Reign of Fire
Reign of Fire is an action-adventure video game released in 2002 by Kuju Entertainment. The game is based on the movie of the same name.
Why It Sucks
- Very long loading times, which can sometimes take up to 50 seconds to load.
- The game sometimes randomly crashes or freezes.
- Objectives in this game are really generic, basically they just consist of things like, "Go to this point and kill stuff," and "Now go here and kill more stuff." Later in the game, your objectives will be laid out at the beginning of each mission, making the gameplay feel dull and uninspired.
- The only enemies you will face in this game are the dragons, making the variety of enemies rather lazy and boring.
- Poor and dated graphics that look like an early Dreamcast game. The color palette even borrows heavily from the one used in the movie, resulting in a dark, drab and washed out look throughout.
- The story is weak.
- Control scheme is sluggish and unresponsive, since the vehicle always drives whatever direction the cursor is pointed.
- When you're on fire, the fire won't go out by itself unless you shoot a water pipe. This can be painful at times when you're in the middle of nowhere and there's no water pipes.
- Unexciting action, all you do is shoot dragons that are in the sky breathing fire down on you, your comrades and guns aimed skyward.
- Inconsistent frame-rate.
- The music is extremely bland and forgettable.
- Mediocre sound effects.
- Bad physics.
- The gameplay is very repetitive and boring.
- The NPC's often act pretty dumb. In missions in which one of the victory conditions is to protect them, they do very little to keep themselves out of danger, and if they're set on fire, they'll do nothing to extinguish themselves.
- Abysmally emotionless voice acting.
- After you complete the human campaign, you get to choose to play as the dragon, while this sounds like a nice touch to the game and brings good replay value, the control for the dragon is so stiff that it doesn't bring any fun that the dragon campaign offered.
- Lack of replay value.
- The game also uses motion-blur and camera-shaking effects whenever you sustain severe damage, fire a powerful weapon, or use the dragon's speed rush maneuver. The effect is so overused that it can become annoying quickly.
- The levels are pretty detailed as they are filled with scorched trees, burned-out cars, and damaged buildings.
- Cool vehicle models.
- The visuals look very good.
Reign of Fire has received mostly negative reviews. GameSpot gave the game a 4.9/10, GameFAQS gave the PlayStation 2 version a 2.63/5, a 2.19/5 for the GameCube version, a 2.64/5 for the Xbox version and a 2.38/5 for the Game Boy Advance version.