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Macworld recently posted a new review of InstantAction.com. Developed by GarageGames the service allows a variety of games to run directly in a web browser and gives players the chance to engage in cross platform multiplayer action. Some of the titles available to Mac users include Marble Blast Online, Think Tanks, and Fallen Empire: Legions.
Taking Fallen Empire Legions as an example, I guess Iíd have to say itís trying to sell a product that everyone else has already bought someplace else. Itís hard to get people excited about a free cross platform first person shooter when the graphics arenít of the same level as Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike: Source, Call of Duty 4, et al. Hell, Iíd even play Unreal Tournament or Quake 3 Arena instead of Fallen Empire Legion.Read the full article at the link below.
As a general rule, the major titles for the site are cheaper knock offs of games you want to play. While high end games are well-crafted units, the games at Instant Action come off as the cheap prizes you win at carnivals. They look like real games on the surface until youíre up close and realize there isnít much to them.
Rokkitball I applaud for being an original idea, or at least one that people arenít used to. The game is a 3-D multiplayer where you have to guide a ball into an enemyís goal. The catch is that the player with the ball is temporarily unarmed, and everyone else has a rocket launcher they can use to stop the opposing player. The game becomes part team-based FPS and part soccer simulator and was a good thirty minutes of fun.
But as fun as Rokkitball is, itís hard to guess the intended audience. Sports fans? FPS fans? Both? The other games on Instant Action seek to similarly bridge the gap between divergent gaming niches, like casual and hardcore gamers, and the results are likely to be missed by both groups.
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