of what makes HW good is the sound and music; they use some
famous orchestral tracks from 'Adagio' and mix it with strange
Fifth Element style thumps and guitars to make unique and interesting
back tracks. Rarely does it feel out of place with the on going
action around you and always gives you an uplifted feeling,
the music tells the whole story by itself. Possibly some of
the best music used in a game to date.
effects are also strong, huge bass using explosions and weaponry
rip across the screen with thuds and thumps. Those with a sub
woofer and volume at max beware, enough air comes out of them
at times you could use it as a hairdryer. Sadly it misses support
for established standards such as EAX, A3Dv2 and even DS3D so
stereo with a sub woofer is the best you're likely to get I'm
afraid. 3D sound would really have made a difference in this
game, but how much is the question, it is my hope we will see
something supported in future revisions.
sound itself fits perfect with the universe, larger ships let
out a slow drowning hum and smaller ones whine as they dash
weaving across the screen. You really have to play it to understand
just how well the music, sound, graphics and gameplay all fit
in together to make this game great.
could have had more depth in the Universe (hook up with other
fleets for an attack, bigger asteroid belts etc.), it could
have emphasised on trading further, yet it didn't. Thankfully
the gameplay remains strong and despite the noticeable lack
of 3D Sound standards and some of the graphics being a little
rusty up close, it remains a strong and worthy game.
boring, massive reply value and always with a surprise up it's
sleeve, trousers and even in its pants you're never likely to
get board for long. However it can be difficult and as such
demands a player that is willing and has the time to play it
for hours on end, you can't always put it down once you have
started. Something for any C&C genre fan that ever wanted a
true challenge, no tanks here; no sir!
by Mark 'KILLZAT' Jackson
- 8 Sound - 9 Originality
- 9 (90%)