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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | Preview of 1999
   

Preview of 1999
PlanetQuake takes a look at the next 12 months...
  — by Gestalt

Games for 1999

1999 looks like being a bumper year for gamers, with more releases than ever before including new games from the likes of id, Epic, Valve, Blizzard and IonStorm... Which are the PlanetQuake staff most looking forward to?

Having seen all their games at ECTS back in September, Gestalt is gambling on IonStorm hitting the jackpot in 1999.

"Anachronox is the one I'm most looking forward to - a console style RPG with stunning graphics and level design courtesy of a vastly improved Quake II engine, and the plot sounds like it should be the business as well."

"It should also be highly modifiable, and I can't wait to see what the players make of it... If there's any justice Anachronox will do for RPGs what Doom and Quake have done for action games, allowing players to effectively create their own games and movies, and get a foothold in the industry."

"Deus Ex is probably still a long way off, but it was looking good and with Warren Spector at the helm it's sure to be interesting. Daikatana was also looking good, and I'm just hoping that the big walk-out of staff from the project recently doesn't hurt it too much..."

Bastard's list includes SouthPark, Turok2, TA Kingdoms and Homeworld, but he "can't wait to see what Daikatana looks like" either and Anachoronox is another game high on his wish list. Mix isn't quite so enthusiastic - "I'd like to see Daikatana ship, but I don't know if I'll buy it."

One game Mix is looking forward to though is the new Team Fortress, recently announced to be a stand-alone game... "TeamFortress II will be very interesting, as I'm not sure how they plan to encourage teamwork in the chaotic atmosphere of the internet".

Team Fortress is also on Fragmaster's mind for the New Year, and Fargo declared it should "by all means of measure totally own".

Sonic Adventure and Duke Nukem Forever are also high on Fragmaster's shopping list for 1999, and he's "curious to see how Kingpin comes out". Kingpin is the new Quake II engined gangster style game from Xatrix, and early screenshots look nothing short of stunning.

Joost is being more cautious and following a policy of wait and see for the New Year...

"There's so many games announced, I don't even know which games to mention here. Past experiences have shown that games don't always fullfil their promises, so I'm going to try and keep my expectations down until I've had a chance to play a demo."

Wise words indeed.


The Rise of Multiplayer Gaming

The coming months will see a spate of games that (despite the marketing hype) are essentially multiplayer only - Starsiege Tribes was first past the post, but Team Fortress, Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament are all set for release in 1999.

All of them have some sort of single player game, but it's designed to play just like multiplayer but with bots instead of real human opponents.

Mix sees a change coming... "There is a split coming within the FPS genre between multiplayer and single player, with several notable projects taking the mulitplayer only route. I'm anxious to see how this pans out in 1999."

Gestalt agrees. "Normally I'm a big fan of single player games, but you can't help but be excited by games like Starsiege Tribes and Quake Arena. At the moment I think the internet isn't mature enough to handle so many big multiplayer games - there's too much lag and not enough players. But 1999 should see the first steps towards a wider world of gaming!"

Quake III Arena is of course the game that everyone is waiting for... With id concentrating on what they do best (deathmatch) and an awesome new graphics engine powering it all, Quake III Arena should be THE game of 1999 for multiplayer fans.

As Bastard says, "the game that is most likely to rule me is QUAKE 3 ARENA. I haven't seen it in person, but the screenshots are enough to get my heart pounding."


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