is something evil in the ocean waters around Amity Island. Something
has been feeding off of the marine life and the summer swimming
crowd as well. The beaches were once covered in golden sand and
full of tourists on their summer vacations, but now the shores
are awash in blood. The local residents have put together a reward
for anyone that can bring the creature in and now the waters are
full of hunters and trappers looking to catch.....YOU! That's
right youre not the hero in this one, in fact your nothing
more than a twenty foot, four ton, killing machine that does nothing
more than swim and eat! You are a great white shark and you are
the hunted in Jaws Unleashed!
off of the classic movie Jaws,
Jaws Unleashed puts you in the water and behind the teeth
as you take on the role of the famous great white shark. But does
it succeed or sink into the briny deep with many other film based
games? Well a little of both.
said it before and I'll say it again, I'm a huge shark mark, so
when I this game came out, I couldn't wait to get a hold of it.
But I also know the kind of stigma surrounding a game like this,
so I waited a bit before plunking down $30 and decided to rent
it for a week instead for $5 and for once in my life, patience
paid off for me.
let me give this game some credit. It has smooth graphics, great
detail and even better gore. The water is always turning red and
there was at no time a shortage of victims to be had. Also the
developers did an excellent job in devising a game idea and game
play around being a great white shark and if you really think
about it, that's a tall order to fill without the game getting
boring in about two minutes.
shark also has some sweet ass attacks, more than just biting,
although I have to admit the fact that you are playing a shark
and one of your basic controls is BITE is fun in itself. But Jaws
not only gets to bite he gets to tail whip, jump and ram to his
and your delight. But one of the best parts of this game was trying
to eat swimmers without being noticed by anyone else. Like a real
shark, your fin and water disturbances give you away, so you have
to be sneaky at times. If the water is deep enough you can go
under a swimmer and perform a drag action where you grab them
by the feet and tug them under enough where no one sees you shred
their bodies to pieces. I found myself doing this just to see
if I would get caught. The game also allows you to go into "Shark
Vision" which gives you a shark view attitude and lets you
target not only objects but certain body parts as well, once again
very nifty ideas that work really well.
the way you get to smash docks, boats, shark cages and many other
sea going items. I did play a few kind of WTF missions where you
had to go do a certain thing to advance in the game, but I was
able to overlook most of them. So far the review sounds pretty
good right? And I have to admit the game is kind of a mix of Grand
Theft Auto and Echo the Dolphin, so where does it go wrong? Read
kills this game and I mean KILLS this game is the terrible, no
horrible, no heinous camera views. As long as your swimming forward
your OK, but the minute you try to turn in any other direction
your taking the game into uncharted water. I can't tell you how
many times I got stuck on a reef or in a wrecked ship, because
the game camera gets stuck and you cannot change the view, which
brings in the usual hit reset and start over motion. If you miss
your intended target on the first try, good luck on getting a
second chance without swimming a mile off and circling back around
and the few times in the game when you have multiple attackers
forget it, you'll be belly up before you find your second assailant.
Jaws Unleashed had a better camera system this game could have
been outstanding, but the fact is simply this, the shoddy and
horrible camera design ruin this game and make it frustrating
and nearly unplayable at times, which is a shame, because the
game had some really good intentions.