March 2002 Archives
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 450 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB video card (but you'll want more power), 1.2 GB HD space
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault follows Lt. Mike Powell, a U.S. Ranger, through the events surrounding Operation Overlord (the Allied landing on D-Day), as he helps to turn the tide of war against the German forces occupying Western Europe. Recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) from the 1st Ranger Battalion, Lt. Powell must rescue a covert agent from enemy hands in North Africa; sabotage a Kriegsmarine U-Boat in Norway; participate in Operation Overlord; destroy artillery emplacements, rescue a reconnaissance pilot and disrupt communications in France; steal a German King Tiger tank; and destroy a mustard gas plant in Germany. Facing the assembled might of Nazi Germany, Lt. Powell strives to do his part for the Allied operations in Europe.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault includes multiplayer capabilities. Deathmatch, team deathmatch, and objective-based team action are all available for play on a Local Area Network or over the internet.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Monday Morning column. It is my intention to use this column to offer more depth in our news coverage as well as to discuss matters that may not rate as "news," but are nevertheless worth talking about. Sometimes, I suspect, this column may even be about nothing at all – they can't all be gems. Let me confess at the outset that I have no pretension that the Monday Morning column will appear every Monday morning. I do promise, however, that when this column appears, it will appear on a Monday morning (else why design such a smashing logo?).
In any event, today's column is a little heavier and a little longer than most will be, but the topic touches every gamer. Today I offer a (relatively) quick and dirty rundown of the U.S. law concerning those much-maligned End User License Agreements (EULAs). Don't worry, this isn't a law review article, and I'll keep the legalese to a bare minimum. Buckle up.
Richard Garriott is a pioneer in the computer gaming industry, and creator of the Ultima series, a dynasty of games which has sold millions of copies over more than twenty years. The Ultima series began with Akalabeth and Ultima I, and has continued through Ultima IX and Ultima Online, which revolutionized multiplayer online gaming. Garriott is also the alter-ego of the legendary Lord British, ruler of Britannia, a kingdom located in the world of the Ultima games.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Richard Garriott at the D.I.C.E. summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) in Las Vegas on March 1st, a conference at which computer gaming professionals discussed their approach to creating games and pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment. We discussed Mr. Garriott's beginnings, the evolution of the Ultima series; the concept of virtue; and its impact on villainy in online worlds. Richard "Lord British" Garriott talked about his alter-ego, his role in the game Lineage, and Lineage's expansion into North America. Finally, he revealed a bit about his life outside of gaming and his love for real-life adventure and exploration.
Developer: Westwood Studios
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 400 MHz, 16 MB RAM, 950 MB HD space, 4x CD ROM
Command & Conquer: Renegade is a first-person shooter game set in the world created in the Command & Conquer real-time strategy series. In single-player mode, the player takes on the role of Captain Nick "Havoc" Parker, a GDI (Global Defense Initiative) soldier and every inch the action movie hero. GDI's main enemy is a group known as the Brotherhood of Nod. Nod has for years been fomenting trouble around the world, destabilizing third world countries in an attempt to strengthen their own influence. Lately, a group of Nod elite soldiers known as the Black Hand has been leading the charge with a viciousness heretofore unseen in Nod operations. The Black Hand is rounding up civilians for some unknown, but obviously nefarious purpose. Your job is to find out what that purpose is and put a stop to it. On a completely unrelated note (hint, hint) it appears that the world's new super-mineral, Tiberium, has toxic, mutagenic effects on humans. Hmmm.
Renegade offers multiplayer gaming over the internet or a LAN. Multiplayer gameplay is called Command & Conquer mode, and pits team GDI against team Nod. The object is to destroy the enemy's base while simultaneously guarding your own. Just as in single-player mode, the player has access to a full array of team-appropriate weaponry and vehicles. Currently, only ground vehicles are available, but as of 2/28/02, Westwood says that it is beta testing the addition of aerial vehicles, as well.