April 20, 2001
Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse - Preview
Metro3D had an early hit on the Dreamcast in America with Armada (which never came to Australia) while the sequel was planned for the Dreamcast, along with this title, the demise of the system has seen development switch over to the Playstation 2. Dark Angel is already shaping up quite nicely thanks to some gorgeous graphics. Can this vampire adventure/RPG capture the hearts and minds of gamers around the globe?
|Use the radar to find enemies.|
The games story is quite detailed and should provide a few thrills. You are Anna a young woman who's objective is to discover the secrets of a plague that is turning everyone in the village into monsters. It is the work of vampires, or is there a greater force at work? Discovering a cure for the virus is only the beginning of an exciting, and very perilous, journey.
One of the most impressive aspects of this game is the way in which your characters decisions affect the rest of the gameplay. Kill one person and friends and relatives will try to exact revenge or refuse to help you when in need. It should provide some agonising decision making during the game.
|Have to love the coffin health meter.|
As you can see from the graphics Dark Angel looks quite impressive. Using Metro 3D's custom made graphics engine a lot of emphasis has been placed on the lighting routines with shadows, explosions and fire all being reproduced with remarkable detail. Hopefully any cinematic cut-scenes will retain this level of excellence.
Metro3D are also including dynamic music in the game. This means the music will change in real-time as you move in and out of battles etc. It should provide some continuity between sections of the game and will remove abrupt changes in music that affect so many other games.
|Thou shall spill the blood, possibly.|
As with almost ever RPG made you can be guaranteed that you will be equiped with plenty of magic spells and will earn experience points by defeating enemies along your journeys. Dark Angel should be a great alternative to the Japanese styled RPG's such as Final Fantasy X. The game is still a long way from completion but early signs are very promising. Metro3D had a hit last year with Armada and if this game can be equally impressive. I guess we'll find out later in the year.