DOS – 1995
Description of Full Throttle
By the time of Full Throttle’s release LucasArts had become the leading developer in the point-and-click adventure game genre. Their eleventh adventure game, Full Throttle, showed noticeable changes from previous releases. Featuring animated full motion video and action sequences, it set out to out to be the first of the next-generation of adventure games. A new contextual pie menu, through which interactions with objects and characters were controlled, replaced the older menu and inventory interface. The game was fully voiced, featuring professional voice actors. Finally, there was a licenced soundtrack written specially for the game by rock band The Gone Jackals. While retaining some of the humour found in previous games, the game took a darker turn in its plotline and setting. The story revolves around a gang of bikers known as the Polecats. In a near future version of California they battle against the encroaching advancement of technology and corporate greed. The protagonist, an old-school biker called Ben, finds himself caught up in events relating to an attempt to take over the last motorcycle manufacturer in America. Along the way he finds himself and his gang framed for murder, and so he must clear their names and ensure control of the company passes to the rightful heir. Compared to LucasArts’ previous games Full Throttle is shorter with smaller self-contained locations. Many of the puzzles contained within them aren’t particularly elaborate, and sometimes it feels that they are just interludes between the various cut scenes. However there’s still enough to carry the story well. The locations are beautifully dark and foreboding, and the characters are well brought to life by the actors voicing them. Altogether, the game succeeds in remaining continually engaging, so if you’ve never hit the road with Ben and his gang, now is the time to do so.
Review By Richard
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