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Monday, July 10, 2000

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Elite Force Demo Released for PC
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Friday afternoon Raven Software released a playable demo of Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, their shooter based on the eponymous television series. While a publisher for the Mac OS version of this game is still in negotiation, this game is reportedly up and running on Mac systems already, thanks to the portability of the Quake 3 Arena engine.

Reactions to the PC demo have been positive overall, with lots of praise for Raven's detailed textures and player models. The weapons effects, which are impressive even in static screen shots, were also praised repeatedly, as was the enemy AI. It is also noted that the release of this demo does not mean the game is finished, by any means; it is still due this Fall.

Thresh's Firing Squad did their usual thorough job of picking their subject apart, releasing a multi-page review with forty-six screen shots. Overall they loved the single-player aspect of the game, but felt that multiplayer 'holomatch' (which, for the record, is NOT supposed to be the focus of this game) was too fast and had an unbalanced weapon set. Here is their description of the "atmosphere" of the game:

The Borg areas are oppressively dark, with a foreboding, almost threateningly technological feel. Raven did a great job at capturing the Borg atmosphere in this particular level. The Borg themselves are a scary sight, with a red laser sight pointing out of the side of their heads. In the very beginning before you find the I-Mod rifle, you'll be doing a lot of running - mostly away from the Borg that come to life out of the walls or warp in to attack you. At first it's very hard to navigate around the Borg ship because everything looks the same! It's also sometimes difficult to figure out where to go next - a lot of times you end up just shooting at different things hoping they'll blow up and expose a new area to explore.
TrekGamer also took a look at this game; while a fansite dedicated to Trek games may seem to be a biased source, fanatics can often be the most withering critics of subjects that they feel do not live up to expectations. They seemed quite happy with the demo, praising the Trek "feel" of the game as well:
The biggest, most important and exciting part of the demo, is that you feel like you are in the story. Not watching the story and playing along, or doing whatever is assigned to you. You are in the game, as a character. No game since Zelda has gotten me this excited, and I was just running through corridors trying to shut off a force field. And whenever the game paused, to load another mission, I prayed it wasn't the last.
And finally, Blues News' tipped us off to an article on Rivia3D which is also chock-full of screen shots; they give the demo a 5 out of 5, calling it a "richly detailed, fully immersive Star Trek experience."

If you are anticipating the Mac version of this game, these previews are a must-read for the eye candy alone. Various names have been mentioned to us regarding the search for a Mac publisher for this title; we can't name the specific publisher yet, but you can be sure we will soon.

Riva3D on Elite Force Demo
Raven's STV: Elite Force Web Site
TrekGamer on Elite Force Demo
Firing Squad on Elite Force Demo
Aspyr Media
Raven Software
Westlake Interactive
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force

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