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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Jul 2008 20:23
Tags: civrev ds preview

DS Fanboy goes Hands-On with Civ Rev

There is one place you should look first for the review of the DS version of Civilization Revolution: DS Fanboy. I wouldn't point you there for everything, but they've got this topic cornered. Unlike a lot of people who will be reviewing the DS game, Alisha Karabinus has a amicable and long history with the PC franchise AND a rock-solid understanding of the DS. It's a rare combination, and when it comes out, it's the review to trust. Not necessarily in terms of the score, as WiiHD discourages making purchases based on review scores, but based on the content.

For today we have DS Fanboy's preview of Civilization Revolution, and a serious case of jealousy that they got to play it first. WiiHD is a few days late reporting it, but it's still worth the read. Here are some quotes. Once you're done with them, go read the whole thing.

One of the great things about the Civ franchise is that you can really make the game your own… It's like having a dozen different games instead of just one, and it's a huge part of why I love the games.

Civilization Revolution doesn't feel quite as open. … Instead of a dozen games, I have one, or maybe two, and I feel the lack.

As I spend more time with Civ Rev, I hope to learn to appreciate this version. …even this [more limited] version is basically limitless; if you're a strategy nut, you can play forever.

Units and buildings are also produced much more quickly, which means fewer early turns skipped as you wait to build up your base. I do like that; in fact, I love it.

In these early stages, I'm frankly split on my opinion. It's Civilization and yet it's not.

There are videos after the break. And don't forget to check out our Exclusive Civ Rev Tech guide
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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 30 Jun 2008 22:59
Tags: bond fps preview qos


Quantum Of Solace Preview

Remember when everything that happened got blamed on El Nino? These days it seem like every shooter in the queue is being based on CoD4 engine. Quantum of Solace (QoS), Craig's next entry in the Bond Series, is one such game. Today, IGN 360 has a preview of the title. We don't know a lot of details about the Wii version of QoS, but since Treyarch is running World at War on Wii with the CoD4 engine, and Treyarch is in charge of QoS, it stands to reason that QoS (Wii) is supposed to play the same as QoS (360).

Here's what we found interesting from the preview (other than the screens):

  • Uses a quasi-first person perspective. Though FP most of the time, the camera will pivot its view (RB6V style) towards Bond when you back him against a wall or climb a ladder.
  • Stealth is part of the game, as you'd expect, with related sneaking and cover mechanics
  • Regenerative Health with no bar, just a conical field of vision limitation in the style of Bond movie opening credits
  • Craig did all the Bond voicework
  • no driving, no poker, but Bond girls are still in

Screens after the break.
IGN 360 has a preview | Via GoNintendo | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 20 Jun 2008 07:56
Tags: civrev ds preview

IGN's Civ Rev (DS) Preview (plus Video!)


Lacking a version for Wii, WiiHD chooses instead to revel in the DS version Civilization Revolution, the latest in the incredible Civilization franchise. This week, IGN brings us a Civ Rev DS Preview with new video footage, Victory details, multiplayer details, examples of scenarios, and a few frustrations. Last week, WiiHD gave you a Tech Tree.

Remember, this a streamlined re-imagining of Civilization. It's meant to ward off late-game boredom with a faster pace, lasting just a couple of hours instead of 60+. It's more multiplayer friendly, and better suited for consoles. The DS version plays just like the others, but it has flatter, 2d graphics instead. Now for the preview. IGN is wordy, so WiiHD is going to give you the lean skinny.

The bad: 1) The stylus was poorly implemented, so just count on using the dpad the entire time. That's sad because that could have been a big bonus for the DS version. 2) The game prevents you from entering the territory of friendly civs, and unlike earlier games, you cannot negotiate a Right of Passage. As a result, getting walled off early is bad. 3) Nothing to do while waiting for your turn. IGN doesn't make it clear, but WiiHD knows that the PS360 versions of Civ Rev feature simultaneous turns, and the DS probably does too. This means you all move at the same time during one turn, but once you're finished, you have to wait for everyone else to finish as well. 4) There's no way to zoom out and look at the whole world at once, making the experience feel constrained. It sounds like it could be harder to orient yourself in some instances.

The details: Victory comes by 1) Exodus to Alpha Centauri, 2) Capturing 4 (all) enemy capitals 3) Achieving 8 Economic Milestones or 4) gaining 20 Great People or Wonders. Villages are in Civ Rev, just like other Civs. Some are hostile and fight you, others will offer exchanges—you teach them a tech, they'll provide you with something, like spies or intel. Multiplayer is just like single-player, with you and up to 4 other people. The game is streamlined more than other Civs partly because of the emphasis on multiplayer, so it should be a nice experience. Scenarios There are ten total, and include things like stronger barbarians, alternate starter technology, and starting later in a more aggressive and faster paced game.

Check out the videos after the break. All FOUR of them =)

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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 13 Jun 2008 02:42
Tags: action dcwii horror preview

Deadly Creatures Impressions from Destructoid

Rainbow Studios calls the game an action thriller, but at WiiHD, we prefer to classify it under the lesser known arachnid horror category. You have your pick of two heroes to play as. Behind door number one, your friendly neighborhood tarantula, is said to like quiet introspection and Harry Potter novels. Behind the other door is the affably outgoing scorpion, reported to enjoy bold moves and Battlestar Galactica. Your mission? To survive a trek a across a dangerous and enemy-infested desert. It's dark, brooding, and even cinematic as there is a separate human drama taking place outside your immediate battleground.

Samit Sarkar over at Destructoid got a little demo time with Deadly Creatures last week, and was kind enough to document his impressions for us today. Hit the break for quotes (and bonus material from IGN's April hands-on), screens, and two videos. Hit the source link for the all of Destructoid's impressions.
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