Friday, May 15, 2009

Games Played 05/11/2009


Galerians (2000)
Developer: ASCII Corporation
Platform: PlayStation
Purchase Date: 04/18/2000

Leon? Is that you, Leon? No, it's only Rion.

Galerians - what a title. Logically, this should have been a game about a bunch of hip and cool teenagers who are addicted to visiting the local gallerias. But that would probably be a lame game and Galerians is anything but that. You play as a 14-year old Rion who finds himself being experimented on in a creepy lab where the adventure begins. He doesn't have any recollection of who he is, only that he wields some truly remarkable psychic power. The game is a Resident Evil clone when it comes to the graphics - using 3D models on top of moody but static 2D backdrops - and the rigid character control. Instead of combining herbs and managing firearm ammunition, here you get to manage a bunch of ability-altering chemicals to inject into Rion. The storyline is very bleak with some absolutely horrific set pieces and it will keep you glued to the game until the end. Unfortunately, the experience is riddled with moments of frustration because you have to constantly watch Rion's anger points that keep rising up with pretty much everything you do in the game. All the bloody head-explosion deaths will make you forget the game's shortcomings though.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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