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  • Summary: Boiling Point: Road to Hell combines intense armed combat with exploration and interaction with a vast and seamless open-ended gaming world. In Boiling Point: Road to Hell, gamers travel to the present day jungles of South America and battle competing factions in a brutal guerrilla war. Developer Deep Shadows' innovative game engine streams the beautifully rendered environment, creating a non-linear gameplay experience, with no loading times or separate levels, creating a continuous world spanning hundreds of miles. To make the most of the environment, a massive range of vehicles are at the disposal of the player, as well as a vast array of weapons. The wide open game world features an array of different AI factions with which the player can interact, and hundreds of diverse missions to create an original experience each time the game is played. Combined with the vast seamless gaming world, the result is gameplay freedom and replayability on an unprecedented scale. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Such ambition hasn’t been seen on the PC in God knows how long and Atari has landed itself an absolute classic here. A must-have - no questions asked. [July 2005, p.100]
  2. Simultaneously fascinating and flawed, it's the definition of high maintenance. [July 2005, p.86]
  3. There is no middle ground with Boiling Point: Road To Hell, you'll either look past it's flaws and love the expansive, open-ended adventure game beneath, or hate it because of its numerous technical faults, poor performance and general rushed feel.
  4. 70
    The basic storyline is good enough and the game does bring a few new aspects to the genre such as having to fill your car up with petrol. Unfortunately though this vision became lost during development and the game just feels unfinished.
  5. The scope of the game, the heart-pumping music (when it worked) and the idea of a seriously tough guy taking matters into his own hand to save his child was such an affecting idea that the end game made me that much more disappointed.
  6. The world is enormous and devoid of loading screens, allowing the player to uncover its large amount of content without interruption. But this impressive detail comes at a price. Boiling Point is crawling with glitches in both the graphics engine and the game mechanics, so going online for the latest patch is a necessity if you're up to the challenge of testing the game's depths.
  7. On paper Boiling Point has been designed as an expansive simulation and RPG with its complex weapon’s upgrading system. However, all the elements are very unpolished and most of them barely work. The game’s potential strengths such as the openly structured missions and the massive gameworld are rendered meaningless because of this. [July 2005, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Mar 14, 2012
    7
    Found this for £3 in the local CEX. In its day this could be called very ambitious, even genius in some levels. Alas, it lends too much from its inspirations, such as Far Cry and GTA, and lacked the coat of polish it deserved. But for £3, I'm very satisfied. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    5
    A great idea poorly executed, Boiling Point turned me off almost immediately with its stodgy interface, nasty character animations, bad graphics, textures and awful voice-acting. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2013
    3
    While the game is not bad, it surely is one of the clumsiest I've ever attempted to play. It is Hell not because it depicts hell, but because it is hell to play it. Unless you are really patient, you'll get bored quite quickly going from A to B on-foot, because stealing some car is not as easy as GTA easy, and cars are rare anyways. This, and the fact that in the beginning you are really overpowered in terms of guns and weapons. The pistol is almost useless against enemies, and that's on easy mode. I kept shooting, and they just wouldn't die, but I died very quick when they used their assault weapons. Not exactly fair. Apart from combat and movement, the character interaction, skills and looting are badly implemented themselves, breaking a gameplay that's supposed to be fluid to work.
    I would say that this is a game to install and play with a save downloaded on the internet, just to cruise around and avoid the unnecessary frustration of completing it yourself.
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  4. Feb 19, 2014
    3
    Dafuq i just played!!!
    - game is broken as hell
    -stupid story about an ass*ole looking fo his kidnapped daughter.
    -stupid and repetitive
    characters
    -game looks like it came out 2003 because the graphics is bad.
    -voice actors suck BALLS!!!
    the only good thing about this crap maybe the intro song.
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