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Fall 2011

 

 

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War of the Worlds

 

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If you had the chance to flip through all of the properties that Paramount owns the rights to, jumping onto “War of the Worlds” (as a game) might not be the first thing you would do. However, upon closer inspection it’s actually a pretty cool place to

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end up. During a demo I saw at E3 the joke was that “Barberella” was actually the first choice but maybe Jane Fonda wasn’t available for voice-over work (all you youngins’ out there go do a search to understand what I’m talking about here).

Inspired by the classic “Prince of Persia” and “Flashback”, War of the Worlds takes a

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decidedly two dimensional approach and yet pulls together an amazing 40 layers of parallax scrolling to create a great looking world. This game is all about survival so don’t expect to be doing a ton of shooting but rather fancy evading and thought-provoking timing.

 

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While it’s still a bit too early to tell how extensive the gameplay is going to be in the final game, what I’ve seen so far looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun – but also extremely hard. If you are hardcore, this is going to be a definite for you. Created by the developers who most recently brought us “Dark Void Zero” on DSiWare, War of the Worlds already looks like it has great polish and a great plotline to work from. Who doesn’t love a game where we’re being invaded by aliens and have to survive?

If you’re not convinced yet that you have to give it a try then consider this: Patrick Stewart provides the voice-over. Enough said. We’ll see you later this year.

 

- Syd Bolton

(June 22, 2011)

 

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