Firestarter is set in the near future, in the year 2010. A malicious virus has infected a virtual reality machine, the FireStarter. The intruding program has caused the computer to malfunction. The rules of the simulation have been altered in a potentially deadly manner, with the player's consciousness trapped inside. There is only one possible way to escape, by completing the game within a period of 48 virtual hours. The penalty for failing to do so is the ultimate one - real death. HIP Interactive kindly sent us a beta build for us to try out, read more for our initial verdict ...
by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Feb. 1, 2004 @ 2:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Set several hundred years before the timeline of the current EverQuest PC game, Champions of Norrath allows gamers to adventure as one of five playable characters who must journey from the city of Faydwer into the wilds of Norrath to save the land from a gathering army of evil orcs and goblins. The game offers more than 100 hours of gameplay per character and unlimited battles, deadly missions and unmatched character customization. Read more for the full preview ...
In Tribes: Vengeance’s single-player campaign, gamers become immersed in a roiling galactic thriller. Throughout the game, the player catches glimpses of other, interrelated stories that are unfolding behind-the-scenes. In addition, gamers are given the opportunity to experience the full scope of the single-player story through multiple viewpoints and characters. Powered by an enhanced version of the Unreal Engine, the world is brought to life with characters that have facial expressions and fully-realized personalities, vehicles that kick up dust as they pass by, and weapons that display spectacular effects.
by Thomas Wilde on Jan. 26, 2004 @ 1:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
In Wrath Unleashed, powerful beings called overlords fight for supremacy in a striking and imaginative ethereal void as they struggle to become gods and maintain dominance and magic. Overlords and their minion creatures battle for control of magical floating islands represented by a beautiful world map comprised of terrain tiles. Each tile on the map is imbued with an elemental affinity of fire, earth, water or wind. Unleash your wrath and may the best beast win! Read more for the full preview ...
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Jan. 24, 2004 @ 1:12 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Launching the next generation of solo play and online combat, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero is imminent. The #1 online action game of all time goes single-player with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. A stand-alone product, Condition Zero is the comprehensive successor to the 2000 Multiplayer Game of the Year. Condition Zero completely replaces the current Counter-Strike, and combines six story-driven episodes, three different single player modes and multiplayer enhancements to drive the future of Counter-Strike gamers everywhere.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Jan. 15, 2004 @ 3:13 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Brandish your sword and prepare for battle with Enlight's upcoming action/strategy title Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc. Developed and led by Trevor Chan's creative, Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc will take players back into the medieval fury of the Hundred Years War. Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc is set for release this holiday season and will present players with the opportunity to experience a unique blend of RTS and action elements through four player controlled characters. We had a chance to fiddle with a build, read more for the preliminary verdict ...
by Thomas Wilde on Jan. 13, 2004 @ 2:03 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Dinosaur Hunting features four teams, each with their own unique characters. Equipped with a variety of weapons, including a handgun, shotgun or rifle, players shoot a variety of dinosaur targets, which they must hunt down and tranquilize to save the species. Players explore the Guiana Highlands as they gather knowledge about the dinosaurs and their environments, including theories about dinosaur history. Combining elements of reality and fantasy, Dinosaur Hunting combines educational pre-historic dinosaur history, unique dinosaur characters and 3-dimensional character design.
by Geson Hatchett on Jan. 12, 2004 @ 2:08 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
SEGA’s legendary mascot Sonic The Hedgehog makes his historic multi-platform debut and embarks on his biggest adventure ever, with his trademark blazing speed and a new gameplay twist in “Sonic Heroes.” Sonic and his friends have evolved, adopting a configuration feature that lets gamers control three playable characters simultaneously, using Sonic’s speed, Knuckles’ power, and Tails’ ability to fly, to conquer massive worlds. Available onlyn on the Gamecube we had a chance to check out the upcoming PS2 version. Read more for the full preview ...
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Jan. 11, 2004 @ 2:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Painkiller is a first-person horror shooter, designed to satisfy the gamer's hunger for intense, fast-paced action. You are Painkiller, a mercenary for hire, charged with cleaning out nests of the undead. But an unholy pact with a demon unknowingly puts you square in the middle of a fight for control of the underworld... with the future of humanity hanging in the balance. After our initial preview we had a chance to check out an updated build and here is the result!
by Thomas Wilde on Jan. 5, 2004 @ 2:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Unleashing the horror throughout nine levels, The Suffering features dynamic lighting that illuminates frightening visions of horror-filled exploration and frantic combat sequences. In the dark world of The Suffering, creatures attack from the shadows and emerge from jail cells, chambers, the ground and trees, surprising the player in the most disturbing ways possible. As Torque, the main character, players encounter a cast of uniquely hardened criminals, prison guards and grotesque apparitions.
