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  • Summary: An unflinching realisation of a Clive Barker nightmare for next-gen console platforms and PC, Clive Barker's Jericho is a supernatural horror concept with story by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. Jericho deals with the mysterious reappearance of a lost city in aAn unflinching realisation of a Clive Barker nightmare for next-gen console platforms and PC, Clive Barker's Jericho is a supernatural horror concept with story by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. Jericho deals with the mysterious reappearance of a lost city in a remote desert. When a form of evil that goes right back to the dawn of days resurfaces from there, a Special Forces squad, trained in both conventional warfare and the arcane arts, is sent in. Their mission: Hunt down and destroy the evil that lurks at the heart of the city before it destroys humanity. Jericho is designed as an action horror title that ups the stakes in visuals and phantasmagorical special effects. Mingling the darkest elements of Barker’s horror fiction and films with an ambitious, age-spanning story, aimed at mature gamers, fans of Clive Barker and horror fiction enthusiasts. [Codemasters] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. 90
    Remember this kids, Clive Barker Mercury Steam and Codemasters have formed together to make what is in my mind one of the best shooters this year.
  2. 80
    Unlike many squad-based shooters that don't require the use of the whole team, Jericho's premise relies on it. What's equally important is that each character is genuinely worth playing.
  3. High-concept and high-action from beginning to end, Jericho is far closer to "Gears of War" and "Painkiller" than to "Condemned", but it's darker and gorier than all three combined. [Holiday 2007, p.66]
  4. Overall, Clive Barker's Jericho is somewhat of a disappointment. I was hoping for another great horror game just in time for the Halloween season but this was not the case as the storyline and character design is not enough to save this game which is flawed on many different levels.
  5. Jericho doesn't really bring anything new to the gaming world.
  6. 56
    Instead of getting caught up in the struggle against a demonic force that threatens the continued existence of your race, you're left with tacked-on squad elements, poor friendly and enemy AI, repetitive encounters, and unabashedly linear levels. Jericho has a few memorable moments, but they're not worth the cash.
  7. 30
    Also worthy of note: the stupid, unforgiving, scripted button-tapping events (think God of War, only terrible). The only reason these do not throw me into a fit of vein-bursting rage is that you can retry them infinitely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Jan 24, 2021
    10
    The game is very good, I played it as a child and even now I still find it a great game, as a child I did not understand much, but now I loveThe game is very good, I played it as a child and even now I still find it a great game, as a child I did not understand much, but now I love the story that is telling and the lore of the characters well defined. I didn't understand the ending but after several years I understood it and that's when it became my favorite game. Expand
  2. RobC.
    Nov 12, 2007
    9
    Somebody tell me why this game has had such a bad rating? Maybe this game was made for people like me but with the gripping storyline, and Somebody tell me why this game has had such a bad rating? Maybe this game was made for people like me but with the gripping storyline, and the game mechanics this has to be one of the finest games i've played. If you love twisted horror stories, (and clive barker knows how to write those) well you'll love this. To be honest after playing this, other FPS' have felt slow or just a bit irratating. It has to be the best FPS for the controls and movement. If anyone has finished it like me i'm sure you'll be wandering if there will be a second? Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2016
    9
    Many reviewers of Clive Barker's Jericho write that you spend a lot of time reviving squad mates. Some write that the characters aren'tMany reviewers of Clive Barker's Jericho write that you spend a lot of time reviving squad mates. Some write that the characters aren't balanced and that they always use Black and Delgado. Some point out it is just another corridor shooter. Kill a bunch of guys, move forward, repeat. Ho hum.

    All those complaints are accurate. Yet this is one of the most fun, exciting, awesome looking, and nerve wracking games I've ever played.

    I went zip lining across treetops in Mexico once. It was cold on the speed boat that took us to the peninsula. The exhaust from the leaded gasoline engine of the bus we road through several tiny Mexican villages stung my nose. The donkeys we road to the top of the mountain smelled bad. You get my point. If you look for bad stuff, you'll find it anywhere. I find it hard to take seriously folks who complain about a game because it has less-than-ideal game mechanics when that game presents you with dozens of "I've never seen that before in a game" moments. Here are the things I loved (spoilers):
      - The blood and viscera carpeted walled enclosures.
      - The yellow-pustuled exploders appearing as you round a corner.
      - The crucified wretches you can put out of their misery--or not.
      - The ferocious slashers whose speedy attacks are satisfyingly stopped with a headshot.
      - Black's slow motion sniper shot that can take out multiple enemies
      - The disgusting yet beautiful shiny reflection of your flashlight against the organics-coated hellscapes. Soooo deeply and deliciously RED!
      - Music scored to push your squirming brain to the edge of madness.
      - Level design that presents regularly vistas of enormous scale and of nightmarish design.
    - Atmospheric effects that have you peering unblinking into the depths in search of the visual cues that might keep you alive.
      - Creature design that could teach Hieronymus Bosch something about the grotesque.

