No. of Players: 1
Electronic Arts has a reputation for producing some stellar games. Is "Auto Destruct" another stellar game, or does the title include an ominous excerpt from a review?
The story: Your wife and baby were murdered by disciples of the Cult of Lazarus. You've been recruited by the Temple (good guys) to battle Lazarus and his cult of suicidal maniacs.
You drive a car equipped with a variety of weapons and fight on the streets of
San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and in a subway. Before you burn rubber in the
missions, you can practice driving around the cities in Time Trials.
Weapons include: machine guns, rockets, missiles, lasers, cannons, mines, bombs, and rear mounted smoke and oil screens. Pick-ups are scattered around the city. These include: armor, nitro, bigger engines, better tires, and cash.
It all sounds so absolutely exciting and marvelous until you start playing.
That's when you discover you're on the freeway to a major disappointment.
The buildings look pretty cool when you first see them. But, as you drive around the city, you'll see the same buildings over and over. Up close, they warp or become distorted and occasionally transparent. Objects you're approaching jitter and shake. You soon realize that this is a horribly dysfunctional city. Weapons firing and explosions are not impressive. There are a lot of white seams throughout the graphics.
Believe It Or Not - You can drive through trees, lamp posts and other solid objects virtually unscathed. But, as soon as your tires touch water, it's "Mission Failed". There are time limits for a number of missions. So, you must speed around the urban eyesore to quickly complete objectives. No easy task.
Even the most powerful weapons at your disposal don't seem to pack much of a punch. There is nothing here that motivates you to continue playing. Unless, you have a sick desire to chase down and run over pedestrians.
The manual is good. The learning curve is easy. The "Difficulty" cannot be adjusted. There is NO replay value. In fact, there is NO play value. Auto Destruct is simply not fun.
Reviewed by Blaine E. Pynkala, Voltran@aol.com
(c) Electronic Arts/ Neurostone