Game Review - by Jeremiah Pratt
Welcome to Vigilance, a game in which you need some hefty patience to complete. As there are some topics that need to be reached here.
The Story is such; you are an agent of SION. Which is the Special Intelligence Operations Network. Well if you haven't heard this before, terrorism has struck again. These guys are at it causing terror of course silly. And it's your job to wipe them out, snore.
The Interface is a big issue here. I have to say it's pretty bad, I suggest do the full install only if you have a 10gig hard drive. This game takes up a huge swap file. Causing it to freeze during gameplay. I'll go into that later, also the controls are not mapped well. I was having some serious Decent Freespace flashbacks. Any one who knows that game knows the controls are difficult to set up. Another bad thing is you can't save until the end of mission yuck!
The Graphics in Vigilance are pretty good. I'm still a little foggy on why the enemies disappear after getting shot. There are some really good transparency effects but that's about it. The blood looks spray painted, and the explosions are non-existent. The Graphics require allot from your hard drive. Causing a big hit in framerate.
The Sound FX is probably the only thing that may save this game. That's of course when they work right. The sounds related to the weapons are the best. Especially with the rocket launcher, the sound was so cool I caught myself firing it over and over. Just to hear the cool rocket noise haha. The Musical Score is awesome; I'm not kidding you here. Ranging from upbeat techno, to smooth rock. A real treat, and thank goodness to that.
The Gameplay, is kinda good, and kinda bad, there are a plethora of weapons to choose from. Plus the level design isn't half-bad. But I still can't get that swap file stuff out of my head. It's a big problem, and it takes away from fun of the game. Adding unnecessary frustration, but if you have undying patience you'll live. As for the characters they are each in their own. Beholding unique traits and personality. The Character animations could have been improved, because they move like unoiled robots.
The Final Verdict on Vigilance, it's not bad. But is frustrating to play, the sound is the greatest feature. But the interface needs help, and the animations could have been improved. Maybe if we are lucky SegaSoft will release a 90meg patch to fix all this stuff.