Corporation (video game)
European box art
|Distributor(s)||Virgin Games (PC and Mega Drive/Genesis only)|
|Composer(s)||Matt Furniss (credited as "Krisalis Software, Ltd.")|
|Release date(s)||1990 (Amiga and Atari ST), 1991 (PCDOS), 1992 (Mega Drive/Genesis—USA & Europe)|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game, first-person shooter|
Corporation (released as Cyber-Cop in North America) is a video game for Amiga, Atari ST and DOS, later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis. It was developed for Core Design by Dimension Creative Designs by Bill Allen with graphics and design by Kevin Bulmer.
The PC and Sega versions were published by Virgin Games. Originally released for Amiga in 1990, it is one of the earliest 3D first-person shooter games, predating ID Software's Wolfenstein 3D (1992). It was also the first of its kind to utilize dynamic lighting. Gameplay was very complex for its time, featuring role-playing, stealth and hacking elements, similar to the later System Shock and Deus Ex series of games.
"Corporation" is set in a dark future, and centers around the Universal Cybernetics Corporation, or U.C.C., responsible for employing a large percentage of the population of London and is a keystone in the stability of the economy, thus controlling the government's popularity. U.C.C.'s London headquarters' factory is under the government suspicion of illegally producing genetically engineered hostile mutants. The U.C.C. is a successful "corporation" that works with pride on (legal) genetic experiments, cybernetic implants and body modifications. Recently, however, one of the U.C.C.'s experiments has escaped and is wreaking havoc on London, which is where the player comes in, taking control of a national security spy working for the agency known as ZODIAC, assigned to infiltrate and expose the illegal activity.
The player is given the option of choosing between one of six agents (two men, two women, and two androids, each with variable ability and skill levels). The game is played in a first-person perspective, rendered with 3D polygon environments. The agent lands on the building's roof with the goal of to progressing from the fifth floor down to the basement on level eight. The mission involves the search of incriminating evidence, which would allow the authorities to shut down the illegal genetic experiments taking place.
Game elements include hacking electronic door locks from terminals, avoiding alarm triggers and security cameras, battling enemies, and staying alive through the planned use of the items bought in advance before the mission. The conservation of energy is key, but more batteries can be found as floor pick-up items. In a special menu the player is able to heal wounds on specific parts of body, manage various electronic devices scattered throughout the game, apply body modifications and other items, and gather information. In order to reach lower floors, the player must locate special key cards or terminals to acquire higher security clearances to operate the elevators. The Amiga and Atari ST version also had customisable content: a request could be sent to Core with details of the player and a passport photograph. Core would then send the player a floppy diskette containing the sent data that could then be loaded after inserting and loading the data from the first disk.
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The game received very high marks in magazines but had problems with the blocky controls, non-textured polygon surfaces, high difficulty, and realism.
- Hall II, Lyle J. Cyber-Cop Instruction Manual for Sega Genesis. Ed. Lisa Marcinko and Angela Sagaser. Irvine, CA: Virgin Games, and Core Design, 1992. Print.
- Rovin, Jeff. Short Takes. Gamemaster: Conquering Sega Genesis Games. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1994. 206. Print.
- West, Neil. Role-Playing Game: Corporation. Official Sega Genesis Power Tips Book. Rocklin, CA: Prima, 1992. 24-25. Print.