Heavy Metal:
F.A.K.K. 2

Developer: Ritual
Publisher: Gathering of Developers
Platform: PC (Mac and Dreamcast versions coming)
System Requirements: Celeron/Pentium I, II or III/Athlon at 233 MHz or higher (350 MHz recommended), 64MB RAM (96 recommended), AGP video port, Windows 95/98, mouse, 200MB hard drive space (400 recommended)
Rating: 90%
Price: $39.99

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September 1, 2000
By Howard Wen


Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 breathes much-needed life into the third-person action game. And thank goodness, as this genre has been cluttered with way too many uninspired Tomb Raider lookalikes of late. Based on the animated movie of the same name, F.A.K.K. 2 presents a balanced blend of action, exploration and puzzle solving wrapped in sumptuous, tripped-out visuals that keep you guessing.

Like the F.A.K.K. 2 animated movie, the game stars a powerful and voluptuous female warrior who's based on and voiced by B-movie queen (and Playboy TV's Sex Court judge) Julie Strain. The art direction of the game and the movie are derived from the work of Julie's husband, Kevin Eastman, best known as one of the creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Set 30 years after the events of the movie, F.A.K.K. 2 the game puts Julie on a mission to save Eden, her idyllic home planet where the water gives eternal life and good health. Eden is in danger of being obliterated by a gargantuan spaceship that literally consumes whole worlds. This "God-Ship" is captained by Gith, a cult leader who aspires to become a god.

You control Julie through 25 levels set in five unique environments of Eden: the village where Julie and her people live; the village's sewage system; cliffs and canyons; swamps and rivers; and an enormous cemetery -- a ghost-filled city of the dead for the planet's original inhabitants. All of these levels feature beautiful, realistic-looking environments with plenty of surreal touches, some of which are downright Freudian. In one segment, you'll run Julie along walkways that look like an extended series of tongues.


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But Does It Get the Chicks?

Julie Strain in F.A.K.K. 2 is more than just a sexy fantasy figure; she's also one tough lady who slices, dices and, ahem, juliennes her enemies to shreds. What more could you want?