Volition Goodies Galore
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
It is interesting that although Volition's two game projects aren't due for the Mac and PC until this Winter, both Summoner and Red Faction have been receiving almost constant hype in the press. This is largely because both games are being made for the Playstation 2 as well, though there should be little difference between any of the three versions.
Summoner is set to be the definitive RPG for the PS2 upon its release next month; it will be released later this year for Mac and PC with the addition of multiplayer capabilities. The game features amazing 3D graphics, and an immersive world with an deep story line. Daily Radar recently wrapped up its Summoner week by posting many megabytes of eye candy for download. They have two pages of new screen shots from the game as well as 15 MPEG movies. The video clips are all fairly small (between 4 and 8 MB), so be sure to grab a few. They really show how the game actually play, and it looks fantastic.
On the other side of the Volition coin is Red Faction. While the first-person shooter genre may be a bit stale for many gamers, this title is hoping to change that. The 'Geo-Mod' engine will allow players to shoot through and blow up structures in the game, greatly adding to the game's complexity and interactivity. A new preview at PS2 IGN explains this concept further:
In Doom or Quake or what-have-you, a wall is usually absolute defense against attack, no matter what gets shot at it (exceptions exist in GoldenEye and Perfect Dark, naturally). In Red Faction, though, you can bust out your rocket launcher and make short work of buildings and other fortifications; riddle them with holes, or flat-out level them. You can also mess with natural features of the environment, which is handy for moving forward in some situations. For example, in one demonstration sequence, you have to change the path of a lava flow by blocking one channel and creating a new one.Read through the rest of the piece for a great idea of what Red Faction will be like. Complementing the game's geo-mod engine will be a great story, six vehicles, and amazing 3D graphics. Take a look at the included screen shots to be really impressed.
Lastly, PlanetDescent has posted an interview with Volition's president Mike Kulas. It clarifies the relationship between Red Faction and the scrapped project of Descent 4, noting that series has likely come to an end.
Daily Radar Summoner Movies
Summoner is set to be released on the Mac and PC this Winter. These versions will contain multiplayer features not present in the PS2 version. Red Faction will be out early next year for all three platforms.
Daily Radar Summoner Screen Shots
PS2 IGN Red Faction Preview
Planet Descent Volition Q&A
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