year 2000 - turn of the millennium. It passed so very
very quickly and a good chunk of 2001 has already been
lost to the etha. Time flies when you play a lot of computer
games and last year certainly offered up some tasty titles.
For me and surely many others 2000 will always be the
year of Counter-Strike. This team player anti-terrorist
Half-Life modification has taken the online world by storm
with more people indulging in this addictive 'real-life'
shooter than the rest of its online ilk put together.
Sierra saw this success early on and Counter-Strike is
now a fully-fledged game available from stores worldwide,
bundled with several other team based mod, and set at
a very wallet happy price.
title that shone through last year was Deus Ex, a futuristic
mix of RPG and FPS from those bad boys at Ion Storm. Throwing
the goblins and dragons a-side Deus Ex with its nano-technology
implants, technology based skill tree, non-linear story
line and gloomy organised crime setting proved a refreshing
and very enjoyable ride. Based on the unwieldy Unreal
engine the game's SDK and multiplayer patches are now
available ensuring further longevity.
with just about every other year in gaming history sequels
were abundant in 2000. At the top of the heap were some
excellent updates; the massive Balder's Gate 2 arrived
later in the year with more classes, levels, story and
an improved resolution, Red Alert 2 was a return to form
for Westwood and Grand Prix 3 was as excellent as everyone
hoped it would. The stagnated RTS genre received a nice
boost from true 3D titles like Ground Control and everyone
seemed to be jumping on the MMORPG band wagon with a wealth
of new titles and sequels announced or hyped further in
that everything has settled after some serious Christmas
binging and the January sales are a distant memory, what
can we expect in the upcoming months? What titles will
emerge and which ones will be worthy of or hard earned
cash? Here at Speedy 3D we have our finger firmly on the
industry pulse and take a look at a number of choice titles
from a range of genres, countries and developers that
should - but don't count on it - be released over the
next ten months.