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About Judy

As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Chariots: The First Olympics' (PS2/Xbox/PC) - Screens

by Judy on Jan. 3, 2005 @ 8:51 a.m. PST

It is 776 BC, the time of the first Olympics in Ancient Greece. The Greek city states of Athens, Sparta, Macedonia, Elis, Crete, Troy, Thebes and Carthage have gathered at Olympia. It is the last day of the historic event, and the five full days of frenetic athletic activities are coming to an end. But the pinnacle of all the Olympic events has yet to commence. As one of the competitors, the expectations of thousands rest upon your shoulders ...

Features :

  • Choose from among eight different charioteers, both men and women, each with their own unique abilities.
  • Eight different chariot models with different handling characteristics.
  • Race through the countryside of the ancient Hellenic world through exciting race tracks which plunge from soaring snowbound mountains to verdant Alpine meadows and meander through barren deserts.
  • Marvel at the beauty of ancient monuments like the Lighthouse of Pharos, Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis and the great pyramids of Giza.
  • Race against your friends in four-player or eight-player multiplayer mode.

Networking Features

  • Four player and eight player LAN multiplayer
  • Eight player internet multiplayer

Taking advantage of the latest in 3D graphics technology, the game features cutting-edge effects.

  • Full support and optimisations for the latest graphics cards with DirectX 9 vertex, pixel shaders
  • Highly realistic vertex grass, fur
  • Stunning pixel shaded water effects with reflection and refraction
  • Dynamic, volumetric cloud formations
  • Volumetric shadows
  • HDRI lighting
  • Bump mapping
  • Specular lighting
  • Environment mapping
  • High polygon models
  • Realistic weather effects such as rain, snow and blowing dust storms
  • Particle effects

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