The Adrenaline Vault
heeft een preview
geschreven van Microsoft's Arcade vlieger, Crimson Skies. Dailyradar
(de site die helemaal door een news-editor van VE afgezeken wordt overigens) heeft een preview
online gezet van Tribes 2. Tot slot heeft Gamefan
online gezet van Klingeon Academy.[break]Crimson Skies:[/break]
Crimson Skies is around 85% complete. The developers have finished almost all the campaign and multiplayer games, and what remains is integrating the user interface elements, polishing, and balance. The plan is to release the title in late summer once it is thoroughly tested and all the finishing touches are added. Having played a pre-release beta, I can testify to both its refreshing uniqueness and its incredibly engrossing gameplay. It is indeed quite easy to pick up the controls and fly around; you fly fast and low in and around objects, with a feeling of exhilaration quite different from anything flight simulations can offer. There is constant action, attractive and colorful graphics, and great air combat. The sound effects -- particularly the vocals -- strike me as outstanding. This genre-busting title appears to have what it takes to zoom right over its "me-too" competition and establish its own audience niche immediately upon takeoff.
The hacks at Daily Radar (I can't believe I almost accepted a job there a year ago) have whipped up a new preview of Dynamix's TRIBES 2. While I doubt a 'real' editor from PC Gamer Magazine would sign his name to this abortion of a games site, Chris Hudak's posted his latest impressions of Dynamix's latest and greatest. Here's how he summed it all up (no, I'm not bitter):
Tribes 2 seems to be coming along as a sleek, buffed-out, major expansion of the core team-based action mechanic that the original pioneered. With increased control over the battlefield command, a complete overhaul of the graphics engine, and more carefully considered levels (with all the possibilities for user-created craziness), Tribes 2 will emerge as the significantly more mature older brother of the wet-behind-the-ears, occasionally naove, yet still entertaining original.
STKA's story unfolds like a movie in the “Star Trek” tradition; it appears to be a prequel to “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” The game stars Christopher Plummer as General Chang and David Warner as Chancellor Gorkon, and includes movie footage as well as voice-overs, so it's stacked with production value. Under the tutelage of Chang, players will learn battle tactics and the code of the Klingon warrior; General Chang, the Empire's greatest living warrior, has established an Elite Command Academy to prepare a new generation of warriors for the inevitable conflict with the United Federation of Planets. As your mentor, Chang will instruct you in the ways of battle tactics and teach you the rigors of warship command; prove worthy, and you may be recruited to fight with Chang in an even greater, real-life conflict--a conflict that'll decide the fate of the Klingon Empire.