Send 'em home in a body-bag! That's 3DO's battle-cry to all the other first-person mission-based shooters out there, heralding Uprising X's debut on the Sony PlayStation. Essentially a first-person shooter like any other, Uprising X attempts to add a new level of depth to the genre by giving you a multitude of vehicles to use during combat. These vehicles include tanks, aerial attack vehicles (i.e., jets) and bomber squadrons.
Set in the future, Uprising, appropriately, sets you in some very futuristic-looking locales. Sparse, barren landscapes accompanied by areas of scorched earth are the usual sights you'll see, while the green skies give you a good idea of the recent troubles the planet has suffered.
Your role, as a Wraith commander, is to engage the Imperium forces in battle over the course of the war, which, conveniently, turns out to be about 20 levels or so. During battle, not only will you be required to maneuver your own Wraith battle tank through the skirmish, but you'll also be able (and required) to set up additional forces and support around your base of operations. Since each faction has its own strengths and weaknesses, a great deal of strategy is required to successfully complete each mission.
Similar in feel to 3DO's N64 title Battle Tanx, Uprising X offers a multitude of ways in which to play this game (albeit with a post-apocalyptic slant). Depending on what sort of ground forces you deploy and what sort of factories you build, the CPU will counter accordingly, creating a new experience each time you play.
Supposedly, the story line will be a substantial part of the gameplay, and the characters will draw you into the history of Uprising X. Whether or not this is actually the case remains to be seen.
However, if story lines and all that stuff bores you to death, then you might take interest in Uprising's two-player options. Siege Mode, for instance, pits you against a friend, while including all the base-building and other tactics found in the one-player version. Death Match, as you might imagine, removes the base-building and leaves you with a one-on-one free-for-all. If that isn't enough, there's also three more two-player games to play against a friend.
So, if first-person shooters are your bag, baby, you might like what 3DO has in store for you. It's a fast-paced game that attempts to deliver a grittier experience than is usually found in games such as these. If you happen to want a little strategy-action mixed in with your shooter, then you might REALLY be happy, because the options included in this game will certainly keep you busy for a good long while. In any case, should you choose to accept this mission, with the game due out this winter, you'll have your chance to stop the Uprising soon enough.
- MANUFACTURER - Cyclone
- THEME - ACTION
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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Uprising X, 3DO' s engaging new combat/strategy game,gets a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. Fortunately, the game succeeds at what matters most--controls, frame rate, and gameplay--which pulls it past its pitfalls in graphics and sounds.
No one actually cares about the story line in action-packed titles like this, and whats really most intriguing about Uprising X anyway is its gameplay. which combines first-person mayhem with a bit of Command & Conquer real-time strategy. As the commander of a wraith (basically, a mega tank), you can unleash some pretty awesome firepower on the enemy, including missiles and energy weapons.
Beyond getting knee-deep in combat, you can also teleport in units (tanks, infantry, bombers, and AAVs). To create those units, you must briefly build factories by establishing a base, called a citadel. The resource management's thankfully kept to a breezy bare minimum, and the resulting gameplay s pretty cool--it's a thinking-man's bloodbath as you sometimes whup ass personally and sometimes provide covering fire while your units take the heat
The 14 single-player missions can be wrapped up fairly quickly, so two-player split-screen deathmatches are what this game's about. Uprising X offers five cool multiplayer modes ranging from a regular Deathmatch to a hilarious competition to see who can run over the most infantry with their tanks. Intuitive analog control means that your wraith and citadel handle responsively, but if you're stuck with a regular controller, its a chore.
Visually, Uprising X's graphics arc like trying to get a tan on a San Francisco beach: There's too much damn fog! It unfairly cloaks enemies, it makes it easy to get lost, and it's just plain lame. Fortunately the frame rate rocks at a wickedly fast pace, and the landscape, tanks, bombers, and the like look fairly slick
As for sounds, the weak, corny voices will make you leap straight into gameplay as fast as you can. The cool sounds of combat and the decent tunes prevent you from diving for the Mute button, though.
All told, Uprising X's interesting blend of action and strategy pushes the game above its other serious flaws. It ranks as a great weekend rental for most gamers and a decent purchase for those who really get stoked by multiplayer action.
- When your wraith or citadel is attacked, launch units at the enemy and use them as cover while you both take out your adversary.
- When you're defending a citadel, use the citadel's guns instead of the wraith's-they're much more powerful.
- Circle-strafe to dodge incoming fire while dealing out death: Use the tank's lateral strafing movement to drde an enemy while keeping your guns pointed at them...and firing.
- Don't waste firepower on enemy Infantry, just run them over.
- After a battle, use your citadel to repair damaged factories and units, Indud-ing your wraith. Go into Building mode, highlight the second icon from the right at the bottom of the screen, and tap L2.
- Send In Infantry to attack enemy citadels and fac-tories-thelr demolition abilities get the job done in a hurry.
Who else is sick to death of fog? Sadly, Uprising Xs rocketlike frame rate, sharp scenery, and respectable vehicle models are shrouded in a dense fog that really hampers the gameplay.
While the weapon effects sizzle and the music's appropriately intense, the cheesy character voices will really get on your nerves. The worst offender is Sergeant Jepp, who barks out a bad imitation of South Park Officer Barbrady.
The Dual Shock controller's a must with Uprising X--the twin joysticks deliver sweet control that requires a fine touch. If you're stuck with the less responsive directional pad and buttons, it just won't be as much fun.
A cool combo of first-person tank combat and real-time strategy. Uprising X succeeds best at split-screen multiplayer bat-de. With a lot less fog and a litde more pizzazz. Uprising X would've rocked.