previews\ May 19, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Whiplash - XB - Preview

E3 2003 - First Look


“Here’s another example of human barbarism – the hamster cannon. Now that’s just plain mean!”


Bam! A hamster is fired across the room and sticks on the velcro-looking target on the wall. Mean? Oh yes. Funny – in a guilty sort of way.


Whiplash is a pending release from Eidos Interaction and Crystal Dynamics and is slated for release on the PlayStation2 and Xbox.  The game was demonstrated at E3 in Los Angeles and follows the adventures of Spanx and Redmond who have escaped from forced labor in a animal product-testing lab and are bent on escape. Not only are they trying to get free, but they are trying to get as many of their fellow animals freed as well.


There is just one hitch – they are chained together, and hence the program gets its title. Players perform as Spanx, a demented weasel-looking character. The foil and disgruntled tool is Redmond, a rabbit that is abused likely more than the product testers ever dreamed. Spanx using the chain that bind them to whip Redmond through obstacles and into enemies.


Game features include a variety of puzzles and enemies, including lab technicians, crooked rent-a-cops, and the corrupt CEO of the corporation. If successful, you can drive the company into bankruptcy.


Graphically this game is very good, with solid effects and smooth animation. The sound is also well done.


The charm of this game is in the frenetic action of the principal characters. Reactions from lab techs being clubbed by the whipped Redmond (who is also used to clog a toilet on occasion to flood a level) is wonderful. This game is a humane society’s nightmare, but it plants tongue firmly in cheek, disregards conventions and has a good time.


What more can you ask from a game?

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