Armed and Dangerous (video game)

Armed and Dangerous is a 2003 video game created by Planet Moon Studios and released by LucasArts. It is a third-person action-adventure shooter which parodies both other games and several other media such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, using humorous in-game dialogue and cutscenes. The game features known actors and voice actors such as Brian George as main hero Roman, Jeff Bennett, John Mariano and Pat Fraley as his sidekicks Jonesy, Rexus and Q (respectively) and Tony Jay as villain King Forge.[1]

Armed and Dangerous
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Developer(s)Planet Moon Studios
Publisher(s)LucasArts
Director(s)Tim Williams
Producer(s)Aaron Loeb
Dan Pettit
Designer(s)Tim Williams
Nick Bruty
Bob Stevenson
Programmer(s)Scott Guest
Artist(s)Nick Bruty
Bob Stevenson
Writer(s)Aaron Loeb
Tim Williams
Composer(s)Anna Karney
EngineAmityville II
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Xbox
Release
  • NA: December 2, 2003
  • EU: February 27, 2004
Genre(s)First-person shooter, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer (Xbox only)

PlotEdit

In the messed up fantasy world of Milola, three outcasts known as the Lionhearts, Roman, Q, and Jonesy, heads to the arctic Bergog Wasteland to recuit a small blind man by the name of Rexus who they think they might need him to pull off the perfect heist: steal the legendary Book of Rule, an magical book that offers supreme power for anyone who uses it. The reason they need him is because the book had a locking spell which turns it into the Book of Basket Weaving and the Wild Wood Monks have been trying to unlock for years by the order the villain King Forge who plans to turn Milola into a theme park for his dim-witted son Prince Stig, putting everyone into his slavery.

GameplayEdit

Armed and Dangerous is a third-person shooter action game, the camera hovering behind Roman, the player character, at all times. The game is played mostly on foot, with most levels incorporating usable gun emplacements, although there are some base defense levels where the player is inside a movable gun turret mounted on rails on top of a defensive wall; these levels are played in first-person.

Playable weaponry and equipment in Armed and Dangerous is a mix of shooter staples, including bolt-action and sniper rifles, submachine guns and rocket launchers, but also more unusual fare like the 'Land Shark Gun', which fires into the ground a rapidly maturing infant Land Shark, a creature that 'swims' through the earth, seeking out and devouring enemies.[2] Other unusual devices include a miniature black hole, a gas grenade that turns enemies against each other, and a device that temporarily reverses gravity, causing enemies to 'fall' into the sky and literally turning the world upside-down before the device shuts down, returning gravity to normal and returning affected enemies to earth, killing them by the fall.[2] Apart from weaponry, some of the later levels equip the player with a jet pack, allowing flight over moderate distances.

ReceptionEdit

The game received "generally favorable reviews" on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[19][18]

Backwards compatibilityEdit

On November 28, 2007, Microsoft released the backward compatibility update for the Xbox 360 which allows Xbox 360 owners to play the Xbox disc version of Armed and Dangerous.[20]

On June 10, 2019, Microsoft announced the ending of the backward compatibility program for the Xbox One for both Xbox Original and 360 titles. Armed and Dangerous was among the last batch of Xbox Original titles made compatible on the Xbox One system.[21]

Along with the June 10 announcement, Armed and Dangerous was added to the Xbox Marketplace available as a digital download for Xbox 360, Xbox One and the upcoming "Project Scarlet". All disc versions of the game will also be playable on all systems.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Armed and Dangerous (2003) Xbox Credits". MobyGames.
  2. ^ a b c Gerstmann, Jeff (December 2, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Edge staff (March 2004). "Armed and Dangerous (Xbox)". Edge (134): 98. Archived from the original on July 4, 2004. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  4. ^ EGM staff (January 2004). "Armed and Dangerous (Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (174): 154.
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  6. ^ Pong Sifu (December 1, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Gee, Brian (December 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (December 5, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Osborne, Scott (December 16, 2003). "GameSpy: Armed & Dangerous (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Fischer, Russ (December 7, 2003). "GameSpy: Armed & Dangerous (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  11. ^ Aceinet (December 19, 2003). "Armed & Dangerous Review - PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Surette, Tim (December 21, 2003). "Armed & Dangerous Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  13. ^ Hwang, Kaiser (December 3, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous (PC)". IGN. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  14. ^ Hwang, Kaiser (December 2, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous Review (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "Armed and Dangerous". Official Xbox Magazine: 84. December 25, 2003.
  16. ^ Harms, William (March 2004). "Armed and Dangerous". PC Gamer: 60. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  17. ^ a b Saltzman, Marc (December 26, 2003). "Armed and Dangerous". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on February 6, 2004. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Armed and Dangerous for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Armed and Dangerous for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Play original Xbox games on an Xbox 360 console". Xbox Support. November 2007. Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  21. ^ Kuchera, Ben (2019-06-10). "Microsoft announces final backward-compatible games coming to Xbox One". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  22. ^ "Armed & Dangerous". marketplace.xbox.com. Retrieved 2019-06-12.

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