As part of a covert experiment, the US military deployed a probe designed to prove the existence of a parallel universe hidden from our own. Although the probe successfully entered the alternate universe and reached a planet called Adelpha, its first crucial data transmission is mysteriously cut short.
The probe's unexpected demise triggers a disastrous chain of events resulting in the creation of a black hole, one that threatens to destroy the Earth. Unless the missing probe can somehow be found and repaired, planet Earth itself is doomed.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Strong Language, Animated Violence, Animated Blood.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard
Posted on 2010-04-20 13:41:15 by Waltorious:
This is one of those games that really shows what PC gaming can be. It defies a genre description... the best I could come up with is action-adventure, which is so general it doesn't really mean anything. The makers of this game weren't burdened by thinking about what KIND of game they were making, they simply imagined a world and a story, and then made that. And it's utterlyread more fantastic.
I played it for the first time last year and promptly decided it was one of the best games I've ever played. Many people consider the graphics dated now, but I found them to be beautiful. The voxel technology used for the terrain means that the outdoor areas have gorgeous rolling hills and mountains, and the character animations are also very impressive. The overall resolution is a bit low but the artistic design is so good I hardly noticed. And there are so many little touches, like when you activate your mini-map and you actually see the futuristic visor slide out over your character's eyes. Then there's the combat, which is also gorgeous... seriously, these are some of the nicest explosions I've ever seen, and they were made back in 1999!
Sound is also great; others have mentioned the fantastic soundtrack, but I also really enjoyed the voice acting, which seemed much better than a lot of modern games. The story is captivating, with a lot of twists, some of which I was very proud of myself for predicting and others which were total surprises. But really, the game is even better than the sum of its parts. They're not just features or details, everything works towards the cohesive whole.
Basically, imagine a really awesome sci-fi action movie, and then imagine PLAYING it. That's what this game is like.
Also, major kudos go to GOG for fixing many of the issues associated with running this game today. The voxel technology runs entirely on CPU, meaning that super-fast modern CPUs could cause problems... when I played it last year I had to use a separate program to slow down my CPU. But, according to the forums, GOG has managed to fix this problem, which is amazing! For $5.99 we can get this classic without worrying about getting working properly. It's a no-brainer.
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Posted on 2010-04-20 06:56:34 by prez:
I bought this game when it was first released because i was intrigued by the Voxel technology. A couple of hours later, I had forgotten all about the tech behind the graphics and was instead riveted by the compelling universe, clever gameplay, interesting characters, and epic story. I am getting it again now so I can forever be able to revisit this amazing world on my current andread more future rigs. This is a stellar game - buy it; you won't be disappointed!
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Posted on 2010-04-20 10:12:25 by CerbisLatran:
I remember reading a Swedish PC magazine that reviewed this game when it came out, now over ten years ago. It got top marks and the review was titled with "The perfect game?". They were very taken with it, and once you get into the game it's next to impossible to not see why.
A musical score nearly unsurpassed and years before its time, visual design that tinglesread more the imagination and a story that is intriguing, surprising and utterly compelling.
However, the game had numerous technical issues when run on modern hardware... until now.
This is a title that simply shouldn't be missed for any reason.
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