    If you are a first person shooter fan who expects the conventions of the genre, this may not be your game.  If you like well executed artistic design and unusual experiences, you may like this title. In short, if you have patience to put up with some deficiencies in execution in order to experience a one-of-a-kind sensory experience, buy this game.
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  4. TC
    Jun 11, 2008
    8
    I have played Halo 3 and went through it but in spite of great graphics, sound and AI I didn't feel adrenaline rush at all playing it. I have played Halo 3 and went through it but in spite of great graphics, sound and AI I didn't feel adrenaline rush at all playing it. Multiplayer in also boring in here. So I sold it but Jericho is still with me. Probably Jericho is not so well developed as HL 3 but it has something that previous one doesn't have at all. It gives me creeps with blood, bodies, rivers of blood etc, It gives frantic firefitghts when all your mates are cornered or dead, gives 6 characters with completely different style to play, great story, good gaming engine (I love when your character makes such small moves like real person in interaction scenes and when aiming cross is moving off the target when you are hit). Game is too short of course and there is only single player campaign in here,.Unfortunately weak sales and poor reviews will probably make impossible to publish next adventure of Jericho team as it was primarily intended. This is not FPS for everybody but If you are FPS fan you can rent it to go through. I think you will enjoy it. Expand
  5. Jul 21, 2020
    8
    While many people seem to have skipped over this game, I can say it is certainly an underrated gem. Jericho may not be a brilliantWhile many people seem to have skipped over this game, I can say it is certainly an underrated gem. Jericho may not be a brilliant masterpiece, remembered for years to come, but it is definitely a shining star in a genre that tends to become repetitive and dull.

    The story is probably the best part of this game. You begin as Captain Devin Ross, leader of the Jericho squad. The mission of Jericho is to eliminate paranormal threats with their own supernatural abilities. Accompanying you is 6 other team members, each with their own unique capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You're called out into the desert, to the ruins of an ancient Sumerian city, to confront a powerful creature older than time itself. Pretty cool, huh?

    I won't give too much away, but you end up progressing through missions with the ability to switch between members of Jericho, taking advantage of everyone's powers and weapons. Some characters, such as Jones, aren't the most useful in combat, but are used during certain scenes where you need to cut off enemy lines or barricades. While Black may be the most used character for traditional combat, each one has their own individual traits that are useful in certain situations. The characters interact well with each other, with many scenes peppered with some great dialogue. A few may be forgettable, but almost all are supported by a great cast.

    Combat and controls are smooth, right at home with any other FPS. RT to shoot, RB/LB to use powers, A to interact, D-pad to control squad. There are no run or jump features, but they're not really missed in this title. The paths are very linear, and usually found by following the enemies. Speaking of which, are pretty badass. Each stage has exclusive enemies, many of which have been humans horribly disfigured and re-purposed by the Firstborn. Towards the end of the game there are a few enemies that are rather difficult to take down, and require team tactics to kill. Other than that, most enemies are disappointingly simple and easy to telegraph.

    The game itself is very short, and can be completed in a few hours. The stages you travel through are all vertical slices of history, each with a unique look and feel to the way you interact with NPC's and the environment. Most of my issues with this game stem from the simple fact that I find it to be too short, an additional stage could have easily been added in without making the game too lengthy or overbearing, and the ideas are almost limitless on what that stage could have been in the historical context.

    A short review, but there's not a whole lot to say. A great shooter with an incredible story, brought down only by its length and a few uninteresting characters. A sequel would be amazing.

    8/10
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  6. Jan 22, 2018
    6
    Ambientación bien conseguida en gran parte del desarrollo. Se podrían haber ahorrado algún personaje que no pinta nada en la historia, loAmbientación bien conseguida en gran parte del desarrollo. Se podrían haber ahorrado algún personaje que no pinta nada en la historia, lo mismo con las opciones de elegir el tipo de bala que me parece absurdo. Controles un poco toscos. Expand
  7. BellinoP.
    Oct 23, 2007
    2
    Hey Clive did you ever see a game by the name of Fear? Now thats scary! Also note that Scripted button tapping is just plain stupid in any game.

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