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  • Summary: An FPS that delivers an unparalleled tale of horror. Summoned by an old friend, you are Patrick Galloway, master of the occult, armed with the dark knowledge of arcane magic and a six-shot weapon of forged metal grace. You must unravel the curse of the Covenant family ... or die trying.An FPS that delivers an unparalleled tale of horror. Summoned by an old friend, you are Patrick Galloway, master of the occult, armed with the dark knowledge of arcane magic and a six-shot weapon of forged metal grace. You must unravel the curse of the Covenant family ... or die trying. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
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  1. 100
    With a creepy, excellent story and perfectly paced, complex action, Undying oozes freaky atmosphere.
  2. A great game that does an incredible job of bringing the player into its world. Just don't play it alone late at night.
  3. Utilizing an enhanced version of the Unreal engine complete with a custom particle system (among the other additions,) the game is quite simply breathtaking – probably one of the best visual uses of the engine to date.
  4. Daily Radar
    88
    Coupled with the nearly perfect atmospheric music and sound, the game does have its moments of true fright.
  5. The architecture is incredibly designed, ranging from vast, open structures to dark, claustrophobic corridors. The story is intriguing. Its deep, unexpected twists and turns will draw players deep into the game, delivering a rich experience.
  6. Once Undying gets up a head of steam, it woos you with sheer atmosphere and production values. On looks alone, it sucks you in for hours at a stretch. Its landscapes and architecture are spectacular.
  7. It might do a great job at raising the hair on the back of our necks, but it doesn't do much to raise the gameplay bar. Who knew mediocrity could be so scary?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. InshanA.
    Jan 14, 2004
    10
    One of the best and true to life Horror games I've ever played. Coupled with excellent ambient and sound fx this is the game of my One of the best and true to life Horror games I've ever played. Coupled with excellent ambient and sound fx this is the game of my choice. It sad however there is no sequel. Come on EA! Give us a sequel will ya? Please! Expand
  2. ParkerB.
    Oct 13, 2001
    10
    This game is fun and scary as hell.
  3. UndyingDeveloper
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    As one of the developers of this title, I can say that it was as much fun to develop it as it is to play. The PC version suffered somewhat, As one of the developers of this title, I can say that it was as much fun to develop it as it is to play. The PC version suffered somewhat, as a result of trying to do a console version simultaneously, but at the end of the day, I'm proud of the work done on this title. Expand
  4. SeanJ.
    Aug 13, 2002
    10
    Love it. i just got done with ea's alice and this one works almost the same (even though it is 1st person as opposed to 3rd). constantlyLove it. i just got done with ea's alice and this one works almost the same (even though it is 1st person as opposed to 3rd). constantly excited by what comes next. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    This is one of the most obscure games you will never hear of and should have played. The game play mechanics and visual designs/animationsThis is one of the most obscure games you will never hear of and should have played. The game play mechanics and visual designs/animations were years ahead of it's time. One wonders how many other games' play mechanics have been inspired by Undying without credit where it's due. The game holds up well even today and is one of the more atmospheric games out there. Pro tip: play it really late at night when you'll have more concentration and less distractions. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    What a great game and one of my all time favourites. Sadly it didn't receive the acclaim or following it deserved at the time of it's release,What a great game and one of my all time favourites. Sadly it didn't receive the acclaim or following it deserved at the time of it's release, but if you can get it installed it's still worth your time. Awesome. Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2018
    6
    I have troubles with this game. My main concern is that I find it archaic, but it's hard to me to blame it for just that - being old. HowI have troubles with this game. My main concern is that I find it archaic, but it's hard to me to blame it for just that - being old. How about an astounding ability to neglect your saved game states accompanied with a crash that will inevitably happen when you alt+tab? Luckily the solution is simple: just don't do this. And pray it wouldn't corrupt your save for some totally random reason, forcing you to use cheats to restore your progress, which in turn can be mitigated by utilizing many save slots. Or just don't buy it. Yeah, it would be an appropriate solution if it weren't for it's brilliant ambiance and engaging gameplay, which may be a bit of a stretch given that it's a shooter that fails to deliver. I find it mediocre, yet I love it and I'm considering replaying it in the future. A truly undying title.

    + a journal
    + the main music theme
    + Oneiros
    + level design

    - you fight flying electric eels cross-breed with piranhas
    - using cheats may be your only chance to restore your progress and it messes with your difficulty level
    - obnoxious HUD
    - frequent loading screens
    - bugs
    - the final boss, when you think about it
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