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The Fifth Element, video game cover for Playstation

Cover art for the video game The Fifth Element.

The Fifth Element is a 1998 action-adventure video game that is based on the film of the same name developed by Kalisto Entertainment and published by Activision for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows.

Gameplay

In the game, the player controls Leeloo and Korben, fighting against the police and the Mangalores, as well as Zorg and his thugs. The game has 16 levels, or missions, as they are called in-game. Short clips from the film are played at the completion of certain levels.

Why it Sucks

  1. The game just barely follows the movie's plot.
  2. Very short draw distance.
  3. Terrible controls, especially for fighting and jumping.
  4. Broken shooting mechanics due to the guns being inaccurate. However, you do get unlimited ammo.
  5. Bad graphics.
  6. Poor and uncontrollable camera. Sometimes, it sticks.
  7. The cutscenes used are clips from the movie. However, the cutscenes aren't played chronologically, leading to confusion.
  8. Very poor level designs.
  9. There are 16 levels, but most of the time you have to replay them using BOTH Korben and Leeloo.
  10. Boring and very easy puzzles.
  11. Laughable AI. Sometimes, they don't even try to attack you, or just wait until one enemy dies.

Reception

The game received mainly negative reviews for the PlayStation version, but positive reviews for the PC version. GameRankings gave it a score of 32% for the former (based on 7 reviews) and 82% for the latter (based on 1 review). 

GameSpot gave the game 2.4 out of 10, with the reviewer calling it "quite possibly the worst game I've ever played". Game Revolution gave the game an "F" rating, concluding "Poor level design... boring puzzles... it just never ends, but I can't go on. Let me sum it up by saying that The Fifth Element is simply not fun to play. Not even a little bit." IGN gave the game 5 out of 10, stating "All in all, this adventure/action game does what all of the other games in the genre do, but not in any way better." The only positive reviews came from GamePro, which gave the game three-and-a-half stars out of five, and from Game Informer, which gave the game 7 out of 10, but quipped that "Unfortunately, the control is cumbersome, the camera sometimes jumps or sticks, and the enemies prove to be rather dumb. Rent it first, but if you really like the movie, you'll probably like the game too."

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