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PC Review - 'X²: The Threat'

by Ben Zackheim on Jan. 10, 2004 @ 2:31 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In X²: THE THREAT you have the freedom of exploration and uninhibited style of game play. A first person space experience, X²: THE THREAT immerses the player in a dynamic, living, breathing universe, where every event and action has 'cause and effect' upon the entire gaming universe. Discover new worlds and life forms across countless sectors of space, players can become either a trader, bounty hunter, pirate, miner or a strategic combination of them all. The choice of how the player experiences the X² universe is up to them.

PC Review - 'Contract J.A.C.K.'

by Ben Zackheim on Jan. 8, 2004 @ 1:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The prequel to No One Lives Forever 1 & 2, Contract Jack is a standalone action experience focused on giving PC action gamers what they want: More action, less stealth, and more robust multiplayer gameplay. Developed by one of the industry's elite developers, Monolith Productions, Contract Jack showcases the award-winning storytelling of Monolith in a new singleplayer campaign, and adds new multiplayer content as well as a suite of mod-making tools. Read more for the full review ...

PC Review - 'Secret Weapons Over Normandy'

by Ben Zackheim on Dec. 28, 2003 @ 2:22 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Join a secret squad of pilots dedicated to thwarting the most heinous plans of the Third Reich. Fly over twenty authentic aircraft across thirty daring missions in this new WWII action-flyer. Lawrence Holland, the legendary creator of Star Wars: X-Wing, Star Wars: Tie Fighter and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe returns with an exhilarating new game of action and intrigue. Can you be trusted with the most dangerous secrets of the war?

PC Review - 'Armed & Dangerous'

by Ben Zackheim on Dec. 18, 2003 @ 2:22 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

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 review ...

PC Review - 'Pirate Hunter'

by Ben Zackheim on Dec. 10, 2003 @ 2:06 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The high seas of the Caribbean during the 16th and 17th centuries is the setting for Pirate Hunter, a combat adventure where players plunder and loot ships, invade towns, capture buccaneers and defeat infamous pirates. Players can also increase their wealth by trading goods between cities and delivering on missions. The goal is to gain money to increase their fleet and ultimately become rich enough to become Governor.

PC Review - 'Hidden & Dangerous 2'

by Ben Zackheim on Dec. 3, 2003 @ 1:47 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Hidden & Dangerous 2 is a first and third person tactical shooter that builds upon the tremendous success of Hidden & Dangerous. You lead a small squad of Allied soldiers deep behind enemy lines, to carry out secret missions during World War II. The gripping story line takes you to Europe, Africa, Burma, and other locations scattered across the globe. Each critical decision impacts you, your men, and your country. This unique blend of action, strategy, and tactics forces you to use your brain just as much as your trigger finger.

PC Review - 'Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria'

by Ben Zackheim on Nov. 26, 2003 @ 1:53 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria is a fantasy turn-based strategy game in which players build heroes - their main characters - as battles progress, gaining new skills, spells, and levels, and ultimately becoming the mightiest force in the Realms of Etheria! Warlords IV: Heroes of Etheria features a brand new engine, and introduces players to a new level of resolving battles with the addition of tactical battles. Read more for the full review ...

PC Review - 'Once Upon A Knight'

by Ben Zackheim on Nov. 6, 2003 @ 1:14 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Set within a world of treachery, nobility and milk (yes milk), Once Upon A Knight delivers powerful gameplay — while never taking itself too seriously. It features extensive play with a comprehensive real-time strategy mode and exciting RPG modes. Throughout, Once Upon A Knight mixes hardcore depth and detail with a clever, tongue-in-cheek sensibility that appeals to a broad range of gamers.

PC Review - 'Hunting Unlimited 2'

by Ben Zackheim on Oct. 27, 2003 @ 2:29 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Hunting Unlimited 2 is a fast-paced mission style which drops the player into specific scenarios, such as being charged by an angry bear or glassing a hilltop and bringing down three prize trophies of different species. With amazing photo-realistic textures and graphics, ambient sounds and animals, intense and fast-shooting mini-games, mission-based play and tons of weapons and hunting gear, HU2 shows that not all hunting games are alike and brings more fun and excitement to the genre. Read more for the full review ...

PC Review - 'Space Colony'

by Ben Zackheim on Oct. 22, 2003 @ 1:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Developed by Firefly Studios, creators behind the successfull Stronghold series, Space Colony promises a gaming experience that's out of this world. Through a series of unique and pioneering missions players will be given the opportunity to combine all the intricacies of running a Space Colony with the most disfunctional crew ever assembled, whilst fighting off aliens and attempting to make a profit. Read more for the full review ...