Began playing Pariah this morning. The graphics are good, not quite up to Half Life 2 standards, but pretty good. Unfortunately, there is a pretty severe fish eye effect even at 1024x768 resolution. The outer edges of the full screen field of vision seem to be very curved and they move a bit too fast. The whole effect is a little disorienting.
So far, there seems to be little to distinguish this game as a classic FPS or first person shooter, but I should give it a little time.
They also didn't spend much on the soundtrack. The dramatic music gets a little tired after it has looped over and over again in the same scene.
News flash to game developers: Not everyone on the planet buys a game to play a heroic white guy, or any kind of white guy, for that matter.
These days, it takes very little digital effort to allow a player to morph the protagonist into someone he or she might be able to identify with a bit more. Deus Ex, a game of the year an age ago in electronic game time, allowed the player to morph J.C. Denton into three different skin tones. Its sequel deliberately used the name Alex, because it is a male as well as a female name, and offered more skin tone choices as well as a choice of gender. The ultimate right now is likely The Matrix Online which offers a player are staggering choice of physical alternatives.
Just a thought guys. I know a lot of gamers who don't have to worry about third degree sunburn after being outside at noon for more than five minutes.