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Lunabean's Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy Review

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
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Strategy Guide: LB Strategy Guide
Lunabean Rating: 8.1
Platforms: Xbox*, PS2
Release Date: 06.14.04
ESRB Rating: M - Mature
Official Site: Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy
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LB Score: 8.1
A good action/shooter made very good by the addition of the Psi Ability gameplay element.

I have played countless games which are similar to "Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy." It's a third person action/shooter starring an elite soldier fighting insurmountable odds. Hmm? Let's see, Mace Griffin, James Bond: Everything or Nothing, Enter the Matrix, and Hitman: Contracts all come to mind. You would think that "Psi-Ops" would simply get lost amongst the shuffle of so many games like it.

And that's where you're wrong. Hah! Gotcha. "Psi-Ops" is a solid third person action/shooter with a unique gameplay element: Psi Ability. To give you a quick idea of what that is, think of the "Star wars" force powers. Think about how you can "Force Push" somebody off a cliff. Now magnify that by 10 and you have Psi-Ability.

You play as Nick Scryer, elite Psi-Ops soldier who has had his mind erased. The former outfit you were working for, Mindgate, doesn't want you around anymore. Well, much to their chagrin, you start to remember your Psi-Abilities one at a time. There is Telekinesis, the ability to lift objects/enemies and throw them wherever you please; against walls, over walls, into exploding barrels, you name it, you can do it. Then some more powers start to come back like Mind Control, which enables you to embody an enemy and make him do whatever you please; commit suicide, kill other enemies, or push a button that you can't get to otherwise. Add in some Pyrokinesis (fire ball), Mind Drain (exploding heads, hehe), Aura View (see invisible things), and Remote View (scout ahead of yourself) and you have yourself one awesome set of tools to get any job done. That's the beauty of this game. With all of your Psi-Powers and your weapons, you can be really creative in how to kill enemies. For example, I'm a big fan of lifting an enemy with my Telekinesis, shooting him while he's in the air, then dropping him while I launch a fire ball at him. "Make him dance," that's what I say. I also enjoy making enemies heads' explode using a little Mind Drain (hey, this game is rated "M" for a reason...if you're under 17 you shouldn't even be reading this review...go to your room!).

Aside from the unique gameplay elements, this is a solid game. Graphics are good, missions are varied and rarely boring, levels are expansive and fun to explore, and enemy AI is pretty darn good...especially on harder difficulty levels. The only complaint I'd have is that the bosses are a bit too easy. But hey, if they were too hard I'd be complaining too, so take that with a grain of salt.

There is no online play, but the game does offer a nice set of Extra Content such as Co-op play, Boss Rush (one life to get through as many bosses as you can) and a good ol' Arcade version of the game where there are no objectives, just a timer and points.

I'd recommend picking this game up if you are a weekend gamer. If you're an experienced gamer I'd say rent it because you'll problably get through it relatively quickly.

Having played it through three times, I still have a smile on my face. Of course, that could be gas.

-Jeremy


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