(hx) 04:28 PM EDT - Sep,29 2002
Largo Winch is third-person adventure game based on the TV series Largo Winch, adapted from the comic books by scriptwriter Jean Van Hamme and artist Philippe Francq. This television show is largely unknown outside of Europe, fortunately you don't to know Largo from TV screen or book, to be able fully enjoy this nice game. In the game you play the role of Largo Winch, the adopted child of a multi-billionaire that inherits the Winch Corporation, a financial consortium worth more than 10 billion dollars at his father's death. Largo is 26 and becomes the "billionaire in blue-jeans" as the several blurbs of the series like to name the good looking hero. Drawn to the challenge of presiding over such a vast empire, Largo takes over from his father, and plunges headfirst into a new, vicious world...
As Largo, you will face to multiple threats for the company (group W), talk to people, find and use information and objects, travel around the world in exotic and luxurious places rendered in full real time 3D graphics. There are also some mini-games in the game, so you will also fight (in a RPG-style - specific number of HP, armor and attack abilities) with bad guys and hack computers (it's basically a board game where you have to move your tile from your workstation to several other workstations...) The interface is pretty simple and won't take long to get used to, especially if you ever played Grim Fandango, or Escape from Monkey Island (the cursor keys to move and rotate your hero + "Use/Talk" and "Examine" keys).
Overall, this game is very well playable and surprisingly very entertaining. It's not childish game how some people could think. Well, Largo Winch is maybe too easy for hard-core adventure gamers, but this game is definitely worth checking for anyone who likes adventures with solid story.
Minimum configuration: Pentium II 300 Mhz, Windows 95, 64 MB of RAM, Recent 3D accelerated video card - TnL based card (like GeForce) is required if the computer processor is a Pentium II 300 Mhz or equivalent, a TNT2
based card is adequate under the minimum configuration if the computer processor is a Pentium III or equivalent, 4X CD-Rom drive, DirectSound-compatible sound card, keyboard, joypad-compatible
Recommended configuration: Pentium III, Windows 98, 128 MB of RAM, Recent 3D accelerated video card, TnL based (like GeForce), 4X CD-Rom drive, DirectSound-compatible sound card, keyboard, joypad-compatible.
snd: 4/5 - great background music and voice-acting, 4 languages of subtitles (English, Spanish, German and Italian)
gfx: 4/5 -
good enough to keep playing, well done shadowing, lightly dressed chicks, nice cut-scenes
playability: 4/5 -
pretty easy&enjoyable, gives you the "movie" feeling, keyboard controlled, linear story
platform: PC, PS2
release: September 2002
publisher: Ubi Soft