You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.Read full description
"_ it is most certainly a great change from most of the clones that are released onto the market these days._" - IGN
"...it's a fun ride for those looking something a little different from the norm." - GameSpy
You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.
You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed.
Original gameplay: Players have the opportunity to be freelance hackers.
Freeform gameplay: Accept the missions that you want to play.
Neuromancer rating: Let your morals guide you; save the net or watch processors melt.
Uplink offers two totally different paths to ‘l33t’ hacker status.
Exciting missions: Crack a bank, hack a rival into jail, crash the stock market, and get out before you’re caught.
Thrilling action: Players have to make those last 15 seconds count and feel the tension rise, as their signal is traced.
Deep plot: The computer underground can be a dangerous place, especially if you’ve got to stop the world’s deadliest virus.
Hacking games are hard to make, it's just not as glorious and edge of your seat as movies and game cut scenes make it seem so an attempt at an understated hacking game is a tall task. For the most it seems like Introversion pulls it off. There aren't flashy graphics or high paced keyboard mashing segments and instead has you setting up network paths and upgrading software. If you have the time to invest in learning every mechanic and probably starting over a couple of times (one bad hack can end your game) then it has depth and some unique mechanics. Really it's similar to the simulation genre in that aspect, the more you invest in learning it the more you'll get out of it. Personally It didn't grab me enough to push completely over the hump but for the dedicated or interested this is probably one of your better options.
Even though it was released in 2010, this game is far better then most hacking sims released today. The game is set up for you to missions with no ends, working your way up from simple hacker to getting into the most secure networks and stealing large amounts of money from banks with ease and no tractability. If you get caught enough times or serious enough offence, it is game over and you can not reload your save.
Uplink nails it in creating a very believable hacking experience. The gateway or computer were you work from looks like a desktop, and sets the tone and the atmosphere of the game right when you start. You begin with low level missions from clients of the Uplink Corporation, and as they get more risky and complex, you'll need to upgrade your hardware, software and seriously improve you race against time - didn't erase your logs completely? Got disconnected in active tracing? Good chance of a Game Over. No load game here. Break passwords, decrypt files, decipher algorithms, record voice patterns for system access and to that a simple yet perfect soundtrack, you got an immersion that's rare for any game and the core of an hacking experience. Must have for fans of the genre.
I got this game one time when it was discounted so I picked it up out of curiosity... boy am I glad I did that! It's a hacking "simulator" which makes it super easy to be a 1337 h4x0r that is hacking for fun and profit. You are always racing against the clock and the feeling of paranoia never lets up. The game starts of being open ended with you taking jobs from strangers on the Uplinks BBS, but after a while you receive a disturbing email from a fellow Uplink agent... If you like the movie "Wargames" or "Hackers" do not miss this thrilling title!
Just because this game doesn't rely on flashy graphics, monumental 3d surround sound and all the state of the art decorations, it remains as good as it was in its youth. It's a hacking game, but not a simulation. It has little in common with real hacking even if it refers to some hacking concepts and makes you perform some actions related to hacking. But it's just a game, a thrilling race with time, as the latter is chasing you all the time. But after you get familiar with the game, you will be surprised how an almost blank screen with just some text and a few icons can keep you excited and unable to quit the game for much longer than you would expect. If you would like to play a hacker, don't look any further. There are very few alternatives which can compete with this game.
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