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Clive Barker's Undying

by Electronic Arts
Windows 98 / Me / 95
 Mature
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / 95
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: CD-ROM

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5.0 out of 5 stars xbox version? June 17 2003
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the question we all want to know, is this game going to come out on xbox any time soon?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clive Barkers Undying Jan. 4 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I enjoyed CB's Undying because not only does it cater to being a unique game in the genre it falls int'o it was also somewhat ahead of its time in gameplay and content. Speaking of gameplay if a comparison was made its somewhat similar to a primitive earlier Morrowind or an advancement to TES Daggerfall. The game has a unique assortment of weapons to defeat the various enemies including melee type weapons and spells. EA and Sold Out Software should be credited in trying a different approach
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  121 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action and Terror from the first person view-point! June 6 2001
By Michael Pappalardo - Published on Amazon.com
I have played many, many FPS games. Doom. Doom 2. Quake. Duke Nukem. Half Life. Aliens vs. Predator just to name a few. And none of them, not even Half-Life or AvP could have prepared anyone for this.
This game is terrifying beyond all belief. Not since Silent Hill has there been a game so utterly nerve wracking. I have played games that were designed to scare you, but this, from the mind of horror master Clive Barker, will have you trembling in your seat. Unexpected occurences, such as monsters bursting through walls, the ground suddenly falling out from under you, terrible shrieks that sound like they came from right behind you....you walk into a dark room and see nothing. The door slams shut, you turn around......the beast standing there will take your head off if you aren't fast enough!
Crisp, beautiful graphics that look great even on older video cards (such as Voodoo 3), and incredible sound effects make this game what it is. Very cool weapons, such as the Tibetan War Cannon which shoots a blast of ice at your enemies, and amazing looking spells, such as the ectoplasm, which fires bolts of pure energy at your enemies are just some of the weapons you will use. There is 'duel-weilding', where you hold your weapon in your right hand, and your left hand is free for spell casting. Spell power can be upgraded through 'Mana Wells' found throughout the game. Helpful items such as 'Ether Traps' can keep monsters at bay while you try to find your way out!
The story is rather good, but there are many events in the game that will get you sidetracked while you are trying to perform a task asked of you by one of the NPC's, and then all of a sudden you find yourself being led one way by something else when you are trying to go the other way.
There are some other annoying aspects, such as being unable to backtrack, so if you miss something, thats it, you've missed it. Doors will often shut behind you, and will be unable to be opened again. There are also many doors throughout the game that cannot be accessed until much later in the game, where you will find yourself scrambling around the many beautifully detailed areas in the game, trying to find them again. There are quite a few monster types in the game. However, at some parts, these monsters respawn at an overwhelming rate, and some of these creatures are VERY difficult to kill because of their unique skills.
The inventory system and weapon selection systems were rather annoying as well, with the '1' and '2' keys cycling forward and back through weapons respectively, and '3' and '4' to cycle through spells. There is a button that allows you to access a 'weapon wheel' where all weapon icons are displayed on screen, allowing you to pick which one you want. However, if you have to quickly switch weapons in a tense situation, both methods are rather difficult to pull off.
Despite those gripes, the game itself is very good. The monsters are scary, the ability to cast a spell that shows you things that are not normally there, such as ghosts and alterations in the scenery, which will help you understand the story, or just plain terrify you, add to the atmosphere and mood of the game. If you are a fan of horror and FPS games, this one is for you! Not for the weak of heart! Difficult controls, but all in all a good game!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undying is easily the early leader for Game of the Year Feb. 24 2001
By Christian Purst - Published on Amazon.com
Undying has more to offer than any game in recent memory and is an absolute blast to play. I agree with what some game reviews have already said, calling it the scariest game ever made (Seeing how Clive Barker was involved, it's not too surprising!).
Graphics: Beautifully detailed and textured environments. Awesome creatures with uncanny realism. Cool special effects and plenty of blood!
Sound: Enemy and ambient sounds are among the best I've heard. The voiceover is tight, most notably being Aaron (the ghostly brother). I read that Clive Barker himself is the voice of Ambrose (one the main characters in the game) and he too, does an admirable job.
Gameplay: Most your basic FPS elements with an interesting twist on accessing your weapons & spells. The wheel-based selection system takes some getting used to, but is quite effective during battle (the game also allows you to use a more conventional system of hot keys if you prefer). Fighting creatures in Undying stands apart from the crowd when the player (you) gets hit. Blood splatters on the screen and your view is knocked in the direction from where the impact came. Very Cool! Most puzzles are rather easy except for a handful that will have you scratching your head and feeling silly once you figure it out.
Presentation: The game comes with the normal PC stuff (jewel case and manual = sigh). However, Undying does come with a big diary full of back story on the family and is extremely well written.
Pros: Just read anything I or nearly all the game reviewers are saying. Hands down the early pick for game of the year.
Cons: A little short for my liking, but that's a PC game issue in general. You'll get longer play with some console games, but few as fun as Undying.
You definitely won't be sorry if you get this game. Maybe scared.... But not sorry.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and 1/2 Stars. This game is really Good & Spooky March 2 2001
By H. A Huffman - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, I am biased. I love most of Clive Barker's work and I liked the movies based on his writings. But that doesn't mean I gave him a free pass while evaluating this game. Also, I never purchased Unreal Tournament (just didn't like the whole concept).
After playing the game for about two hours, I am completely lost in the big Irish mansion (well, actually, I just opened the wrong door and I am now lost in some lower dimension), running low on health and have "died" about 4 times already but I like this game. The game's engine is wonderful: The lighting effects, textures and character movement are great. The plot is also wonderful; it's the main reason why I don't get that sense of futility that comes with playing mediocre games.
This game does have the familiar "find the key" type puzzle but it does not have the standard "run - jump - shoot" action of most FPS games. Undying is more like a "walk - investigate - what happened to the lights? - duck! - that's not my reflection in the mirror! - NOW run" type of game. This game adds many Barkerish touches (the long gloomy hallway with the white curtains wafting gently across it - pure genius.) that add to Undying's quality.
Aside from the care taken by Undying's creators to provide the right atmosphere, the user interface is very easy to understand and configure. The dual weapon/spell control is a little daunting at first, but I am getting used to it.
One reviewer compared this game to "Resident Evil". That game is a mess that bored me to tears. Undying is a really engrossing, spooky adventure. Electronic Arts and Mr. Barker have created a superior gaming product that is well worth Amazon's price and my prediction is that it will be popular for many years.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unprecidented, and Unexpected Delight March 16 2008
By Slythe - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I know that this review is a many years late. Most people now will not have the pleasure of ever knowing this game if they missed it. Others will be turned of by the dated graphics, and lower system requirements than most games these days demand (Crysis, Bioshock etc.). I still feel compelled to write this review however, because Undying deserves nothing less than a standing ovation, but unfortunately never received one.

