On my excursion to The Adventure Company's booth at this years E3 Expo, I had an opportunity to check out a technology build of a new adventure game, Dead Reefs. Developed by Streko Graphics, the game was originally designed as a 2D point-and-click adventure release, but the development has since shifted to a 3D engine to allow for more interactive environments, dynamic lighting, shadows, and facial animation. Read More.
Previews By Shawn Snider
What do you get when you combine a popular genre, a game early in development that already shows an incredible amount of promise, and a development team committed to providing players with a unique experience? The result: a potential genre-defining strategy game. Read More.
I'll admit it at the start; I'm a real-time strategy junkie. Whether it's Age of Empires, Empire Earth, or simply the original Cossacks, if it's a real-time strategy game, I've probably played it. Thus, you can imagine my excitement when a nice shiny preview build of Microsoft's upcoming Age of Empires III arrived on my desk. Read More.
Good adventure games are a rare occurrence nowadays, although the genre seems to be making a comeback as of late with such titles as Microids' Syberia. Buka Entertainment will enter the North American market this year as a publisher, and they seem to have a few surprises up their sleeves, Midnight Nowhere being one of them. Read More.
Michael Knight and his beloved vehicle K.I.T.T. (Knight Industry Two Thousand) ventured four seasons in the popular 1980's series Knight Rider. Developed by Davilex and published by Tri Synergy, Knight Rider is coming to North America on the PC this year and from what we have seen it appears to be closing in on the finish line. Read More.
It has been a long time since we have seen a full-fledged World War I real-time strategy title. Empire Earth offered a glimpse of WWI in one of it's many epochs, but players didn't really get to experience that of what actual battles were like. Published by Russian based Buka Entertainment and developed by Lesta Studio, The Entente will introduce the First World War as it was meant to be seen this fall. Read More.
World War II was one of the most eventful times in human history; many titles have been written and developed around this depiction of human evolution. Most have been first person shooters, and this year, Cenega and Mirage Interactive and extending this into the RPG genre with the first World War II based role-playing game. Read More.
Emurasoft is in a sense a very new company, although they have been around for years producing shareware products, this is the first real test is producing a complete game. Developed by Denyusha, ShadowFlare was originally released in Japan last year and received solid praise. Read More.
Released several years ago, Incoming was a moderately popular focused around protecting the human race from a dangerous foe. Set for release this fall, Incoming Forces is the sequel to this popular title, and this time, the sides have changed and the tables have turned. Read More.
Microsoft has long dominated the flight simulation market with their prominent Flight Simulator and Combat Flight Simulator franchises. Sierra entered this market several years ago with the Pro Pilot series of games, but hasn't been heard from since. Ubi-Soft Entertainment launched into the spotlight last year with their widely successful title IL-2 Sturmovik, not to forget all of the flight simulations developed and produced by Jane's. Read More.
O.R.B, as described by the folks at Strategy First, "an acronym for Off-World Resource Base", but what does this really mean? Do you simply fly around and collect minerals, that is what a resource base is used for, correct? Not even close, as Strategy First's upcoming space based real time strategy game isn't just going to make a dent in the way space based strategy games are produced; it is going to revolutionize their development. Read More.
Good action flight simulations are a rarity in today's market; notable mentions include Microsoft's Combat Flight Simulation series and Ubi Soft's IL-2 Sturmovik. The sequel to Echelon, entitled Wind Warriors is an action packed flight title that puts you into the shoes of Jason "Wolf" Scott. Read More.
Welcome to the illustrious world of organized crime. Oh wait, the crime depicted in the Grand Theft Auto series isn't exactly organized, with bullets flailing and sirens blaring, but that is what simply makes these games so much fun. Read More.
Imperium Galactica III: Genesis is the newest edition of the popular Imperium Galactica series. The original title released in 1997, was primarily based around a heavily directed storyline, this story pulled gamers into the action. Imperium Galactica III will do the same, but will focus more on the single player missions, with the management aspect reduced and the battle frequency and entertainment increased. Read More.
The "tycoon" concept in games has been popular for years, the first big hit being Microprose's RollerCoaster Tycoon. Many new titles have emerged in this genre recently, most notably Zoo Tycoon. Now, its Take-Two Interactive's turn with the "tycoon" label, and they seem to be doing a good job thus far. Read More.