Incoming Forces

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a game by Rage Games
Platform: PC
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Incoming Forces
Incoming Forces
Incoming Forces
Incoming Forces

Technology can be a slippery beast, with today's news all too rapidly becoming tomorrow's chip paper. So it was with the original Incoming, the arrival of which coincided with the first wave of new-fangled 3D cards. After years of playing PC games which consisted of little more than shifting pixellated blobs around murky environments, this was a brave new world of crisp contours and colours. Rage was quick to capitalise on it, and Incoming received plaudits - not least from this magazine - far in advance of what a fairly basic shoot 'em up merited. Another pyrotechnic Rage title, the aptly named Expendable, was even described by Paul Presley as possibly the greatest game ever made, words that must haunt his every waking hour, particularly as they were cruelly emblazoned across the front of the box.

We're older and wiser now though, and while Incoming Forces still wreaks of Rage's trademark graphical showmanship, it has elicited little more than a disinterested shrug from passers-by in the glorified penny arcade that is the Dennis Publishing basement. With World War II being waged on the ZONE network, and the constant hum of Pro Evolution Soccer from the PlayNation hub, a minor space shooter sequel has proven little more than a footnote, the sound of one man clapping.

The Humanity

Set 20 years after the original game, long-distance space travel is now the norm, and as a back-up tor any pending genocide, humans are looking to propagate across the galaxy, specifically in the home worlds of the so-called Kaiyodo. However, in a twist set to stun the Incoming faithful, you play a member of said Kaiyodo, protecting your manor from the oppressive swathes of humanity.

A variety of craft are available, both ground- and air-based, with a slew of missions covering staple tasks such as protecting a building or escorting a convoy. Throw in some pseudo-Star Wars music and functional cut-scenes, and you've got yourselves a run-of-the-mill shooter, albeit one hampered by some fairly murky controls, such as attempting to steer a sluggish tank while simultaneously controlling the turret. A host of ostentatious camera angles are available, although all bar the first-person view are largely useless.

Incoming Forces is by no means unplayable, but without a recognisable universe and little in the way of atmosphere, there's not a great deal to compel you to plough through the missions, unless of course you get some kind of kick from slaughtering humans. Three years ago, we might have been impressed, but nowadays it all looks a bit Channel 5. Still, at least you can pick it up for under 20 quid.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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