Suspense and Revenge… With Flourish
Acclaim looks to comic books for inspiration and high-action themes

Turning to the raw, expressive imagination of graphic novels for inspiration, Acclaim is placing its bets on several new titles that are based on original hand-drawn comics.

Guardian angel, government operative, Good Samaritan, or savvy businessman: Who is Mr. Graves? That's just the beginning of the suspense in the revenge fantasy 100 Bullets (PS2, Xbox), due this fall. Graves knows who has done you wrong, and he's prepared to give you an attaché case containing the evidence, the weapon, and full immunity you need to take revenge. The game's original story, script, and art direction are provided by the creative team from the 100 Bullets comic book.

Combining sorcery and technology, The Red Star (PS2, Xbox), based on the graphic novel from Archangel Studios, explores an epic post–Cold War mythology from the Russian perspective. Set for a fall release, the game is set around three characters who risk their careers to discover the true fate of their fallen comrades. The Red Star features single- and three-person cooperative play.

Taking on the Fast and the Furious crowd is Juiced (PC, PS2, Xbox), coming from Juice Games this fall. Moving far beyond traditional arcade racers, Juiced is a simulation that immerses the player in the lifestyle, community, and risk-taking ways of the street-modding scene. In addition to building unique cars and crews, players will also be able to challenge other drivers online.

In June, Acclaim releases Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers from BattleBorne Entertainment for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game begins with an action-oriented view of Allied paratroopers dropping into France on D-Day and then progresses on to ever more specialized missions in Germany. Players start as privates and get promotions as they accomplish their objectives. Two-player same-screen cooperative play is featured.

The publisher will also present detailed information at E3 on two more action titles, Interview with a Made Man and The Last Job.

Although already in release, three other recent titles are also being prominently exhibited: Alias, Showdown: Legends of Wrestling, and All-Star Baseball 2005.

Alias (PC, PS2, Xbox) is based on the popular television series starring Jennifer Garner. The third-person action game puts players in the shoes of agent Sydney Bristow and emphasizes high-action combat, stealth missions, time-based objectives, and espionage. In addition to Garner, many of the series' actors have provided voice-overs for their characters.

Bringing together more than 70 of the meanest, nastiest brawlers of all time was the inspiration for Showdown: Legends of Wrestling (PS2, Xbox). Players can create dream matches or unlock classic feuds and hidden licensed arenas, as well as play through the signature entrances and taunts for each wrestling legend, including "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and Ultimate Warrior.

The Major League Baseball season is still young enough for All-Star Baseball 2005 (PS2, Xbox) to get some attention. New features include a franchise mode, plus a fieldercam and broadcastcam to capture more of what's going on in the game.

Game trailers courtesy of gametrailers.com

BY GEORGE T. CHRONIS








 
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