Windows - 1998
Description of Codename: Tenka
A decent FPS game from Psygnosis that was more successful on the Playstation than PC.
The mundane storyline is as follows: the year is 2096 and Earth is polluted and war torn. The remaining colonists have only one wish, to leave the barren planet Earth and rebuild their lives on Extrevius 328, an off world colony that is rumored to be the promised land. You are Joseph B. Tenka from Extrevius 328, a corporate conglomerate manufacturing plant for deadly warriors, known only as Bionoids. Tenka has been listed for transformation into a Bionoid, which is a half man - half droid, and that prospect does not please you at all. So you don a warfare suit and go off on a one-man quest to destroy corporate plans.
The story is explained by some rather nice FMV cut scenes throughout the game (unfortunately missing from this CD-rip version). The gameplay will be familiar to anyone who has played DOOM and countless clones. Set over 20 stages, each level in the game is mission-based, and your mission is given in a nice briefing accompanied by a graphical display of your objectives. The game includes the usual array of high-tech weapons and a variety of Bionoids and other creatures to kill. Level design is average, but the creepy atmosphere is evoked pretty well through sound cues and surprise attacks.
All in all, Lifeforce Tenka is an enjoyable and atmospheric shooter that starts out like a DOOM clone, but makes you feel like an episode from Aliens. Worth a look if you are an action fan, but not a Top Dog.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
koijotito 2020-07-05 0 point
Hard Reset is the closest to a spiritual successor / remake that this game really needs.
Gerhalt 2020-06-25 0 point
Although I'm running ripped version, it works just fine even under Win7x64, and yes: it's got sounds.
However, I must warn anyone who'll try to PLAY (not just run to see if it works) the bloody game: supposedly it wasnt meant to be played @60fps because some enemies move way too fast, thus the pc version appears to be a lot harder, than its console brethren. Tenka works best with totally outdated mice, or at least with those devices that support very low dpi values like 100-200 (optimal) up to 400-800 (worse). If you think the game will let you frag lightning fast headshots by means of your super-duper-ultra-modern mouse, I assure: you're WRONG! It simply doesnt work that way: the faster you'll try to scroll the less responsive Tenka's aiming will be. It'll need some tinkering with sens settings within the game's options screen. If everything's been done right, you'll get awesome free mouselook controls.
P.S. in order to hear the (outstanding) game music, one will have to mount an image into the FIRST cd drive alphabetically. If you own a real cd/dvd drive AND its drive letter goes before your virtual cd drive, then you'll need to swap those letters. To do this simply type: drvmgmt.msc within the RUN dialog box.
Of course, there are other ways of returning the music like ripping it off the image and playing it back thru your fave audioplayer, or using certain third-party utilities (like CDAProxy) enabling the native audio playback.
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