More DS9: The Fallen Impressions
10:31 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
Early last week a demo of Simon and Schuster's upcoming shooter Deep Space Nine: The Fallen was released for the PC, with minimal fanfare. Although this game hasn't generated the interest that the "other" Trek game, Voyager: Elite Force, has generated, reactions to the demo are quite positive so far. IMG was certainly impressed with the game when we saw it at S&S HQ during the Macworld Expo NY.
UnrealEngine.com has posted their impressions of the demo, along with several screen shots. They seem not only impressed with the engine and gameplay, but also the developers' efforts to make the game an authentic expansion of the Star Trek universe. They also emphasize that this game is not just a simple shooter -- it has many adventure elements, aided by its third-person perspective, such as the requisite jumping and ledge-climbing obstacles as well as more complex elements that fit the Trek setting, including the essential Tricorder:
The tricorder can be invaluable for the player with its multi-functional features. It has two main display modes, the two-dimensional top-down view and the 3-dimensional view showing objects in its range relative to your position. Have a feeling there might be a carnivorous winged lizard lurking nearby? Whip out your trusty tricorder and you will be able to tell if there is one clinging to a rock above or below you. The tricorder is also used as a scanning system: as it locks on to life forms and artifacts it will display a 3-dimensional view of the object complete with any information that has been gathered on that object so far.Ah, Trek fans must be drooling over that detail. Don't dismiss this game as just for Trekkers, however -- its use of the Unreal Tournament engine to full effect should mean gorgeous visuals and fast gameplay, as well as enough action to keep any fan of shooters interested. Be sure and read the rest of this review for more details, and grab our DS9: The Fallen trailer for a real-time glimpse of this game in action. You can expect this game for Mac and PC later this Fall.
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