Kileak: The DNA Imperative

Kileak: The DNA Imperative

Sony's launch day mech based FPS falls way short on the fun meter.

Genre:
First Person Shooter
CDs: 1
(452 Megs)
Players:
1 Player
ESRB: Teen
Animated Violence
Publisher:
Sony
Retail Barcode:
7 11719 41022 5
Memory:
1  Block
Developer:
Genki
Sony ID:
SCUS-94102
Accessories:
None
Released:
September 9, 1995
PSRM:
000980

Deep beneath the South Pole permafrost, a crazed scientist has unearthed an ancient DNA code, dormant for 2,000,000,000 years. Is this discovery of the “ultimate evolution”? Or does he now hold the damnation of mankind in his grasp?

Only YOU can stop him!

 

Review

Here’s a genre I’ll never understand. Kileak is part of a practically dead breed of animal known as a ‘mech’ corridor FPS (first person shooter). Like Doom and Duke Nukem, you’re your own eyes running around shooting stuff. However, what keeps Kileak from ever being any fun is the one thing its niche template is based around; tediously mind numbing exploration in vast, boring levels. Everything looks the same, and its even worse when there’s literally only three textures to a level (if this place really had that many lights the heat it generated would have melted the frozen prison it was stuck in).

To its credit, Kileak tries to implement a lot of adventure ideas; card keys, memorizing switch settings, and exploration. Where it fails is the level layout and visual cues. After 5 levels deep, everything still looks the same. There are only about 4 total textures to each corridor, and once you finally get to actual rooms, there’s nothing in them. Every few moments you may come across a desk or even a book library, but when put in perspective there’s no way to believe it’s a lab, much less a secret breeding ground. Enemies aren’t very varied, and if anything, you’re simply doing the same thing over and over; only the color of the weapon blast and creature shape changes.

I’ve tried over the years to get through this game, even now with an Action Replay, and I just can’t do it. Eventually, when there’s nothing else to do and I can psyche myself out, I’ll be able to play all the way through. For now though, Kileak: The DNA Imperative is still just a launch day memory, and not much more.

 

 

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Variants

  • While there is no known variants, Kileak came with a sticker sheet for your Memory Card.

 

 

Trivia

  • Known in Japan as Kileak: The Blood
  • Genki seems to have a knack for launch games. Besides Kileak, they also developed the home version of Virtua Fighter 3 for the Dreamcast launch.
  • No known variants for a long box release.
  • Bernie Stolar gets a nod in the manual.
  • The first ever first person shooter for the PlayStation.
  • Sony’s answer to the Saturn’s Robotica.
  • Gerri Sorrells, who is un-credited in this game, has been in some interesting video games.
  • Dennis Falt, who is also un-credited, has some great voice work under his belt.

The Verdict

3Laughable

The Good: Easy Controls | Nice ‘mood setting’

The Bad: Lackluster Graphics | Bland Enemy Designs | Music