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  • Summary: 1989: Deep in the heart of the Mexican jungle, undercover agent Ernesto Cruz blasts his way through an armed militia to board a DEA plane bound for home. He never made it, the victim of an alleged 'overdose'. Present Day: After uncovering new evidence, Ernesto's son, Ramiro is set free from1989: Deep in the heart of the Mexican jungle, undercover agent Ernesto Cruz blasts his way through an armed militia to board a DEA plane bound for home. He never made it, the victim of an alleged 'overdose'. Present Day: After uncovering new evidence, Ernesto's son, Ramiro is set free from jail to join his twin brother Tommy, on the trail of their father’s killer as they go on a super-cool, tequila fuelled rampage through Mexico’s gun-toting, drug-pushing underworld. Features: A Rich storyline taking the player through 18 different environments, from the seedy red light district of Los Toros, to the depths of the Mexican desert. A free-style combat and stunt system to take down your enemy with more outrageous moves than you can shake a hot chilli at. Cutting edge soundtrack featuring Molotov, Delinquent Habits, Control Machete. [SCi Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. A darn good adventure and one that should be taken by every serious gamer. It may not take the place of any "Grand Theft Auto" game but it could certainly hold its own against "Max Payne."
  2. Total Overdose doesn't do much that's new or innovative, but what it does drips with so much style that you can't stay away.
  3. Total Overdose does not boast the richest and silkiest of graphics, yet it does have 20 levels of gameplay with an appropriate B-movie feel. Although the game’s longevity may be in doubt, its ability to engross is assured.
  4. A cheese-filled jalapeno of action. [Jan 2005, p.98]
  5. Its repetitive structure and bland storyline creates a somewhat shallow experience, yet at the same time there’s depth to be found in the combo combat system and the many side missions to partake.
  6. 65
    While substandard scripts and voice acting can be forgiven, when someone pays upwards of £30 for a game lasting ten hours maximum they do not expect to be faced with fiddly controls or to be confused by poorly thought out level structures.
  7. Total Overdose tries to blend a bunch of different gameplay styles into an over-the-top action game but the final package just comes across as being cheesy and a weak imitator.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. DeviantUnknown
    Sep 27, 2005
    10
    Ahhaha, fun as hell, worthy of a 10/10 mainly cause its just so fun, shooting, killing, mameing crazy littles, going into Day Of The Dead Ahhaha, fun as hell, worthy of a 10/10 mainly cause its just so fun, shooting, killing, mameing crazy littles, going into Day Of The Dead mode is a joy in itself. Perfect for hte genre. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2013
    9
    most fun game ever. Better than gta 3, vice city. I love this game. The musics and action great. The stoy is great You must play this game!!!!!!!!!!
  3. HenryR.
    Oct 3, 2005
    8
    Whilst not as polished as GTA, I found this game unadulterated fun. The setting and music complement the style of play and though not long, Whilst not as polished as GTA, I found this game unadulterated fun. The setting and music complement the style of play and though not long, kept me interested throughout. Expand
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    7
    This to GTA is what Johnny English is to a James Bond film. Of course this isn't serious. But that's the point. It's supposed to be fun and aThis to GTA is what Johnny English is to a James Bond film. Of course this isn't serious. But that's the point. It's supposed to be fun and a mick-take of GTA. Cheaply made? Perhaps. Original, fun and a good laugh? Definitely! Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2013
    7
    One of the good action games I have played.
    This game would have got more score if it have focus little bit on open world.
    Great game for
    One of the good action games I have played.
    This game would have got more score if it have focus little bit on open world.
    Great game for action lover but not for me.
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  6. Jan 22, 2016
    6
    Total Overdose is the mixture of Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, El Mariachi and a bunch of other games and movies. It is funny, crazy, evenTotal Overdose is the mixture of Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, El Mariachi and a bunch of other games and movies. It is funny, crazy, even chaotic, but honestly, a mess. Expand
  7. JohnD.
    Oct 10, 2005
    0
    Stinker. Worst graphics I ever saw, repetitive action and a plethora of bugs.