With the plethora of information available on games these days, researching reviews for a game before buying is pretty much standard. Unfortunately, those reviews may not be quite right, and you could be overlooking some amazing games as a result.

One game that seems to have suffered this fate is Clive Barker’s Jericho, released in 2007 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. If you were to check the reviews for this game, many of them wouldn’t paint the most glowing picture, and you would probably give it a miss. That would be a real shame though because this game is fantastic.

Instead of the usual war-themed FPS fodder, this hidden gem has you fighting horrific monsters in dark, hellish settings. You control each member of the seven-man Jericho team by jumping from one to another. Each character has their own weapons and abilities, which makes for really exciting and varied gameplay as you leap from one squad member to the next to deal with specific enemies and situations.

Unfortunately, many reviewers had issues with the friendly AI, complaining that the teammates being controlled by the computer would die often during battle requiring you to heal them. Though this is true, it actually makes the game much more engaging (and often frantic!) as it forces the player to jump between characters regularly. Without it the game would be too easy, and you would end up just sticking to your preferred character for most of the game making it too linear.

So, don’t be swayed by the reviews on this one. Check it out and you won’t be disappointed.

Verdict: 8.5/10

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