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Tuesday, August 1, 2000

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Hands-on Black & White
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GameSpot UK has posted a new preview of Black & White, a god-game being developed by Lionhead Software. Accompanied by 20 brand-new screen shots, this hands on preview takes a in depth look at this genre-breaking game. They begin by explaining the plot behind this title, then detail the challenges and how the engine will modify your character in order to suit your personality. The more evil you are in your behavior, the more wicked and gruesome the character model becomes, and vice versa. Here is a snip from the preview:

As your creature learns skills, it becomes more
autonomous, to the point where it will actually imitate
you and take on tasks it feels you would usually
perform. A properly-groomed sidekick can make the
game a lot easier. For example, to convert a new tribe,
you might simply tether your creature to the village and
let the animal take over. Good creatures will impress
the villagers by committing good deeds. Evil creatures
will impress the villagers by destroying the village and
eating the people.
This gives you an idea of the creature aspect of B&W, though there is much more to the game. Be sure to head over to GameSpot to check out the preview, or at least the new screen shots, if you want to be impressed with the game's 3D engine.

Another site has put together a great preview/interview with creator Peter Molyneux. Here's a clip explaining how the village citizens fit into the game:

So how does a player become more powerful?

“Quite simply the more little people believe in you the more powerful you become. You can terrorise them into worshipping you or you can impress them with your benevolence but it is their belief that makes you powerful.”

You can now see how your actions in the game will affect a number of crucial game elements. Black & White's release date has recently been pushed back from September to November for the PC. Peter Molyneux has talked many times about a Mac version, and we're very hopeful something official may be announced soon. We'll keep you posted, as this is one of the most intriguing games coming out in the near future.

Gamespot's B&W preview
Player of Games B&W Preview
Feral Interactive
Lionhead Studios
Black & White

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