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Clive Barker’s Jericho

This isn’t a review, as the game isn’t out yet. It’s just a small preview of the game. One quick note.

Clive. Barker. Is. Twisted.

For those of you who don’t know, Clive Barker is the creator of the Hellraiser and Candyman movies. He;s also the author of numerous horror novels. He’s made two forays into gaming so far as well. His first was the critically acclaimed Clive Barker’s Undying which, while it recieved huge critical acclaim, didn;t sell so good, due to not many people knowing about it. His second try, Demonik was cancelled.

Now, with Jericho Barker may actually do very well.

Quick run down on the game. You play a seven man squad known as the “Jericho Squad”. Each member has their own weapon and power. For example, Captain Ross is the team leader – telepath and healer. Lt. Black is a sniper who can use telekinesis to move objects and change her bullet’s trajectory. You guide the Squad through the ancient city of Al-Khali.

Here’s where things get nasty.

Before Adam and Eve were created, God fashioned the Firstborn. Neither light nor dark, both terrible and beautiful to behold, it disturbed the Almighty who banished this flawed creation into the Abyss. There, it waited and watched until it was able to reach out with its power into our world. Seven Sumerian priests met its arrival and fought to contain it, successfully entombing the place of its escape within a great ziggurat. Ever since that time, there would always be a secret order that would train seven warriors to await the Firstborn’s attempts to escape. They would always disappear into the ruined city of Al Khalid that had been built atop this bedrock of strife and somehow succeed in banishing the Firstborn back to the Abyss. However, none of these teams have ever returned from their mission.

The Firstborn would make four attempts to escape, each time taking back a piece of the earth to add to its domain. Fragments of time and space would form layers around Al Khalid, entrapping pieces of history within its walls from the time of the ancient Sumerians to World War II. Over time, other conquerors would arrive to claim the city as their own but eventually, the city was forgotten and buried by the sands around it.

The Department of Occult Warfare was created in the 1930s to combat the unexplained and meet Nazi Germany’s own research into the paranormal. One of their most brilliant members, Arnold Leach, was recruited in 1962. However, his unscrupulous behavior and nature would eventually have him expelled. He was marked for assassination, and although the operation appeared to be successful, it seems he may have survived.

Players fight through Al-Khali, facing off against the hordes of monsters, ranging from WWII Nazis, to the Crusaders and Roman Legionnaires. All of them hideously malformed. I say it again, Clive Barker is twisted. But I like it. His creatures in the game are truly terrifying and the story (which he helped write) is amazing.

Take a look at the Official Site for more information. You should take a look at some of the enemies in the Artwork section. My favourite has to be “the Crusader” from the teaser trailer.

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October 6, 2007 - Posted by | Gaming, Reviews

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