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Just in time to miss Halloween, Roland reviews a game that's legitimately scary... for how bad it is.
It's time once again to roll out the barrel! The Budget Barrel, that is! Sci-fi tactical shooters are a rare beast, but every genre has a budget game or two if you look hard enough. In this episode, Roland reviews Alpha Black Zero, the first, last, and only game made by the Dutch (as far as anyone knows).
The Budget Barrel is back, baby, with an FPS where you hunt down terrorists in vaguely-defined missions. Most Wanted makes some changes to the engine and the formula used by In Harm's Way and Shadow Force. How does it turn out? Badly. For everyone involved.
Secret Service: In Harm's Way was pretty good. For a budget game, that is. But FUN Labs took the same game engine and most of the assets and made... another one.
Unfortunately, the Secret Service license passed to 4D Rulers software. And 4D Rulers made Secret Service: Security Breach, the worst game Roland's ever played.
Now in The Budget Barrel, a sci-fi shooter that's basically a Far Cry clone, except it came out in 2003... a full year before Far Cry was released. Spooky!
Roland begins a new series of reviews called The Budget Barrel that focuses on budget games. For the inaugural episode, Roland reviews Secret Service: In Harm's Way, a budget game beloved by fans of the tactical shooter genre.