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Jan. 3, 2004 @ 1:37 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
In this gritty and darkly humorous 3rd person action adventure, players join the courageous Brotherhood of Steel, whose mission is to maintain peace in the grim post-nuclear world of Fallout. Challenged by hordes of ghouls, mutants and other radioactive nightmares, players utilize a combination of intense combat strategies including melee, ranged weapons and explosives to fulfill their daunting task of defeating the mutant army in hopes of restoring humanity in a nearly unlivable universe. Welcome to the wasteland.
by Thomas Wilde on Dec. 22, 2003 @ 1:52 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
The anticipated sequel has arrived. Embark on a new adventure in Baldur's Gate and brave terrible dangers in search of fortune, glory, and power. Face a multitude of sinister enemies while traveling through many spectacular environments in this action-packed fantasy game. Rid the lands of chaos, mastering skills, spells, and deadly weapons … the fate of thousands hangs in the balance. Read more for the full preview ..
by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Nov. 16, 2003 @ 1:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
It is a universe of smugglers and businessmen, of bounty hunters and travellers, from countless worlds. All striving to make their mark on a universe in constant flux. It is a dangerous place, with threats both from within and beyond. After years of conflict, an uneasy peace has settled across the many worlds, as humans and aliens strive to live together in harmony. While it's European release date was recently pushed back to Feb 2004, the US version should ship end of this month. In the meantime we had a chance to take a look at a build, read more to check it out ...
by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Nov. 12, 2003 @ 4:18 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
With intricate character development, continuous player interaction and a strong sense of community, EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers brings PlayStation 2 gamers into a vast online world filled with thousands of other players. The second edition will add more than 162 square miles of uncharted territories to explore, from the beautiful red rock canyons of Odus to the treacherous lava streams in Lavastorm. Frontiers also adds graphically enhanced player models and armor, allowing for greater character customization than ever before.
by Thomas Wilde on Nov. 10, 2003 @ 2:11 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Spawn: Armageddon, based on Todd McFarlane’s best-selling comic book character, is a 3-D action/adventure game, where Spawn is caught between factions in the battle of Good vs. Evil. Players will encounter a variety of enemies through more than 30 interactive and destructible environments, as Spawn struggles to break free of the controlling forces of Heaven and Hell. The game will feature all of Spawn’s distinctive abilities including superhuman strength, hand-to-hand combat techniques, an arsenal of weaponry, Hell Powers, and his living symbiotic costume
by Thomas Wilde on Nov. 6, 2003 @ 2:34 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Can you save the world from the ICEWorm microchip? You are special agent Ethan Hunt — back to battle international espionage as the fate of the free world hangs in the balance! A microchip nicknamed ICEWorm is disabling the security systems of the world’s largest organizations, and providing free access to the highest bidder. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to destroy the chip and prevent its creators from bringing the free world to its knees. Read more for the full preview ...
by Thomas Wilde on Nov. 5, 2003 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Take a band of gun-toting rebels -a robot, a madman, a mole and a criminal mastermind. Put them in a vividly stunning fantasy realm. Then give them an impossible mission - pulling off the biggest heist of all time in the middle of a war. All you have to do is battle your way through dastardly enemies, giant war machines and an army of psychopathic robots. But don't worry; you have plenty of ammo and absolutely no common sense. Victory is yours in 12,000 bullets or less! Read more for the full preview ...
by The Six Billion Dollar Man on Nov. 3, 2003 @ 12:46 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Feel the power of commanding a modern jet fighter. Fly a variety of combat aircraft in the most graphically rich, audio intense game environment ever created for a combat flight simulator. Lock On: Modern Air Combat combines a broad scope of game play that includes a dynamic campaign system, an immersive combat environment, and in-your-face action. Read more for the full preview ...
by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 28, 2003 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews
Inspired by Hong Kong action films, the game lets players assume the role of tough-as-nails detective Nick Kang, bent on settling a personal vendetta with the L.A. underworld. As Kang, players will be able to dispense their own personal brand of justice through automotive combat, a variety of rib cracking martial arts moves and the business end of dual 45s. Read more for the rather lenghty preview ...
by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 21, 2003 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
Just as in the "Magic" card game, in "Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds" players will choose a duelist and up to two of "Magic's" five colors -- red, green, white, blue, and black -- to attempt to reduce their opponent's life to zero. Of course, getting an opponent to zero will not be easy; players will have to utilize lightning reflexes, strategic brilliance and, on occasion, raw power to overcome an enemy. Read more for the ful preview ...
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