Simon & Schuster Interactive|
Simon & Schuster surprised me this year. It was the first time since 1999 that they were not under the escalators leading up to the West Hall meeting rooms. Fortunately, they had only moved about 30-feet to the right so it didn't take long to find them and check out the four new titles they were showcasing for 2003.
Eve Online: The Second Genesis (PC)
Driven by a complex economy and mission structure that is totally controlled by the players, Eve Online is truly one of the few, if not only game to put the power of the gameplay in the hands of the gamer. Eve Online is already shipping and you can look for our in-depth review coming soon.
Last Ninja (Xbox)
Now, Simon & Schuster is bringing back this cult-favorite, totally redesigned for the 21st century and set to blow the doors off the Xbox. The 3D graphics are breathtaking, and seeing the ninja in motion sent my jaw to the floor. No official date has been announced for this title but it should be out sometime in Fall 2003.
Outlaw Volleyball (Xbox)
Pick your characters, form your teams, then play in one of ten unique locations like the sewers, a rooftop, and even an all female prison. As with the golf game, each player has a composure meter that affects their performance and allows for frequent beatings. Steve Carell is back for more outrageous commentary and tons of laughts. Outlaw Volleyball will also be the first volleyball game that supports Xbox Live and should be out in June.