The Descent of a New Space Shooter (E3 2012)
When the game Descent was released in 1995, it was a PC gamer's dream. The game placed players into the cockpit of a vehicle which enabled you first-person, six degrees of freedom playability. The hours I sucked up playing Descent back in the day were not small. With multiplayer Descent, I’m surprised I made it through high school with a decent GPA. Why am I reminiscing about Descent so much? Because Keen Software House's current game in development, Miner Wars 2081, is much like Descent, but with so much more.
Miner Wars 2081 will put you in the cockpit of a small fighter vessel in space, but what makes Miner Wars 2081 so unique is that the environment which you will be placed in is completely malleable. Whether you are blasting through asteroids, mining to get minerals, or creating your own obstacles, Miner Wars 2081’s world is created and destroyed at your will. Like Descent, Miner Wars 2081 will give you the full six degrees of freedom. With this type of gameplay, multiplayer will be quite interesting. Enemies will see you enter a huge asteroid by blasting a path through it, and as you worm your way through its core, they won’t know where you will come out, or how long you’ll stay in there. Of course, they could go in after you, but then it’s like two worms playing tag in a giant floating ball of Earth.
Miner Wars 2081 will offer a scripted mission, but there is something bigger at work within the game. Minerals which gamers mine in the main game can be used to create maps which other players can play on in the MMO mode. An amazingly designed and easy to use editor helps players create whatever they want for use on the maps, from the type of materials to build from, to every other detail. There is sort of a LittleBigPlanet vibe going on here, with shared, user-created content. Miner Wars 2081 is a game which will heavily evolve alongside the players. Miner Wars 2081 touches on everything PC gamers love: online community, personalization, customization, creation, and fast-paced, precise gameplay. This massive space shooter is brain food for those seeking more in the shooter and MMO genre. For those just hoping to hop in a space ship, follow the story and play the single campaign without involving online gaming, there will be that opportunity too.
Miner Wars 2081 will be one of the most unique games in ages. It’s never before seen game engine serves PC gamers something which is unique and freshly complex, yet not overwhelming. The current beta version of the game is available via the Miner Wars 2081 official website.
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