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      15.09.2001 19:13
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      Evolva is something new, different to normal shoot em ups, it kind of reminds me of MDK. Evolva takes you on a ride of gene absorbing over 12 massive levels. The objective is to eradicate any parasite life form and steal there genes to mutate your genohunters into ultimate fighting machines. ---------------------------------------------You have 4 genohunters which you can configure to your satisfactory, you can change their name and colour. The 4 genohunters have their own skills and attributes these are: THE AGILE GENO- by its name you can say it has good reflexes and and some speed, also accurate with its shooting. THE SPEED GENO- as you can tell it will be fast very fast, the fastest of the genohunters. The geno is small so it is vulnerable to heavy damage. THE HEAVY GENO- big and chubby this geno has more power than any other geno it also can take more damage. The geno has a flaw of being very slow. THE INTELLIGENT GENO- is a good all rounder and when not in control of you it will make the right decisions in combat. -Choosing the right geno for different situations will become essential in completing your missions. You can control 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of your geno hunters at one time. --------------------------------------------- The game is really beautiful, you will notice its really stunning graphics as it is really hard to miss. Its navigation is also good as it can locate a geno hunter and retreat him to the group wherever he is in the map. When going through each mission you will come across new parasites you havent came across in previous missions. When killed you can take the genes from the parasite and mutate to be able to use its offensive weapon. Weapons include: CLAW- the melee weapon, very long sharp claws which inflict heavy damage. SPIKE- rapid fire gun used for longer range attacks. FLAME- close combat flame does a considerable amount of damage and can set alight flamable plants to trap the
      parasite. NECROCITE- a spider like weapon, unusual as it releases little spider like creatures which attack the enemy. MUCUS- Highly flammable, spray along the floor and light it up with your flame, it can trap and set alight the parasite. -All weapons can be charged to create a more powerful weapon but it takes around 5 to 10 seconds to charge. --------------------------------------------- There are some great levels all different in their own way I'll explain a couple: One level is surrounded by water and gradually sinks under water. The water is poisonous and should not be approached so you have little time to capture the mucus producing parasite for research. Another is difficult as your team is split up in 2 groups both team has a different role on the opposite sides of a huge wall. On one side your agile and speed genos have to find 2 binary explosive plants. You have to deploy these plants through a gap in the wall to the other side. When combined they cause an unimaginable blast knocking over huge rocks or boulders. Most levels are different and all have something new so if you dont like one level the next wont be the same. --------------------------------------------- Evolva has been out for a little while now and I think its on a white label. It is not expensive and I think it has something different then normal shoot em ups. You fight in third person mode so you can see all around you as there are frequent ambushes. Overall a great game which to me should be more popular as I dont find people online very often. Its very anoying as you cant play on multiplayer if there is no one online.

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        31.08.2001 07:35
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        Evolva, a tactical shoot 'em up where you take control of your crack team of 4 genohunters and save your planet against Parastite lifeforms in a 3d world with stunning graphics. Evolva mixes the excitement of a fast paced shoot 'em up with the tactical elements of a strategy game. When killing your parasite enemies your genohunters have the ability to mutate and recieve the genes of the parasite you killed. You have to build up your genohunters into unstoppable killing machines by killing the parasite and stealing there genes. Throughout the game you come accross different parasite lifeforms and you gradually steal genes until you have ten weapons with emmense power. Fight your way through 12 missions and defeat the invading parasite to save your world. Good luck in this incredible 3D world.

