Wednesday, April 02, 2008


I'm not really up-to-date when it comes to the gaming news. In fact, the only way I'd know what game is hot right now is by checking any references that are mention in the latest Ctrl-Alt-Del strip. That's it. I do not scour through gaming websites for news or buy any gaming magazines anymore. In fact, I haven't bought a single copy of EGM this year yet. This magazine used to be my bible.

Speaking of EGM, I keep stacks of my EGMs (after 2006) in the bathroom. So when I took a shit today, I grabbed one of them and started reading. Tom Clancy's EndWar is the featured article for that issue but somehow, I haven't read about it before.

Basically it's an RTS that focused on the tactical aspect of the strategy. To put it in a perspective, if the war on Iraq is for oil, then the tactical part is how you command the troops to get oil.

Also, (I think) the game won't be using the bird-eye sky view but a 3D view from your units, giving the perception of being in the battlefield yourself. Which means, you can only see what your units can see,

However, the part that interests me the most was the voice command features. Yes, you give orders to your troops by yelling into the mic. Just make sure that you don't freak out everyone around you when you yelled' "Alpha Team get THE FUCK INTO THAT BUILDING NOW!!" at 2 o'clock in the morning.

Voice command is not all that new. I've first heard of voice command in the game when they include it in SOCOM. Well, I'm not really a fan of RTS, least of all a console RTS, so I've never played SOCOM before. From what I heard, you can give many voice commands ("cover me", "Alpha to point A", etc) to the AI-controlled players when playing solo.

EndWar also includes around 40,000 lines of dialogs, with 9,000 of them are "unit chatters" which will give your troops their own personalities. It would be funny if you say "jump" they would actually say "how high".

Your troops will also gain experiences for each battle will react differently in the next battle by using their past experiences. If I'm not mistaken, the more experienced vets will start talking about their war stories. You can customize your troops in many different ways. Although, in these days, it is expected of a game to allow you some degrees of customizations of your digital self. Okay, that one maybe mostly cosmetics but gameplay-wise, there will be around 150 upgrades for each faction, as well as six levels of experience upgrades.

Oh, didn't I mentioned about the factions? Well, there are three - United States, Russia, and the European Federation (which is a giant country that originated from EU).

No release date is announced yet but at least there's this trailer:

"What's so civil about war, anyway?" -Axl Rose

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