May 2004 Archives

Publisher: NCsoft
Developer: NCsoft

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
System Requirements: Pentium III 800 MHz, 256 MB RAM, GeForce 2 class video card with 32 MB VRAM, 2.2 GB HD space, DirectX 8.1, Windows 98 or more recent operating system (But you're going to want much better stuff than this to run Lineage II for real)

The persistent-world massively multiplayer game Lineage is back, and this time it aims to compete outside Asia. Freshly minted in 3D with graphics powered by the Unreal engine, Lineage II brings its core concept of a clan versus clan struggle for the domination of castles and countryside to bear in a shiny new package. And if you think you've seen Dark Elves before, you ain't seen nothing until you've seen one in a leather thong.

Iron Phoenix Preview

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Publisher: Sammy Studios
Developer: InterServ International

Platform: Xbox
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Ancient legend has it that a meteor once crashed to the ground in the full view of a talented blacksmith. In its descent, the heavenly visitor left a trail of fire in the sky shaped like a phoenix. When the blacksmith tracked the meteor to its impact crater, he discovered a heavenly rock with a solid iron core, from which he crafted a set of nine legendary weapons. Legend says that any one warrior who can possess all nine weapons is invincible – a tale that has caused countless battles and shed blood that has only further increased the power of the Iron Phoenix arsenal. Once again, talented fighters have come together to battle for control of the Iron Phoenix weapons.

Pariah Preview

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Publisher: Groove Games
Developer: Digital Extremes (PC, Xbox), Pseudo Interactive (PlayStation 2)

Platforms: PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2
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Dr. Jack Mason is a military doctor whose career has truly reached an all-time low. Between his attitude problem and alcohol addiction, Jack has been relegated to the dregs of the assignment pool – transporting biological cargo from a prison sector. When the transport is struck by fire from unruly prisoners and crashes, not only is the cargo released from its container, but so is the contagion that infected it. Now biohazard containment protocols have begun, and in sixteen hours, an orbital weapons platform will launch a 50-megaton nuclear air-strike to eliminate the biological threat.

kill.switch Review

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Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco

Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox

kill.switch follows the efforts of a highly trained and heavily armed military operative as he copes with violent situations that flare up around the globe. Bishop is that operative, and he has no allies in the field, save the sheltering cover of the terrain.

City of Heroes Review

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Publisher: NCsoft
Developer: Cryptic Studios

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III or Athlon 800 MHz, 256 MB RAM, GeForce 2 or Radeon 8500 or more recent video card, 2 GB HD space, 4x CD ROM drive, DirectX 9, internet connection, Windows 98 or more recent operating system

Okay. You've got some downtime. What would you like to do?

  1. read comic books and enjoy the cool art
  2. play computer games and enjoy nifty graphics and fun strategy
  3. instant message or email friends to chat about random stuff with them
If you wish there was a "4) all of the above at the same time" option, Cryptic Studios and NCsoft have the perfect solution for you: City of Heroes, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in Paragon City, a gigantic world of superheroes. They do a remarkable job. The game is a bit expensive for the casual gamer (at almost $15 per month) and you need to have a high-end computer to play it effectively, but it is both exquisitely rendered and extremely fun to play.

Publisher: .400 Software Studios
Developer: .400 Software Studios

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 500 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 50 MB HD space, Windows 95 or more recent operating system

Total Extreme Warfare offers a break from the standard console interpretation of wrestling as fighting and, instead, offers a wrestling game that focuses on wrestling as what it really is – an entertaining drama, delivered in serial episodes. Rather than controlling a wrestler and trying to win an individual match, you'll have to manage an entire wrestling promotion, designing storylines and furthering plot development. To this end, you'll need to create conflicts, form alliances and rivalries, and manage the different personalities in the locker room to make the best use of each wrestler's talent.

Alias Review

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Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: Acclaim

Platform: Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC
Reviewed on Xbox

When a CIA agent infiltrating the organization of Anna Espinosa (a former Russian intelligence agent) goes missing, Sydney Bristow is called in to investigate. With an assortment of high-tech devices and an alias that sets Sydney up as a cocktail waitress, she sets out to track a plot that will take her around the world.

Company: Nyko
Platform: PlayStation 2

Nyko's latest controller combines two solid concepts. Nyko has already released a line of Air Flo controllers that run a constant stream of air through engineered grips to keep your hands cool. Now, Nyko combines that design with wireless technology to create a cordless controller for the PlayStation 2 that keeps your hands cool.

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Platforms: PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, GBA, Mobile
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 1 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card, DirectX 8.1, 3 GB HD space, Windows 98 or more recent operating system

The Third Echelon, a top-secret division of the National Security Agency, has returned to cope with the threat posed by a militia from East Timor. Sam Fisher is a Splinter Cell – a single field operative supported by a remote team. He is elite, experienced and his existence is completely deniable by the government. Recently, Fisher averted an information war emerging from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Now he is being deployed to stop Suhadi Sadono and his guerrillas from releasing biological weapons against US targets to protest the US military presence in East Timor. Sam Fisher is authorized for the "Fifth Freedom" – the power to use any means necessary to protect the populace and the other four freedoms (of speech and worship, and from want and fear). Together with an array of high-tech gear, Sam Fisher is poised to single-handedly stop Sadono and his minions.

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