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Thursday, August 10, 2000

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Hands-on Elite Force Previews
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A new hands-on preview of Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Raven Software's upcoming first-person shooter, has been posted by GameSpot. Delving into the history of the game as well as its current status, the preview includes a large image gallery from the latest build of this title. Here are more details about the game itself:

Elite Force is split up into roughly 30-plus single-player levels, and it's clear that the developers at Raven took cues from Half-Life in its design. Limited supplies of ammunition and health are dispensed by wall-mounted stations, which are found throughout the game's alien ships (while you're aboard Voyager, the holographic doctor administers medical aid to you). Level transitions also occur in a manner reminiscent of Half-Life in that you don't realize that you're about to enter a new area until the "now loading" text appears across your screen. To preserve suspension of disbelief, the progress meter of the level load time is displayed as a transporter icon going through the motions of locking onto your position and energizing.
Trek Web, one of the many Star Trek fan sites, has also posted a preview of this game, also from a recent build. This long preview also includes new images which reveal some of the impressive modifications that Raven has made to the Quake 3 engine in order to enhance the experience. We have recently learned that a Mac publisher for this title has been secured, although it is too early for them to make an announcement, so rest assured that this is one more title you will be able to play on your Mac in the near future.

Elite Force Preview at GameSpot
Elite Force Preview at Trek Web
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