Kalisto becomes yet another developer to design a game based on
a hit movie. Guide Leeloo and Korben Dallas to the rescue of all
life from Chaos. The Universe needs a savior so get out there and
get started. It's time to show the Absolute Evil how to play rough.
First off, I'd like to say that games using movie licenses have not
been overly impressive thus far (prime example: Independence
Day), so I wasn't looking foward to being overly entertained. I'd
also like to say that I thought 5th Element was a killer movie and
any attempt to create a game on it would just be plain silly.
Obviously I wasn't talking with Kalisto because here, in all its
glory, it is.
The game is somewhat of a hybrid between Deathtrap Dungeon,
Tomb Raider, and Nightmare Creatures (which was also done by
Kalisto). It's a third-person adventure/action style game pretty
much involving shooting or beating the snot out of bad guys and
finding keys and switches/etc to get around. There's not really
much of the puzzle aspect to it like Tomb Raider has so it sort of
bogs down into the "run around, find the key, and see which one
of the doors it opens, get the next key .. etc etc" plot scheme. Not
really too much to the plot other than defeating the bad guys to get
to the Absolute Evil.
It's very loosely (and I mean loosely) based on the movie. The
characters are the same and the general idea is the same, but it's
still pretty much its own little gameworld. It does use some of the
themes from the movie, like the intro where you've got the flying
cars (though it's background). The game is broken into levels
where you're supposed to complete some objective, but it ends up
being just getting to the end of the level and getting a cutscene
instead of an actual interactive scenario. I've also got to say that
Korben Dallas looks nothing like Bruce Willis. I also found the idea
of Leelu in those skimpy straps that she only wore in the movie for
a total of five minutes shows poor taste on the designers side. She
also has this really slutty movement when she's walking with her
hips swinging excessively. She wasn't really supposed to be THAT
female in the movie. If the designers want to add sex appeal, try
making interactive porn games. It just doesn't fit here.
Gameplay's not too bad. The controls are similar to Tomb Raider,
though they can get very cumbersome and clunky at times.
Korben's sidestep is pretty poor. I couldn't see the enemies when I
tried sidestepping out. So instead of running out and getting
blasted, I stood out, couldn't see the bad guys and still got blasted.
It does make use of combos so it gives
somewhat of a range of potential movements/attacks, but it's still
not real easy to control. I found Leelu much easier to handle,
although the camera angles sometimes made it hard to determine
which way I was facing and where the enemy was.
It's not real spectacular visually. Like I said earlier, Korben looks
nothing like Willis. The graphics tended to look similar to Jedi
Knight. It had some good lighting effects at various points in the
game. Explosions were so-so. The 3D shapes tended to be chunky
and Kalisto probably should have put some more effort into the
rendering. I only noticed an occasional case of clipping. Had this
game come out last year it might have turned some heads, but I've
seen better (and I've seen worse).
Not an audio wonder either. It does have Ruby Rhod for the level
selection and he makes a few of his annoying yet cool catch
phrases. The sounds in general are nothing special. If anything,
explosions and gunshots could have been done much, much
better. The ambient sounds are pretty well done and fit the
Altogether, it's not terrible, but it's rough around the edges. It's
console styled with controls that are at times clumsy. Nothing
really stands out or sets this game apart. I really felt like I was
experiencing the "been there-done that" feeling playing this. It's
just another game taking advantage of a movie license to rack in
the cash. A little more effort on Kalisto's part and this may have
been an excellent game... last year. If you really need something
to play, I would advise spending your money more wisely.
Highs: Decent dynamic lighting, some interesting moves
Lows: Clumsy control, poor adaption of a good movie, outdated