Red Sector 2112

Red Sector 2112 1.3

Blood, guts and aliens on your Pocket PC

First-person shooters in the style of classics like Quake or Halo aren't developed for Pocket PC that often, so naturally when I hear about one that's been exclusively designed for the Windows Mobile platform, I get a little bit excited. View full description

PROS

  • Detailed 3D graphics
  • On-screen maps
  • Large game area

CONS

  • A bit of a memory hog

Very good
8

First-person shooters in the style of classics like Quake or Halo aren't developed for Pocket PC that often, so naturally when I hear about one that's been exclusively designed for the Windows Mobile platform, I get a little bit excited.

Red Sector 2112 sees you assume the role of a half-man-half-machine Terminator-style character who must save the human population of Mars (Earth is a no-go area these days, by the way) from alien invaders from a far-off galaxy. OK, so the back story isn't exactly a work of genius, but they rarely are in this type of game and it makes a change from the Martians attacking us Earthlings on our own planet. As always, what's really important is the excuse it gives you to blast the living daylights out of aliens, zombies, mutants, cyborgs, etc.

Graphically, Red Sector 2112 is one of the most accomplished first-person 3D shooters you'll find on the Windows Mobile platform. I was surprised by the level of detail in the scenery and the explosion effects are impressive too. The electric guitar-based soundtrack is atmospheric enough without ever really being ground-breaking.

You'll need plenty of processor power in order to get the best from this game (at the very least a 400MHz processor with 10Mb of program memory), although there are a series of options to scale-down the graphics settings, available from the main menu if you find it's really laboring.

The gameplay itself is quite exciting once you get into the game. The action starts a fairly slow pace at first and you'll walk around for ages not really getting much action. I guess this is done to help you learn the largely touchscreen-based controls, though personally I think they are fairly easy to master anyway. As you progress through the levels though you'll encounter all manner of baddies and there are plenty of puzzles for you to solve.

If you're a fan of first-person-shooters and find it hard to drag yourself away from your games console, Red Sector 2112 provides some captivating blasting fun to take with you anywhere.

The year is 2112. Decades of neglect had reaped havoc upon the inhabitants of planet Earth. Global climate changes resulted in the accelerated melting of polar ice caps which in turn had swallowed large areas of previously populated land mass. Combined with the rebirth of nuclear power and the numerous disasters which followed large parts of our planet were rendered un-inhabitable. Earth's resources are at an all time low and can no longer sustain the uncontrollable population growth.

Born out of this turmoil came mans desire to start again, and create a new Eden in which all races and religions could live together in harmony. United with this common goal, man began a massive collaborative construction program on neighboring planet Mars. Within 25 years of stepping foot on the planet over 10% of Earth's inhabitants were relocated with promises of a better life for their friends, families and children. The future looked bright for those that had risked everything to make the journey.

However, we weren't the only life force that had plans for Mars. Alien beings from a far off galaxy had already taken an interest in our solar system and it wasn't long before the threat of little green men became a reality.

Taking control of our planets however was no easy task. For years aliens had secretly abducted small but significant numbers of humans and administered some mind altering process which turned them into walking zombies before re-introducing them back into society to fight the battle from within.

In order to get the upper hand man built the ultimate fighting machine in his own form. This being was part android, part human, whose sole purpose was to protect human life and seek out and destroy the enemy.

You are that fighting machine...

Red Sector 2112

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Red Sector 2112 1.3