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Reviewed: Daikatana
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: June 17th, 2000
Page: 4

Final Breakdown


As gameplay goes, this game keeps you on your toes. Especially rewarding is the point-based stats system which makes you work for a better character. The only real marring part is the stupidity of the sidekicks.


The Daikatana team may have been working with an older engine, but they did some great things with it. Especially pleasing are the modeling and weapon effects, with the best being a high-level Daikatana sword.

Sound and Music:

Sidekick banter can be interesting, and occasionally useful. The music is nonintrusive, helping the mood without really kicking anything else in. The weapon and enemy sounds are decently realistic, and there isn't anything the sound in the game can do to hurt it.


Multiplayer in Daikatana requires thought as opposed to the rambo-like attacks frequently employed, as well as practice since the weapons switch for each time period. The best part is the cooperative play, which allows friends to get together and enjoy the game.

AI and Difficulty:

Enemies in the game are mediocre, acting like the usual flunkies (they rely on firepower and not agility). In some senses, this is fitting -- you wouldn't expect a bat or frog, or even a zombie or prison inmate, to be THAT smart. The sidekick AI has a few bugs, most notably being too aggressive in battles. The challenge level, when pushed to its high setting, is still pretty difficult.

Controls and Interface:

Hotkeys make sidekick control easy, and the menu system keeps the number of keys necessary to a minimum. Add to that the standard Quake 2 mouse-keyboard motion control and there's nothing anyone could find wrong with this setup.


Daikatana, for those who like single-player and storyline, is an exceptional game. The twists and turns make it difficult and interesting at the same time, and the co-op mode gives it something FPS games have been sorely lacking for some time. Those who are looking for the same old multiplayer experience will be disappointed, as this game makes players take care and choose their weapons carefully.

Pluses (+)
  • Great Storyline
  • CO-OP Multiplayer
  • Weapons That Make You Think.
  • Minuses (-)
  • Sidekick AI -- DUMB
  • Players Looking for the Same Old Multiplayer Game Will be Disappointed
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    Added:  Saturday, June 17, 2000
    Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
    Page: 4/6

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