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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 theDropped 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: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. So see the film, take a little break, then turn down the lights, put on headphones, and prepare yourself for the atmosphere, anticipation, apprehension, anxiety and action of The Thing.
  2. Excellent, moody and atmospheric, and at some points downright creepy.
  3. More interactive movie than third-person shooter, The Thing is an enjoyable diversion loaded with atmosphere.
  4. If it weren't for a general scarcity of terror and a control scheme unsuited to its action-oriented gameplay, The Thing would be great.
  5. Has many unique and innovative points going for it, but in the end has one too many little flaws that prevent it from being a truly great game.
  6. PC Gamer
    70
    Too many rough edges ruin an otherwise smooth production: clipping problems, unexplained mission objectives..., save points strategically placed to artificially raise the difficulty of certain missions, and an emphasis on scripting over substance. [Dec 2002, p.102]
  7. Computer Gaming World
    60
    A great concept but is filled with crippling annoyances that drag down the entire experience. [Nov 2002, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. R.J.M.
    Mar 25, 2004
    10
    This game kicks Ass. the action is Sweeeeeet. it is so easy and FUN to play. I have finished it 4 or 5 times !
  2. Apr 3, 2020
    10
    A real scary and nostalgic game, i love the atmosphere, it was an awesome game.
  3. Nov 19, 2019
    9
    This game has very unique atmosphere, with sense of terror.
    It's very good as an action game and also as horror title.
    Hopefully they will
    This game has very unique atmosphere, with sense of terror.
    It's very good as an action game and also as horror title.
    Hopefully they will make a remake of this one.
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  4. MikeK.
    Sep 18, 2002
    8
    It's pretty good, level design are kind of short and corny...but its really cool when you have people who are with you and help out. TheIt's pretty good, level design are kind of short and corny...but its really cool when you have people who are with you and help out. The third person view is nice to look at but terrible to kill stuff, and the auto aim is dumb. Expand
  5. NightWo1f
    Feb 20, 2003
    8
    Ok, I've played through half the game so far. If you like good scares, play at night with all but a background light (so you can see Ok, I've played through half the game so far. If you like good scares, play at night with all but a background light (so you can see controls) on and the sound up, this game will screw you up. ;) Gameplay is good, the only bad point being in third person without a crosshair to aim with. First person gives you a crosshair, but is too difficult to hold down as you try to move. The levels are fine, and quite difficult if you're playing on hard. Ammo can be scarce, which adds to the tension when you can hear something 'BIG' nearby. Graphics are fine, nothing special here. Sound is just plain dang creepy. During some cutscenes there's a glitch where characters are talking, but all you can hear is a heartbeat. Why? This game is worth $30 bucks and some late at night play. Parents, do NOT let young kids play this or be prepared to have to put up with some nightmares or tripping over them cause they're sleeping outside your door. Expand
  6. JonC.
    Dec 9, 2003
    7
    Great game with the notable exceptions of almost everyone you meet in the game is a thing. Hardly anyone is human. And for those of them that Great game with the notable exceptions of almost everyone you meet in the game is a thing. Hardly anyone is human. And for those of them that are human. what becomes of them at the end of the game? We only get to see Blake being rescued by McCready. What about the actual humans!?!?!? A disappointing incomplete ending. Expand
  7. Gaz
    Oct 27, 2002
    3
    The game overall in my opinion is poor. The graphics are ordinary and the whole concept is based around sending wave after wave of monsters The game overall in my opinion is poor. The graphics are ordinary and the whole concept is based around sending wave after wave of monsters and soldiers after you. There is only 2 types of soldier and seemingly 3 types of "Thing", rangin from critters, medium things and "end of level baddie things". What I don't like is how the soldiers fire endlessly at you, never run out of ammo and even drop ammo when they die. How is this possible?? I got bored of this game after around an hour and totally regretted purchasing it. Anyone reading this interested in buying the game should look in Amazon.co.uk as I will be selling it very low cost. Very disappointed. Expand

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