Published on December 14th, 2010 | by Kyle LeDuch0
If the sound of a cybernetic device that hooks straight into your brain and grants you the power to consciously take over your enemy’s minds is enough to gain your interest, then look no further than MindJack from Japanese developer feelplus.
With the majority of the global population using the technology unknowing of its hidden feature, NERKAS, a corrupt military organisation, sets out to exploit it, providing them with direct control over entire nations as they seek to overthrow weakened governments. Fortunately, an FIA agent named Jim discovers the plot and teams up with a girl called Rebecca to set out to prevent them from taking over the world.
Yup. You are provided with the ability to hack the minds of any friendly NPCs or weakened enemies, causing them to become your‘slaves’and fight alongside you. These can either be left under AI control, or become directly playable as you transfer your mind into theirs – keeping Jim out of harm’s way. You’re initially capped at having two slaves, but this can be upgraded through a simplistic light RPG system.
It is a little. An interesting twist though, is that you can turn the entire single-player campaign into a series of multiplayer Team Deathmatch games, in which eight players are divided into two teams. While the Blue team assumes the roles of Jim and Rebecca, with access to enslaving weakened enemies, the Red team are able to immediately occupy units at full health, stronger boss units and heavy weaponry. There’s heaps of potential here, and those that enjoy teaming up with friends will surely find plenty of challenge to be had.