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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: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. The gameplay, the story, the graphics, the music, the voice acting ... it’s all imbued with such a central sense of style that the game just pops.
  2. Players will have seen every reference the game uses, but the ultimate combination is a fun game that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  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. PSM Magazine
    70
    still a fun romp, and that's what matters most. [Holiday 2005, p.76]
  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. To push an untested franchise out the door, when the game is full of problems, during the season when we get the most games, in a year where we'll be seeing a system launch, well, that's just silly.
  7. A nice looking, functional 3rd person action shooter. But the similarities with existing and even classic titles, plus a lack of any real innovation at all hardly makes Total Overdose stand out a mile for the more experienced gamer.

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  1. Jun 26, 2015
    10
    Screw gta San andreas, this game should be getting the HD remaster, everything about this total overdose is just pure gold, the storyline, theScrew gta San andreas, this game should be getting the HD remaster, everything about this total overdose is just pure gold, the storyline, the combat, and the characters, I'm already halfway through this game because is just so great, the combat is some of the most insanely fun I've ever experienced, shooting down a group of six enemies using the bullet time inspired shoot dodge mechanic is just so satisfying, although the city of los tores isn't that interesting to explore compared to Los Santos in gta San andreas, and the graphics could probably do a bit better, but neither of those things matter, because you have an incredibly fun and manic Mexican themed open world game with A lot to do and shoot :) I'm so glad I picked it up when I did because the amount of time I've sunk into this game is untrue, and unlike gta san andreas , the missions don't piss you off with how hard they are, because total overdose is perfectly balanced In terms of difficulty, definitely worth getting and playing, you will not regret it, because I certainly don't :) Expand
  2. ChrisM.
    Jan 23, 2007
    10
    For heaven shake! It's the first time of my life that I can't stop playing a game! I don't like these kind of games but this For heaven shake! It's the first time of my life that I can't stop playing a game! I don't like these kind of games but this one makes me mad! I have played till the end only 2 games: Cadillacs and final fight (for those who know)! Just Love It! Expand
  3. JensR.
    Sep 17, 2005
    10
    I will give it a 10, The game is good and fun, and I like the idear that it is possible to kille all enemies in one long "string" there by I will give it a 10, The game is good and fun, and I like the idear that it is possible to kille all enemies in one long "string" there by getting insane ammount of points, the bad stuff, theres some things that cud need alitel touch up, owere all iIenjoy it. Still trying to complet Smash the Stach whit a 100+ kill combo :-D i goth 86 so far. Expand
  4. LarsJ.
    Sep 21, 2005
    10
    An incredibly addicting and very stylish game. It bothers me that so many people keep comparing to GTA.The combat system in Total Overdose is An incredibly addicting and very stylish game. It bothers me that so many people keep comparing to GTA.The combat system in Total Overdose is A LOT more fun than the one in GTA, although, truth be told, it is stolen from the Max Payne series of games. The way I see it, it's more important to understand and appreciate Deadline Games' effort to pay tribute to film director Robert Rodriquez's crazy El Mariachi-trilogy. The graphics may not be very beatiful, but the gameplay, art direction and especially the soundtrack is top notch. A higly recommended, very entertaining game. Expand
  5. Psychofant
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    Excellent, fun and unpretentious shooter action.
  6. JeremyC.
    Sep 21, 2005
    9
    Action from start to finish, huge explosions, super cool audio track, no stupid stealth missions, lots & lots of killing.... This is a Action from start to finish, huge explosions, super cool audio track, no stupid stealth missions, lots & lots of killing.... This is a beaut' and I'm gonna give it a 9. Expand
  7. Oct 9, 2010
    8
    The game Total Overdose is what you get if you put Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne and some hot sauce and chilli's into a blender! This game is soThe game Total Overdose is what you get if you put Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne and some hot sauce and chilli's into a blender! This game is so much fun with its fast paced game play and humour. The graphics are nice and bright and the combat system works well. Most of the missions have you shooting at enemies with Max Payne style slow-mo dives and using a great aresnal of weapons like grenades, hunting shotguns and rifles. Ram (who you play as) can pull of dives and combos to dodge and kill enemies and the moves are hillariously named like Spicy Move and he can even dive out of a moving car and shoot while the car explodes in the foreground! The game features an auto targeting system which is great and these so called Loco Moves that Ram can use to defeat his foes add to the humor of the game. Loco moves are special moves that can help Ram in a heavy situation and include Golden Gun in which Ram can pull off an easy one shot kill, El Mariachi which has Ram holding 2 guitar cases which are actually miniguns and more! One good feature in the game is the Rewind feature. Simply find the many Rewind features dotted around the city and if you die or make a mistake on something, you can use a Rewind to rewind a few seconds back and try again. There is also an arcade style scoring system in the game. Basically to score, you keep killing enemies and rank up muliplyers to score big and at the end of each missions, you can unlock goodies to help you through the game. The sandbox style world is good to explore because there are various items to find like Rewinds, health upgrades, gun upgrades and extra points. The games soundtrack is awesome and really fits in with the Mexican feel of the game. The game does have some weak points though: Despite being a sandbox game, the city is divided into seperate parts which when you journey from one part to another, requires the game to load and are quite long unlike the Grand Theft Auto Games (On PlayStation 2) which only have few load screens when travelling from Island to Island and are not as long. Also the driving mechanics are sloppy and nowhere near as good as the shootouts. Despite this, Total Overdose is just a fantastic little sandbox game and so addicting (and cheap to buy) that everyone craving for some action should pick this up! Expand

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