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New Action Games for E3 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 10:52AM EST

Game publishers continue to introduce new games to the market, hoping to strike gold and create sequels for years to come. Science fiction remains a staple for original videogames. Next-generation technology ushers in new advances in this genre, which allows players to explore worlds that not even Hollywood could conjure up.

2K Games and Irrational Games will bring Bioshock, a role-playing action shooter, to next- generation consoles and PC in early 2007. Set in a mysterious genetic laboratory in the early 21st century, the player embarks on a horrifying adventure that involves genetically monstrous creatures that once had human origins.

Things also look grim in Microsoft's Too Human for Xbox 360, which puts the player in the role of cybernetic god Baldur who must save mankind from monstrous war machines. Silicon Knights is developing a trilogy around this franchise.

Microsoft serves up another distant future world with the sci-fi action RPG Mass Effect, which BioWare is developing. The player leads an elite team across hostile alien worlds in this real-time, squad-based combat game that's also the first of a planned trilogy.

Eidos and Rebellion turned to the 2000 AD comic strip for their future action game Rogue Trooper. Players assume the role of a Genetic Infantryman (G.I.), Rogue, who's one of an elite regiment of biologically engineered clone troops, created to overcome Nu Earth's hostile atmosphere and fight, unhindered, against the brutal Nort War machine.

Future combat takes another step with huge mech vehicles in Sega and From Software's squad-based Xbox 360 game Chromehounds. Players can create customized "HOUNDS" and take to the virtual battlefield in single-player or multiplayer combat.

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