War Final Assault
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First-person shooters have tried to make inroads into the arcades with the most recent example being Quake. The problem is that the graphics are dark and don't stand out well compared to other traditional arcade games that have more vibrant color palettes. Recently, Doom-esque games on the PC have enjoyed a bit of a resurgence thanks to the excellent graphics provided by 3Dfx cards. Since Voodoo revolutionized the PC market, more bright and innovative first-person shooters have been released and made way for the genre's entrance in the arcade market.
Enter War from Midway/Atari games. This shooter is not a PC port, but an original game built from the ground up using no existing engines (such as the Unreal engine for example). The design philosophy is different as welt, and it definitely shows because War doesn't look like anything we've seen on the PC. It looks like it belongs in the arcades which is quite a feat for a game of its type. The colors are noticeably brighter and the levels are less like labyrinths and more like battlefields. The overall graphics are great with smooth scrolling and little slowdown. The game is built for multiplayer and it can support up to four machines. Players can choose to play co-op or Death Match which is where War really shines. You can choose to be one of four different characters who each have a different default weapon and different characteristics like speed and defense, etc. The default weapon is very important, seeing as you can only carry one weapon at a time (to pick up another weapon, you must discard the one you have), so you will rely on old faithful fairly regularly. War is currently on test, so check it out if you can.