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PC Preview - 'Beyond Divinity'

by Velvey on March 26, 2004 @ 4:00 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Beyond Divinity is Larian Studios’ new role playing game set in the award-winning Divinity universe. In Beyond Divinity, you become soul-forged with a Death Knight. Your fate is to spend the rest of eternity bonded to this creature of evil, unless you can undo this curse. You and your unlikely companion embark on a great adventure to unlock the secret of riftrunning... your only answer to this life of darkness! Read more for our beta build impressions ...

PC Review - 'UFO: Aftermath'

by Velvey on Feb. 17, 2004 @ 1:55 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

UFO: Aftermath is a 3D isometric, tactical strategy game with a rich and compelling sci fi story. Combining a global strategy with small squad tactical combat, the challenge offered is to fight against an alien invasion. Featuring run time generated tactical missions with innovative simultaneous combat action; the genre is also enhanced with strong RPG elements, offering a quite unique mix of strategic ideas.

PC Review - 'Road to Baghdad'

by Velvey on Feb. 16, 2004 @ 3:36 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Take Command in "Operation Iraqi Freedom!" Command your troops on the Road to Baghdad as they engage in key scenarios based on the recent conflict "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Engage the enemy in intense, pulse-pounding combat in the deserts of Iraq. Based on Atomic Games' Close Combat engine so amongst the fanbase this is considered CC6, but is it a worthy successor?

PC Review - 'The Simpsons: Hit & Run'

by Velvey on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 1:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

There are strange happenings in Springfield. People are missing, very mysterious crop circles are appearing, and hidden cameras are being exposed. When Homer notices a black van with a satellite dish parked outside the Simpsons house, he decides to investigate further into these odd events. What he reveals could be the biggest mystery to rock Springfield since Who Shot Mr. Burns?

PC Preview - 'Firestarter'

by Velvey on Feb. 3, 2004 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

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 ...

PC Review - 'Traitors Gate 2'

by Velvey on Feb. 1, 2004 @ 1:46 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The world has seen all kinds of weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, chemical and biological. Now the threat is digital. A virus, simple in concept yet catastrophic in effect, has been developed. Its target is the communication systems of the world. It will shut down all digital entertainment, economic trade and cripple the military, causing breaches in all security systems and global mass chaos. There is only enough time to send one operative. His codename: Raven. His mission: to find the virus, copy it and then destroy the research lab where it is located.

PC Review - 'Silent Storm'

by Velvey on Jan. 26, 2004 @ 12:25 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Silent Storm is a true 3D game combining turn-based tactical combats and role-playing set against the background of the WWII. As the war rages on, you will lead a squad of elite troopers deep behind enemy lines to perform secret missions and prevent a disaster the true scale of which could be fully appreciated by neither of the involved parties. Read more for the full review ...

PC Review - 'Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark'

by Velvey on Jan. 20, 2004 @ 1:28 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark introduces several new prestige classes, including the Shifter, a druidic class specializing in shape shifting; dozens of new feats, such as Epic Reputation, Craft Weapon and Armor Skin; a multitude of new weapons and spells, many designed solely for epic level characters; challenging new creatures pulled straight out of the Underdark, including Mind Flayers, Beholders and Driders; several new character voice sets for even greater character customization; and 17 new epic soundtracks from composer Jeremy Soule.

PC Review - 'Anito: Defend A Land Enraged'

by Velvey on Jan. 19, 2004 @ 2:13 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Anito is a Single-Player Isometric Adventure RPG game set in 16th century Asia, in the land of Maroka. Maroka is an island besieged both by internal conflict and armored invaders from a faraway land who are slowly turning Maroka into their monarch's colony. When Datu Maktan, leader of the Mangatiwala tribe and the land's most influential peacemaker, mysteriously disappears, it is up to his children Agila and Maya to find him and restore the delicate peace that their father has kept in balance, before conflicting forces tear the land apart.

PC Review - 'Patrician III'

by Velvey on Dec. 27, 2003 @ 1:58 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Patrician III is a real-time trading simulation featuring elements of construction and the historical background of maritime trade in Northern Europe during the 1300's. Read more for the full review ..