Review by KasketDarkfyre

Reviewed: 08/06/02 | Updated: 08/06/02

Who knew that bullets fell out of dead bodies in a showering rain?

Attack of the Clones would be the right way to look at this game, though you would have to take a moment and look at what Cal .50 has to offer. If you’re looking for a game that gives you plenty of run and gun action as well as some pretty impressive visuals and audio to go along with it, then you’re in the right place. You take the role of one solider who is out to stop a seemingly invincible army of killers that is looking to drop you where you stand. Much like Ikari Warriors, you’ll find that Cal .50 has better visuals and a better game play function than the earlier action adventure games!

-The Game Play-

The game play is set deep in the forest of some unknown land where you and a friend are dropped in to stop the plans of an evil army with nothing more than some grenades and your machine guns. The further you get into the game, the more interesting the weapons get and the higher your kill count will become as long as your watching just what is coming at you. Enemies are tough and the bosses at the end of the level are severe, so you’ll have to use a bit of strategy to get through some of the more difficult portions of the game.

As you progress through, you’ll be able to shoot in more than one direction, covering an eight-point system that allows you to fire in all directions while picking up different weapons along the way. However, the further you progress, the more you’ll be standing in one spot trying to kill whatever is coming at you and in some portions of the game, the endless wave just keeps you grounded in one spot. Control really isn’t much of a problem here as long as you keep an eye on where the enemies are coming from and you don’t backtrack into them.

When you get into the later stages of the game, it seems to take on a much harder level in which you have to pay attention to your surroundings. Sometimes, the environment that you’re running around in will give you a disadvantage on trying to avoid the incoming bullets that are constantly being fired at you. There are some pretty intense firefights that you have to get yourself through, but if you’ve had some training in other overhead action games such as Heavy Barrel, then you’ll find that this is nothing that you can’t get through!

-The Visuals-

With enough shading and detail in all of the stages, you’ll find that this is a pretty sound presentation for the eyes. The characters are pretty well detailed, as are the enemies, though you’ll find that the enemies aren’t really all that different from one another. Explosions and otherwise look good on the screen, but I have to admit that one of the funniest visuals in the game is when you blast an enemy and bullets fall out to the ground. I suppose that this is something to reflect the name of the game and the type of shells that are being used!

-The Audio-

The audio stays pretty constant throughout the entire game and really doesn’t stop from the pulse-pounding beat. Though you really won’t find the music all that memorable, you’ll still find that the game keeps the action theme up to the fullest while not diverting your attention away from the action onscreen. The sound effects are your typical fare of explosions and gunfire, with plenty of blasting noises and screams of your character getting killed when you’re finally overrun. Aside from that, you really won’t find too much here in the effects department that you haven’t heard before.

-The Verdict-

Cal .50 is a good clone game that gives you just enough freedom to kill and still make it enjoyable to boot. Though you really won’t find much here that will keep it from being any different than other overhead action games, the little visual oddities such as the shells falling all over the place make it slightly unique. The game play is tough and the control is dead on, the visuals are tight enough for an older action game and the audio gives you just enough pace without taking away from the experience. All in all, you have a game that keeps you moving and is worth a couple of bucks to try and finish!

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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