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Monday, July 31, 2000

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Late last week a demo version of Simon and Schuster's upcoming third-person shooter Deep Space Nine: The Fallen was released for the PC. This game seems to have had a much 'quieter' development path than the Voyager-based Elite Force, but from our own experience of this title it is just as impressive.

PlanetUnreal has posted their first impressions of this demo, and they seem to be quite thrilled by it - many of the handicaps that have troubled third-person games in the past, such as a reliance on auto-aiming and poor visibility in tight quarters, seem to have been handled correctly. The reviewer was especially impressed by the fluid animations of the main character (Benjamin Sisko in this case, but you will also be able to play as Kira and Worf) which are provided by the new skeletal animation system that developers the Collective grafted onto the Unreal Tournament engine. Here's an excerpt with details:

As we've come to expect from any game sporting the Unreal engine, the visuals are quite impressive. One of the things that always impresses me are cool skyboxes, and both of the levels in the demo have great looking night-time skies. There are meteorites burning up in the planet's atmosphere, and once in a while there is even lightning coming blasting down from the heavens. Very cool.

All the models included in the demo seem to be of very high quality, and I couldn't help but compare Captain Sisko's sheer number and quality of animations to Corvus of Heretic II fame. His swimming animations in particular are the best I've seen for any game. Definite kudos go out to the modelers and animators over at The Collective.

The final version of this game will feature three full-length solo missions, one for each main character (Sisko, Kira, Worf.) As you can see from the screen shots included with this preview as well as the many others posted around the net, this game makes impressive use of the Unreal Tournament engine, and we can't wait to see the final version. DS9: The Fallen is due for Mac and PC later this Fall. There is still no word on a Mac OS version of the demo of this game, but we've spoken to the Collective recently about this and we will bring you their reply.

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