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  • Summary: Dropped into the frozen wastelands of Antarctica, you're the leader of a military rescue team sent to investigate the mysterious deaths of an American scientific expedition. In the punishing wind and cold, your team encounters a strange, shape-shifting alien life form that assumes the appearances of the people it kills. This monster is difficult to see, hard to kill, and seemingly impossible to evade. And when you see it, it's often too late. [Universal Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Incredibly atmospheric (it makes great use of flickering lights, icy landscapes, and foreboding corridors) without skimping on the screams, The Thing is a terrifying battle to the finish.
  2. Wildly engaging and even somewhat innovative... While the story isn’t at it’s strongest; the game possesses all the great things we look for in a true survival horror title.
  3. If "SOCOM" and "Max Payne" had a baby, it would be The Thing...A rare exception in a genre where movie-to-game titles rarely succeed.
  4. It will scare you silly. We just wished it looked a little better. [Nov 2002, p.46]
  5. The central narrative holds up for the most part, the squad-based elements are terrific, and the suspense won’t let you down.
  6. It's simply essential that you see the movie before playing The Thing to get full enjoyment out of it...Even considering all its faults, this is still an extremely fun and spooky title.
  7. The proliferation of save points also strips any element of tension away from the experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. JakeH.
    Oct 4, 2003
    10
    I got this game right now.The date is SUNDAY 05 OCT 2003.T hata today when im writing this or wrote it.Anyway this game rocks.Im not even halfway and its all perfect so far.I have heard people talk about the ending is easy or it does not have a good story but they're wrong.This was the first game i wanted when i got my ps2 and it came out to be the 3rd.Well have a fun time finishing it and good luck. Expand
  2. JeremyW.
    Jan 31, 2004
    10
    Damn good game... scary game!!!
  3. DanM.
    Oct 18, 2004
    10
    This game is crazy! but im stuck on my 2nd boss.
  4. Daniel
    Feb 18, 2003
    9
    Recommend seeing the movie first. The game has a good scary touch to it. To be honest though it is a little difficult. So be ready for a challenge. Many people become frustrated at the games difficulty and give it a bad rate without even bothering too try. This is not a simple point and shoot game. It is, however, fun. Expand
  5. KyleK.
    Nov 17, 2003
    8
    A pretty damn scary game throughout some points. In some ways better than the horrifying resident evil. An entertaining game.
  6. RickyH.
    Aug 23, 2002
    8
    A game with great atmosphere!
  7. [Anonymous]
    Sep 12, 2002
    0
    This game is horrible. The atmosphere is really bad. Not to much to explore and action takes forever to take place. Playstations Shame!!!

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