Chrome - PC

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Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Techland Soft. Co.: GOD
Publishers: Take 2 (GB)
Released: 10 Oct 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
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If you're a PC gamer then you'll be no stranger to futuristic first-person shooters and, in that case, will most likely know exactly what to expect in this latest adventure from Polish developer Techland. But you may be surprised, as there's more to this game than just another FPS clone.

Set at the turn of the 22nd Century, during the colonisation of the newly discovered Valkyria solar system, Chrome casts players as a mercenary named Logan, on the run from the past and looking for a place to start over again. The game takes the form of a variety of different missions - 14 in all - that take place across a diverse array of locales, set across the unique riches of Valkyria. Along the way, you'll find yourself visiting such haunts as tropical forests, snowy glaciers, canyons, craters, lakes, and mountains, all the while making use of an assortment of high-tech military weaponry and vehicles, as well as a host of futuristic technology.

In much the same way as Deus Ex's Nano Tech system, one of Chrome's key elements is an Implants System - a process in which bio-cybernetic devices can be embedded into the character, resulting in enhanced physical performances and also bypassing the limitations of the human body. As such, along the way players can take advantage of an array of implant power-ups, such as armour, targeting assistance, muscle improvement, and reflex boosters. Add to this the game's large arsenal of weapons and equipment, and you're subsequently left with a number of different styles and tactics to deploy for each mission. For example, with silent weapons, a camouflage suit and special features to sharpen physical reflexes and improve sensory abilities, you can turn into silent assassin and strike enemies unnoticed. Alternatively, with a heavy plasma gun, a dermo-shield and transplanted muscles, you could be transformed into a human tank and storm past enemy lines.

As well as the lengthy single-player experience, Chrome also comes complete with full multiplayer support for both LAN and Internet, which thankfully includes all the features of the main game. As such, up to 32 players can battle it out across the broad and varied terrains, taking part in all the usual deathmatches, team-based and objective-based games, whilst at the same time enjoying all the game's weaponry, implants and vehicles.