Another 24: Game Review

March 20th, 2006

I’ve found another quite good review of the 24: Game, which has been available in the U.S. for a fortnight or so, and in the U.K. since friday. Eventually I’ll put up a dedictaed section, but until then…

“… The game takes the same premise [as the show]; 24 hours worth of twist filled storyline, more than just akin to the show, and gives you the chance to be hero Jack Bauer.

…, each hour is broken up into a couple/few short missions that vary from standard hiding and shooting action to strange hacking mini-games. … The lion’s share of the game is the shooting side of things which is overall a pretty decent stab at an action game, and while the rest fits in beautifully with the story, there is a certain amount of unrest over just how useful they are to the game …

… The plot stays true to the tone of the TV show, … it seems like the entire scenario is ramped up a little higher … However you feel about the game play, the cinematics keep you playing, to expand on the universe of the show …

… The audio of the game is presented wonderfully with some excellent voice acting… Music fits in both style and pace, …, and the numerous phone calls throughout each mission just serve to enhance the cinematic and story based nature of the game …

… The truth is, I enjoyed most of the game section of 24. A map in the lower right corner of the screen makes tracking enemies and showing off Bauer’s skills very intuitive and the controls reflect that well …”

source : boomtown.net

1UP Loves 24

March 15th, 2006

“Does Jack Bauer ever go to the bathroom? How come Kim Bauer is so afraid of cougars? Is there a way for President Palmer to replace our current president?All these questions and others were racing through my mind in the nervewrecking hours before I was to interview the cast and crew that put together 24 every year. That’s right, Kiefer Sutherland, Elisha Cuthbert, Carlos Bernard, Reiko Aylesworth, Christian Kane (who’s only in the game) sat down with me and talked about alcohol, cougars and something called 24: The Game.

Some of the footage made its way into The 1UP Show a few episodes back, but Jason Bertrand and myself shot almost two hours of footage (we ran out of tapes!) during our two-day excursion to the set of Los Angeles’ fictional Counter Terrorist Unit. In addition to accidentally dropping Edgar’s phone while filming a skit at his desk, I interviewed many of the crew, including co-creator Joel Surnow and scriptwriter Duppy Demetrius.

For 24 fans, there’s plenty to chew on here. We even manage to scoop some new information about the upcoming 24 movie – Jack Bauer goes international, baby! – and find out what the original, ridiculous concept for 24 was. Good thing they ditched that concept …”

This is an article/feature on 24 that I found a little while ago and meant to link to, but forgot, but then Patrick Klepek, the article’s writers took the effort to email me a link to it, so now i’m getting off my lazy arse and linking to it. It includes some cool set photos and some video interviews with cast, crew and writers, come and join me in being immensely jealous of Patrick getting to visit the set.

source : 1up.com

First Game Reviews

March 2nd, 2006

“… I discovered a terrific 24 experience wrapped around a mediocre, run of the mill third person shooter game … All of the components that make the show unique and give it that 24 flavor are present- the split screens, the ever-present clock, the characters, the mood, the settings … The developers really did succeed in creating an authentic 24 experience that does make you feel like you’re a part of the show.The visuals are impressive, particularly within the cutscenes. Each character is rendered very well, and the face scans of the main characters are all very well done … Sutherland and Carlos Bernard’s mugs are the most faithfully rendered, … Others, like Kim Bauer or Michelle Dessler, are less authentic, but overall the renderings and range of emotion present on the faces is quite the feat to achieve on the PS2 …

… The story is pretty good- obviously, there are limitations on the plotline in any video game, but this is a workmanlike plot that allows the developers to include every 24 trope you can think of. Ladies get kidnapped, Jack threatens people, Jack disobeys orders and does other Bauer-ly things. That’s as far as I’ll go, story wise, but I don’t think fans of the show will be let down.

If you’re a fan of the show, the trappings of 24 will suck you in and keep you entertained. If you’ve come for gameplay alone, look elsewhere, and your money will be much better spent.”

This the first real review of the 24 Game that I have come across, which has just been released in the U.S., and is due for release in the U.K. on the 17th of March.

Source : ps2.ign.com

Game site goes live

February 7th, 2006

“Countdown to game’s release begins with new Web site featuring interviews with the case and mini-games.2K Games is ramping up the promotional efforts for its upcoming PlayStation 2 game based on the hit Kiefer Sutherland television series 24, as evidenced by the game’s official Web site going live today. In addition to the expected assortment of screenshots, wallpapers, and back story, the site also includes behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and mini-games. 24: The Game is currently set to ship to retailers at the end of the month. It’s rated M for Mature and will retail for $39.99.”

source : gamespot.com
more : psx2.com

24: The Game Delayed

October 1st, 2005

Today, the 1st of October, was the meant to be the official release date of 24: The Game, needless to say it isn’t anymore. Official sources have cited “the ambitious production and tie-in of the project with the show’s creators and cast” as the reason for the delay, which will now see the game released in March next year, which could mean anything. discuss : forumer.com/24fans

Game: Developer Diary

August 20th, 2005

“…The A list the stars from 24, people like Kiefer Sutherland, Elisha Cuthbert and Carlos Bernard – tend not to have much experience of the interactive market either (and not too surprisingly they’re rarely videogames players), but their talent more than makes up for that. Kiefer in particular, is quite extraordinary…”

That’s from a article by Mark Green, Communications Manager at Sony’s Cambridge Studio, regarding the upcoming playstation game. It makes for a good read, and there are another five articles to come.

source : www.psx2.com

’24’ to get fifth series?

April 6th, 2005

The 24 Fanatic is currently linking to an article on Aint It Cool News which says that David Fury a writer on TV show ‘Lost‘ has “signed on as the new co-executive producer on ‘24,’ helping to ruin Jack Bauer’s fifth day.” This is a long way off being official confirmation of a fifth series, but fourth series ratings in the states are looking very good and with a ps2 game out later this year, ’24’ looks like slowly becoming the sort of cash cow FOX have a hard time resisting.

source : www.aintitcoolnews.com

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