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Grand Theft Auto III was the first entry in the series to feature a 3D open world, but it wasn't the first time that the development team tackled the concept. That honor goes to the N64 game Body Harvest, which DMA Design released three years before GTA III. Watch as Reiner, Dan, Tim, and I go on a bug hunt and learn a thing or two about maps.
Body Harvest was a long-delayed game that featured a hero who could battle buglike invaders on foot or in a variety of vehicles. It hasn't aged particularly well, but it was ridiculously ambitious for the time (1998) Our adventure meanders a bit, thanks in part to a few issues with the game's navigation system (Tim was on the sticks!). As bad as we thought the UI was in Body Harvest, it did little to prepare us for the roulette game. That one's an indecipherable mess that must be seen to be believed.
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Body Harvest looked so awful, but most N64 games were. Mario Kart 64 is still one of my all time favorites. The roulette game looked even worse, scraping the bottom of the barrel of the N64 games.....
Another great episode of Replay!
Good job guys like always! You guys should replay dizzy the adventurer for the snes. The game is really stupid and the music is absolutely horrible.
Body Harvest was awesome! It really blew my mind when it came out. It was really hard, though. The Roulette game looks really awful.
u should start that super replay guys.....its been so long i cant even remember
I loved Body Harvest when it came out, though I think I was the only person I knew who did. It reminded me of Starship Troopers which I also loved at the time. Definitely slower paced and different than most other N64 games, and the uniqueness mixed with the B-movies sci-fi vibe did it for me.
This.. shall be interesting. I will be watching this right now.
Ben Hanson is the anti-Jim Reilly
Body Harvest was one of those "hotly anticipated future titles" announced for the N64 before it launched--and then came out two years later.
Like Kameo being announced with the GameCube launch, then appearing 5 years later on the X360.
I spent years waiting for Body Harvest to come out, and then never finished it. It's was fun, but extremely difficult to play. It'd be nice to see it reborn with modern technology and play mechanics. It was destined to age poorly.
I love these replays, Game Informer you're the best :3
I'm so disappointed I never saw you light a candle in Body Harvest.
I had this game. I remember all the hype. I also remember being excited about being able to drive any vehicle in the game.
Also, I believe DMA stood for "doesn't mean anything." Rockstar has a much nicer ring to it.
Body Harvest looks quite sparse, but I imagine it's more fun to play than it is to watch. I have a tough time believing that though, when the first level is an open environment where you're told to follow a road and kill aliens over and over again. I imagine though, that it was before it's time - if it were to be redone for modern platforms, I could see the capability for higher detail being a real plus for this game.
The camera in Starshot REALLY needed to be pulled back. It's difficult to see anything, which I know would have left me frustrated and I would have put the game down quite quickly. In a platformer, you need to be able to see where you're going, which this game definitely doesn't give to you. On the plus side though, it seems to have full camera control, so there's that.
Anyway, thanks for another great Replay, guys. Great work!
Good episode! This game reminded me of Defiance also for some reason.
I don't know, I wouldn't complain about the Greece setting so much. One of those complaints I always hear is that developers are afraid to try out unique, new settings which haven't been done much. WWI Greece is pretty rare.
AWESOME REPLAY. YOU GUYS REALLY NEED TO PLAY ILLBLEED, THAT GAME IS JUST NUTS.
I absolutely loved this game when it came out, Got my dad to get me a copy straight away, loved the free roam. The amount of hours you'd spend in just one level. Had an intrigueing story line i thought but because i was young i never made it passed Stage 2 in Greece.