Originally I purchased undying with the expectation of another gory FPS (first person shooter) with supernatural enemies. Instead what I ended up with was a hybrid FPS-survival horror that had me jumping all throughout. No other games ever pulled of the same scares and atmosphere that Undying did for me. Believe me when I say that I'm no stranger to survival horror. Indeed I've indulged in almost every title the genre has pumped out same goes for FPS. I fancy myself a survival horror enthusiast and FPS connoisseur. This game filled both desires With excellence worthy of replay. True there is no multi-player, but the single-player experience more than makes up for that.

On a technical front:
The art direction is exquisite for its time as well as disturbingly rich in little details put into almost every texture. The enemies alone are simply horrifying incarnations of Clive Barker (creator of the Hellraiser series, The Midnight Meat Train, etc.)

The sounds are well produced with fantastic voice acting for all of the characters, and vicious or haunting shrieks and roars from the Demonic enemies. Not to mention an excellent soundtrack that only aids the games atmosphere.

The weapons are many and unique(Deaths' Scythe being my favorite). The game also handles its combat by left and right hand. What I mean is that one hand holds your guns while the other uses occult magic giving you two weapons at the same time, and both of which can be upgraded (Ammo types for one potency for the other.)

The games atmosphere shines as its brightest aspect in that its simply intense! The distant howls of the enemies, the dark hallways of the mansion, the dank moldy torch lit catacombs, the unreal demonic dimension, the symbolic and bloody horrors revealed to the user through use of scrye (Magic Spell), and the heart pounding ambushes that are thankfully not overused.

Honestly games these days that have tried to pull off the FPS-Survival horror Hybrid (Eg. F.E.A.R., Condemned, Doom 3) have been fun, but don't even come close to Undying! And in some cases left me disappointed. This game set the bar at a high level and though a few games have come close to it non have reached it yet. I'm always saddened by game magazine and website writers When they do their top 10 scariest games lists, and Undying isn't even mentioned, but alas Undying never had good publicity.

Obviously I Really enjoyed this game, and if your looking for a game that perfectly blends FPS with survival horror and manages a deep and intriguing story, look no further, This is the Game for you! Better get it before you miss out entirely.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game with terrifying musick March 24 2001
By John R. Pepp - Published on Amazon.com
I usually don't like FPS (First Person Shooting Games), but this games I like because of the horror. The music and sound effects in the game give me the creeps, plus the game has excellent graphics (A bit dark, but heck it's a horror game). There are two reason that stop me from giving Undying 5 stars :
1. The game area is so huge that it would be nice if it gave you the chance to map it (like Diablo I & II), because it gets a little annoying going over the same area time after time.
2. It seems linear at times, meaning that you are basically following a path that is set to the game. Now it would be nice to have subplots and have the option to go on to a different stories.
I never buy gore movies (Aliens for example) but I do like horror stories (Stephen King) and a horror movie that will scare you but not gross you out. So this game while it has it's gorey moments has one additional thing that makes it a good game, it is a thinking game not just a shoot'em up game.
One Final note, this game might give people with low end computers a problem, so my advice is to make sure you have enough computing power (It runs great on an AMD Athlon 950 Mhz).
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