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System Requirements
OS: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 CPU: 500 MHz Athlon(tm) or Pentium(r) 3 Processor RAM: 128 MB RAM HDD: 800 MB free hard disk space VIDEO: Direct3D 8 - compatible Graphics card with 16 MB Memory SOUND: 16 bit DirectX 8 compatible sound card

Story

You know how most people see the future taking place in space? Well this game sees it taking place in the water, deep down into the ocean. You just got over some massive wars. The year is 2666. Even five years after the fierce fight against a robotic species called Bionts the world of \'Aqua\' still can\'t be at peace. On the contrary. Without suspecting anything it is being put to its hardest test. And you are right in the middle of it. To make matters worse, the game starts with your ship being stolen. Fortunately El Topo is nice enough to give you a beater called \'Toiler\'. This will help you in your first few missions consisting of blasting Biont scraps that are mysteriously resurrecting. Other missions include escorting ships and saving different stations from being attacked. There is corruption and smuggling that you will have to put a stop to. Between that and battling Bionts you are also searching for your beloved ship. This is a mission based game, you are given mission objectives that you must complete. Your efforts will not go unrewarded. For each completed mission you are given credits to your account. These can be used for ship and weapon upgrades. There are a couple exceptions, but most levels automatically take you back to the dock and don\'t let you explore the gigantic ocean scenery. While docked you can talk with the locals and pick up jobs and gather information for the storyline.

Game Modes

When you start the game you can play the single player/story, Instant Fight or Multiplayer. Multiplayer offers three modes of game play. There is Capture The Flag, Deathmatch, and TeamDeathmatch. The maps offer many power ups and weapons to grab. You will get to use Q Blasters, Laser Gatlings, and Stanley Torpedoes. Best of all, you get your Succubus ship that can whiz around doing 300. The game comes with a few maps, if you want more, you can get the map pack from http://www.Aquanox.de but it\'s 35MB.

Appropriate?

From a Christian standpoint, this is a battle game. You will be targeting and shooting many objects and ships. There is no blood though. They have nice taunts for the enemy, they were all clean. There is however some swearing, and drug/alcohol references. Finally you play Emerald Dead-Eye Flint who is good looking and flirtatious. He comes off as a bit of a womanizer.

Overall experienceEase of use

The game was easy to install and has a nice interface. The graphics are great especially the water effects. You can even see plankton floating around! The characters are cartoon stills but the environment, reflections and explosions make up for lack of player detail. The cut-scenes were nice too, often telling what obstacles lie ahead. The techno music was a great touch, it added to the futuristic feel to the game. The voice acting is kind of rough around the edges. There are some nicely done voices and accents, but some of the voices and accents are just outright annoying. The game ran pretty stable for me, but there are some patches available. For controls, you can use keyboard, mouse and joystick. If you like space fighter games chances are you\'ll like this one. The underwater perspective is unique. Although some of the missions are repetitive, it\'s still fun. I got it for $5 and it\'s money well spent.

Final Ratings

Graphics A Game play B+ Sound B Interface A Stability A- Offensive Content D+

Overall 80% B-

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System Requirements
OS: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP CPU: 800 MHz RAM: 256 MB RAM HDD: 400 MB free hard disk space VIDEO: 32MB 3D acceleration and T & L support SOUND: 16 bit DirectX 8 compatible sound card

Story

In Battlefield 1942, you will experience the heat of battle as you heroically storm the beaches of Normandy, drive a tank across the deserts of northern Africa, pilot a fighter plane during the Battle of Midway, command a battleship at Guadalcanal, or parachute and commandeer a jeep in operation Market Garden. It is the only first person, team-based action game that places you in the midst of a raging WWII battlefield with 35 \'machines of war\' under your control. You?ll pick up the sidearm of your choice and get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles, ships, and aircraft to go to war on land, sea, and air during some of the most famous and pivotal battles of the Second World War. *

Game Modes

There are two separate demos available for Battlefield 1942. One is for single player and the other is for multiplayer. The multiplayer demo comes with GameSpy and a dedicated server component. They each come with one map and you can play the respective armies of that battle location. For example the single player map is Tobruk where you can play the Axis or Britain and the multiplayer demo has Wake Island where you can fight as the US or Japan. The fighting system is the same for both demos. You have a ticket count, you can reduce this by defending and claiming rally points, whomever reaches zero first, loses. The single player game looks to have a campaign mode but it is disabled in the demo. I was impressed as the bots are pretty good, and you can adjust their difficulty level.

