August 21, 2001

Freak Out - Preview

Release Date Publisher Developer Rating Players Price
23/8/2001SwingTreasure1$99.95

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The in-game graphics are better.
Treasure. The developers are among one of the most cherished and respected by gamers, not because they produce great big RPG's, not because they have the best graphics in games. They are loved because their games are among the most addictive, enjoyable and surprising. Initially it was thought that Freak Out would only be available in Japan but Swing has picked up the rights to release the game in Europe, and Acclaim has picked up the title for release in Australia. There won't be too much time to save though as the game, which was announced only last Friday, is expected to be released later this week. Still, there's enough time for a quick preview to wet your appetite.

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The in-game graphics are better.
Freak Out is a 3rd person character driven 3D action adventure placed in a surreal world thanks to Treasure's distinctive flavoured art. The storyline, as you would expect from the developers is a little offbeat as well;
13 demons embodying the spirit of vanity, superficial beauty, seek out to posses the most beautiful sisters of the land, turning them into grotesque Barbie doll caricatures. There is a slight problem however with the thirteenth sister Linda, whose possession takes an unusual turn. When the demon dives for her, it accidentally possesses the scarf she was wearing instead. Although Linda's scarf takes on a life of its own, she is able to control some of its actions, while everything it touches or grabs will get a certain elasticity and stretch and snap back like rubber. Linda can pester enemies, grab, throw, climb, pull, pinch and enlarge any object in the game's environment.

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There is some very offbeat humour.
Freak Out includes some huge worlds with a unique style of graphics rarely seen in today's games. The game has hundreds of objects, enemies and items to explore and deform while each boss and monster requires a different tactic to defeat them. Swing are also boasting that the game has a remarkably realistic physics engine however it's the enjoyment of playing this title that should ensure it's success.

Even if you don't know developers treasure, you'll probably know some of their games. They include Gunstar Heroes (Megadrive), Guardian Heroes (Megadrive), Yuke Yuke Trouble Makers (N64), Radient Silvergun (Arcade & Saturn) and Bangaio (DC). This game looks like continuing that success. Fans of action games should be pleased, while the bright colours should also keep younger gamers happy. As a guide, Edge Magazine, gave the game an excellent 8/10, a great score from that magazine. Freak Out is currently set for release on August 30 here in Australia and you can expect a Future Gamez review soon.