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Released
28 February 2004
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PS2, XBox, GameCube, GameBoy Advance
Developer
Atari

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Inspired by the Tom Cruise blockbusters rather than the TV series, M:I has players sneaking around in the dark and toying with a box of gadgets as they attempt to stop a virus from infecting computers across the globe.

The game does a fine job in capturing the spirit of the movies, blending stealthy episodes where players lurk in the shadows to avoid alerting guards, and adrenaline-fuelled kung fu fisticuffs. The spy gadgets will also be familiar to movie fans — from dangling on wires to avoid a touch-sensitive floor, to a camera that can copy enemies’ faces and create disguises for entering restricted areas.

However, the game is shamelessly derivative. Espionage thriller Splinter Cell — which was released over 12 months ago — does everything M:I offers, and better. And as a Splinter Cell sequel is due for release in a couple of months, anyone wanting a sneaky spy adventure would be best saving their cash.


Reviewed by David McComb


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