Quick Takes Issue 150



This article originally appeared in Computer Games Magazine #150

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
UbiSoft is teaming up with Jordan Mechner again to bring back the sultan of jump. Developed by the studio responsible for Splinter Cell, a vizier tricks the Prince into releasing the Sands of Time from an hourglass. You must recapture it with the help of a “beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally.” Sounds like a soap opera… like sands through the hourglass…. [UbiSoft]

Homeworld 2
In this sequel to 1999’s popular title, you’ll see a continuation of the struggle of the Hiigarans and their leader Karan S’jet. Combining elements of real-time strategy and space combat, the 3D game focuses on the journey of the Mothership and its crew, taking the Hiigarans into the oldest regions of the galaxy to learn the truth behind their exile. [Sierra]

Ground Control 2: Operation Exodus
This sequel to the original tactical 3D real-time strategy game looks at the aftermath of the destruction and apparent dormancy of the colonies of the Crayven Corporation and the Order of the New Dawn. The original was an unheralded gem; the sequel features even more spectacular graphics. We’ll see if the gameplay follows suit. [Massive Entertainment]

Sims Superstar
In this latest Sims expansion, you can choose to be a Rock Star, Movie Star, or a Supermodel, grab yourself an agent, and jam, emote, or strut your way to Fame and Fortune. In Studio Town, you’ll flaunt fabulous fashions, and be completely immersed in the land of groupies, paparazzi, and, of course, sushi. [Electronic Arts]

Anarchy Online: Shadowlands
While The Notum Wars was a mere booster for the Norwegian online game, this is apparently a true expansion pack. Features include several new environments, notably the floating city of Jobe, an increased level cap, and the usual bevy of new monsters, professions, quests, and, of course, “stuff.” [Funcom]

You are a highly trained mercenary during the 25th century. You find yourself in the middle of a conflict between two previous affiliations—the Expedition Corps and the SpecForce—as they struggle to control all of the valuable resources that make the most distant planetary system of the New Frontier, Valkyria, tick. [Strategy First]

Based on the upcoming Ang Lee movie, [lay as either Bruce Banner, using stealth and ingenuity, or as his alter ego, the big green guy, as you smash through walls, use semi-trucks as weapons, and throw enemies through walls. Your enemy is the Leader—a villain intent on using the Hulk’s gamma energy to unleash an army of gamma creatures on the unsuspecting world. [Vivendi Universal]

You come from a family of people who call themselves “Painkillers.” Your job is to…kill pain. You’ve made a deal with the devil—send enough condemned souls down to Hell, and you get really cool powers. Trouble is, it backfires, so instead you shoot everything that moves in order to survive the 20 levels over five chapters. [Dreamcatcher]

X2 Wolverine’s Revenge
This shooter is actually a “clawer” in which you shred your enemies. Releasing on all platforms concurrently with the X2 feature film, the title features a Larry Hama-developed storyline and uses the voices of Mark Hamill and Patrick Stewart. You and your friends, Beast and Colossus, kick the huge collective tail of Wendigo, Juggernaut, Omega Red, and Magneto. [Activision]

Ultimate Baseball Online
A long time in the making, this first ever massively multiplayer online sports game claims to have finally solved the formerly prohibitive latency issue. The game will feature league play along with the ability to play pick-up games as well as practice, manage, trade, and more. [Netamin]

Another vehicle for the Unreal Engine, this shooter transports you to the year 2080, where you play a mercenary in the middle of a struggle among nine powerful cartels known as Illuminati. The cartels want to control mankind. You want to end their Machiavellian game. [Majesco]

The latest project from the developers responsible for Codename Outbreak is this action-role-playing game (heavy on the action part) that tells the story of Kevin Myers and his mysteriously missing sister last heard of in Columbia. The terrain is free-form with no “locations” per se, and of course you won’t find sis without an arsenal of over 20 weapons. [Deep Shadows]

Lethal Dreams
Chron. There it is, smack in the middle of the world of Adanu. Six young magicians, Zerin, Mirtis, Cruan, Sirimbe, Verithion, and Inanna, all from Cleveland, erm…from Alvern, have been hitting up the famous Master of All Paths, Wintrix, for info. This role-playing game offers over 60 worlds, 40 spells as you solve the mystery of your missing teacher and a Very Important missing flower.

Prince of Qin Online
After the passing on of Emperor Qin, the first Emperor of China, the kingdom fell apart. The crown was at stake, and treachery was everywhere. Gather troops and fight as a Qin Hero to reclaim the throne of Qin as the rightful Emperor in this massively multiplayer online RPG. [Object Software]

This real-time strategy game takes you to a world filled with feudal rivalry where you can wage war as either Viking or Cimmerian warriors. Build flying vehicles for combat, or siege towns on horseback in an effort to conquer factions such as Ogres, Werewolves, Centaurs, and other non-human races. [Primal Software]

This article originally appeared in Computer Games Magazine #150