The folks over at Gamespy
appear to have written the first intelligent review of Restricted Area
that I've seen. They completely bash in the game's face.
If you read our most recent preview of Restricted Area, you know we were looking forward to the final build of this Diablo-style
action-RPG set in a post-apocalyptic universe. After all, the
opportunity to gun down hordes of mutants, collect cybernetic gear, and
wander the wastelands should appeal to anyone who misses the classic Fallout and Fallout 2 role-playing games. So much for that. Master Creating's title is laden with bugs, pathfinding issues, poorly
implemented multiplayer, and tedious quests and level design, making it
one of the worst titles we've reviewed this year.
Restricted Area could have nicely filled the underused niche of
the sci-fi action-RPG, but the bugs, boring level design, and tedious
pathfinding combine to make the game a miserable chore. Sadly, the
game's official online forums were taken down after being flooded with
complaints, about as sad an indictment as you can get. Even if you see Restricted Area in a $10 bargain bin months from now, think twice; I didn't pay anything for my copy and I still feel ripped off.
The review accurately states many of the horrible things that went
wrong with this game. You can go and read the whole thing here.