Action Game Roundup
(CNN) -- Game publishers' most popular products are
action-oriented titles that let players experience the
excitement of simulated adventures. New levels of creativity
and realism have been achieved because of advances in
software design and 3-D graphics acceleration. Here are
examples of some of the best games to be found on software
Courtesy: Hasbro Interactive
"Frogger" is an amphibian adventure set in an all-new 3-D
world. Hasbro Interactive's resurrection of the popular
arcade classic from the 1980s includes dozens of new levels
in nine different worlds. "Frogger" also supports up to
four players on the Internet.
"G Police" from Psygnosis is a combination high-tech
simulation/adventure. You fly a government police helicopter
against criminal elements terrorizing citizens in the
21st century. There are 35 story-based combat missions that
let you fly around a variety of futuristic cityscapes. The
pyrotechnic effects are spectacular and with an engaging
storyline, "G-Police" is a sure-fire hit.
Here's another aerial simulation, this one of present day
technology. "Longbow 2" from Jane's Combat Simulations is
one of the most realistic and challenging sims I've ever
seen. The program lets you fly the Apache Longbow gunship,
the Kiowa scout helicopter as well as the Blackhawk
transport. With 3-Dfx accelerated graphics it's about as
real as it gets with a keyboard and a joystick.
Moving from air combat to some ground-pounding action,
"Armored Fist 2" from Novalogic is a sequel and much improved
simulation of the M1 Abrams tank. You can almost smell the
gunpowder and feel the ground shudder as you defend and
capture territory in cyberspace.
"Armored Fist" has over 50 missions and lets you command up
to 32 tanks.
Courtesy: Electronic Arts
"Need for Speed Two Special Edition" lets you cover a lot of
ground in a very short time. The game features 12 of the
world's most exotic production and concept cars for the
ultimate international road trip. The software designers at
Electronic Arts got hold of the original designs and
performance specifications so each simulated car has its own
unique handling characteristics. This title also offers
3-Dfx support with faster frame rates and more detailed
Real time strategy games are very popular right now. There
are a number of collections
of "electronic action figures" to play with in your digital
sandbox. Microsoft's "Age of Empires" is based on history
and challenges players to build their own civilizations.
Choose to play the Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Assyrians or
Babylonians in a game that can span 10,000 years. You can
take the paths of exploration and discovery, the accumulation
of wealth and power or simply destroy neighboring
civilizations militarily to win the game.
Strategy game pioneer Sid Meier has taken his interest in the
American Civil War to create a realistic re-enactment of the
pivotal three-day battle at Gettysburg. You choose to
command troops from the north or south and fight every stage
of the battle with historically
"Total Annihilation" from Cavedog Entertainment sets a new
standard for real-time strategy games. It's a science
fiction-based story that pits two races of mechanized robots
in a battle to rule the galaxy. With over 150 different
units and buildings to create, it's one of the most involved
and most fun to play. Cavedog is also posting one new unit
per week on its Web site so players can experience almost
limitless gameplay possibilities.