Expendable is best described as Get Medieval meets Raptor (or in turn, Gauntlet meets 1942), with a liberal dosing of Quake II thrown in for good measure. Visually superb, and heart-stoppingly frantic, Rage Software have labelled it as something of a 'shoot-em-up,' although, being so true to its arcade origins, it will doubtless be remembered as a game of nostalgia more than anything. Much like any game at all resembling the arcade classic Asteroid's, that is ultimately classed as an 'Asteroids game' rather than a 'space shooter,' Expandable bears too much in common with its arcade predecessors to escape the inevitable comparisons. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing, for Expendable is very much rooted in the arcade past, and as a result, I feel it will appeal to the nostalgic gamers of the old arcade scene more than the FPS junkies of today.
The most striking feature of the game, aside from the nostalgic influence, is by far the visual eye candy, which even by today's extremely high standards is rather impressive. It may be, in essence, a top-down shooter, but Rage Software have gone all out to make a 3D environment, with all the features you would expect from any number of FPS titles currently on the market. By this I mean stunning lighting effects, complex polygon characters, reflective surfaces, mind-numbing explosions, and ambient fogging. That's just a taster of what you can expect in the final version, for the levels themselves are flung over a wide array of varying environments, whether it be the technological corridors of an far-off colony, or the snow touched peaks of a rugged mountainside.
Features to be included (quoted from Rage Software) -
- Awesome leading-edge 3D graphics engine.
- 20 levels of hard-blasting action.
- DirectSound 3D and EAX support.
- Two-player co-operative mode.
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