What do you get if you cross Charlie's Angels with The Matrix? No, not Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in bra and panties doing backflips - you get Cy Girls.
Due to overcrowding, the government is constructing Matrix-style 'cyber districts' where people can plug into a terminal and spend their lives online. Policing against terrorists in this world are Ice and Aska, deadly and beautiful female agents. The game comes on two DVDs, with each character enjoying her own (though linked) story.
Essentially, Cy Girls is a third-person adventure that throws in elements of every other game in the genre you care to mention. While it may look like a stealth 'em up, really it's an out-and-out actioner, with gameplay split between exploration, combat and puzzle solving.
Aska is a ninja - nimble as a genetically enhanced ferret, as happy running on the walls as cartwheeling down corridors. Ice is a guns and explosives specialist, great at shooting round corners, in midair and from the floor. These two gals' moves are cool and look the business, but don't take any skill to pull off.
Visual touches like the digital displays the girls get when they spot enemies, and the classy looks of the virtual world are occasionally great. And at times, ploughing through the levels kicking muchos butt is fun. But there are problems.
The camera system is not great, and both the angle control methods you can choose feel like compromises. Combat, while full of flashy slo-mo Bullet Time effects and special moves, is pretty bland, with a short bout of button-bashing sufficing for all but the hardest of bosses.
This is forgivable for as long as you are making progress through the levels, but when you start getting stumped by the game's frequent find-and-fetch 'puzzles' you soon run out of patience. You could do worse than Cy Girls - especially as it offers such replay value with the two discs. But you could do plenty better too, as there are loads of way superior third-person action adventures out there these days.
This pair of butt-bashing bints may be big in Japan, but we don't see the game taking off here. Some nice touches, but we've seen it all already.