|Publisher: Bungie Studios Genre: Strategy & War|
|Min OS X: Not Supported CPU: 601 @ 100 MHz RAM: 32 MB 4x CD-ROM Graphics: 640x480 @ 16-bit|
Myth: The Fallen Lords contributed even more than the venerable Marathon series to Bungie's reputation. Multi-platform, it stretched the boundaries of real-time warplaying games further than Marathon had stretched the boundaries of the first-person shooter - which was quite a stretch. Combining strategy and tactics, adrenaline-pumping action and a compelling story, M:TFL was near perfection.
Myth II: Soulblighter will only solidify Bungie's reputation for compelling gameplay and phenomenal storytelling (a trait going back to Bungie's Pathways Into Darkness roots). Myth II is not a giant leap over M:TFL, but it offers significant interface and game engine improvements. And it continues the story in a page-turning style as gripping as any sequel since The Godfather, Part II.
Full DisclosureInside Mac Games has always had a close relationship with Bungie. The return of Bungie's Tuncer Deniz as editor-in-chief of IMG guarantees that relationship will continue. But I was given full rein as a reviewer (IMG doesn't pay enough to compromise my integrity), and I was not even aware that Tuncer had been project leader for Myth II until I told him to send my compliments to his friends at Bungie for yet another job well done.
OK, now that we have that out of the way...
The StoryGenerations have passed since the Fallen Lords struck terror into the land. The Great War is nothing but a distant memory now, only half-believed by the current generation. Alric, the mighty wizard who defeated Balor and destroyed or scattered the Fallen Lords he had raised, is now King of a peaceful land. Soldiers weary of endless, mostly uneventful patrols.
But life is about to change. Armies of the undead are once more being raised by evil men serving Soulblighter, the terrible, cunning Fallen Lord who survived Balor's downfall. Soulblighter, who had never been found after cutting off his own face and tearing out his heart, is done biding his time. He is ready now to rule.