Product Type: Atari PS2 games
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Try not to go insane!
Member Name: heekeer
Advantages: Unique controls and some good ideas, a good storyline
Disadvantages: Tricky puzzles, sanity meter and sometimes precise analog movements are tricky
Fahrenheit is an action game for the Playstation 2 devleloped by Atari.
The story of Fahrenheit takes place through multiple perspectives, your main characters are Lucas Kane who one night goes into a trance and ends up murdering someone in a diner. His story follows the hunt to find out what on earth possessed him to go into the trance and prevent himself from breaking down, it starts off really interesting but ends up going crazy with oracles and supernatural demons and whatnot. You also play as two police officers, Officer Tyler Miles and Lieutenant Carla Valenti and there story follows the hunt for the killer. Playing both sides of the story is really an interesting case and when the paths cross you can be sure of a good resolution.
The gameplay in Fahrenheit is very unique, instead of performing actions by mashing buttons each is performed by rotating the analog stick in a certain way. You are shown your possible actions by a meter on screen so you won't ever be clueless as to what to do. This works very well and at best it feels like you are more in control of your characters action, at its worst it can be very frustrating especially during the chase sequences where you have to run away by performing very tricky analog manoeuvres.
The game also has a mix of puzzles to solve and you will have to talk to the right people or perform the right action to progress in the plot and at times these can be almost impossible to solve, for instance when I was playing as Tyler Miles I had to find a book in a library, easy enough you may think but all they give you to go on is a hint from the librarian and the library is 3 storeys lined with books!
The game also has you take care of your characters precious sanity, the simple act of taking a drink, eating or going to the bathroom will keep you sane but if you get bad news or fail the on screen prompts during some sequences you can soon become insane which results in a game over, this meter stays with you for the entire game you have to maintain it at a decent level or during some of the trickier sections you won't be able to progress.
Graphics are a little grainy but passable and the voice work from all the characters is well done.
Fahrenheit is a unique action game but it definitely has its problems which prevent from being truly brilliant.
Summary: A unique experience.