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  • Summary: The pathogen is unknown. Dr. Jack Mason en route to assess threat levels. Request cryogenic containment of infected subject "B": Karina J. All Prisoner rights are hereby revoked under Section-4 of the Transgenic Containment Act. Evacuate non-essential personnel in preparation got possible thermonuclear contanment protocol. FROM THE CREATORS OF "UNREAL" comes a spiraling plunge into destruction, despair and disease. Jack Mason is a burnt-out doctor and an outcast rejected by society. With no will to live, until he nearly dies in a transport crash, Jack and his infected patient are stranded deep within the most vicious prison sectors of a wasteland called "Earth." [Groove Games] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. In introducing weapon modification and more importantly Adrenaline/Healing Tool, Pariah ends up feeling significantly different to the vast majority of shooters on the market, there’s a definite sense of survival to the whole experience.
  2. If you are strictly searching for a great solo FPS with stunning production values aimed at providing a cinematic, story-driven experience, then Pariah is a game you simply can’t miss.
  3. 78
    It's quite solid in most respects, but it won't tear you away from whatever you're currently hooked on. In fact, Pariah just made me want "UT2006" that much more.
  4. There are lots of great elements to the game, but nothing that stands out as being worthy of a purchase alone.
  5. Generic Shooter # 7,491, but with some cool weapon upgrades. [July 2005, p.70]
  6. While the backdrop may still have some life left in it, Pariah's combat, story, and weapons loadout are all positively lifeless, making the game feel like nothing more than an also-ran shooter that barely stands on its own, let alone stands up to the genre's best.
  7. Seems like one of the better bland, forgettable shooters out there, if there is such a beast. [Aug 2005, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. JaySun
    May 3, 2005
    10
    PROS: - Great graphics - enemies look solid, helmets crack open - Destructable environments - nice touch! - Engine is great - ragdoll physics rock - enemy carthwheels all the way! - Grenade launcher w/ remote is addicting - Sniper laser-spots add a unique twist - Map editor is excellent - AI can be suprising* Getting sprayed with gunfire from multiple enemies is a trip. - WEC upgrades add a breath of fresh air. Very cool feature - Earth based levels with human enemies prove to be more fun than tired aliens, zombies, and monsters (which saturate every other title on the market). CONS: - No four player splitscreen - lame! - Dodgy framerate at times - Dying enemy sounds: how many times do I have to hear the same "Aaaaghh!"? - Controls are a bit sticky, not as smooth as other FPS's. Moving around obstacles isn't as smooth as it could be. - AI is hit and miss. *Sometimes brilliant and tricky, other times dumb as a rock. It's hit and miss, but usually on the money. - Switching between healing tool, bonesaw, and weapons can be tricky at times - especially when under heavy fire. Practice makes perfect - Black and white manual? THE VERDICT: 8 out of 10. Just buy the damn game. It's a great breather from Halo 2, and proves to be distinctly different. This is a must-have Xbox live title that is loaded with cool features, fresh twists on a familiar FPS theme, and excellent graphics. Expand
  2. Terp
    Feb 6, 2007
    10
    Its harder to rate this for PC, a system with a lot of great shooters already Pariah was like Chronicles of Riddick similarly dark and nihilistic, while beautiful. This was actually a great game. The AI takes some getting used to and is initially frustrating just because it's so easy to get killed senselessly (ie. running in guns blazing). They exhibit tactics and strategy, especially later in the game. It DEFINITELY exceeded Doom 3 and Quake 4 in every way (graphics, variety, plot, music) and in many ways Unreal II, and Halo 2. The plot was no more confusing than that of Halo 2. It did feel not quite polished in some areas, and I wish there was more exposition, (it was pretty confusing,) but what you are told is both intriguing and refreshingly adult, it reminded me of MG:Solid back in the day. That game didn't have the most high-powered graphics and yet was still impressively beautiful, still is, and still told a powerful story. I payed way less than $50-60, but even if I had, I would have felt I got my money's worth. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2010
    10
    Sugested by a friend to play this.I did not regreted playing this it is not a bad game.Deserves 7 because has some vehicles to and the levels are nice good graphics and some nice visual effects like earth jumping all the screen when a grenade explodes on the ground Expand
  4. Jabba
    Dec 17, 2005
    8
    Bad: lots of minor faults, very unoriginal and boring story good: great weapon-upgrade system, graphics, sound and physics and it's the first time I replayed a game immediately after finishing it! Expand
  5. HarmL.
    Oct 3, 2005
    7
    The graphics are outdated but the game is not that bad. The rating is also based on the price in the bargain bin. Nice single player FPS for a rainy sunday. Expand
  6. MJ
    May 10, 2005
    0
    Boring and frustrating to play, the cool premise fails to deliver any kind of riveting story. Old, stale, and simply not fun.
  7. johnDoe
    Feb 14, 2008
    0
    Put simply,this game is worst than the sum of its parts.The overall mix somehow manages to fail so bad,that even worse games are better...because they atleast make you laugh,while this one is just pure bother.It amounts to nothing,you feel numb while playing.The thing makes shooting a gun boring.Now I see how FPS haters see the genre.
    Failed hard.And whats with the pre-made classes?Who the hey said that if I want to snipe I also want to take a bazooka?No sense combination.Only way to kill a guy efficiently is roadkill here.And even driving sucks.
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