8.1

The game's dry humor and wit takes it beyond the monotony, but not far enough to make EVIL the best it could have been.

The premise of the game is a hoot , James Bond from the evil side of life. The drawbacks are the amount time fiddling around making money, we all have to do that as it is. Playing a game where we are pretty much sitting around watching bank accounts grow and dwindle for the first 20 to 40 hours of gameplay, is enough to jade the player's atttitude against the rest of the game...remembering the hours wasted and lost. The other drawback is, as Gamespot pointed out, the Island is too cramped and small to build a totally creative stronghold. There are some great moments that will make you forget yourself, which is what this gaming thing is all about. Some of the devious plans and devices you can construct are just hilarious. The music is terrific. It is one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard...they really nailed the James Bond, Goldfinger fantasy flavor, better than most of the subsequent James Bond movies did. For an older game, it played extremely well, I did not experience crashes (unlike the well known , buggy, but well loved Morrowind). Unfortunately, getting and stealing money in this game is analogous to throwing dice and seeing what comes up and then throwing the dice again. That problem overshadows the whole game. Its bettter than a lot of games that have been released in the last 3 years. If you can find it, it should be at a discount price...there are some clever moments that wil make this game worth your while. marf

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