Friday, January 09, 2004

I've been drooling over PlanetSide a lot recently. It's the best massively multiplayer game I've ever seen by a large margin. What more can I say? If I had a broadband connection I'd have it already. Unfortunately, I don't have one at home and it's unlikely that we'll ever be able to get one in our area. In the meantime I've been playing Ground Control, a real-time strategy game. For me, the thing that really stands out about this game is the fact that there is no base building or resource management involved. Before you play each mission, you choose what units you want to take, and you're then stuck with those squads for the whole of the mission. This is great for when you just want to have a quick multiplayer game: if you turn off reinforcements then you can play a CTF game in a quarter of an hour, which seems much more reasonable than the interminable amount of time C&C multiplayer games seem to take. Of course, GC was an unfortunately underrated game, and didn't sell half as many units as it should have - just like two of my other favourite games, Sacrifice and Startopia, but that's another story.

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