Adventures in Judge Dredd Games - Part 1
Yeah sorry I've gone crazy again and decided to waste the best part of a week on games no one cares about. No RPGs, no requested games, not even a Zelda game for the entire week. Just a guy with a big helmet and a metal bird on his shoulder shooting people.
I hear Dredd's comic book stories are actually pretty decent, but all I know about the character comes from vague recollections of the 1995 Stallone movie. So I'm pretty much expecting Dredd's going to take his helmet off about ten minutes in, then the rest of the game will be about his run from the law, punctuated by slurred one liners and a digital Rob Schneider giving his best imitation of comedy.
The game starts with various crimes like 'arson', 'murder', and 'comic book selling' popping up all over this city map. I'm assuming each is a different mission for me to to play, and I have to use the hovering robot cursor thing to select one. Arson sounds like a laugh, so I'll go with that first.
Anyway, straight away I find myself facing off against a robot dog and a TV-faced hover droid. Annoyingly though they seem immune to my bullets. Well the floating robot is anyway, I'm shooting right over the dog's head.
Though it's just occurred to me I'm here looking for an arsonist, not to blow away everyone and everything I see. Perhaps these two are just harmless background characters, put in to add a bit of life to the level.
A FEW SCREENS LATER.
I wonder if I can go inside that blue door. Actually, I just want to try something first.
Anyway, now that I haven't wasted some more bullets, I'll go and investigate the blue door.
Either way they were bad news for Dredd. They quickly swarmed around him like a school of rodent piranhas and nibbled him to death.
That didn't exactly go as well as I'd hoped. But that's okay, I'm still in the game, and there's plenty more crimes to stop. Like 'littering', or 'tap', whatever the fuck that is.
Hey, wait a sec, is that a human over there on the right?
:WARN: mode. Maybe that's his idea of a warning shot.
Well warning shots aren't going to get me any points. Time for an Elvis Presley Block massacre.
Still I suppose it could be worse. I could be playing the ZX Spectrum version.
Room for improvement there I think. As much as I'd like to turn it off right now, I know I'll never be happy until I figure out what I'm actually supposed to do in the game. So I'm going to go and give it another shot.
Actually I'm totally discouraged. I've already muted the annoying music, and I'm just looking for an excuse to turn this off.
WAIT, that guy looks far brighter than the others. I think that's my perp!
Great, now I have to start again and find myself another criminal.
Still, swapping bullets with the guy hasn't helped my health any. I'm down to a chain link and a half on my chain-o-meter, and finishing a mission doesn't get me a refill.
So I guess I'll go with... crap. Too late.
I'm still a fair way off understanding all the subtleties of the gameplay, but so far I'm definitely getting the impression that this is a crap game. In fact I doubt it was much fun in 1986, never mind 2012. The music's painful, there's no sound effects, and it seems that the entire game is just Dredd playing hide and seek with the guy in white over and over again in a block filled with near indestructible robots and dangerous feline street gangs. I can't say I'm a fan of this one.