"Take all of the action from the hit movie True Lies, subtract the romance, and you've got one of the most exciting games ever encountered."
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back with a bang! After starring in the dismal Last Action Hero game,, moviedom's favorite muscleman hits the Genesis in another movie-based game. This one's explosive fun. No lie.
If you played the SNES version of True Lies, you'll know the Genesis game right down to its passwords. Once again you play as a gun-totin' agent blasting through ten mazes. The mazes and the plot echo the film, and you get movie stills between levels.
True Lies is similar to Soldiers of Fortune, including its use of that game's overhead view and multiple weapons. You plod through rooms and pathways, looking for guns and grenades to use, bad guys to blast, and medical boxes to scoop up.
Innocent bystanders mill around like lemmings, walking right into your shots. The continuous action gives shoot-em- up fans lots to like.
The overhead-view graphics are detailed and colorful, though the scrunched sprites may be too small for some tastes. Unlike the Last Action Hero game, which began with a giant Schwarzenegger logo, True Lies' graphics downplay Arnold's role. He's not in every cut scene, and there's no long intro to set up the movie's plot. In fact, you see more of Tom Arnold, who constantly appears to dispense advice.
ProTip: You don't need to shoot every bad guy In Level One -- just get to the computer and down the stairs to the right as fast as you can.
The biggest disappointment is the sound. If you're going to reduce Arnold's visual presence, then you should pump up his vocals as compensation. Unfortunately, Acclaim delivers no voices other than muffled grunts from victims. Shots and reloading sounds ring clear and propulsive music stirs the action, but there's nothing memorable.
Efficient controls make this game fairly easy. Armed successively with a pistol, a shotgun and an Uzi, you make short works of baddies without taking damage. Other exciting pick-up weapons include flamethrowers, grenades, and mines. The only control limitation is Arnold's slow speed, though his duck-and-roll maneuver imparts some, but not much, desperately needed mobility.
Don't get cocky after beating the early levels -- True Lies gets harder midway through when extra lives are harder to find. But stay with it because you'll find fun everywhere. True Lies gives you plenty of bang for your buck.
- As in the SNES game, don't fire at the enemies in Stage One, and they won't fire at you.
- Keep moving as you shoot oncoming attackers to make yourself a harder target to hit.
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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.
Become special agent Harry Tasker and track down terrorists and stolen nuclear warheads in 12 levels of action, including car chases, downhill skiing, and Harrier Jet flights.
True Lies is a top-down action game based on the movie of the same name directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. You take action as Harry Tasker, an operative for The United States' last line of defense, Omega Sector, who is pursuing group of terrorists led by Salim Abu Aziz. True Lies not a game that involves any strategy, or even any actual thinking. You're tasked with taking down this terrorist orginization. You have to go through ten levels with of machine gun, shotgun, tons of grenades, and a flame thrower, where your only objective is to carve your way through hoards of gun-toting flunkies of the super-powered bosses that wait at the end of the level. There are really basic controls here and is easy to play.
The graphics of the game is not so good. The people don't look real, and spilled blood might be disturbing to younger people, but it is animated so badly, so I don't think it will be a big problem.
However, Try True Lies, one of the most exciting video games. If you just want to cut loose, and not have any thinking, then I strongly recommend you play this game.
True Lies game features:
- Play as Harry Tasker, Omega Sector operative
- Use tons of grenades, machine gun, and even anti-personnel mines
- Based on a famous movie
- Easy to play controls