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  • Summary: Jack Mason is a burned-out doctor with no will to live, that is, until he nearly dies in a transport crash. Now he and his infected patient are stranded deep within a dangerous prison on Earth. As Mason, you must use your various skills, including sight and sound awareness, to track and outsmart your adversaries. Build your own arsenal of weapons, and enhance them with Weapon Energy Cores. The game's vehicles and customizable weapons come together to create an intense multiplayer experience for both online and offline play. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52
  1. It may not be a "Halo"- or "Halo 2"-beater, but at the moment Pariah is the best alternative - and that alone is high praise indeed.
  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. At times, it's almost as if the game outdoes itself. Storm a room with a gaggle of enemy soldiers dug in, awaiting your arrival with full is pretty exhilarating stuff, but this soon gives way to frustration when you find you've had an enemy sneak up behind you and nailed you enough times to kill you before it even registers.
  4. But with the other elements, graphics that don't seem entirely finished, or a plotline that's seemingly half done, Pariah is fun to play, but ultimately one of my biggest disappointments of this year.
  5. If firing a weapon in a first-person shooter game starts feeling like a chore, you know there's a problem. If a cutscene leaves you more confused than enlightened about the story of the game, there's a problem.
  6. Nothing more than just another shooter. While its map maker is excellent, the rest of the game lags behind in mediocrity. The singleplayer is hampered by poor attention to detail and a story which confuses the player right from the beginning.
  7. It's time to give buyers of $50-$60 games the content that we're paying for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Deviant
    May 6, 2005
    A nice game wrapped in a amazing world, the chances DE took on this game warrent the 10 easily, its simple and fun, and the map editor is a very nice addition, creating maps with such ease has never been so fun! This game is one of the best fps out there, i wouldnt rate it as high as Half life 2, or Doom 3 but it still stands on its own. Expand
  2. Spartan234
    Jul 7, 2006
    It isn't a "Halo 2" killer, but I found it to be immensely entertaining. The weapons are really fun to use, and the weapon upgrades system helps. For instance, you can add a remote detonator to your grenade launcher. I don't see what everyone has against the storyline. I thought that it was really unique -- after all, it's good to be playing a first-person shooter where your character isn't a "tough guy" battling a whole bunch of aliens -- but rather, a doctor battling his way through hostile soldiers that shot his ship down, and he must rescue his infected patient before an infection spreads. Expand
  3. TestudoM.
    Feb 6, 2007
    Reminded me of Gears of War! Similarly dark and nihilistic, while beautiful. This was actually a great game. It DEFINITELY exceeded Doom 3 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. I payed way less than $50-60, but even if I had, I would have felt I got my money's worth. Expand
  4. Spike
    May 5, 2005
    There's been a lot of this recently - new releases that get wildly differing scores from one magazine or website to another. Gamespot 59, Total Games 91, what is going on? Have we now seen it all and done it all to such a degree that some are looking for new developments while others just look for gaming goodness? In the end, more these days than ever, it seems the best judge of videogame character is yourself. Having been convinced to avoid what turned out to be a lovely title before (First to Fight) I decided to get this regardless of the reviews. And as a self-confessed Halo2 hater (what's the fuss about motorcycle riders shooting green blobs at each other, really!) I have to say I love this game to bits. Offline it's a great laugh, online it is hectic chaotic entertainment, very much like Halo2 in terms of looks and gameplay, but with MUCH more entertaining weaponry in my view and more exciting environments. I think my particular favourite feature is that you can see the target dot from a sniper's laser sight. Gone are the days of being taken down by Captain Aren't-I-clever-hiding-up-here-not-moving-and-killing-you-time-after-time, if you see a little blue spot wandering on the ground or on the rocks near to you, dive for cover! Final advice - buy and try for yourself. Expand
  5. Alex
    Aug 1, 2005
    In the end, Pariah tries to deliver with unique ideas (such as the healing tool) and pretty graphics, but comes up short in terms of gameplay. its a good for a weekend rental, but not much else. Expand
  6. Rayzor6
    May 5, 2005
    Lucas B hit the nail right on the head. Many people are looking for an alternative to H2, and sadly, this isn't it. Mapmaker is pretty decent but still limited (however, much easier to use than Timesplitters). I played one single player deathmatch against bots and it could not process it fast enough...and simulated LAG! The weapons are clunky from the sniper rifle to the rocket launcher. The vehicles are awkward. I played online and the lag wasn't an issue, but there was very little precision involved in killing. I was always guess whether each shot would kill or not, nothing precise. I wanted this game to be good, and it isn't bad. It is just middle of the road with very little offer. Also the load times are LONG and CONSTANT. Expand
  7. FPSMaster
    May 8, 2005
    Utter garbage. This single worst game on Xbox aside from Close Combat. Nothing about it is good, so I'll just say everything this game has hurt it, including the "Sony"-like hype surrounding this game for the last year. Expand

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