Urban Chaos

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Urban Chaos
Urban Chaos Coverart.png
North American PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Mucky Foot Productions
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Dreamcast
Release Microsoft Windows
  • NA: November 30, 1999
  • EU: December 10, 1999
PlayStation
  • NA: March 31, 2000
  • EU: 2000
Dreamcast
  • EU: October 6, 2000
  • NA: November 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. In May 2017 Mucky Foot's Mike Diskett released the source code of the game under the MIT license on GitHub.[1]

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 McIntyre, 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 elite bodyguards, a brotherhood of mysterious men in tailored black suits known as "The Fallen". This establishes a connection between Bane, the Wildcats and the Fallen. 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 known as a Baalrog, which attempts 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 must rescue injured civilians, battle the remnants of the Wildcats and Fallen, and use the tower's ventilation system to destroy Bane once and for all.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
DreamcastPCPS
AllGame2/5 stars[2]N/A2.5/5 stars[3]
CGWN/A3.5/5 stars[4]N/A
EdgeN/A7/10[5]N/A
EGMN/AN/A5.33/10[6]
EurogamerN/A9/10[7]8/10[8]
Game InformerN/AN/A2.75/10[9]
GameProN/A4/5 stars[10]N/A
Game RevolutionN/AB−[11]C[12]
GameSpot2.4/10[13]8.3/10[14]2.9/10[15]
GameSpyN/A61%[16]N/A
GameZoneN/A7.4/10[17]N/A
IGN6.8/10[18]8.7/10[19]4.5/10[20]
OPM (US)N/AN/A2/5 stars[21]
PC Gamer (US)N/A58%[22]N/A
The Cincinnati EnquirerN/A4/4 stars[23]N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings48%[24]76%[25]51%[26]
Metacritic52/100[27]N/AN/A

The game was met with positive reviews when it was released on PC, but console ports were met with mixed to negative reception. The Dreamcast version received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[27] Computer Games Magazine gave it a score of four stars out of five and called it "a game screaming to become a comic book. The graphics are excellent and the storyline will have you wanting to turn to the last page just to see who, or what, is responsible. Muckey Foot has definitely brought the fun back to vigilante justice."[28]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ Lafferty, Michael (December 27, 1999). "Urban Chaos Review on PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 30, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  18. ^ Chau, Anthony (October 27, 2000). "Urban Chaos (DC)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  19. ^ Lopez, Vincent (December 24, 1999). "Urban Chaos (PC)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  20. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (May 3, 2000). "Urban Chaos (PS)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Urban Chaos". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. 2000. 
  22. ^ Williamson, Colin (2000). "Urban Chaos". PC Gamer. Future US. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  23. ^ Berman, A.S. (2000). "Urban renewal with a bullet (PC)". The Cincinnati Enquirer (USA Today). Gannett Company. Archived from the original on April 28, 2001. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Urban Chaos for Dreamcast". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Urban Chaos for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
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  28. ^ Lackey, Alan (January 17, 2000). "Urban Chaos". Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on May 12, 2003. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 

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