The Raw Recruit #6

By Scott Parrino 05 May 2003 0

Introduction

Welcome to The Wargamer's feature article series, "The Raw Recruit." This weekly feature offers release dates for upcoming computer and board games. The list doesn't include every computer or board game being released, however it does include almost all of the games we believe The Wargamer's audience will enjoy. The release dates presented in this article are for North American releases only and indicate "shipping" dates, not necessarily guaranteed in-store dates. Most major PC titles are released on Tuesday or Wednesday and are widely available across the country by Friday. These release dates are provided in association with The Wargamer's affiliate merchant partner, Chips 'n Bits.

New Releases

May 4 - May 10
EVE Online: The Second Genesis
Day of Defeat
Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: Wacky Worlds

May 11 - May 17
Blitzkrieg
PlanetSide
Enigma: Rising Tide
Enter the Matrix
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

May 18 and Beyond
Medal of Honor: Deluxe
Europa Universalis: Crown of the North
Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
Lock 'n Load
Korsun Pocket
Rise of Nations
Republic: The Revolution

The Raw Recruits for the Week of May 4

The first full week of May starts up the month's mad release schedule, with a total of four significant game releases this week alone. On the list for this week are EVE Online: The Second Genesis, Day of Defeat, Medieval: Total War - Viking Invasion and Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: Wacky Worlds.

Up first is Simon & Schuster's and Crowd Control Production's space-based MMORPG, EVE Online: The Second Genesis.  This massively multiplayer game has a theme similar to that of last year's Earth & Beyond, in that players are set in a futuristic sci-fi world centered around galactic trading, communication, exploration and warfare.  Each player takes on his own role and persona to achieve business success and can fully explore some 5,000 different solar systems.  The game should retail for about $40 in addition to the required monthly fee, which should be approximately $13.

Day of Defeat is the second Half-Life modification to officially "go commercial," following in the footsteps of the reigning king of multiplayer shooters, Counter-Strike.  After signing a development contract with Valve Software last year, the former amateur mod makers became professionals and this week's release of Day of Defeat v1.0 marks the culmination of their work.  Day of Defeat is a multiplayer only World War II-themed FPS which emphasizes teamwork through the use of character classes (such as heavy gunners, assaulters, and medics) to accomplish objectives and defeat the opposing side. While the full game can be purchased from retail shelves for $30, gamers who still own a copy of Half-Life can pick up a completely legitimate and compatible copy of Day of Defeat from the official web site for free.  Broadband users beware, however, as this modification download is 173 MB in size.

The Creative Assembly and Activision should be releasing this week the expansion pack for their hugely popular Medieval: Total War strategy game, Viking Invasion (May 6th here in the US and May 9th in Europe).  Medieval: Total War won The Wargamer's prestigious Award for Excellence when it was released in late 2002 and we expect nothing but great things from Viking Invasion.  As one might guess, the expansion pack will focus on the time of Viking conquest throughout Europe, starting around 793 A.D.  Viking Invasion also adds an entirely new map of Northern Europe, including the British Isles and Scandinavia, eight new Viking factions, a new technology tree, and a new era of military forces.  Combined with these new additions are the usual assortment of expansion pack tweaks, interface changes, bug fixes and general gameplay enhancements.  Look for Viking Invasion in stores this week for approximately $30.

The final notable release of the week is that of Roller Coaster Tycoon 2: Wacky Worlds from Infogrames.  This is the expansion pack to Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, which was released in late 2002.  While we didn't think much of the sequel of this theme park management sim, the Roller Coaster series is still a remarkably fun game for almost any gamer, especially those looking for a casual gaming experience.  Note that a shovelware pack for the original Roller Coaster Tycoon and its expansion packs entitled Roller Coaster Tycoon Deluxe is also being released this week.  Wacky Worlds and Deluxe can be had for $30 and $20, respectively.

Top Ten Selling PC Games

Here's the top ten selling PC games list for the week of April 13 - 19 (courtesy of NPDTechWorld).

Top Ten Selling PC Games
1) Delta Force Black Hawk Down
2) Command & Conquer: Generals
3) The Sims Deluxe
4) The Sims: Unleashed
5) Battlefield 1942
6) Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets
7) Zoo Tycoon
8) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
9) Diablo 2
10) Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos

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