What can I say? It has been a very good week!
First of all I want to say congratulations to
everyone who worked on Tribes:Vengeance. At the recent
Australian Game Developers
Conference the game nabbed 4, that's right, FOUR major awards
including: Best Game, Best PC Game, Best Design, and Best Level
Design. Tribes was also the runner up for outstanding visual art. This
is very exciting, of course. Recognition of all the hard work that
goes on here makes everyone happy and not to sound trite, but that is
worth a lot. And really, who doesn't like to be best whatever?
It's just a good thing all around. Also, you may have noticed that
the cover of the January PC Gamer reads, "The Top Ten Most
Anticipated Games of 2005." Well, look closer because you will find
Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich settled comfortably on page 58. This
too makes us happy since Freedom Force is Irrational's
baby. Speaking of which, there seem to be a lot of new or pending
Irrational (actual human) babies lately so congrats to everyone
involved with the whole reproduction thing.
And now on to SWAT 4, which had a very good week in the press:
First of all, check out Andrew Park's preview on Gamespot.
Andrew compliments the game's visuals: "SWAT 4 continues to look
great... environments are clearly handcrafted and exhibit great
attention to detail. Furthermore, its detailed character models also
look good in motion." He also likes the gameplay: "multiplayer
gameplay and strategies are clearly different from most shooters, and
they show much promise. In fact, if the rest of the game can turn out
similarly well, then SWAT 4 will be a highly refined tactical shooter
that's every bit as terse and exciting as it should be." Gamespot also
features a SWAT 4 video interview with Andrew and a whole lot of
footage from the game.
When you are through with that, head on over to Gamespy
where writer Sal Accardo talks about his experience with the
multiplayer beta. He says that "Although the beta test only included
one map, it still managed to be fun, regardless of whether we were
playing with 4 players or 12."
forum features a discussion about SWAT in which someone calling
himself "Rogue Agent" says That he was "really impressed" by "the
graphics, features and info on SWAT 4". Rogue Agent also feels that
"SWAT 4 is looking to steal the disgruntled tactical players away
from..." I am not going to say which game he said SWAT will steal
players from because that's super-bad karma for us, but I very much
appreciate the quote.
A fan in France posted a ton of page SWAT 4 screenshots on
his page. He did a really, really amazing job with it and the page is
well worth a look. I have no idea what the page actually says since I
was afraid of my high school's French teacher and took Spanish
instead. Anyway, check it out because it is a great way to preview the
game without actually, well, previewing it. In case you are as
French-challenged as I am, just click on the pictures to see what I am
making such a fuss about.