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Wild Wild West Steel Assassin (PC)
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Wild Wild West Steel Assassin (PC)
Date: 25/01/01, updated on 26/01/01 (120 review reads)
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The idea of the game is exactly the same as the TV quiz show. For those of you who have never seen the TV show or rarely watched it here is a brief explanation…A person tries to win as much money as he/she can by answering 15 consecutive questions. They have three lifelines in case they can’t answer a question (which happens all the time). The lifelines are 50-50, phone a friend and ask the audience. The names speak for themselves really. 50-50 takes away two wrong answers out of the four answers to choose from leaving the write answer and the one remaining wrong answer. Phone a friend means that you can phone a friend and tell them the question. They then have 30 seconds to give you a correct answer. Then there’s ask the audience. With this the audience vote on what they think is the correct answer.
There are a few different modes that you can choose from in the game including Fastest Finger, Head to Head, Team Game or the normal Single Player Mode.
They have cleverly designed this so that two or more people can compete at the same time on the same keyboard. You must choose a key on your keyboard and that key will be your buzzer. Then, a question appears on the screen followed by a selection of different answers. You have to push your buzzer as soon as the correct answer appears on the screen. The fastest person to do so wins and gets the chance to play ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Thrilling, as it may seem it just isn't. Two or more people cramped a
round a computer keyboard waiting forever for the correct answer to appear. Sometimes it comes right at the end of all the answers so you have to wait ages. That really does take the excitement away in my opinion.
Head to Head
This is for two or more players. You don’t have to answer any questions to see who goes first. Instead, you take it in turns to answer the £100 question then the £200 question and so on. The person to get the furthest wins.
In this mode you can create teams of players to compete against each other. This is perfect for parties and is by far the best mode available (because it’s the most fun).
Single Player Mode
Here you are all by yourself. You have to answer 15 consecutive questions and try to win the jackpot of £1 million.
Of course, in all of these modes you have 3 lifelines that you can use to your advantage. I wondered before the game was released how they were going to have phone a friend as a lifeline. You couldn’t exactly be given 30 seconds to phone a friend on a real phone. What they did was this – when you choose your phone a friend lifeline the computer automatically phones one of its stored friends. They then tell you what they think the answer is and that’s it. 50-50 works the same as the TV show and so does ask the audience.
The game features over 1000 questions with varying difficulty. Sometimes you can get the hardest questions on the lowest cash level which is annoying and stupid. It sounds like a great many questions that will last you ages but believe me, you start getting repeat questions after you have owned the game for around 1-2 weeks playing at least once per day.
On the back of the CD case for ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ it says “There are stunning video sequences”. Let me correct this for them…there are only ar
ound 3 video sequences and they’re not exactly stunning. The camera whizzes through the TV shows set (which is in 3D) but get this…the developers haven’t even bothered to create an audience. What this suggests to me is that because of the TV shows high popularity the developers wanted to get this game out as soon as possible so that they could make as much profit as possible before the TV show’s popularity started to fade. Do you know what this means? A rushed project. A game that could have had the potential to do extremely well (better than it did anyway) but because of the developers greed lacked certain aspects that the TV show had (such as the atmosphere).
The developers have at least, included all of the music associated with the TV show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ This is one of the games few strong points and one that I too appreciate. The music does add to the overall atmosphere and increases the excitement of the game too (what little there is of it).
The main menu is simple consisting of 3 options, Start Game, Options and Quit (at least no one will get confused here). The options menu isn’t exactly jam packed with options. You can change the volume of the sound FX and the music. You can also choose whether to have the ‘Stunning video sequences’ on or off. But do you know an option that would have been really appreciated by me? The option to knock the commentary from Chris Tarrant off. I cannot stand him. He constantly repeats the same sentences over and over. Not only that but sometimes he even says the wrong things. E.g. Say I had £300 and I was going for the £500 question, he would sometimes say “Right, you’ve got £500 and you’re going for the first big milestone of £1000”. Hmm, did the developers bother to test for errors? I think not!
The installation is fine. Just a normal game installation (at least the developers got something right eh?). B
ut…the game can take up 400mb of hard disk space (that is, if you install everything, including the totally awesome ‘Stunning video sequences’, hehe).
I have to say that the game does get rather repetitive. Fine, there’s four different modes but in each mode the only thing that changes is the number of people playing the game. Not much diversity if you ask me. Some people may think the game is excellent but that won’t last long, believe me. Soon enough you’ll be jumping up and down on the CD, taking a mental fit and putting your fist through the monitor. Oh, when this happens it isn’t the games repetitiveness alone, remember that the commentary from Chris Tarrant will have added to your anger, boredom and frustration. The developers probably should have added this to the back of the games box – Beware, this game can cause serious damage to your mental health, you may end up in a mental hospital if you play the game more than 2 times a century - The developers didn’t even have the time to add that! :)
Last of all, the system requirements. Here’s a list of what you will have to have in order to run this game:
Minimum System Requirements
2MB video card (Direct X 7 compliant)
70MB HD space
Direct X compliant sound card
At least the price is reasonable at around £24.
Anyway, that’s enough ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ for me. I hope you make the right decision and don’t buy this game. At the end of the day, its up to you.