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Saturday, May 03, 2003

  

Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty Preview

The Freedom: Soldiers of Liberty Preview on PC.IGN.Com offers impressions of IO Interactive's upcoming game formerly known as Freedom: The Battle for Liberty Island. Here's snapshot of the game's feel: "It's a simple game. Rainbow Six, this is not. Soldiers of Liberty is about action and on your feet, seat-of-your-pants strategy. It's third-person, and while players will command Joe Schmo the plumbing military leader and order about a dozen comrades to their deaths, it's always played from the back of the hero (no character jumping here). Surprisingly, the console versions all play out very intuitively and benefit most from the extra strategy and squad-based elements built into the game. Essentially, three buttons command all orders to all men."

Ultima X?

UO Stratics has picked up some reports from some fan sites that some info has appeared in the June issue of GMR Magazine where Jeff Green of Computer Gaming World reveals what seem like pretty firm plans for a new MMO Ultima game. Here's a bit: "For over a year now, Origin has been quietly woodshedding Ultima-X its new MMORPG. And its going to surprise you. I can't say anything just yet except maybe three quick words: Unreal Warfare engine."

More Impossible Creatures Possible

Impossible Creatures Bonus Animals on PC.IGN.Com offers downloads of a tool that will unlock 10 bonus animals in Impossible Creatures, making further critter combos in the game, well, possible. The download is 1.5 MB, and they have posted images and descriptions of the additional creatures, which include dolphins, horses, kangaroos, and more.

Saturday Q&As

  • BF1942 Secret Weapons
    The Secret Weapons Q&A on Computer and Video Games chats with Digital Illusions' Armando Marini about the upcoming BF1942 expansion, learning more about how little combat in this game will resemble that in the actual war.
  • Chaser
    Game2XS' Chaser Weekend Part 1 features a Q&A with Marian Suran lead programmer on Chaser, Cauldron's upcoming first-person shooter who answers a few questions about what to expect from the game in the first in a three-part series. Included are three new screenshots.
  • Majesty Legends
    The Majesty Legends Q&A on GameSpot speaks with Cyberlore's Jay Adan "to get the first details on the sequel to Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim."
  • Etherlords II
    The Etherlords II Q&A on RPG Vault is part one of their conversation with Oleg Belaychook discussing Nival Interactive's upcoming Etherlords sequel, describing how they hope to expand upon the strengths of the original game in the follow-up.
  • Syberia II
    There's a Benot Sokal Q&A on Adventure Gamers talking about the upcoming Syberia sequel, offering the answers to a bunch of questions, as well as some new screenshots. They have posted an additional new screenshot gallery here.

Enter the Matrix Preview

GameSpy.com's Enter the Matrix Preview is based on playing with the PS2 version of the imminent Matrix game that will also be released for the PC. They offer updated impressions of the gameplay on tap, and background on how this game fits in with the rest of the Matrix franchise: "The two main characters starring in Enter the Matrix are Ghost and Niobe. Ghost is the hardcore martial artist, and Niobe is the sexy gun-slinging, car-driving badass. Both characters are kind of secondary in Matrix Reloaded, but they're the stars of the video game."

Saturday Screenshots

Thanks Frans.

Tech Bits

Morrowind: Sword of the Perithia

A. Sergoyan's mods page offers downloads of Sword of the Perithia a total conversion modification for Morrowind that apparently offers somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-80 hours of gameplay. Thanks sauron1.

The Mod Squads

HomeLan Fed's Empires Mod Q&A catches up with Justin Krenz to discuss progress on Empires, the upcoming Battlefield 1942 modification. Also, Beyond Unreal a pair of conversations with Unreal Tournament 2003 modification teams, having posted a Q&A on Red Orchestra and another on Marble Madness.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • ABIT NF7 2.0 Mainboard and AMD Athlon XP Barton CPU on X-bit labs.
  • Eksitdata 3.5" Drivebay Rheobus on PCArena.net.
  • Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra MyVIVO Video Card on Digit-Life.
  • Leadtek GeForce FX 5200 A340 TDH Video Card on Penstar.Sys.
  • OCZ Gladiator 2 HSF on OcPrices.

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  • The cover of Computer Games Magazine shows off Thief III, which is to be revealed further at this year's E3. Thanks sauron1...

Out of the Blue

I'm off to attend a baseball game this afternoon, the first time in years. I'm actually a life-long Mets fan, but I'm off to the house that Ruth built to see the Yankees with a couple of buddies who have less heartbreaking taste in ball teams than I do. Used to be you would avoid wearing a Mets cap to Yankee Stadium to avoid being beaten up, but these days you do it to avoid those pitying glances.

Link of the Day: China blasts US over mullet epidemic. Thanks The Truth.
Stories of the Day: Art of Grocery Bagging Fades As Self-Service, Plastic Blooms. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Climber amputates his arm, hikes to safety. Thanks WarPig.
Coke Pulls Its "Nazi" Toy Robot. Thanks Raymon M. Cacho.
Wild Science: Study suggests chemical may help aging brains. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Weird Science: Gizmodo: The iLoo. Thanks Mike Martinez.



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