undying
Metacritic: 85/100
Release: Feb 2001
Reviewed on: PC

Clive Barker’s Undying

Site Score
7.5
Good: Mix of gunplay and magic
Bad: Poor voice acting
User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
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For paranormal adventures that involves the occult and plenty of horror few games have been able to capture the same level of atmosphere as the 2001 release, Clive Barker’s Undying. Primarily a first person shooter but also involving lots of magic, the game is a classic in the video game genre.

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Set in the 1920s the game follows Patrick Galloway an Irish paranormal adventurer who decides to investigate the mysterious occult happenings that are taking place at his friends (Jeremiah Covenant) estate.

This eerie adventure starts with a flash back to ancient times long past with a group of priests burying a king alive. This flashback ends with players receiving an urgent letter from their dear friend who reveals a curse has plagued his entire family sending them mad and to their death.

On the surface Clive Barker’s Undying is a first person shooter with players controlling the man character Patrick from a first person perspective and using the available weapons to overcome enemies in each level. As an older game the health system works on points, once health reaches zero players will die while also receiving a death cut scene based on their killer.

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One of the more unique elements of the game is the combination of traditional weapons with magical abilities that consume mana. These aren’t swapped between either with players able to wield a weapon in one hand and spell in another.

This introduces some role playing elements and with items found throughout the game players can boost their mana regeneration and cap which allows you to rely more on magical abilities as you progress that become increasingly potent. Some levels also include basic puzzles where players will need to gain information from NPCS or search for a key.

Summary:

  • A dark shooter meets magic fantasy.
  • Brutal and unique death animations based on enemy.
  • Uniquely dark story that blends ancient myth with 1920 setting.
  • Basic RPG features with ability to improve skills and mana.
  • A classic game available through GOG for Windows.

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