Large Quarter – Planetside
MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game)
Planetside has you taking the role of a soldier in one of three factions, in a futuristic Sci-Fi universe, not dissimilar to the creations of Phillip K Dick or J.G. Ballard. Advances in science have made the soldiers immortal, so a pointless conflict rumbles endlessly across the surface of the planet, with troops being constantly reborn as they die.
The game itself has you grouping together with other players to assault enemy bases, on one of the ten continents. These are enormous in scope, with various types of bases and defence towers scattered across them. Players travel across these in everything from armoured boots to supply trucks to light tanks to enormous dropships. As you earn more battle experience you gain a range of skills, but the balance means that newcomers still have a fighting chance.
The only problems are a relatively steep learning and experience curve, and it’s requirement of a broadband connection for the constant updates. If you can cope with these, this is simply the best game experience currently available.
For broadband owners, currently the best first-person shooter around.
price – 34.99
WWW – http://planetside.station.sony.com/
Small Quarter – Day of Defeat
Day of Defeat is an online multiplayer mod for the seemingly immortal Half-Life engine. It consists of a series of World War II battles, where you choose from either Allied (British or US, dependent on the map) or Axis sides. When killed, you quickly respawn near your original starting point, to represent endless waves of assault troops.
The game is certainly thrilling; rushing up Normandy beach under heavy fire with your comrades can be described as nothing else; but it has aged badly since it was first developed, and other games (notably Battlefield 1942) have surpassed it in almost every way. It is certainly easier to join in than other online shooters, like Counterstrike, and its team play is particularly well-thought through
It is however questionable why you would buy this; it is available for free download (as is the much-superior ‘Enemy Territory’, based on the more up-to-date Return To Castle Wolfenstein) if you already have Half-Life.
Day of Defeat is an ageing online first person game that should be downloaded rather than bought.
WWW – http://www.dayofdefeat.com