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Jagged Alliance goes real time - what not to do, Bethesda [ Game -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Tue 12 Apr 2005, 10:08 PM
More info on Company: Mist Land South | More info on Game: Jagged Alliance 3D

This isn't strictly to do with Fallout, but I thought since Jagged Alliance's turn-based combat is often compared to that in Fallout 1 and 2, this was newsworthy. It seems that in a cash-in-quick move, the latest Jagged Alliance game, Jagged Alliance 3D (which is being developed by Mist Land South who've made some pretty bad games in the past, like COPS 2170: The Power of Law), is going to be real-time-with-pause. Straight from the press release:

Main features runs-down:
1. Jagged Alliance, but in 3D (the game has been developed based on the well-known brand)

1. Skinned mesh animation with animation blending
2. Grass fields rendering
3. Optimized tree rendering system
4. SSE and HT support
5. Many-storied buildings
6. DX 9

1. Recognizable charismatic persons (the game uses mercenaries from previous JA titles)
2. Thrilling campaign with a lot of various missions

3. Real-time gameplay with pause

4. High interactivity of levels (destructible objects)
5. A lot of various weapons
6. Mercenaries are raising their parameters during gameplay

1. Using JA role-playing system

7. Various mission objectives
1. Destroy all enemies
2. Destroy specific enemies

8. Visual variety of battlefield theaters (mountains, plains, towns, beaches, etc...)
1. Mountains
2. Plains
3. Towns
4. Beaches

9. Various difficulty settings – from casual to hardcore.
1. Easy (enemies ain't accurate)
2. Normal (enemies have normal accuracy)
3. Hard (enemies are very accurate)

10. Gameplay is dynamic and not turning into a boring routine
12. Ja2 interface (ui), adopted for real-time mode

12. JA2 20 missions (Campaign)
1. 12 core missions
2. 8 additional missions

13. 12 unique enemies' models (unique models can be modified by various heads, headwear, weapons)
14. 30 unique mercenaries (12 unique models, which are modified by skin color, unique heads, unique hairs, and other details)
15. 3 tile sets, which are used to create buildings (town, country, military)
16. More than 100 large unique objects for levels (from cruiser to tub, from hangar to toilet)
17. More than 40 kinds of flora (4 unique nature zones: mountains, plains, beaches, jungle)
18. More than 100 kinds of furniture (office, military, town, country, palace)

Wasn't Jagged Alliance all about the unique combat? Oh well. I won't be buying it, and I can't see the game selling with what is a pretty big sellout, especially for a game founded on its turn-based combat. Note to Bethesda: please don't do this to Fallout 3.

Spotted @ RPG Codex
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Online Chat With Robbie Stamp and New Movie Reviews [ Film & TV -> Review ]
Posted by Europa13 | Related News Items Tue 12 Apr 2005, 5:03 PM
More info on Person: Douglas Adams | More info on Film & TV: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Douglas Adams Continuum will be holding a chat tonight with the executive producer of the Hitchhiker's Guide, Robbie Stamp...

"Douglas Adams Continuum is proud to announce that there will be a moderated chat session on this site this evening, at 7.30 UK time (6.30 GMT). The guest is none other than Robbie Stamp, who was a long time friend of Douglas Adams, former CEO of The Digital Village, a company co-founded by Douglas, and is now executive producer of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie."

Also, there are 3 new reviews of the movie...

Review by Tim Browse

Review by Yoz Grahame

Review by Jim Lynn

The review by Tim Browse also comments on the negative review posted by MJ Simpson the other day. Overall, these 3 reviews are quite positive and worth a read.

Spotted @ Douglas Adams Continuum
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Land of the Dead gets summer release [ Film & TV -> Update ]
Posted by Mad Max RW | Related News Items Tue 12 Apr 2005, 3:28 PM
More info on Person: George Romero | More info on Film & TV: Land of the Dead | More info on Company: Universal

George Romero's third Living Dead followup, previously slated for a Halloween debut, was moved four months earlier to June 24th. Does this mean Universal believes the movie is so good that it can compete with other supposed summer blockbusters? Or is it such a festering pile the only way to make some cash is to release when the crowds are hot? Either way, we'll be able to find out soon.

