Infernal has been available in Europe for a while, but it arrived in our offices with such little fanfare that it was initially mistaken for a budget title from some upstart publisher. In much the same way as curiosity killed the cat, however, on booting up Infernal we knocked off an entire work day.

Infernal is certainly not perfect. The voice acting is apalling, and the storyline - what little I could understand of it - rather poor. Infernal's main character, Lennox, is an agent who worked for the forces of good until he was predictably betrayed. He now finds himself working for the forces of evil, caught up in a twisted plot where his best friend might be his worst enemy and - okay, you get the picture.

Infernal's cover system is also pretty much useless: you have to lean out to get a targeting reticule and the enemy's aim is so good that they'll tear you apart the instant you expose the hairs on your chinny-chin-chin. Also, some of the boss fights are annoyingly difficult and will require multiple attempts just to knock off. Oh, and one more thing: despite the fact that he's a lean, mean killing machine, Lennox is incredibly susceptible to falls. Drop from any height higher than a few feet and it's an instant death.

The thing is, for all its faults, Infernal is a blast to play. The traditional third-person shoot-anything-that-moves gameplay is nothing new but it's solidly done. You'll expend a tonne of bullets and off a tonne of foes, most of whom offer up just enough of a challenge for you to feel like a true badass. You also acquire some pretty awesome powers that augment your arsenal nicely, including the ability to charge up your bullets for extra damage, teleport briefly through obstacles and the power to shift and move objects at will. Think of Half Life 2's gravity gun, but not as intuitive, and Infernal is halfway there.

Plus, Infernal's graphics look great. Granted, we had all the settings maxed, but even with modest specs you should be able to squeeze some awesome visuals out of Infernal. Faults aside, Infernal is a solid and entertaining action game that deserves more attention than it's probably going to get. With Infernal, Metropolis has proven it is a developer worth watching.

Infernal: Specs

  • 1.7GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor or equivalent
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB hard disk space
  • 1.7GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor or equivalent
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

Play Infernal for excellent graphics, interesting powers and abilities, and average but compelling action. Certain aspects of the game are poorly done, but it doesn't kill the fun. Much.

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