April 2002 Archives

Publisher: LucasArts
Developer: Raven Software

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 400 MHz (for multiplayer)/Pentium II 350 MHz (for single-player), 128 MB RAM, 16 MB video card, 665 MB HD space, 4x CD ROM

Kyle Katarn is back. Having abandoned his use of the Force after an uncomfortable brush with the Dark Side, Kyle works as a mercenary with his more-than-friend Jan Ors. The shattered residue of the Empire, called the Remnant, remains a threat to galactic freedom. When Remnant Admiral Fyyar teams up with a big, ugly Jedi named Desann, Luke Skywalker and his Jedi academy come under threat. None of which might trouble Kyle... until Desann captures Jan. The player takes the role of Kyle in this first-person shooter. En route to the final showdown, you guide Kyle through a series of missions against Remnant forces. Along the way, Kyle rediscovers his connection to the Force and progressively learns the Jedi skills he needs to save the galaxy.

Publisher: Take Two Interactive
Developer: Psygnosis

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium 266 MHz, 16 MB RAM, 3D video card, 4x CD ROM

The Weasels have scooped the adorable Lemmings from their peaceful lives and imprisoned the cute critters in boxes. The Weasels enjoy watching the Lemmings work, build and explore, but most of all the Weasels like to watch Lemmings die   in gruesome ways. To fulfill their need for entertainment, the Weasels have constructed vast cylindrical puzzles filled with brutish traps, pools of acid, and precipitous falls. At the end of each construct is a hot air balloon in which the Lemmings can escape, but first they must pass seemingly endless deadly obstacles. The Weasels are bound to find some entertainment, as sometimes a few brave Lemmings must sacrifice themselves so that the rest may escape.

Black Jack Pro Review

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Publisher: G3 Studios
Developer: G3 Studios

Platform: PC, Pocket PC
Reviewed on PC
Official Site: g3studios.com/store/bjpro.asp

Black Jack Pro is a faithful, electronic version of the popular casino game, that aims to be your partner and tutor in learning Black Jack strategy and card counting.

Publisher: Shrapnel Games
Developer: Malfador Machinations

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium Processor, 32 MB RAM, 120 MB HD space, the ability to display a minimum 800 x 600 resolution

Space Empires IV Gold is the latest iteration of the turn-based space strategy game Space Empires, which made its debut in 1993. Self-consciously designed in the mold of games like Master of Orion, Space Empires offers to take you further, deeper. Starting from your own little corner of the galaxy, you explore, expand, exploit and exterminate your way to galactic supremacy. This "Gold" version includes the latest upgrades to Space Empires IV, a new manual, some mods, and a mod toolkit. The game may be purchased directly from Shrapnel Games.

Dungeon Siege Review

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Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Gas Powered Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 333 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 1 GB HD space, 8 MB video card

A merciless slaughter by the Krug has transformed your bucolic village into a charnel house, with corpses littering the landscape. Forced to take up your simple farming implements as arms against the invaders, you and whatever like-minded souls you encounter must free the Kingdom of Ehb of the wretched minions of evil. Along the path to the seat of power at Castle Ehb, you will encounter the remnants of the 10th Legion and their fortifications, the mysterious indigenous Droog, breathtaking landscapes and dank crypts. Oh, you might have to kill a few things, as well.

Readers Fire Back

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by Robert de los Reyes, Esq.

This week's Monday Morning pauses to respond to a couple of astute email questions and comments FI has received. The first concerns our write-up of a news item about women gamers and gender issues online. The second is a question following up on the last Monday Morning column regarding end-user license agreements. We appreciate your questions and comments, so, by all means, keep them coming.

Freedom Force Review

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Publisher: Electronic Arts and Crave Entertainment
Developer: Irrational Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 300 MHz, 96 MB RAM, 16 MB video card, 31 MB HD space

Greetings, freedom-loving citizens! It is another fine spring day in 1962, and Earth is under assault by the sinister alien forces of the Domain. Our verdant, innocent globe is the sole remaining outpost of liberty in a universe controlled by the despot Lord Dominion and his powerful weapon – Energy X! Rather than setting his overwhelming legions to plunder our planet, Lord Dominion plans to toy with the unsuspecting human race by using Energy X to grant superpowers to the cruelest, most vile and base examples of humanity so he and his minions can cackle maniacally as the planet's populace destroys itself!

Mentor, a noble creature hailing from the alien armada, in a fit of conscience, escapes Lord Dominion's attack fleets with the entire stockpile of Energy X. Shot down in space, canisters of Energy X rain down upon Liberty City, a booming metropolis on the Eastern seaboard of the United States, granting superpowers to Liberty City denizens, noble and corrupt alike. Led by Mentor, our alien benefactor, and Minuteman, an aging patriot who labored on the nation's atomic weapons program, Freedom Force unites newly-made heroes fighting for righteousness. With the Freedom Fortress in Liberty City as home, the Freedom Force must repel the alien siege and face even more sinister and destructive forces that threaten our way of life.

Follow the Freedom Force through multiple issues (adventures) of tactical combat against supervillains and powerful creatures as they protect the innocent and defend the wicked. Freedom Force includes a heroic single player campaign and a multiplayer mode in which two to four players can battle it out with their favorite heroes.

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