Please don't suck. But it probably will.

Spotted @ Bloody-Disgusting.com
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Two new Restricted Area previews [ Game -> Preview ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Tue 12 Apr 2005, 12:18 PM
More info on Person: Jan Beuck | More info on Game: Restricted Area

There are two Restricted Area previews up today. One is a description by one of the developers, Jan Beuck, of the game's character system, which you can read on RPG Codex. The other is a short preview on Gamershell which is surprisingly negative considering it's a preview, and on Gamershell:

Since the game was released in Germany over 5 months ago, I suppose I should assume the game is in a finished state apart from the voice acting and dialogue. That's good and bad, depending on how you look at it. Good, in that I've been proven right yet again: The voice acting and dialogue are definitely nowhere near done, as some of the responses you can give are not only unrelated to what the NPC is talking to you about, they are completely nonsensical as sentences of English. An online translator could do better, and that's really saying something. Bad, in that the rest of the game is rough, lame, and unpolished. It feels like a cheap ripoff of Diablo made by Wizardworks, with lame, basic levels, mind numbing and repetitive action sequences, and a very poor RPG element even more poorly integrated.

Wow. He doesn't hold back. 

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Restricted Area Demo [ Game -> Preview ]
Posted by King of Creation | Related News Items Mon 11 Apr 2005, 6:18 PM
More info on Game: Restricted Area

The English version demo for Restricted Area is finally out! You can grab it here.

This is a demo for Restricted Area, a game that catapults players into the year 2083 where as a result of environmental pollution, most of the earth is covered by mutant inhabited wastelands and contaminated deserts.

The demo features the ability to play as Johnson, who is one of the 4 unique characters in the game. The player will start in the city where they can buy weapons, find out information, get implants and more and has 1 level of gameplay.

If you get a chance to play it, be sure to tell us what you think!

Thanks to mutant for the tip.

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Free Hitchhiker's Tickets [ Film & TV -> Update ]
Posted by King of Creation | Related News Items Mon 11 Apr 2005, 6:13 PM
More info on Film & TV: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Need a free ride? Empire Online is giving them away. If you live in the UK and want to see The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for free, then head over here and score your tickets.

Screenings will take place at the Vue Cinemas listed below on Tuesday 26 April at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm). To get your tickets, simply print out this voucher and take it to the Vue cinema of your choice from Friday 15 April onwards, when you can exchange it for two lovely passes to see the movie. But remember: tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis, and we cannot guarantee that every reader will get a ticket, so get down there as fast as you can!

You can also check out that page for a list of participating cinemas.

Thanks to avenger69ie for the heads up!

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Fallout Tycoon 2 in development [ Game -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Mon 11 Apr 2005, 12:08 PM
More info on Game: Fallout Tycoon 2

Specialist let me know that Fallout Tycoon 2 is in development. I didn't know there was a Fallout Tycoon 1, but there is, and you can download it for free on the official site.

 Currently Fallout Tycoon 2's webpage is in Czech, but I'm guessing a translated version will be up soon seeing as the first game was released in English as well as Czech. They also have this screenshot of the game. It's an interesting idea, so I might download the first one sometime later today. Anyone played it?

Thanks for the news tip, Specialist

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Passion of the Max... Mad Max! [ Film & TV -> Interview ]
Posted by Europa13 | Related News Items Sun 10 Apr 2005, 9:19 PM
More info on Person: Mel Gibson | More info on Film & TV: Mad Max 4

First things first... According to madmaxmovies, MSNBC posted a snippet regarding Mel Gibson’s comments during an interview with Fox News, Sean Hannity...

