September 2001 Archives
Developer: Neversoft Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast
Reviewed on PlayStation
Tony Hawk is joined by an all star cast of the world's best professional skaters in this trick-oriented skateboarding game. The plot is effectively nonexistent, but you can still have a lot of fun skating around and accomplishing goals set for you with any one of the 13 regular or 3 hidden characters, and if that's not enough, create-a-level and create-a-skater modes are available for added depth.
Developer: Pocket Express
Platform: Palm OS
Reviewed on Palm OS
The Pocket Express Entertainment Pack Plus offers a selection of basic games that transform a Palm OS PDA from an organizer into a gaming platform. This package includes the original six games from the Pocket Express Entertainment Pack, and adds three new games and some enhancements to the originals. In total, the games offered are Tetris Classic, Lode Runner: The Legend Returns, PocketChess, Checkers, BlackJack, PokerDice, Backgammon, Checkers, Colors, and Solitaire Free. The entire package is available as an electronic download, CD-ROM, Handspring Springboard Module, or Palm m500 series MultiMedia Card. All of the games run on the Palm OS, and most of the games support color displays.
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 8 MB 3D video card, 4x CD-ROM
Cate Archer is The Operative. Saved from a life of crime by U.N.I.T.Y., a secret international organization dedicated to saving the world from evildoers bent on world domination, Archer is an intelligent, skilled and stunningly attractive super-spy. Firmly entrenched in the male-dominated world of 1960's espionage, Archer is determined to prove her worth and competence to an organization reluctant to trust a woman's "emotional inconstancy" in the field.
A leak within U.N.I.T.Y has led to the assassination of over half the organization's active duty roster. An international criminal conspiracy called H.A.R.M. is tied to the deaths through the one-eyed assassin and conspirator Dmitri Volkov. H.A.R.M. is developing a unique explosive with which they plan to threaten the world, and practicing puppetry so they can deliver their ultimatum in the most humiliating manner possible. These circumstances provide Cate Archer a long-awaited opportunity to demonstrate her superior ability as a field agent.
In this first-person shooter set in the campy genre of 1960's spy-drama, Cate must follow the trail of international terrorism across three continents and earth orbit using a variety of period weaponry and fantastic gadgetry. Weapons range from a Shepherd Arms P38 9mm pistol to the Super Atomic Laser Weapon and Cate has an array of spy hardware that fits as well in a James Bond flick as in the Get Smart television series. No One Lives Forever has an extensive, story-driven, single-player mode as well as a multiplayer mode.
Developer: Mythic Entertainment
Official Site: darkageofcamelot.com
Dark Age of Camelot is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set after the fall of King Arthur's court. In this troubled time, three realms find themselves at war. The realm of Albion is the British core of Arthur's empire and is populated by various races of humans. The magic-infused realm of Hibernia is an Irish scene featuring human Celts and a host of fantasy races. Warlike Midgard is patterned after Scandinavia and is populated by Norsemen and some uncommon fantasy creatures. Realm vs. realm (RvR) combat is the center of the game design, and players are not allowed to fight members of their own realms. Rather, players in the same realm are at every turn encouraged to work together – even form in-game guilds – to defend the realm from monsters inside the realm and enemy players from without. To that end, players may only play on one realm per server in order to prevent people from using characters in different realms as mere spies on the enemy. What's more, players from one realm have no in-game way of communicating with members of the other realms. There will be NO negotiations for surrender! Camelot may also be enjoyed solo, although not every class is equally suitable for solo play. You may also play Camelot without ever encountering the other realms by staying deep inside your borders, questing and exploring dungeons, but you will lose out on some of the special perks offered to defenders of the realm.
Projected Release: October, 2001