Armed and Dangerous (video game)

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Armed and Dangerous
Cover art
Cover art
Developer(s) Planet Moon Studios
Publisher(s) LucasArts
Activision (UK release)
Engine Amityville II
Platform(s) Windows
Xbox
Release date(s)
  • NA December 2, 2003
  • EU February 27, 2004
Genre(s) First/Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Split-Screen Multi-Player (Xbox), Online Multi-Player (Xbox)

Armed and Dangerous, often shortened to AnD, is a 2003 video game created by Planet Moon Studios and released by LucasArts. It is a third-person Action/Adventure Comedy shooter which parodies both other games and several other media such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, using humorous in-game dialogue and cutscenes. The game features known actors and voice actors such as Brian George as main hero Roman, Jeff Bennett, John Mariano and Pat Fraley as his sidekicks Jonesy, Rexus and Q (respectively) and Tony Jay as villain King Forge.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Armed and Dangerous is a third-person shooter action game, the camera hovering behind Roman, the player character, at all times. The game is played mostly on foot, with most levels incorporating usable gun emplacements, although there are some base defense levels where the player is inside a movable gun turret mounted on rails on top of a defensive wall; these levels are played in first-person.

Playable weaponry and equipment in Armed and Dangerous is a mix of shooter staples, including bolt-action and sniper rifles, submachine guns and rocket launchers, but also more unusual fare like the 'Land Shark Gun', which fires into the ground a rapidly maturing infant Land Shark, a creature that 'swims' through the earth, seeking out and devouring enemies.[2] Other unusual devices include a miniature black hole, a gas grenade that turns enemies against each other, and a device that temporarily reverses gravity, causing enemies to 'fall' into the sky and literally turning the world upside-down before the device shuts down, returning gravity to normal and returning affected enemies to earth, killing them by the fall.[2] Apart from weaponry, some of the later levels equip the player with a jet pack, allowing flight over moderate distances.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PC Xbox
Edge N/A 7/10[3]
EGM N/A 7.17/10[4]
Game Informer N/A 8/10[5]
GamePro N/A 4.5/5 stars[6]
Game Revolution B−[7] B−[7]
GameSpot 7.3/10[8] 7.3/10[2]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[9] 4/5 stars[10]
GameZone 8.4/10[11] 8/10[12]
IGN 8.3/10[13] 8.2/10[14]
OXM N/A 9/10[15]
PC Gamer (US) 78%[16] N/A
The Cincinnati Enquirer (favorable)[17] (favorable)[17]
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 78/100[18] 79/100[19]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[19][18]

Xbox 360 backward compatibility update[edit]

On November 28, 2007, Microsoft released the backward compatibility update for the Xbox 360 which allows Xbox 360 owners to play the Xbox disc version of Armed and Dangerous.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armed and Dangerous (2003) Xbox Credits". MobyGames. 
  2. ^ a b c Gerstmann, Jeff (December 2, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Edge staff (March 2004). "Armed and Dangerous (Xbox)". Edge (134): 98. Archived from the original on July 4, 2004. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ EGM staff (January 2004). "Armed and Dangerous (Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (174): 154. 
  5. ^ Reiner, Andrew (January 2004). "Armed and Dangerous (Xbox)". Game Informer (129): 144. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Pong Sifu (December 1, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Gee, Brian (December 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (December 5, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ Osborne, Scott (December 16, 2003). "GameSpy: Armed & Dangerous (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ Fischer, Russ (December 7, 2003). "GameSpy: Armed & Dangerous (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Aceinet (December 19, 2003). "Armed & Dangerous Review - PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ Surette, Tim (December 21, 2003). "Armed & Dangerous Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ Hwang, Kaiser (December 3, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous (PC)". IGN. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Hwang, Kaiser (December 2, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Armed and Dangerous". Official Xbox Magazine: 84. December 25, 2003. 
  16. ^ Harms, William (March 2004). "Armed and Dangerous". PC Gamer: 60. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Saltzman, Marc (December 26, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on February 6, 2004. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Armed and Dangerous for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Armed and Dangerous for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Play original Xbox games on an Xbox 360 console". Xbox Support. November 2007. Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

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