"March 29 issue - Last week Mel Gibson told Fox News talk-show host Sean Hannity he was interested in filming the story of the Maccabees—the Jewish liberators whose triumph is celebrated at Chanukah. Could Gibson, whose "Passion of the Christ" has been called anti-Semitic, have been serious? Absolutely, says his publicist, Alan Neirob. "I've heard him talk about this project for years." But Gibson won't be doing it this year—for one thing, he's making a fourth "Mad Max" movie (the first since 1985), called "Mad Max: Fury Road." "Isn't it funny," one industry source muses. "A month ago, everybody was saying 'The Passion' would hurt Mel's career, and now all anyone wants to know is what he's doing next."

Not exactly anything "New" rather simply, new... Does that make sense? Any ways, if Mel is tied up this year, then perhaps we'll all be *insert expletive here* to a new Mad Max film within the next 1-2 years (Concrete confirmation from the man himself)? Aside from that, want to see more of the old, check this out, which was also posted at roadwarusa... On April the 15th and 16th, Wez, actor Vernon Wells, will be making an appearance in San Antonio, complete with an Apocalyptic car show & the likes... Just check out roadwarsusa for more info.

Spotted @ Road War USA
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Take a Hitchhike? [ Film & TV -> Review ]
Posted by Europa13 | Related News Items Sun 10 Apr 2005, 6:35 PM
More info on Person: Douglas Adams | More info on Film & TV: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A Mr. MJ Simpson from Planet Magrathea, posted a very very... and yes, once again... VERY, poor review (there is another, but it contains spoilers) of the Hitchhiker's Guide. Actually... It's less a review and more of a complete tongue lashing, as if the tongue were 300ft. tall and fell on the cast and crew while they were sipping tea...

"As well as being staggeringly unfunny - and Hitchhiker’s Guide really is one of the least funny comedy films ever made - the film also suffers by having an entirely nonsensical plot. It is driven by convenience and unexplained happenings. Characters just happen to be where they need to be and have what they need to have, even if it makes no sense for them to be there or to have that. Maybe it did make sense at one stage, but the film looks like it has had some heavy re-editing from the version seen in early previews and test screenings."


I've read the series and I must say that it jumps around quite a bit and things do simply appear out of thin air, without explanation (least until later)... But then again, you're dealing with infinite improbability. In all fairness to the movie, it would be nearly impossible, or should I say, "Improbable" to compress the entire series into a 2hr. time slot, with out omitting certain plot details. MJ Simpson states that he enjoyed the TV and radio shows, which I can understand because they have unlimited time to explore every nook and cranny the books offer. Keep in mind that this is only the first negative review, but there are still 2 other reviews which have been positive so far. At any rate, I'll still be there opening day.

PS: This movie has American influences in it and as we all “bloody” well know, American humor and British humor differs quite a bit… Ever watched, Are You Being Served? Damn that Ms. Peacock with her purple hair!

Spotted @ Planet Magrathea
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STALKER probably will be shown at E3 [ Game -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Sun 10 Apr 2005, 5:17 PM
More info on Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadows of Chernobyl

There's a short preview of the FPS games likely to be at E3 this year on CGO. They mention STALKER briefly:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl – And how many times has this game showed up at E3? Without getting into specifics we would say, “A lot.” GSC GameWorld’s action title set in a nuclear wasteland has been in development for years and we are really, really hoping that this year is the charm. We have our fingers and toes crossed that E3 gives us a look at this game.

The game's also going to be shown at some Russian computer show called Igrograd.

I used to be interested in the game, but now am suffering from overkill, after being bombarded with previews then suddenly having it delayed indefinately. Some bad marketing going on there, I think - if your game is going to be delayed, don't massively hype it.

Spotted @ Blues News
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Hitchhiker's Guide Movie Review! [ Film & TV -> Review ]
Posted by Europa13 | Related News Items Sat 09 Apr 2005, 10:18 PM
More info on Person: Douglas Adams | More info on Film & TV: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The crew of the Douglas Adams Continuum, along with 1 or 2 other Webmasters, have seen an unpolished version of the Hitchhiker's Guide and have subsequently posted their reviews. The first review is by Nicolas Botti and contains some spoilers...

