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Explosions, exhaust and digital machismo

Apr 18,2006
Game players be warned: new releases in April call for high levels of testosterone.
Reservations for the PC version of “Rainbow 6: Lockdown,” the latest in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series, began on Friday over the Web site of the local distributor Intralinks (http://intralinks.co.kr). In Lockdown players fight terrorist groups using biochemical weapons in both single and multiplayer modes. The first-person shooting game includes 20 new weapons that can be customized and popular maps from other games in the Rainbow series. The game costs 39,000 won ($40), the same price as on online shopping malls, but players who reserve online can receive an additional Korean-language version of “Rainbow 6 Raven Shield.” Lockdown will go on sale in Korea in its original English-language format on April 27.
Advance sales of “Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII,” for the Xbox360, has gone on sale on online shopping malls for 49,500 won; the official release date is April 25. The game is a 20-mission campaign in which players operate U.S. squadrons in historical battles over Britain, Pearl Harbor, Midway and Tokyo. Up to 16 players can play together through Xbox Live.
Another aerial shooting game to be released on April 25 for the Playstation 2 is “Ace Combat Zero: the Belkan War” (48,000 won). The game is set 15 years before the timeframe for its previous release, “Ace Combat 5,” and therefore features “older” aircraft models. The shooting game operates on a mission basis and lets players choose their own aircraft.
“Prince of Persia 3: Two Thrones” will be available for PS2 on April 27, but only in Korean. The game is a classic third-person action adventure and the third chapter in the famous “Prince of Persia” series. It was released in the United States in December last year, but was perhaps late in being released here due to the voice-over recordings.
In the online game scene, Neowiz launched its new online racing game “XL1” yesterday. With amazingly smooth graphics and a bunch of features that rival existing console-based racing games, it will be interesting to see how this affects game players. The game can be played with keyboard, mouse, gamepad, or wheel, and has an incredible level of detail, making it as close to “real” motor racing as possible. One example of this “realism” is that you can hire some sexy racing girls. This costs money and won’t improve your driving, but you may get a slight boost at the start line and if you win, the girls will pose on the podium behind you. Unfortunately, no racing “boys” were available.


by Wohn Dong-hee


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