Expendable not much has been heard from camp 'RageUK' but that
doesn't mean things aren't happening. After the acclaimed success
of 'Incoming' as a multilingual shoot-em-up of the highest proportion
Rage set about making a new generation of Arcade style games.
First they tried 'Expendable' and with that it became clear
that people needed a little more than classy graphics and linear
gameplay to keep them happy. Due to OEM deals and a reasonably
interesting gameplay 'Expendable' did do fairly well and gave
a little extra financial muscle to help push rage into the next
of Rages next generation games, 'Midnight GT', 'Hostile Waters'
and 'Off-Road' look stunning and have added playability. The
most recent to be announced of these is 'Incoming Forces' which
we had a chance to see and sneakily play at ECTS99 in London
this summer. It's going to take graphics and gaming to a whole
new level, trust us on that.
of the many things that made the original so famous came from
the huge and pulse pounding explosions and effects. The sequel
promises to be bigger and better in every respect and is due
in no small part to having the same team from the original on
the job. Incoming Forces will use the next generation 3D Render
engine - Blitter Generation II. The team has also included an
advanced physics engine to deliver realistic craft behaviour
to our screens. Put simply, whether it's sawing high above the
clouds or trundling across the landscapes, it'll all feel as
real as can be while maintaining a high action value.
with the original 'Forces' brings back the level-to-level progression
scheme but adds something a little more. Strategy and Resource
Management elements have been added. With the player taking
on the role of the Alien Defence force it seems like we could
be in for an Arcade game with an interesting and deep twist.
What's more confusing is that Rage has another game known as
'Hostile Waters' than in Theory does very much the same as 'Forces'.
Quite how different they are cannot yet be determined until
what about the story? Set 20 years after the first Incoming
game, Earth has now discovered the secret of sustainable long
distance space travel. Their forces are gathered and seeking
to destroy all hostile races - in particular four alien planets
in a small galaxy that it is now the player's job to defend.
The objective of the game is simple yet hugely challenging -
complete all of the missions successfully and then endure a
massive final battle sequence with Earth's forces and thus save
the alien world's you are there to protect. Piece of cake right?
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