission via radio from your partner, a sexy blond (an essential and always appreciated ingredient in any good sci-fi computer game).
I loaded two patches. 18.104.22.168-v2 and 22.214.171.124. Movement was smooth and graphics, old, but clean. I had a couple functionality issues. Game saves started taking a long time toward the end of the game. Then on the second ending, the game just kept crashing no matter what SAVE game I loaded up. By restarting the game and then restarting the level from the beginning, all problems went away and it worked fine. There are no graphics modes that fit my 16x10 aspect ratio and the subtitles disappeared off the bottom of the screen. That was only a minor annoyance, though.
My 5-star rating is based on what I would have given it back when it was first released, but it's enjoyable even in 2009. I had fun playing it and plan to get the expansion.
This is a good candidate for bargain hunting. Look st a the New and Used availability. I paid $23 for the game "Used - Like New". Be particularly wary of default merchants who sell older games at hugely inflated prices.
The graphics were great (NVIDIA Gforce Ti200 on my machine), the game has a plot that evolves, many single player missions (I did not try the multi-player), different difficulty levels that add real challenge. It took many days to play and after completing the whole game once, I changed the difficulty level and went back and played with more of a stealth strategy (rather than "just shoot everything" and enjoyed the whole thing all over again.
It is on a level with Unreal 2 for plot and game play. I also found it similar in style (weapons, inventory management, strategy, in-game movies, etc) to the first Deus Ex - which is one of my favories.
If you liked games Deus Ex, Unreal 2, Half-Life, and even Halo - you should look at Chrome. It is also a great value for the price.
I looked for such an experience in Chrome, and not surprisingly I didn't get it. Don't get me wrong; Chrome has some very good traits. It renders some amazingly realistic tall grass and bushes. Take it from me, if you're a nature lover, then Chrome might be your game. It even includes some cool butterflies that flutter so realistically that you'll want to swat them! However, as we all know, great graphics alone won't cut it.
I guess my biggest beef with Chrome is the gameplay. You do a LOT of exploring in this game, and end up wondering the huge levels looking for your objective. You've got a map, but it isn't always clear where you're supposed to go because the objective might be on a different floor of a building. The goals are marked by red rectangles that are often not very conspicuous, and you can easily miss them. Even worse, you need to "hack" computers by pressing the use key, and clicking your mouse on grey rectangles to match up hidden symbols. Such a task is fun when you know what to do, but the skimpy manual doesn't explain how to hack the computers! Worst of all, the drivable vehicles are steered using the strafe keys which is awkward as you might imagine. Why not allow the player to steer the vehicles using the mouse? The vehicles could have been ten times as fun if only the developers had implemented such controls.
Chrome is a decent shooter, but sadly its imperfections really drag it down. My guess is that the developer tried to be innovative without adequately thinking through the best way to implement those new features. I say let's return to the great shooters like Quake II and Unreal. Give me games like those with graphics like Chrome's, and you'll finally be getting it right!