The AI is very predictable and they don't try to flank you or improve their position. Shooting them in the head doesn't seem to take them out faster than body shots. The voice acting is mediocre and the enemies would say things like "Weapons free!" after they'd already been shooting at you for several seconds.
Deep Black: Reloaded squanders its potential on broken cover-based shooting sequences.
- Some nice visual touches.
- Dull story
- Broken cover system
- Sluggish controls
- Lack of varied environments
- Poorly executed checkpoint system.
A few decades from now, or so goes the story in Deep Black: Reloaded, the various nations of the world will have formed alliances so that they can more effectively wage war against one another. In that grim future, a retired soldier named Pierce accepts a mission to infiltrate an enemy compound and rescue some hostages. As he arrives on the scene, though, he realizes that he's working with faulty information. There are no hostages. Instead, he discovers a terrifying new weapon that is secretly being developed in a militarized research lab. He has to shoot a lot of bullets and swim a lot if he intends to find out who is responsible for everything.
Deep Black: Reloaded had real potential. Pierce's early missions require him to swim through underwater passages, manipulating water flow and triggering explosions like a proper saboteur. The submerged corridors make for a promising start to this adventure, and the visuals are quite effective (until you realize that you're seeing the same few things throughout most of the game). Enemies are animated surprisingly well. Waterlogged passages feel appropriately murky and bubbly, laboratories suitably sanitary. Freight tunnels give you the sense that industry might happen in such a place, with cranes and sparking wires and plastic tubing and control panels lining concrete walls. It's all generic, but to its credit, most of it is believable.
The inoffensive gives way to the exasperating once you start working through the game, however. Deep Black: Reloaded is a cover-based shooter, in the vein of a Gears of War or Uncharted game but with the sort of subdued execution associated with budget titles. Environments are filled with shelter--crates, stone columns, and vehicles that look like they rolled out of Detroit in 1980--and you're cut to ribbons if you leave yourself exposed for more than a second or two in a firefight. After spending half of the game's first act underwater, you mostly keep dry as you advance from one shoot-out to the next like a suicidal frog leaping along a series of hot griddles.
Frequent firefights wouldn't be the issue they are if the cover system weren't such a mess. Pierce moves as if he has been equipped with ten-ton armor. Even when he somersaults forward in an evasive maneuver, the effort feels halfhearted. While cover is plentiful, there are stretches where the next crate or pile of debris is out of reach. Enemy troops often wait to attack until the number of options for cover is at its lowest, so Pierce sometimes has no choice but to absorb a few shots as he seeks shelter. Then you must wait for 10 or 15 seconds, hoping that Pierce doesn't take damage while his life meter--indicated on the screen by blood that seeps in from the side as he soaks up shrapnel--slowly refills. Unfortunately, particularly later in the game, most of the architecture can't protect Pierce from all of the enemy gunfire. Unless he quickly takes out foes who try to flank him, there's no relief.
The issues with cover are excerbated by the fact that it's difficult to go on the offensive. Pierce can't pop out from cover for very long if there are three guys ducked behind crates ahead of him, since their retaliatory shots almost never miss. Likewise, he can't rely on blind fire because such bursts almost always miss, and Pierce sustains substantial damage as enemies shoot his exposed fingers and wrist. To throw a grenade, he must slowly stand up and lob it in the desired direction, a process that leaves him open to damage for several painful and potentially fatal seconds. Every grenade toss is a gamble, and guns aren't a lot better; the only time a target reticle appears onscreen is when Pierce is exposed to fire, so the rest of the time you need to adjust the camera and guess where the reticle might appear once Pierce risks some shots. Enemies move around a lot, and they can withstand significant damage before they drop unless you're taking them out with headshots.
Assuming that you find a good point of cover and enemies are playing fair, you still run into issues. Unlike his enemies, Pierce is seldom able to move around while maintaining cover. If he finds a lengthy crate or vehicle and decides that he'd prefer to be a little further to one side or the other, he tends to rise from a crouched position. He doesn't quite stand, but he still makes himself a tempting target. When he pops out from behind cover to spray an area with bullets, it's also possible that he'll turn slightly and then won't be able to duck down until you spin the camera around to produce the required button prompt. In other circumstances, enemies rush through the gunfire in an attempt to perform a melee attack. Pierce can remain behind cover while they approach, but then he has to expose himself to deal with them when they get near. When he stands up to knife them, he exposes himself to shots from surrounding enemies and turrets during the whole drawn-out animation. Then he might not even be able to duck back down again until you spin him around to produce the appropriate button prompt once more.
At some levels of the game,you may think you are the first person who ever plays the game and there were no game testers at all !because of the insane difficulty even on normal mode... long single player campaign is one of the few good things in the game.
I saw the trailer and promptly purchased it on Desura. The worst mistake of my life when it comes to games. Word of advice: if you still want to give it a try and use the mouse on the left hand side of the computer, buy a game pad. Otherwise, no game: you just can't customize the controls! Seriously, what is that? We are in 2012 and they launch a game where you can't customize the controls?!? You are forced to use the keys that they want you to use? C'mon....
Metacritic...8 reviews, average score 3.7...and then you still have those stubborn people who claim that these reviews don't matter.
@KillerJuan77 Only because u played the demo. Trust me, I played the retail game. It's a Godawful s*itty mess.