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  • Summary: An unflinching realisation of a Clive Barker nightmare for next-gen console platforms and PC, Clive Barker's Jericho is a supernatural horror concept with story by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. Jericho deals with the mysterious reappearance of a lost city in aAn unflinching realisation of a Clive Barker nightmare for next-gen console platforms and PC, Clive Barker's Jericho is a supernatural horror concept with story by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. Jericho deals with the mysterious reappearance of a lost city in a remote desert. When a form of evil that goes right back to the dawn of days resurfaces from there, a Special Forces squad, trained in both conventional warfare and the arcane arts, is sent in. Their mission: Hunt down and destroy the evil that lurks at the heart of the city before it destroys humanity. Jericho is designed as an action horror title that ups the stakes in visuals and phantasmagorical special effects. Mingling the darkest elements of Barker’s horror fiction and films with an ambitious, age-spanning story, aimed at mature gamers, fans of Clive Barker and horror fiction enthusiasts. [Codemasters] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. I would've enjoyed more variety in the enemy fodder, but what's available is certainly creepy and intense. Clive Barker should develop more games. [Nov 2007, p.65]
  2. A solid shooter marred by poor design. Excellent visuals and some fine FPS gameplay are to be had in Jericho, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.
  3. I guess I would recommend it to Clive Barker fans. Bear in mind that there are obvious drawbacks to it, too. If you can live with the abovementioned issues (mostly concerning the tedious elements in the level design and its appearance), you will find stuff that you can like in this one.
  4. If the AI worked as it was intended, and if there was a cover system beyond "stand behind that pillar and the splash damage 'might' not kill you," Jericho would be great. But it doesn't, there isn't, and it's not. [Dec 2007, p.82]
  5. On one hand it's a near-broken video game, packed full of so many gaming no-nos that it ought never to be spoken about again, but on the other it's original, atmospheric and sickeningly good fun.
  6. The end result is just to routine to be scary. [Holiday 2007, p.84]
  7. 40
    The action and violence are satisfying enough to make the game marginally recommendable, but only barely. Add in the complete lack of any multiplayer options, a terrible ending, and Clive Barker’s Jericho feels like a game where the good parts are overwhelmed by the shortcomings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 61
  2. Negative: 12 out of 61
  1. ClaudioB.
    Oct 7, 2008
    10
    Sure this isn't the best FPS ever (more on that later), BUT, my friends: a) the plot, the visual & the mood come from Clive Barker, a Sure this isn't the best FPS ever (more on that later), BUT, my friends: a) the plot, the visual & the mood come from Clive Barker, a writer that I personally adore: to be honest the idea of an ancient evil radicated into the history of man so that you can change scenario with a meaning sounds good to me, while you go deeper you go past historical eras and forgive me but this is a fantastic idea; at the same time, you can (and must, to survive) control a whole squad with specific weapons and powers and this is also a great idea (instead of "oh i've found a new great weapon" of the others FPS!); b) levels are linear, enemies come out from spots...but when they do so, emerging from the myst, or a dark tunnel, well, my heart always lose a beat or two: I really don't understand other comments all over the net, this game scares me! (but again maybe its ME); always after a combat I think "wow thanks god there is a save point-that one was pretty hard"; c) bad things: powers aren't always easy to use (you have to place the character with extreme care, in THAT place and not two millimetres away!), an open ending (eh eh, space for a sequel-that's business my friends) and -but that's MY problem- the language translation in italian (totally sucks, I just play in english). To me, this game rocks: if you read Barker, buy it; if you enjoy a game with a marvellous mood, great characters and great plot and don't mind little repetitive schemes... buy it! It's worth it. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2012
    10
    Most amazing show I have ever watched. Just wrapping up season one on netflix and about to start the second. Very unfortunate that a thirdMost amazing show I have ever watched. Just wrapping up season one on netflix and about to start the second. Very unfortunate that a third season isn't getting made. This should change Forsure. Expand
  3. valveboy
    Oct 25, 2007
    9
    Truly a Clive Barker fans wet dream....Shades of Hellraiser, mixed with a bit of nightbreed and lord of illusions. Good Barker script mixed Truly a Clive Barker fans wet dream....Shades of Hellraiser, mixed with a bit of nightbreed and lord of illusions. Good Barker script mixed with some excellent graphics(fantastic shaders and lighting!!!) Abit repetitive, but if you like Barker his style and his writings, this is your game........ Expand
  4. ChrisI.
    Oct 29, 2007
    8
    Severly underrated game that has been caught in a negative maelstrom. Looking through several forums I find that a lot of people love this Severly underrated game that has been caught in a negative maelstrom. Looking through several forums I find that a lot of people love this game, but since negativity rules the 21st century, lots of people who have not actually played the full game will banter and rate this game a 1 or 2. Simply put, I have quite a lot of fun playing this game, the hours fly by and I find the characters, setting and gameplay well executed. What on earth went through some reviewers heads when they gave this game scores in the 3 region I will probably never understand. Please people, dont fall into the trap of not buying this game because of these reviews. Expect a fast shooter in the lines of "multiple squad members gone Doom in the realm of 21st century gaming", and youll be fine. Expand
  5. Jun 14, 2013
    7
    Overall I thought the game was pretty good. Graphics and gameplay are solid while the story also keeps you interested. The high repetition andOverall I thought the game was pretty good. Graphics and gameplay are solid while the story also keeps you interested. The high repetition and poor ending bring down the score. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2010
    6
    Vastly underrated in every sense of the word, but no deserving of any other merits other than the intense cinematic shooting, lovely optimizedVastly underrated in every sense of the word, but no deserving of any other merits other than the intense cinematic shooting, lovely optimized graphics, truly dark storyline. The gameplay is polluted by strangely stiff mouse aim controls, nearly useless 'tactical' elements, overlly difficult battles, and the lack of depth in ammo management or side areas to explore. However, it's still an intense, awesome experience! Expand
  7. DraconisB.
    Dec 26, 2007
    0
    Wow what to say? Repeative encounters where enemies spawn 10 times or more from the same spot. Squad AI is simply lacking and merely spray Wow what to say? Repeative encounters where enemies spawn 10 times or more from the same spot. Squad AI is simply lacking and merely spray and prays. Bland level design with small pathways from point A to B. Awful reaction mini games where you have to push buttons in sequence to progress through the cut scene. Speaking of which, currently I am STUCK on the crusades (second) level and unable to finish the game since the reaction game is bugged. My options are to either PAY MONEY for a cheat code for my copy of the game which will bypass the reaction event. Or I can possibly tweak my graphics card and hope the event works correctly. I am utterly aghast at this abomination of a game. not only is it a shooter on a rail but it insults you by forcing encounters of kill X enemies until you can pass. Not only does your squad do nothing to protect themselves or avoid splash damage. The biggest gripe is they are trying to milk this filth by forcing you to buy the cheat codes. BUY THE CHEAT CODES, for some people like myself we are having to bypass a infinite loop reaction cut scene or we cant progress. They expect us to pay for a code to bypass this ensuring a couple of dollars extra on top of the price. Remember who made this and remember how bland and bug infested it was. Dont forgot how they try to use buggy scenes and overly hard sections to generate cash through a pay to cheat system. Most of all remember to not support barginware gussied up with a famous persons name. P.S. Why couldn't this have been more like Undying? WHY? Expand

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