Eve brand and as a source of cash via its micro-transactions.
The result is a sophisticated but imperfect sci-fi shooter. There’s a rich back-story and plenty of context, should you want to delve deeper into its epic story via videos, text and online material. It’s got plenty of side-trimmings as well: menus, social interaction, shopping for new weapons and upgrades. But most of this game is multiplayer online battles, aspiring to (if not quite reaching) the teamwork and brutality of Battlefield and the future-chic of Halo. The missions vary, but are generally what you’d expect – hacking consoles, attacking and defending bases, etc.
The result is intense and challenging. Sadly, there’s no story mode and this gamer was reminded of the value of a single-player story (even a brief one) to teach the ropes before diving into multiplayer.
To its credit, Dust 514 is generally exciting, albeit with some minor bugs and flaws: Distracting blocks of text sometimes appear in the middle of combat for instance.
Though imperfect, Dust 514 is a attractive and generally exciting, and the price is oh so right. Perhaps most importantly, this classy FTP console game sets a tasty precedent. dust514.com
ARCANIA: THE COMPLETE TALE
16 cert, Spellbound Entertainment, PS3 From Baggins to Skywalker, the outsider has been falling into dangerous long-winded quests since fiction began. The hero of ArcaniA leads a quiet life before war comes crashing onto his doorstep; an epic odyssey of revenge and revelations follows. ArcaniA: The Complete Tale, already on PC and soon on Xbox 360, is vast, ambitious, clichéd. Like most fantasy role-players, there are chats to have, ominous worlds to traverse, and warriors and monsters to slay. It’s less polished than better-known RPGs, lacking the imagination of Dragon Age and the wit of Fable. In fairness, ArcaniA is playable; the inevitable menus are userfriendly and the combat is zippy, mixing spells and weapons. But it’s a little dry and overestimates the fun of long walks, making it strictly for fantasy RPG fans. This version includes both ArcaniA and its additional content, Fall of Setariff. nordicgames.at