June 2001

   Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Shadows of Luclin Preview  17:36 PDT | [AK]Palooka
GameSpot has posted a preview of Shadows of Luclin, the new expansion for EverCrack. Check it out here.

   Tuesday, June 26, 2001

[AK]Bribo Knighted  12:25 PDT | [AK]Palooka
[AK]Bribo became the newest August Knight today. May he wear the AK tag with pride and honor for many moons to come. Please welcome him in the forums.

   Saturday, June 23, 2001

GameGenie Reviews WWII Online  2:21 PDT | [AK]Palooka
The second review of World War II Online that I have seen is up at GameGenie. It comes as no surprise that they rate the game rather poorly. Here's an excerpt:
So, those long load times are finally explained, since the graphics must be stellar, right? Wrong you are again! We move back into the early days of 3D acceleration with plain accelerated graphics, below even Quake standards. I’m sorry to say, but I just may say these are comparable to Airport Tycoon/Mogul/Inc (and you thought that skeleton was buried forever). I can understand having passť graphics to provide for faster connection status and let lesser computers join in the fun, but, c’mon, Tribes 2 did it! The HUD gives information of direction and stature, but no information on ammo remaining or number of clips you have left for infantry. The nicest things about the graphics are the sunset and two sunrises each day. Everything with World War II Online has that feeling of: “Yeah, we’ll get it right eventually, but please give us $10 a month!” Blah.
I say it's still worth buying!

[AK]Leonidas Named T2 Logistics Officer  2:09 PDT | [AK]Palooka
May Leonidas perform his duties admirably in his new position.

   Friday, June 22, 2001

Medal of Honor Site Updated  11:32 PDT | [AK]Palooka
The Medal of Honor: Allied Assault site has been updated with three gorgeous new screenshots showing off this amazing looking game in development.

GameSpot Reviews WWII Online  11:22 PDT | [AK]Palooka
Deeming it a "dangerous mess of a game that can't be recommended to any but the most hard-core game players in its current state," Bruce Geryk of GameSpot has recently published a review of the shaky World War II Online. Here's a snippet:
So is WWII Online realistic? Who knows--it's simply crazy. Sometimes you'll spawn, and it will be like the Sitzkrieg, where there's no one around and you'll find yourself just driving down a road hoping to find an enemy to shoot at. Other times, you'll be part of a massive offensive so crowded that you'll be unable to exit the spawn point until the guy in front of you figures out how to move. Once you're moving, there's the issue of finding the battlefield, then getting there, all the while hoping you don't get killed or the game doesn't crash. Several times I spent 15 minutes just getting to the front, only to have the game disconnect me before I could even fire a shot in anger. But the times when I actually got to fight, the experience was exhilarating--perhaps to some extent because the game usually didn't let me get that far.
Personally, I have been enjoying WWII Online when it is working well, and I still have high hopes that it will eventually be an extraordinarily good game. There are few other games that have excited me more than this one while being so simultaneously dissappointing.

World War II Online Interview  11:11 PDT | [AK]Palooka
There is an interview with Rodney Hodge of Playnet up at Voodoo Extreme regarding the current status of World War II Online, the massively multi-player WWII sim that recently suffered a disastrous launch.

   Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Griznak and Leonidas Become August Knights  23:50 PDT | [AK]Palooka
[AK]Griznak and [AK]Leonidas were knighted today, the latest in a flurry of new recruits. They add strength and honor to our ranks, and I am certain that they will serve the knighthood well for many moons to come. Please welcome them in our forums.