Imagine a time in the not-too-
One day, the morning fog rolled in from the bay and mixed with the toxic chemicals in the atmosphere to form a dense layer of mist covering the city. Slowly the citizens found themselves choking on the poisonous gas. People began to die of asphyxiation, causing many to leave the lower levels and move up to the tops of skyscrapers.
Once the streets were deserted, thugs and criminals began to group together, forming the evil and dangerous Black Angel gang. Day by day their reign of terror spread across the city. The legacy of the Killing Cloud has begun.
Let's be careful out there
You play the part of a police biker in the San Francisco Police Department. Law enforcement has changed a lot since Dirty Harry toted his Magnum .44 and invited punks to make his days. Riding across the cityscape in a Police Hoverbike - a cross between a police car and a helicopter - your task is to chase and capture members of the Black Angels.
The game begins in the briefing room of one of the SFPD's police precincts, where you are given your assignment for the day. Once you know where you are going, you can access the city map and place back-up units on the streets.
Villains must be apprehended by first capturing them in nets and then by stepping out to arrest them. There is a kind of self-
Once you've set up your mission, it's off to the armoury to kit yourself out for the mission. Here you can arm yourself with machine-
Bear in the air
When you're fully tooled-up, a nicely animated launch sequence appears and then it's on to the 3D flying sequence. Using your radar to spot your backup units, you can zoom down to the scene of the crime and net your suspect. Many of the gang members have accomplices that fly around making your life difficult by shooting at you, so you need to keep a careful watch!
Once the PUP has docked and you've returned to the station, you must interrogate the suspect to glean information on the Black Angels' activities. Unfortunately, the suspects have a good lawyer and some pretty hefty plea-bargaining is required to get the answers you need.
If you get the bargaining right, the the prisoner will break down and confess everything he knows, allowing you to continue the investigation. If you get it wrong he walks.
I'm a motorcycle rider
To begin with The Killing Cloud is laden with a futuristic, oppressive atmosphere which promises a great deal, and once into the 3D flying and battling section the game gets quite exciting. However there are times when the game progresses in a wildly illogical fashion. The interrogation sequence is one of the more frustrating sections, since you are told that the prisoner can trad eyears off his sentence for information.
The answers, however, are triggered by offering a certain reduction in one go, so that if you don't offer enough on a particular go, you get no info and their sentence is reduced anyway! Also, what happens to the missiles on your ship and the PUPs that return home? They vanish, that's what!