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