Produced by Konamis brand new European development studio, Apocalyptica pits players in a dark and demonic world controlled by a malicious being aptly known as Neo Satan. With Neo Satan and his army of minions taking control of Earth, the Dark Lord's rule of the universe seems imminent. In a bold move to save the human race, an elite group of military heroes are recruited to infiltrate Satan's planetary strongholds and free the innocents from his control.
As a member of this elite military group, it is your responsibility to lead the revolt against the endless hordes of evil that threaten to destroy the human race. Along with three other soldiers, youll be pitted in a sinister game world with an arsenal of futuristic weapons, melee combat skills and some newly mastered spells. Sounds like a recipe for a frenetic multi-player blast, and thats exactly what it is.
Unlike most games of this type, Apocalyptica is played in the third person, offering a better view of the action. It does ask a little more of the games camera, but Konami Europe has done a fine job. As a combat game, Apocalyptica is quite easy on the player, giving them the freedom to choose their fighting style. As already mentioned, you can choose from a variety of weapons and spells to defeat Neo-Satans cohorts. Combat is skilled though, and requires practice and patience to master. Bashing buttons randomly will only result in your own death and, most likely, the end of mankind. Doh!
Apocalypticas environments are also among the most bizarre weve come across, with battles taking place in locales such as outer space and Nu Hades at Earths Core. And they look great too, boasting some solid lighting effects and deformed landscapes. Character animation and special effects also look good, and combined, help make the Apocalyptica setting all the more convincing.
But its the multi-player combat that really makes Apocalyptica tick. Here, players can engage with 15 others in a variety of mission-based games and Deathmatch games. Online, Apocalyptica will prove very competitive, but its great because it gives gamers the chance to hone their skills against unpredictable, human opponents. Victory in this fashion, as many will attest, is far more rewarding.
You might say Apocalyptica was an ambitious project for a new dev studio, but the end result is a fine multi-player adventure. Enough said.