Archive for April, 2007

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A month ago I had the opportunity to play Battelfield 2142 at a LAN party for the first time. In case you’re living under a rock this is the wikipedia description for the game:

Battlefield 2142 is a first-person shooter computer game designed by Digital Illusions CE and is the fourth game in the Battlefield series. It is set in the 22nd century, during a new ice age. Currently, there have been over one million rounds played since its release.

In January, EA announced the release of Northern Strike–a booster pack for BF2142. It was released last month shortly after the LAN Party I attended. Northern Strike takes place in Europe in abandoned streets and towns due to advancing ice sheets. It contains three new maps, two new vehicles, and a new game mode: Assault Lines.

Instead of being available from a retail store, the booster pack is available via the EA Link for $10.00. As of earlier this month, Northern Strike is available for download from their site.

Posted by Madaracs on 04.20.07
Posted under: Computer, New Games
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Posted under: Console, Retro
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For about a year now, 2J and I have been tracking a PC game that has promised to be one of the most fun Space Simulators of all time. Beyond the Red Line is based on Battlestar Galactica and uses the FreeSpace2 engine.

A couple of weeks ago they released the first demo. It was immediately posted on the SciFi forums and pinned to the front page of FilePlanet. I downloaded the game (via torrent at 400K/sec) and after some configuration woes was able to finally play it with my Thrustmaster Top Gun Fox 2 Pro.

I have to say for a game as old as FreeSpace 2 the folks at BTRL got it right. The viper flies just as you see it in the show–a tribute to choosing the right engine and programming the ship controls accordingly. The textures and ships are amazing. They look exactly like you would expect them too. So far there is a Cylon drone, Cylon Raider, Mining Ship, A Viper Mark VII and the fan favorite: The Viper Mark II. All are beautifully detailed with cockpit lights and everything. It is a demo (and probably considered somewhat in beta still) so there are little glitches here and there with the UI that I suppose they’ll iron out. For a free game (so far) it certainly is a lot of fun. The first campaign puts you in the Scar scenario based on the episode of the same name.

The voice acting is pretty good… long winded at times–sometimes the actor doesn’t put the right emphasis on certain works but overall they aren’t bad for a video game. But they do a great job with the special effects when you’re in the cockpit. They used the right filters to make it seem like they’re talking to you on the ‘wireless’.

I would highly recommend checking out this Space Sim. It makes you feel like a viper pilot.

Posted by Madaracs on 04.12.07

The Computer Space game that was featured in the movie Soylent Green is on ebay. Apparently this was the only white Computer Space game ever made. I hope the seller can provide some proof… can’t really see any in the listing.

Posted by Zoyx on 04.11.07
Posted under: Arcade & Coin-Op, Retro
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A classic Spatchware(tm) game.

Play Pick Up the Phonebooth and Die.

Posted by Madaracs on 04.03.07