Urban Chaos

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This article is about the action-adventure game. For the 2006 video game, see Urban Chaos: Riot Response.
Urban Chaos
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North American PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Mucky Foot Productions
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Dreamcast
Release date(s) Microsoft Windows
  • NA November 30, 1999
  • EU December 10, 1999
PlayStation
  • NA March 31, 2000
  • EU 2000
Dreamcast
EU 20001006October 6, 2000
NA 20001113November 13, 2000
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Urban Chaos is the debut video game of English developer Mucky Foot Productions with its initial release in 1999 on Microsoft Windows. It was subsequently released on the PlayStation and Dreamcast. The game was published by Eidos Interactive.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is an action-adventure game from a third-person perspective. It is set in largely free-roaming maps. It also utilized a rather complex fighting system incorporating kicks, punches, throws and sliding tackles as well as two melee weapons; knives and baseball bats. However, the player can also arrest enemies, which will make the populace more friendly towards them. Later on, an additional character is gained who is less agile, due to his age, but whose attacks do more damage. A Jamaican gang banger is also available in bonus missions.

The city maps, although small, do include indoor areas, people to talk to, fights to intervene in and even additional missions and completely different ways to achieve the player's goals that include assaults, hostage rescues, and stopping someone from committing suicide. There are 24 main levels, four bonus levels and a separate demo level which is not included in the full version of game.

Plot[edit]

The story begins with D'arci Stern, the protagonist, joining the Union City Police Department. Much of her time is spent dealing with the Wildcats, a gang that is getting increasingly bold in their criminal activity. With the help of a vigilante named Roper, D'arci begins to believe that the Wildcats plan to take over Union City. As the Wildcats grow ever bolder, D'arci discovers that the gang is led by Mack Bane, a candidate for mayor of Union City. Eventually, the Wildcats attempt a hostile takeover of the city, which is finally repelled by D'arci, Roper and the police.

Some time later, D'arci is investigating a particularly brutal murder. She discovers that the murder was committed by Bane's bodyguards, establishing a connection between Bane and the Wildcats. Soon after, he is arrested by D'arci and Roper in his out of town estate. Even from jail, Bane is able to direct the Wildcats, and D'arci and Roper are forced to deal with several more threats to the city. Later, Bane breaks out of jail and claims to be an Ancient Warlock. He uses his powers to summon a fire beast to destroy the city, but D'arci and Roper defeat it. Bane and the Wildcats flee to a sanctuary tower to fulfill a prophecy; before they can complete their ritual, D'arci and Roper use the tower's ventilation system to destroy Bane and the Wildcats.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Dreamcast PC PS
AllGame 2/5 stars[1] N/A 2.5/5 stars[2]
Edge N/A 7/10[3] N/A
EGM N/A N/A 5.33/10[4]
Eurogamer N/A 9/10[5] 8/10[6]
GamePro N/A 4/5 stars[7] N/A
Game Revolution N/A B−[8] C[9]
GameSpot 2.4/10[10] 8.3/10[11] 2.9/10[12]
GameSpy N/A 61%[13] N/A
GameZone N/A 7.4/10[14] N/A
IGN 6.8/10[15] 8.7/10[16] 4.5/10[17]
OPM (US) N/A N/A 2/5 stars[18]
PC Gamer (US) N/A 58%[19] N/A
The Cincinnati Enquirer N/A 4/4 stars[20] N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 47.86%[21] 75.77%[22] 50.74%[23]
Metacritic 52/100[24] N/A N/A

The game was met with positive to very mixed to negative reception. GameRankings gave it a score of 75.77% for the PC version,[22] 50.74% for the PlayStation version,[23] and 47.86% for the Dreamcast version;[21] Metacritic likewise gave the latter version a score of 52 out of 100.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Urban Chaos (DC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 17, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ Briggs, Rich. "Urban Chaos (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 17, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Edge staff (December 25, 1999). "Urban Chaos (PC)". Edge (79). 
  4. ^ "Urban Chaos (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2000. 
  5. ^ Ellis, Keith "DNM" (January 4, 2000). "Urban Chaos (PC)". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (April 5, 2000). "Urban Chaos (PS)". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on January 7, 2001. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ Dy, Bernard (January 15, 2000). "Urban Chaos Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on January 18, 2005. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brian (February 2000). "Urban Chaos Review (PC)". Game Revolution. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sparks, Shawn (June 2000). "Urban Chaos - PS". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (November 27, 2000). "Urban Chaos (DC) Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wolpaw, Erik (January 4, 2000). "Urban Chaos Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (April 24, 2000). "Urban Chaos Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  13. ^ Salgado, Carlos (January 14, 2000). "Urban Chaos (PC)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on March 18, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ Lafferty, Michael (December 27, 1999). "Urban Chaos Review on PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 30, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  15. ^ Chau, Anthony (October 27, 2000). "Urban Chaos (DC)". IGN. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ Lopez, Vincent (December 24, 1999). "Urban Chaos (PC)". IGN. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  17. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (May 3, 2000). "Urban Chaos (PS)". IGN. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Urban Chaos". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 2000. 
  19. ^ Williamson, Colin (2000). "Urban Chaos". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  20. ^ Berman, A.S. (2000). "Urban renewal with a bullet (PC)". The Cincinnati Enquirer (USA Today). Archived from the original on April 28, 2001. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b "Urban Chaos for Dreamcast". GameRankings. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Urban Chaos for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "Urban Chaos for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Urban Chaos for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 

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