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Thursday, September 28, 2000

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DS9: The Fallen Preview
11:21 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Gamecenter has posted a short preview of Simon and Schuster's upcoming action/adventure game Star Trek Deep Space Nine: The Fallen. Their enthusiastic assessment of this title includes five new screen shots, and details on the gameplay and design.

As many previewers of this title have noted, it follows close on the heels of another Star Trek title, Voyager: Elite Force by Raven Software. This preview emphasizes the differences between the two games and the reasons both may satisfy Trek- and action-game fans for different reasons. The third-person perspective of DS9: The Fallen has also been a cause for concern among fans of first-person shooters, but Gamecenter seems to put those fears to rest:

We like the fact that the puzzles and situations change for each level depending on which character you choose to play. Only Captain Sisko, Worf, and Kira are playable, though Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, and Garak all make appearances, and you can communicate with them with your communicator during missions. Simon & Schuster brought in the entire cast for the voice acting, save for Avery Brooks (Sisko) and Colm Meany (O'Brien). But to make up for Brooks and Meany, the game has Terry Farrell reprising her role as Jadzia Dax, who is still alive during the action of the game.

We were pretty skeptical of the game's third-person perspective, mainly because so few third-person action games have ever gotten the control scheme right. But after playing around with the game for a while, we like what the Collective came up with. Controls are very much like what they would be in a first-person shooter; you can use the keyboard for movement and the mouse for aiming. This makes the control system very intuitive to the first-person crowd.

This game has recently reached a mature Beta status, and we expect a flood of information about it to be released in the next few weeks. Watch for details on the Mac version of this game from IMG in the near future. The final version should be published simultaneously for Mac and PC in late October.

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