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'Space Hack' Is Now 'Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary' - Screens

by Judy on Oct. 15, 2004 @ 2:25 a.m. PDT

Maximus XV Abraham Strong: Space Mercenary created by Rebelmind is a sci-fi RPG/action title presented in astounding real-time 3D graphics. The story puts you on a massive space ship, the Maximus XV, full of convicted prisoners, that's got trapped inside a cosmic anomaly known as a Black Nebula.

The gameplay takes place on board the spaceship Maximus XV whilst it is transporting a load of convicted prisoners from Earth to the farthest reaches of space. Suddenly it becomes trapped inside a cosmic anomaly called Black Nebula. As Maximus XV is hi-jacked by hordes of alien creatures, you play the role of Abraham Strong - Space Mercenary, hacking and slashing your way through to an emergency escape capsule on the other side of the ship!

Features:

  • 45 levels over 5 different scenarios: Earth-like environments, futuristic interiors, post-catastrophe locations, deserts and frozen lands
  • 40 alien creatures from 3 different breeds
  • Dozens of weapons and hi-tech items to use
  • Diverse paths of character development - smash your way through problems, become quick and elusive or gain advantage with sophisticated technology.
  • Amazing real-time 3D graphics and spectacular special effects
  • Captivating in-game dialogue plus atmospheric, industrial ambient music

Monstrous overpopulation of Earth has forced its government to undertake drastic measures - mass migration to distant planets. Since there was no chance of getting people to volunteer to migrate to distant colonies (life out there was too primitive compared to Earth), a new, restrictive law was established to force people off the planet. You could get a life sentence outside of the solar system even for speeding!

Prisoners were transported in special ships that usually consisted of one small steering unit and a dozen or more huge biospheres. The biospheres were like whole autonomous planets, each one had its own land, atmosphere and even artificial sun. "Earth in a box!" This enabled the biospheres to be dropped on virtually any planet and provide an initial home for the settlers until they managed to bring the new environment under their control.

Maximus XV was one of these transport ships. Prisoners, locked inside biospheres, had no idea of where they were going to end up. They were given a few basic tools that could be of use when colonising a new land. No one suspected that they'd be better off with weapons...

The ship was on course and was supposed to have an uneventful flight. The pilots did not expect to come across the most dangerous of space predators a Black Nebula - this gravitational anomaly sucks in everything that gets near. The Maximus XV was soon trapped.

Humans were not the only race trapped by the anomaly. Craft loaded with many unknown species had been trapped there for years but they had learned how to survive - by feeding on newcomers! They quickly invaded Maximus XV, savagely taking over each biosphere. People, shocked, rarely put up any resistance and the invaders were merciless.

The last biosphere was different. With makeshift weapons prisoners managed to fight off the attack, but they were still under siege, surrounded by countless enemies. The only way to get out of this alive is to get to the emergency capsule and use its powerful engines to break free from the Black Nebula. Unfortunately the only path to the capsule is through all of the biospheres, now colonised by alien creatures. Only one person can do that. The best of the best - Abraham Strong.

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