Los Angeles. The year is 2048. YOU see a change. Evil forces are everywhere... the mutants have arrived!
Nolan and his lieutenants have disguised themselves as humans in order to control L.A. They're in cars, in trucks and even strange machines. They're everywhere, Like the plague/
Choose your equipment carefully. The right cars and the right weapons will help you fight your way through to Nolan's headquarters and shoot him down.
Free the City of Los Angeles!
~ from the back of the box
Cryo Interactive aren't exactly known for their gameplay, but their MegaRace series of racing games had their moments. Tracks were full motion video with CGI-created sprites layers on top. It was messy but playable and the futuristic game show plot was a fun one. L.A. Blaster is no MegaRace, but it's similar in that it's a racing game set in the future that uses FMV heavily. The gameplay, though, plays more like an on-rails shooter.
You navigate through a series of pre-ordained tracks with your choice of a car shooting at anything and everything. There are innocent 'tourists' but I have no sympathy for them if they choose to be on the road in this cyberpunk hellhole. Enemies will be differentiated with a diamond reticle hovering over them, though you do have to pay attention to sky attacks. There are two planes in which enemies can appear - the land or the sky. If you hold Alt, you'll aim at the sky where a number of strange machines will congregate.
Tracks are recycled with different obstacles and enemy placements but they are contained within a level. Once you've completed these tracks, you'll be treated with a boss fight. These are imaginative and bizarre enough to keep your interest, but I had little clue whether or not I was hitting the bad guy. His health bar kept going down so I assume I was.
L.A. Blaster is a poorly playing game with a design that looks good on paper. It sports some nice visuals for the time and you might get a few laughs at the cheesy, bombastic FMV story. The plot is right out of an outlandish 80s action movie that wishes it could afford Arnold Schwarzenegger. I would recommend it too, but the controls are too twitchy to truly make it anything close to a good game.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox to bring the game to modern systems. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 511 Mb. Install Size: 621 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
More info at MobyGames, GameFAQs
L.A. Blaster is © Cryo Interactive Entertainment
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me