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Monday, October 16, 2000

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GameSpot recently attended a press event from THQ, who was showing off two upcoming games from Volition. Their first-person shooter Red Faction is looking to break ground not only with its amazing graphics, but impressive physics engine as well. A new article from GameSpot notes what has been updated in this latest build of the game:

Volition added two more demo levels to the latest build of Red Faction. The first is a wide-open warehouse with a powerful turret gun placed in the middle. In this level, enemy soldiers run into the warehouse from one of several doorways in an attempt to reach you before you gun them down with the turret. By the time all the soldiers have rushed the turret, the warehouse is pocketed with blast marks and giant gashes caused by the explosive rounds. The second demo we saw was of a museum housing all of the game's enemy soldiers, creatures, and other NPCs.
Red Faction is set to be released early next year for Mac, PC and Playstation 2.

Volition's other game is Summoner, a RPG with full 3D graphics and a deep storyline. The game shown must have been the final build, since the Playstation 2 version was just sent off to production last week. Mac and PC versions will follow this Winter, with added multiplayer capability. Here's an excerpt about the title:

The detail on the characters is impressive, although the animations right now sometimes look out of sync. The environment in the forest level looks very realistic: there's lots of shrubbery, and the horizon is lined with tall trees. We fought a few barbarian fighters, and were able to try out some of the game's spells, including fireballs, blizzards, meteor strikes, healing spells, regeneration spells, and bless spells. We also cycled through various armors and weapons for the characters. Summoner is reminiscent of some Japanese role-playing games, so perhaps as an homage the male warrior was seen wearing laminated, vertical strips of armor reminiscent of samurai armor, and he wielded a katana. We also saw the characters using axes, daggers, swords, scythes, and staves.
For more on Summoner, check out a new movie of the game from IGN. It's from the PS2 version, but there shouldn't be many differences between this and the Mac/PC versions.

GameSpot Red Faction Update
GameSpot Summoner Update
Summoner Movie (5MB)
Red Faction

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