by Interplay Reviewed by: Mark Skorupa
Reloaded starts right where the first title left off. The evil FUD escaped at the end of the first title. FUD's brain pod shot out of the scene and plummeted through the galaxy. After floating for an indeterminate amount of time, FUD's brain pod finally happened onto a planet. As his pod entered the atmosphere, it heated up and crashed to the desert sand. The sand planet is inhabited by a colony of 1000 starving artists. The first artist to find the pod was named Manuel. When Manuel discovered the pod, he mistook it for a smoldering comet. So, like any starving artist, Manuel used the only thing he had on him to cool down the comet, which happened to be a bottle of wine. FUD was not too happy to have a bottle of wine poured directly on his brain. When night fell, Manuel decided to climb inside his new trophy and catch a few winks. As soon as Manuel fell asleep, FUD decided that he would implant his brain in the body of Manuel. Upon awakening, Manuel did not feel like himself. That was for good reason, because he was not himself. He was now the house for FUD. Manuel went to the village and everyone immediately noticed that something was not quite right with him. For starters, he insisted on being called CHEB, which stands for Charming, Handsome, Erudite Bastard. The following evening, CHEB robbed all the sleeping artists of their meager savings and left the camp. That is when we are dispatched. Since we failed to stop FUD in the original, we surely won't let him survive in the sequel, will we?
Each of the six different characters sports a different back ground and arsenal of weapons. The first character is called Mamma. Mamma is a motherless son decked out in a pastel romper suit and Panda slippers. This baby-faced character definitely does not fit his appearance. The next character is Bounca. Bounca is a buffed-out doorman with a bad attitude. Sporting a new triple barreled shotgun, Bounca is one of the most effective characters. Thirdly, we have Magpie. Magpie is a Cyber Nun that has malfunctioned. Fitted with a huge gun, she will have the enemies saying their prayers. The fourth character is The Consumer. She has rockets fitted to her shoulders that shoot Agent Orange explosives, leaving all of the victims blown up and cooked in a nice orange sauce. The fifth character is Cap'n Hands. His body has been ruined and he is a walking skeleton. The last of the characters is Butch. Butch is a cross-dressing ex-con. Don't ask how this happened.
After selecting your character, you will battle through 12 worlds trying to stop CHEB. At the beginning of each world, you will be briefed on your mission and you are to stop at nothing to accomplish the goal. Every world has unique enemies waiting for you to cross their path. When you do connect with on of the bad guys, all that remains is a blood-stained skeleton on the ground. The idea is to kill everyone and everything. It is that simple. It is that overdone. We want something fresh and something new.
The gameplay in Reloaded does become a bit tedious after awhile. Each world is vastly different from the last, but after a few minutes in each, you will find yourself wanting more. The characters are also equipped with a special weapon that basically kills everything on the screen, which is cool but still not enough. There are some new components added to levels to make them a bit more exciting, like lifts and teleporters. These things help the game a little, but are not the savior.
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