Majesco was showing off nearly a dozen new titles including the much anticipated BloodRayne for the PC and the their big showstopper, Black 9. But one of their biggest surprises had to be the new GBA Video Pak that will allow GBA owners to turn their handheld game unit into a portable video player.
Advent Rising (Xbox/PC)
Players assume the role of Gideon Wyeth, a remnant of the last human outpost, on the brink of discovering the incredible powers that lay dormant within him. It is these powers the Seekers are so desperate to suppress.
Advent Rising is the first in a trilogy of games for the Xbox and PC. Featuring an unprecedented collaboration between interactive entertainment and science fiction writing, famed novelist, Orson Scott Card, embellishes on the gripping storyline behind Advent Rising, and will author a novel based on the game. Both are scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2004.
There was some very limited code on display but the details of this game are still being kept tightly under wraps. An engrossing storyline, coupled with tactical, mission-based game play and streamlined RPG-style skill development, promise to make Black9 a standout product when it releases this Fall.
Gamers are thrust into the role of lead character, Drake, a member of the 99 Dragons Clan, who has vowed to avenge the murder of his gang and recover a stolen ancient artifact. This powerful artifact has the ability to trap the souls of the living and resurrect those of the dead, holding the potential of becoming the ultimate weapon of evil. Brought back from the dead to right these wrongs, Drake carries out his mission with an arsenal of supernatural weapons, martial arts and firearms galore.
Drake features a specially-created style of graphics called “rimlight” texturing. Visually resembling a blend of cel-shading and environmental mapping, it creates Drake’s unusual “neon gothic” appearance. This distinct look as well as the captivating world Majesco and IdolFX have created for the character have already sparked interest in producing a future comic book and animated series. Scheduled for release in the fall, Drake will be available on the Xbox and PC.
In BlowOut, gamers assume the role of Major John ‘Dutch’ Cane, a leader of a mercenary commando platoon, fighting against the deadliest enemies the universe has ever seen. A U.S. Marine Space Force headquarters has been overrun by the vicious mutant Xenomorphs, leaving a gap in the operational defenses. Gamers must use specialized sensor equipment and massive firepower to locate and take out the enemy before they have a chance to zero in on the station’s control center and threaten colonized space.
To do so, players will need the full complement of BlowOut weapons that increase in firepower and accuracy as the game progresses. So as to create a believable environment, the weapons and ammo must be recovered from weapon stashes, dead soldiers, or secret arenas.
Expanding the fun is BlowOut’s level editor which empowers gamers to create their own personal gaming experience. The integrated and easy-to-use editor enhances the game’s lifespan, and provides peer-to-peer interaction by stimulating the sharing of creative content. With the online community a key component of the game, Majesco is planning to launch a dedicated BlowOut web site through which gamers can share user-created levels, or download pre-designed levels from the developer, as well as artwork and game tips.