June 2002 Archives

by Kyle Ackerman

Though many of us delve into computer games for a brief respite from the vagaries of reality, the world of business has a way of creeping into every facet of life. The business of putting games on store shelves is fraught with risk. New developers appear, and old developers vanish. For example, Kalisto, an independent French Developer responsible for titles such as Nightmare Creatures, filed for bankruptcy in February and was ordered to liquidate (close shop and sell off all their assets) by a French court. Maximum Charisma, developer of the ill-fated online game Fighting Legends, disappeared in a rumored bankruptcy. Development teams are often disbanded upon the completion of a project.

Publisher: Sammy Entertainment
Developer: Asmik Ace Entertainment

Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

In the near future, the world is ravaged by global warming. Coastlines are completely reshaped as the rising ocean submerges low-lying areas, swallowing up whole cities in the process. Some of those cities are rebuilt as giant floating platforms – a marvel, but a vulnerable marvel. The worldwide catastrophe widened the gap between the haves and the have-nots, as the have-nots were without the means to recover from this disaster. As a result, they have taken up arms against the World Alliance (your side). Backed by a former World Alliance country, the disaffected countries are now bound up in the World Order Reorganization Front (your enemy). With that backdrop, you hop into the pilot's seat of a large selection of modern fighter aircraft as well as some fictional, futuristic "black program" fighters. You'll fly over 20 missions, both air-to-air and air-to-surface type, and unlock secret prizes along the way if you're skillful enough to earn high mission ranks.

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