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          27.05.2001 00:11
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          Yes biology does come in handy when playing this game, its very confusing at first but the basic idea of the game is to go around doing what your objectives tell you to do and killing certain creatures so you can extrapolate their genes and mutate them into your GenoHunters. I bought this game after “reading” a review (or more looking at the pictures because they really took me in) it looked really good and would be the first game I bought that had a very 3D landscape to play around in. Behind all the fancy words and design of the game its skeleton is basically that of those of any other shoot ‘em up. You go around collecting weapons off the dead creatures but you just have to do that little bit extra to get them (mutate them into yourself but it will show you how to do all of this). After you have mutated several times your genohunters will grow cool little spike and thorns and say if you got loads of speed genes from creatures that run fast, then your genohunters legs will go thin and stream-like to make them look extra speedy! It is a very clever idea; the game play works well with it. You have 4 genohunters, one has intelligence, one has agility, one has speed and the other is heavy (meaning armoured) but until they get the genes they really aren’t any of these, which I found was odd and slightly disappointing. The feeling of the game is quite nice, you feel cool when playing it but you feel evil when you kill the indigenous life. This game is very hard to explain, you really need to play it to find out what I am on about but it’s worth it really, for a while. I would say people who play this game have to be good at both strategy and shoot em up games, I am not that good at strategy games but almost excellent at shoot em ups (if I do say so myself) but I still found this game extremely hard as it progressed. At about the third level the creatures get more advanced and difficult to beat and the g
          enohunters, after you telling them what to do, go off and do their own thing which can get frustrating if they get injured because of it. Wave upon wave of enemies can hit you unsuspectingly and really I don’t think they should have that many too early on in the game, I couldn’t handle it. Another thing about it that really gets to me is that not many people have it! And trying to find people on the net to play it with is just hopeless! Maybe the game wasn’t advertised enough or very well but the multiplayer seems to be rather good (after playing all the levels by myself). The creatures are dead and ready for you to pick up and mutate them into you. You can get almost all the weapons on the levels, and the levels themselves are extremely fun to mess around on (by myself I spent at least an hour playing with the guns that I just couldn’t get to in the single player). The multiplayer would be fantastic if I could just find someone to play it with! Some games have made it when the single player was either too hard or not good and with proper advertising it would have been one of them. Like all other games I’m not that good at and that either don’t have multiplayer or doesn’t have a good place to play them, Evolva sits on my CD rack collecting dust. Its really good to get into and for a good few weeks it was very addictive and was fun to play, don’t get me wrong on that but all I can say is think of the long term effects of a game you are going to buy. This one needs serious thinking about. Probably due to lack of buyers, the price has gone way down in some shops and could be available for £5 in a store near you which would be great value for money! So it would be worth it

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            18.05.2001 23:26
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            When i say that this game is one of those genetic/dna experiment games do not turn away... its like those really old bad attempts to inroduce this kind of thing into gaming. The concept actually works really well in this game as even if your favourite genohunter gets killed u can use him again in another level so its not like mutate die...mutate die.. you can actually get decent charcters in the game. This game has some truly unique features that lend it a lot of potential. To begin with, your genohunters (those weird alien creatures who you control) can evolve. This is achieved very easiliy; simply kill something with claws, walk over to the body and you can evolve claws! The number of possible evolutions means almost endless customization options, enhancing the replay value dramatically. The monsters (known as parasite guardians) look really good and the sound effects are really creepy. Unfortunately, most missions just involve killing everything and the color palette is too limited, making enemies and backgrounds blur together. In the end, this is a pretty good game, but not a spectacular one. If the features sound good to you, then you may want to buy it, but otherwise you may prefer to look somewhere else.

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              20.04.2001 21:51

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              The graphics,the sound the story,evrything about this game is excellent except from one thing the controls.This game has some of the weirdest scenery beaten only by Sacrifice in the weird things stakes.You take the role of a group of four ?genohunters? who have the ability to evolve at will. There has almost never been a greater diversity of creatures in a game. There are over ten weapons, and fifteen attributes, which your genohunters can use from flame-throwers to armour plating. If there were two bad things to say about this game it would be that the levels are too big, but you can?t have too much of a good thing, right? Also the bosses can be a little bit hard (they can be up to 10x as tall as you! and use about 4 weapons at once, but a challenge is refreshing in games, is it not?)

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              15.01.2001 23:32
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              This game has some of the weirdest scenery beaten only by Sacrifice in the weird things stakes. You take the role of a group of four ‘genohunters’ who have the ability to evolve at will. There has almost never been a greater diversity of creatures in a game. There are over ten weapons, and fifteen attributes, which your genohunters can use from flame-throwers to armour plating. If there were two bad things to say about this game it would be that the levels are too big, but you can’t have too much of a good thing, right? Also the bosses can be a little bit hard (they can be up to 10x as tall as you! and use about 4 weapons at once, but a challenge is refreshing in games, is it not?)

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              18.11.2000 23:43

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              This game has pretty good graphics and plot but the actual gameplay is confusing. I mean your GenoHunters are easy to control however they are somewhat on the....dumb side since they have no real wish to stay alive when controlled by the AI. Other than that the enemies are WAY TOO TOUGH they are like mini-demi-gods and they cause way more damage than you can even when a certain stat level for a weapon is maxed. The good side is that the weapons are very creative and nicely mixed with good graphics and sounds. The level detail and effects are very nice too. Enemies are creative even though they are so freaking tough. Overall this game is not your average game it's better but it could use a little bit of work to improve it. I hope that they do that in Evolva 2!

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              07.11.2000 22:34
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              evolva is one of the best games i have bought it is very original as you can sample creatures dna and enhance yourself i found this game to be very fun and it is exellent for the stategy and shoot them up kind of people.I found it to be a little bit too slow for playing on acompuer with less than 266 mhz and i recommend you have a 16mb graphics card and at least 300 mhz for a decent framerate. i would definetely recommend this game and it is well worth the money i paid for it.

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