Ocean's come up with a game that looks blah, yet is tougher than a repeat offender. Lethal Weapon fits right into the lineup.
The Blue Badge of Courage
Ocean based this one-player action/adventure game on the hit movie of the same name. In the game you pick your favorite cop, Riggs or Murtaugh, and undertake five side-scrolling, undercover missions.
You can begin with any of the missions, which include a dockside drug dealing operation, a ransom plan, a shopping mall terrorist situation (in L.A., this is considered a state of emergency), and an office complex riddled with terrorists. In your final mission, you investigate an ex-sergeant who sells armor-piercing bullets to LA criminals.
You start off with a gun and limited ammo. As you progress, you can collect bullets, a badge that shields you from two hits, and a clock that increases your time limit.
Honey, I Shrunk the Cops
The problem right off the baton with Lethal Weapon is the scrunched graphics. The tiny Riggs and Murtaugh characters look more comic than coplike, and the villains are miniature miscreants. The standard backgrounds fail to save the game's graphics, and, unfortunately, the music's not very good, either. It would be more fun to stay at the firing range all day without earphones.
Assume the Position
The action in Lethal Weapon is extraordinarily hard, with repetitive (and sometimes unfair) game play. You'll take hits from off the screen and you won't be able to defend against some traps. Just when you think you've got it beat; your timer will run out.
If you think that sort of challenge sounds like fun, pick up this game; it deserves a shot. After a couple of hours, though, you may want to take it out back and give it a couple of shots of another kind.
- Try to save your bullets for end-level bosses.
- Get out of the sewer by jumping on anything that looks remotely stable.
- When you board the boat in the dock mission, wait until the life preservers fall before you move on.
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