"- ALL the actors are terrific. Mos is a perfect Ford, Sam almost steals the show, Zooey is very touching, Martin is very credible as Arthur and Bill Nighy is the best Slartibartfast I’ve ever heard or seen. And John Malkovich makes a short appearance but is incredibly funny. My single regret : I would have loved more lines from Marvin. He's the only character from the books that you could say is underused. He is funny, very depressive but we do not see really that he's got a brain the size of a planet. And, yes, I'm nostalgic for Stephen Moore's voice."

While you're at it, you should also checkout the Spoiler Free Preview posted by The Duke of Dunstable. Overall, they both seemed to enjoy the movie and spoke positively about it. Make sure you have your tickets ready for the April 29th Nation-Wide Premiere!

Spotted @ Douglas Adams Continuum
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Restricted Area previewed [ Game -> Preview ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime | Related News Items Sat 09 Apr 2005, 11:42 AM
More info on Company: Master Creating | More info on Game: Restricted Area

A new preview of the Diablo-meets-post-apocalypse game Restricted Area is up on IGN.

Character development plays a large role in this game. Each time you destroy an enemy or complete a mission, you'll gain experience points. Gain enough of these and you'll increase your character's level and be given the option to spend points to raise their basic abilities and skills. Abilities enhance your overall performance and thresholds; skills grant bonuses to certain actions. For instance, if you want to do more damage in ranged combat, you'll want to raise the strength ability; if you want to do more damage with the shotgun, you'll want to buy the shotgun skill. There's a separate pool of upgrade points for both abilities and skills, so you can really tailor your character to the way you're playing.

So you can get better at using a weapon by putting skill points into said weapon's skill tree. I don't know if that's a sign that character development plays a large role in the game, or just, "well, duh".

Spotted @ RPG Dot
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Wiki's not a -go-go [ Community -> Update ]
Posted by DarkUnderlord | Related News Items Sat 09 Apr 2005, 10:58 AM
News related to Top Story: Wikipocalypse Launch

Unfortunately there have been some technical issues with the wiki's we so proudly announced as working. They'll be down for the next couple of days as we re-install them. This is necessary to fix some problems that were occuring, such as the search function failing to work in the Vault and the Wikipocalypse having some incorrect URL links coming off of it. Unfortunately, the data from the Polish Vault, Krypta, has become corrupted. Unless I can salvage it, it may have to be re-created from scratch.

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Fan Made Fallout Ambient Music? [ Mod -> Update ]
Posted by DarkUnderlord | Related News Items Sat 09 Apr 2005, 8:43 AM
More info on Mod: Fan Made Fallout

The Fallout mod that 37% of you are most looking forward to (according to the poll results right now) has just posted a news update. Ignoring the usual mod progress stuff no-one cares about, they've also got this little tidbit (7.5 Mb). Personally, I wouldn't know for sure but it sounds like some ambient music they're mucking around with. I'm sure they'd really apreciate it if you let them know what you thought of it.

Spotted @ Fan Made Fallout
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Killing Floor (UT2004) Demo [ Mod -> Update ]
Posted by Mad Max RW | Related News Items Fri 08 Apr 2005, 10:52 PM
More info on Mod: Killing Floor (Unreal Tournament 2004)

It seems dozens and dozens of mods are started and slip into oblivion, never to be heard from again. Or they get sick of working and release an unplayable pile of shit to the public. Finally something that doesn't totally suck is here. Killing Floor is basically a team of marines vs. hoards of zombies. Yeah, it's cliched, but the execution is surprisingly good.

The first demo is available at the Killing Floor homepage. If you have Unreal Tournament 2004 and 62mb of bandwidth to spare, check this thing out. There's only one map and a handful of weapons.

Spotted @ BeyondUnreal
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