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Tycho / on Wed, Feb 16 2005 at 4:30 am

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It’s refreshing to finally have some news stirring out there, even if all of it doesn’t turn my crank one complete rotation.  These are the things I think about all day.

  • THQ just announced Dawn of War: Winter Assault, excellent news for the Not Me demographic, which I understand is very large and quite lucrative.  It will introduce as a playable army the Imperial Guard, which you can read about here if you’d like to know more about them.  We saw them from time to time in the first game, but there’s information in this Relicnews thread that reveals there will be no duplicated art or units - they’re going completely from scratch.  I’ve never been able to develop the skills necessary to represent with valor in this genre, which brings me shame, but multiplayer RTS has never really been me and so the product announcement itself does not equal automatic rapture.  By E3, I’m confident they’ll speak with specificity regarding the length of their single player portion.  If there is a just God, this expansion will begin making up for the anemic campaign in the first game - a fault that has only made me angrier the longer I have had to think about it. 

  • Atari has announced a new Matrix game called Path Of The Neos, which I am fairly certain nobody gives a shit about.  It is possible that people cared about it before the Wachowski Brother and Sister obliterated the franchise with their progressively monstrous bullshit, but my memory of that ancient period is somewhat hazy.     
  • Freedom Force Vs The 3rd Reich, the sequel to, well, it seems obvious, hits in the middle of next month.  I loved the first one, and so I said that they could advertise - but I wanted to get a plug in before any banners went up because I want this comment to be taken seriously.  Irrational developed the game with their own money, they are a crafty and unorthodox developer, and I can’t even pretend to be neutral on the subject.  You can pre-order it directly from them, which nets the first five hundred orders pieces of signed art, along with the three exclusive “Bronze Age” characters every order from their store receives.  I don’t really follow comics, so I don’t know if that means they are early metallurgists or have metal powers or what
  • I’ve been listening to tracks from the Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory soundtrack, which is by someone named “Amon Tobin” who fancier music people are already familiar with.  I like music a lot, but I’ve never been able to manage the fractious divisions and associated, angry proponents of electronic music.  At any rate, what I’ve heard is excellent, and most of it is available directly from his own website - one track in MP3 format, and the rest in Real.  Of course, I’m not suggesting you download RealOne or whatever - perish the thought!  No, I’m certain that RealAlternative will suffice.  There’s an interview with the composer guy here on Gamespot (can you tell I’ve been obsessed?) that implies a 5.1 mix of the album will be out closer to the release of the game, which is probably what I’d end up going with.   
  • Actually, and this isn’t something I think about all day because we finished them months ago, but the next page of the Spy Handbook from Splinter Cell is out: number five of twelve

    (CW)TB out.

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