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Games in March,2008

| Tuesday, March 4, 2008 |

Here are the reviews of some upcoming games in March,2008:

  • Lost: Via Domus
  • Conflict: Denied Ops
  • Condemned 2: Bloodshot
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Army of Two
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Dark Sector

Lost: Via Domus

Based on the ABC serial of the same name, Lost will take place on a deserted island and allow players to unravel the mystery of that island as they strive to find a way home. Unfortunately, you don’t play one of the show’s pivotal characters; you're an unknown photographer called Elliott who just happens to be on that fateful flight. Though the game is being published by Ubisoft, it will be released in India officially for the PC by March 14, courtesy of e-Express Interactive. The price hasn’t been disclosed yet. Oh, and if you’re wondering, Via Domus means 'Way Home' in Latin. Deep, huh?

Conflict: Denied Ops
If generic co-op shooters are your thing, you may want to give Conflict: Denied Ops a shot since, well, it’s a generic co-op shooter. The game allows you to play as one of two characters, both with distinctive styles of gameplay. While one is more run-and-gun, the other is a strict disciple of stealth who dishes out death courtesy of his 7.62mm sniper rifle. While online reviews of this game haven’t been all that kind, the PC version will cost just Rs 699, so you don’t really lose much. If you're feeling rich, check out the version for Xbox360 (Rs 1999) or PS3 (Rs 2499). This game too will hit Indian shores by March 14.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot

In most FPS games, melee combat may be something of an afterthought, but in Condemned, it’s the star of the show as you smack the f**k out of hobos with a multitude of blunt as well as sharp objects (lead pipes, shovels, crowbars, axes, sledgehammers and so on). In addition, developer Monolith plans on taking Condemned 2 to the next level with fatalities, improved forensic mechanics, and a spanking new multiplayer mode. Unfortunately the game will not be making its way to Indian shores, so you’ll have to score your copy online.

Rainbow Six Vegas 2

As far as tactical shooters are concerned, the Rainbow Six Vegas series is the best out there (in my opinion) since it not only packs a killer single player campaign but its multiplayer is one of the best as well. As the name suggests the action’s still firmly rooted in Sin City AKA Las Vegas; the only difference is that you’ll be controlling Bishop instead of Mr Logan Keller, and unlike the first game players will now be able to fully customize their character in the single player campaign as well (total whoa! moment). Also expect improved visuals, smarter AI, newer commands, better variety of weapons, and more.

Even though this game is being released internationally on March 18, it’ll make its way to Indian shores only by April 11.

Army of Two
Army of Two can be simply described as a story of two mercenaries backed by a private organization who love blowing sh*t up and saving the day while they’re at it. And by saving the day I mean killing tons of terrorists and making corny jokes about the entire affair. While the story is nothing to write home about, the game seems to have enough tricks up its sleeve to entertain fans of tactical as well as co-operative shooters. If you’re a bit of a loner, the game’s Partner Artificial Intelligence (PAI) will control the second character. EA claims that this system is so effective you really won’t miss another human. Expect the game to hit India by mid-March.

Frontlines: Fuel of War

Frontlines: Fuel of War takes place in a dystopian future where the Earth is facing a major energy crisis. As expected, humans who can never seem to get along during such times are at constant war with each other, and two major factions have emerged in this Fuel for war; the Western Coalition and the Red Star Alliance. The game bears a strong trace of Battlefield since it's being developed by Kaos Studios, the same dudes behind the highly popular Desert Combat mod for Battlefield 1942. The PS3 version of this game has been canceled, but the PC version should hit stores by March 14 for just Rs 699, with the Xbox360 version releasing soon after.

Dark Sector

When unveiled at E3 2005, Dark Sector was to be something of a Metal Gear Solid in space, but somewhere down the line the game's focus shifted from a sci-fi setting to a post-apocalyptic war-torn setting involving mutants and a lead character who dishes out death and pain courtesy of his infected arm that now resembles a three pronged blade called the Glaive. The game will play out like your standard third person shooter with a Gears of War-ish cover system accompanied with certain Resident Evil-esqe 'HOMG! WTF was that?' moments. I spoke to a couple of local distributors regarding this game and as expected none of them will be importing it to India, so it's online shopping to the rescue again once the game releases on March 28.


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