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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 29
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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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  1. Positive: 41 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. LenR.
    Sep 6, 2003
    10
    One of the best games i have played . why dont they bring out a second game it would sell like hot cake's . there missing out on a quidOne of the best games i have played . why dont they bring out a second game it would sell like hot cake's . there missing out on a quid becouse people are trying to make up more part's to the game over the net to make up for the loss of not having the second disk that they should have made have been playing it since it came out . but cant understand ea games for not follwing up . len Expand
  2. 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
  3. Aug 17, 2021
    10
    I have great memories from this one. The FPS exploration/story/music was amazing.
  4. TarekM
    Dec 8, 2009
    10
    A game that never leaves my mind and why should it? It has great graphic, great sound and genuinely scary and dark. Plus it has an arsenal pf A game that never leaves my mind and why should it? It has great graphic, great sound and genuinely scary and dark. Plus it has an arsenal pf weapons and spells second to none. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2014
    10
    Clive Barker's Undying is a perfect example of horror-FPS. It's scary as hell - I finished it a half of dozen times, but every time I play it,Clive Barker's Undying is a perfect example of horror-FPS. It's scary as hell - I finished it a half of dozen times, but every time I play it, I still prefer to do this by daylight, I'm sure you'll understand why :).
    It's a must-have for those who love horror games: it has a fantastic creepy sound track, a nice story, a perfect voice-over, an incredibly abominable enemies, a lots of weapons and magic spells (heck, you can use them both simultaneously), a nice but fearful locations (a half-abandoned Irish castle, a monastery and its catacombs, a magic world, etc).
    It's hard to buy a physical copy of the game these days, but if you don't mind about a digital copy, just visit GOG.
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  6. May 3, 2014
    9
    Its kind of amazing that 13 years ago approximately, we saw a game like Undying even out on the PC. After all it was the end of the goldenIts kind of amazing that 13 years ago approximately, we saw a game like Undying even out on the PC. After all it was the end of the golden late 90's era of videogames, ridiculously good (and sometimes bad) titles were coming out left and right. However, Clive Barker's Undying could've had any box art or title it wanted, it was just one of those examples of how well an actual videogame can look, play, sound and "be". Even compared to the seminal Medal of Honor Allied Assault, which though equally brilliant and great when compared to Undying, it wasn't exactly as original. So surprisingly original is Undying that its a little hard to believe more people don't talk about it, especially those that took the mechanics from it, ripped them like appendages off a lifeless corpse, then sewed them together into their games and pretended it never happened. Well it did. Bioshock wouldn't have been the game it was without Undying, same as anything else that "borrows" similar gameplay mechanics as well, but I'm getting a little off topic here. In the game you play as a real Irish-man Patrick, a man who has unfortunately been drawn into occult rituals, is able to use often spooky magical abilities without much explanation at all, and holds his pistol in his left hand- Single-handedly pissing off right handed players everywhere. Now Patrick has decided to take his sweet time getting back to an old pal of his, (and if I were him I think I'd know why) but he owes him a favor from many years ago as we are informed during the introduction- whilst Patrick takes a boat over to a rather large island where Jeremiah's mansion is located. Upon entering the mansion that is only a smaller portion of Jeremiah's estate, its fairly obvious some bad juju is afoot and you are there to find out why. Throughout the island you will fight all sorts of strange beasts, ghosts, demon's and accursed creatures. You'll also have a lot of fun killing them with the wonderful assortment of weapons, spells and items you'll be finding as well. I don't remember the last time a game had such a fun arsenal, not since Half life 1 at least. You will gain new spells, unlock secrets, gain amplifiers to "level up" spells even and locate journals that expand upon whats going on as their isn't really much of a narrative after the beginning of the game. In fact, it is highly recommended that you actually read what's going on, since its immensely well written for one, and for two- its going to make the story flow a lot better as you get close to the end. Undying does just about everything right, from its level design, to its weapon design, enemy design, sound design and general aesthetics. Its very hard to this day to find a game that possesses the kind of ambiance, tension and revolutionary game play all wrapped together with a great story and impressive dialogue. It still bugs me that hardly anyone has played the damn game though. 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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