First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Codemasters Clive Barker's Jericho
- Stylised gameplay, slick graphics and amazing atmosphere
- Long load times, AI problems, audio dubbing is sometimes off
Despite a few mistakes, Jericho still shines brightly. Its slick style, amazing graphics, and dark atmosphere really make it stand out. Here's hoping that MercurySteam has another romp into the dark depths of Clive Barker's mind lined up soon.
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Clive Barker's Jericho is an interesting game that's dripping with atmosphere and style. You lead a covert-op squad of "occult warfare" pros through the ruined, evil city of Al-Khali as part of a storyline devised by horror icon Clive Barker. While Jericho has its faults, it's quite satisfying on a visceral level.
There's no "AI" in "Team"
Jericho's gameplay revolves around a team system that allows you to switch between the assorted characters. Each member of your covert-ops team has a magic-based power that you must use in order to succeed. One team member can stop enemies dead in their tracks by slicing her hand and using blood magic to heal or hinder. The first-person action is intense and gets particularly hairy when evil monsters are trying to claw your eyes out from every direction.
Each character has a distinctive weapon loadout and special ability. Conveniently, you can hop around to control team members at will, but this innovation has a downside: the computer does a poor job of taking over when you switch characters -- a potentially fatal flaw. This makes otherwise enjoyable action segments more frustrating than fun.
Drippy, gooey, delicious
Thankfully, the graphics in Jericho are some of the best we've seen on the Xbox 360 so far. Every liquid texture seems to be gooey and disgusting, which only adds to the creepy atmosphere. The environments are large and detailed, and the character design is top notch, especially for the demons you'll encounter; some of the enemy designs will haunt you long after you put the game down.
Unfortunately, while the stage design is awesome, there are some horrendously long load times involved. It makes sense given the game's graphical prowess but it really cuts into the sense of immersion that the game's atmosphere does such a great job of instilling. Also, the voiceover work, which is deliciously hammy in a B-movie sort of way, isn't always synced up properly to the facial animations, which annoyed us.
A worthwhile shot in the dark
Despite these mistakes, Jericho still shines brightly. Its slick style, amazing graphics, and dark atmosphere really make it stand out. Here's hoping that MercurySteam has another romp into the dark depths of Clive Barker's mind lined up soon.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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