Although this game isn't going to set any players on fire with its basic gameplay and mediocre graphics, True Lies is kind of fun. Play it for ten minutes, and you'll be hooked. Play it for an hour, unfortunately, and you'll finish this easy adventure.
In this movie-based game, you play as Harry Tasker, a quiet, unassuming computer salesman who lives a double life as a spy. Thankfully, you don't have to play as the computer salesman. You fight through ten overhead-view levels, some as exotic as the Forbidden City of China and some as mundane as a shopping-mall bathroom.
Armed with a semiautomatic 9-mm pistol, Harry finds a cache of other weapons to supplement his adventures. Uzis, grenades, flamethrowers, and antipersonnel mines round out the arsenal. Health and extra-life icons are also scattered around the levels.
You'll need all this help because the controls can be tricky at times. In many situations, you have to shoot around corners or at unseen enemies. You find yourself spraying gunfire wildly across an area just to register a couple of hits on an enemy.
ProTip: Fire ahead of yourself when walking into a blind alley. There's usually an enemy ahead.
The graphics are tame by today's standards. A mix of Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Soldiers of Fortune, the game does sport bloody takedowns of its small sprites. Gunning for the bad guys is made extra difficult by their close resemblance to the bystanders.
Your pistol has bullets, but you must reload every 15 shots. If you're down to one or two shots, fire until you reload.
The sounds are also basic. Stripped-down, monotonous music replays through each level. The death groans of enemies are weak and subdued, and there are no voiceovers or speech samples (unlike another game based on an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, T2: Judgment Day, which had Arnie saying "terminated").
Because the action gets frantic but never unbearable, the game works for both novice and intermediate gamers. Maybe this game is so appealing because there aren't many good overhead-view action/adventures of this type any more. If you couldn't bear for Zombies or Soldiers to end, True Lies picks up the slack.
- If you don't shoot in the first level, you can walk through without getting hit!
- Check in out-of-the-way places for power-ups.