The Steel Assassin
||(Win95/98/ME/XP) (Retail) (WWWESTPR)
ESRB Rating: Teen (Ages 13+) - Animated Violence and mild
B from Just Adventure
It's Time to Tame the Wild Wild
Gun-slinging action! Outlandish scenarios! Intriguing
adventure! The Wild Wild West comes to life on your PC in an all new
It's five years after the brutal assassination of Abraham
Lincoln, and the rift between North and South is finally beginning to mend.
That is, until President Grant receives a death threat signed, "The True
Executioner of Abraham Lincoln." As Secret Service Agents Jim West and Artemus
Gordon you'll race against time to uncover the villains behind this ruthless
plot and save the President.
So reach for your six-shooter, muster up your courage and
hit the dusty trail to the Wild Wild West!
Blast your way through action sequences and
think your way through challenging situations.
Customize the difficulty settings for both
action and adventure to suit your style of gameplay.
Jump right into the action with a
user-friendly, mouse-driven interface.
Immerse yourself in a stunning 3D world.
Encounter a provocative adversary as you
unravel the plot.
Music based on the original Wild Wild West
Elmer Bernstein score.
Windows 95/98/ME/XP: 266 MHz Pentium or faster
processor, 64MB RAM, DirectX compatible video card with 4MB VRAM, Direct 3D
hardware acceleration recommended, DirectX compatible sound card, DirectX 6.1
or later (supplied), 200 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive or better,
Microsoft compatible mouse or other pointing device.
Tested OK on Windows XP.
Adventure, by Randy Sluganski
"How refreshing to play an adventure game that does not take
place in outer space or some other make-believe world, does not contain any
horror or fantasy elements, and is actually rooted in reality. Not that we do
not appreciate all types of adventure settings, but it seems that very few are
situated in a real-life atmosphere. Wild Wild West: The Steel Assassin,
if you have not already guessed, is based on the 1999 Warner Brothers movie
starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline. The movie was in turn a spinoff from the
irreverent television series that aired from 1965 to 1970. Now, before you get
your dingleberries in an uproar and begin to bellow, 'But the movie was a
flop!' rest assured that even though the James West and Artemus Gordon
characters have been recreated from their movie counterparts, the game is
closer in spirit to the original television series..."
"The Steel Assassin takes place a few months after
the events of the movie. You must take on the role of either James T. West
(Will Smith) or Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline). President Grant has asked for
your assistance from an assassination conspiracy set to be staged at the
infamous Ford's Theater - five years to the day from Abraham Lincoln's murder.
The game is broken into 10 segments - four each that can only be played as West
or Gordon, and a finale and epilogue in which both characters finally team up.
West follows the five-year-old trail of John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's
assassin, as he suspects that Booth had a partner (Oliver Stone writing for
SouthPeak!), and Gordon slinks about the Baltimore wharf and Ford's Theater as
he searches for clues that will link a suspicious murder to the threat on
President Grant's life. The rousing finale reunites the two Secret Service men
in a race against time. SouthPeak's writers (and designers) have done an
excellent job of bringing the 1870s to life and are to be commended for their
accurate portrayal of that era. This faithful recreations allowed us to immerse
ourselves fully into the game. But the story left me wanting more - there were
never any startling revelations or plot twists; it felt like an episode of the
television show minus the commercial breaks...."
"WWW is billed as an action/adventure game, but is
more of an old-school, point-and-click adventure game than any product
currently on the market. Artemus Gordon is the brains of the duo. Die-hard
adventure gamers will have a field day as Artemus dons disguises, deciphers
messages, and investigates clues. The gameplay is very similar to such classics
as Sherlock Holmes & The Rose Tattoo. Conversations with other
characters provide hints, and relevant information is automatically recorded in
your notebook. The amount of leads provided is dependent upon the game's
difficulty level. In what may be a first, SouthPeak has allowed the gamer the
option of changing the difficulty level on the fly. If you are stuck on a
particularly hard puzzle or gun battle, you may customize the game to your
preference for just one scene or the entire episode. Did I say gun battle?
Well, this is, after all, a western, and James West is the
quick-on-the-trigger-finger member of the duo. there will be times when gunplay
is necessary, but there are also numerous occasions (and SouthPeak is to be
congratulated for this) when a shoot-out can be avoided if you are alert and
study the surrounding area. Sandbags and oil slicks, if used correctly, can be
just as deadly as a bullet..."
"... The entire game is conveniently mouse-driven, and the
characters are very responsive and detailed. Some of the outdoor locations are
stunning. The Wanderer, the train that serves as a meeting place between
missions for the agents, is extremely detailed. Besides housing weapons and
gadgets, Gordon's disguises and laboratory are on board, and everything is at
"In the final analysis, Wild Wild West: The Steel
Assassin is fun. It was fun riding a horse, it was fun participating in an
Old West shoot-out, and it was fun playing a game that has some historical
basis. It ships on two CDs, one for install and one for gameplay...."
Quandary Review by Peter
Interactive describe their new game Wild Wild West as an "action adventure".
Happily the game allows you to customise how much action. For this review the
action level was set to "go easy on me". On this setting Wild Wild West is a
respectable adventure game with some puzzles where you're under time pressure.
For comparison Sanitarium, Overseer, and Full Throttle have harder
time-critical puzzles. SouthPeak have made a reasonable job of developing a
game which can be adjusted to suit the player.
"Wild Wild West has an original story co-written by Lee
Sheldon (Dark Side of the Moon, The Riddle of Master Lu.) It is set after the
film of the same name and has you foiling a plot to assassinate President
Grant. The setting is late C19th America with steampunk technology
similar to the film (so Victorian style jet-skis, plasma bolts, etc.) There are
nine episodes: you play four as Jim West (the Will Smith character in the
film), four as Artemus Gordon, and in the endgame you get to play as both."
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