Survival Horror developers Capcom set the benchmark for the genre right at the beginning of the 3D era on PlayStation with Resident Evil. With a further two sequels and the production of Dino Crisis, Capcom continued to lead the way. But software house EON is on the trail with their recent entry into the genre and the release of Chaos Break.
Since the title explains very little, let us explain. In simple terms, there is a lab that contains highly deadly alien cells and its up to you to infiltrate the base, thus, saving the planet from a hazardous future. This story is also similar to Resident Evil in a number of ways.
First and foremost, you must choose one of the two playable characters within the game - either the male or the female. Chaos Break is played in full 3D throughout the entire game, and a floating camera gives frightened players the freedom to stick their unwilling heads around as many corners as they wish. Soon after you begin the game you will discover some of the monstrosities that have occurred within the base, and you soon find yourself fighting for survival. In a similar fashion to Tomb Raider, any hostile targets you come across will automatically be locked onto, making in-game combat a little easier, and when you come across some of the games bosses you will realise just how sensible this feature is. Ration your ammo, though, otherwise you will soon find yourself returning to the beginning of the game for a second stab having succumbed to the knowledge that you simply dont have the ammo you need to finish the game. Helping you in your mission are a variety of maps, ammunition and save points. Provided you consider all possibilities as you progress, Chaos Break shouldnt be too much of a task. Those of you who find it a little easy have the option to raise the stakes in a hard difficulty setting.
While not as groundbreaking and original as most, Chaos Break is a fine game, and good enough to keep your attention throughout the game, and thats what matters.