Remember back to elementary school, and those chose your own adventure books that we all loved and held so dear... Well I present a chose your own adventure game.

The Ray series of games are great. That about sums up everything in as short as I can put it.

Like really.

They are based on the idea of non-linear story line, in which users are put in control of something that is closer to a movie, with small mini games sprinkled throughout. Decisions are presented in a multiple-choice fashion, for example:

What should you do to this bum:
a)Nothing, just walk by.
b)Piss on him, that scum needs more filth.
c)Steal his coat.
d)Waste that POS

... For the back story, Ray is a local street thug and hitman, that roams the city doing deeds for his boss, pulling jobs and wasting mobsters. He has no regrets, and no problems blasting anyone or anything that crosses his path.

The animation in this movie-game is superb, considering the brunt of all the work that went into the game series is done by one guy: Phil.

Players throughout are given scores based on how good their decision making skills are, with a better score being awarded to how bad-ass you are.. killing is good.

If you make a bad decision, and get Ray killed in the process it's OK. The game has a friendly system to deal with death, getting caught, or killing the wrong person, you just get warped back to the decision screen that had that even occur, and you get to redo your option.

Ray 1 and Ray 2, definitely warrant the time to go through them both more then once, as each new decision can take you somewhere more exciting then the last, and the game boasts huge amounts of game play.

Ray 3-Introduction is more of a straight movie, it introduces elements that we are told will be present in Ray 3 when it gets released. And lets say I will be looking out for it. Boasting 60 minutes of game play, with multiple story paths from the start, and more of a free-roam type play, I look forward to more killing.

So while this game is not as interactive as some of the rest, maybe it doesn't have as much of an addictive quality, but everyone needs to play through it at least once.

Give Ray a chance... or else.


Longevity: 3.0/5
Interface: 4.0/5
Addictiveness: 3.0/5
Sound: 4.5/5
Simplicity: 4.5/5

Overall: 3.8/5