Black and White (http://www.bwgame.com/)
Developer: Lionhead (http://www.lionhead.com/)
Publisher: EA (http://www.ea.com)
and White is the game that simply everyone is talking about
at the moment. From game design legend Pete Molyneux, the creator
of such titles as Populous, Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper, Black
and White will be another 'god game' but a very interesting
one at that. It seems to be a culmination of all his past games
into one 'free form' game, with the freedom to do as you please.
for a 'god game' you play as a God, one who watches over a community
of villagers. With an ingenious and powerful mouse interface
you can instruct the villagers to do your bidding - be it building,
farming or whatever - cast spells or pretty much interact with
the game world as you see fit. The immersive engine allows so
much freedom and flexibility.
the help of two little good and evil advisors and a huge animal
pet the game, creature AI, music and landscape will change and
adapt according to your style of play and how you treat your
citizens. Be mean and callous and the landscape will begin to
darken and vice versa.
the myriad of screenshots, previews and hands-on reports that
litter the web you can tell that Black and White is a very ambitious
project. With a visually impressive 3D engine and particularly
advanced AI routines, Black and White could be an experience
that no one should miss. A game that seemingly has something
for everything, I just hope it does not suffer from a lack of
direction. After a web cam photo on the Lionhead site proclaiming
the game was 'done' the finished game should be in stores at
the end of March.