Dreamcatcher was right next door to the Adventure Company booth and now that TAC is handling all the "adventure" style games Dreamcatcher is able to concentrate on the more action-oriented games. While they were showing around 8 new titles spanning all sorts of genres and even their first Xbox title (Arx Fatalis), the surprise hit of the booth, perhaps the entire show, was their upcoming FPS game, Painkiller.
Graphically, Painkiller is unmatched. Played out over more than 20 completely unique and different levels, the proprietary 3D engine puts out 100X the polygons of the latest shooters, while adding increased texture quality and the latest lighting and shadowing techniques. No two levels share the same textures - something unheard of in a 3D game these days - and these levels are HUGE!
Dozens of unholy monsters controlled by chilling AI will instill new fear into gamers and the bosses have never been bigger or badder. Just watching the first giant boss storming through the chapel ruins knocking down pillars, walls and chunks of ceiling was breathtaking, partly due to the scale but the detail was stunning. Parts of the levels were actually constructed with individually modeled bricks so when you knock down a wall the Havok 2.0 physics engine deconstructs the level brick by brick.
Painkiller is about to put the "shooter" back in first-person shooter and is a likely contender for Action Game of the Year. Look for it this Fall.
X-treme Beach Soccer (PC/Xbox/GBA)
This adrenaline-fuelled game takes place in stadiums on the exotic beaches of Rio, Marseilles, Venice (California) and Bangkok. The game allows players to score amazing goals from bicycle kicks, diving headers, and tricked-out one-timers. With authentic world stars, laser shows, babes and DJs dropping ‘phat’ beats, this is one beach party you simply cannot miss!
With 32 teams, season, custom, survival and arcade modes available, gamers will be engrossed for hours. Using unique ‘Sand-Physics’ technology and more than 1000 motion captured moves, the game captures the authenticity of the sport while keeping the game fun and challenging for the casual gamer.
U.S. Open 2003 (PC/Xbox)