How do I fight?

The main objective in the demo is to control the map. Capture and hold as many bases as you can. You will have ammo, med kits and a variety of weapons to help you along. Best of all you get vehicles, aircrafts and boats to use too! The full version will have 35 different kinds of vehicles and 64 soldier units. Each soldier unit has varying artillery. > Scout- knife, pistol, sniper rifle, grenades, binoculars > Assault- knife, pistol, assault rifle, grenades > Anti-tank- knife, pistol, rocket launcher, grenades > Medic- knife, pistol, sub machine gun, grenades, medkit > Engineer- knife, pistol, rifle, demolition pack, mines, wrench

Appropriate?

From a Christian standpoint, this is a war game. You will be shooting, bombing and fighting enemies. There is no blood though. The language isn\'t that bad. On the homepage it says \'Give em\' Hell boys\'. When playing people online, you can\'t control people\'s language or use of it, so pick your partners wisely.

Overall experienceEase of use

The game was easy to install and has a nice interface. In the multiplayer games you have tabs on the top of your screen to remind you on how to do the commands. (They use the F1-11 keys) There are many different keyboard controls for the soldiers and vehicles. (I have yet to fly a plane successfully) The mouse is used for movement and firing as well. There are some graphical glitches I encountered. The recommended resolution is 800 X 600. Anything else has distorted fonts. Also the multiplayer demo did not run on my system until I updated my detonator drivers, so make sure your drivers are up to speed. The single player demo was not as picky. The game ran pretty stable otherwise. The graphics and character/vehicle detail is nice. The single player map is a little bland, given you\'re in a dessert and all. The Wake Island map is a bit nicer, with great water effects. The sound effects are good, different voice acting and explosions, gunfire and vehicle noises make you feel like you\'re in the game. If you like army games, I highly recommend this game. The intelligent bots and fun game play will keep you busy and on your toes! Just make sure your system is fast and it\'s video drivers are up to date.

Final Ratings

Graphics B+ Game play A Sound B+ Interface B+ Stability C+ Offensive Content B-

Overall 80% B-

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System Requirements
OS: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP CPU: 800 MHz RAM: 256 MB RAM HDD: 400 MB free hard disk space VIDEO: 32MB 3D acceleration and T & L support SOUND: 16 bit DirectX 8 compatible sound card

This game is based on World War II, the he story line being the conquering of the German strongholds and pushing them back.

Game play

What amazed me with the game was being able to use tanks, planes, ships and a large variety of assault weapons. Maneuvering the tanks and planes takes some practice, but once you get control the ability you have to conquer is awesome. I found playing the single player and finishing all the levels in all three categories (easy, medium, hard) gave me an advantage when I went on line and played multiplayer. You are able to learn to use all the weapons available and to fly the planes and drive the tanks with some ease. The game makes it easy to identify the enemy by showing their names in blue, while you own teammates are in red. I find it the most fun going in with a friend and teaming up. I also like the fact you can pick up the enemies weapons and use them as well as your own teammates.

Sound

I find the music annoying, but that can be turned down or off. The rifle fire, explosions, motors, etc. are very realistic. You feel as though you are actually on the battlefield.

Appropriate?

From a Christian perspective, the blood spill is kept to a minimum, which I find appropriate, and the battlefield is not riddled with dead bodies. However, on the multi-player you may have to deal with extremely bad language and names from some of the players. I am an admin for a server on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and we use a word filter and have the ability to kick offensive players. Maybe the same can be done for Battlefield if a server chooses to do so.

Overview

I found the single player boring, but necessary to learn. The graphics were awesome and life like. I compared it to Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, only with more action. I found the game entertaining and fun except on the multi-player you have to deal with extremely bad language and names from some of the players. I just don?t read. I am an admin for a server on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and we use a word filter and have the ability to kick offensive players. Maybe the same can be done for Battlefield if a server chooses to do so.

Final Ratings

Graphics B Game play A Sound B+ Story (there is no story) D Stability B Appropriateness C

Overall A

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