From the mind of comic book genius D. W. Bradley and in the image of landmark games such as Wolfenstein 3D comes the futuristic, alien-saving, 3D-shooter extravaganza CyberMage: Darklight Awakening. Multiple weapons and several environments open up in a story that surrounds you as you try and fight your way clear of the human race. CyberMage: Darklight Awakening is definitely not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, as during the game you'll often witness the enemies you kill decay into rotting piles of flesh.
Because of the experimentation on you, certain people are trying to get you, thus, the first object of the game is to escape the elaborate laboratory. Guards are the humans you fight the most but hovering robots and grotesque snail-like monsters attack you as well. The control of the game is very good and won't take you long to master. After doing so, you'll have the ability to jump and look up and down in order to fire at targets above and below. The overall sounds and movements are glitch-free.
The sheer variety of enemies in CyberMage: Darklight Awakening adds to the enjoyment of the game. Since it's based on a comic book, many characters were already created and were just incorporated into video game format. Games like Castle Wolfenstein don't have nearly the variety of enemies and areas that CyberMage: Darklight Awakening possesses.
Although the movements are error free and move quite smoothly, the action can get quite dizzying and tear at the stomach. The graphic blood and gore contributes a great deal to these aspects and is often a pitfall of games such as these. Kids can stomach the action while many adults cannot. But, because of the gory aspect, many parents may not want to buy the game for their children.
Not only can you maneuver through the game's environments on foot, you can also drive tanks, pilot air cars or blast off on jump belts, another reason why this game has much more variety than many other 3D shooters. Although many similar games of this genre and style have been previously released, CyberMage: Darklight Awakening has the storyline of a major comic book to back it up. Expand your shooting experiences and enter the realm of the CyberMage!
Graphics: Typical 3D first person shooter action graphics with some science fiction comic book style images added.
Sound: The little voices of the alien characters and the hologram at the beginning of the game are nice touches. The music in the background and the rest of the sounds are decent.
Enjoyment: Overall, this is a fun game to play. After a while the motion gets nauseating but you get used to it.
Replay Value: You'll probably be playing for years just because it's fun -- it's not flashy and it's not going to keep you guessing but gameplay is entertaining.
In the year 2044 AD, world governments have fallen apart and the Earth is ruled by ruthless corporations doing anything for profit. However, rebels are fighting against corporate control all over the planet. The protagonist of the game saves the life of a stranger, sacrificing his own life in the process. Taking the protagonist to his lab, the stranger performs a secret experiment on him, and is able to bring him back to life. The hero awakens with a strange crystal embedded in his forehead, giving him control over a mysterious power known as the Darklight. The lab is attacked by the forces of NeCrom, who also controls the Darklight. The protagonist must escape from the lab, learn about the Darklight and the aliens bringing it to the planet, and finally confront NeCrom, his evil counterpart.
CyberMage is a 3D first-person shooter set in a dark futuristic environment. Controls can be customized to allow mouse- or keyboard-based gameplay. Jumping, looking up and down (keyboard only), and rudimentary interaction with objects (e.g. switches) are available. The hero is able to use various weapons as well as his Darklight powers against many foes. These offensive, ranged powers deplete a special energy called "Mann-Ra", which regenerates itself over time. The souls of organic enemies are released when they are killed. Approaching these souls before they disappear, the player obtains various power-ups to health and Mann-Ra, which may be temporary (restoring) or permanent (increasing their maximum count). Armor and other items can be found as well. In addition to walking around the cities and war zones, the player can use vehicles like tanks and air cars in some of the levels. Most areas also contain friendly characters who might give the player information. Money can be found scattered throughout the levels, and spent on weapons in the gun shop.
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