As usual there will be a good selection of titles positioned in the £9.99 and £4.99 ranges that should please the palette of any gamer with a good dose of war gaming, space adventure and even a bit of ghoulish management thrown in into the fray.
Releasing at the £9.99 budget price point are critically acclaimed free-form space combat sim/trading game Freelancer, ‘the finest WWII RTS to date’ Blitzkrieg and historical RTS American Conquest. The ‘spooktacular’ haunting sim Ghost Master and the flash and brash city-building sim Vegas: Make It Big are both releasing at the £4.99 super-budget price point.
Freelancer’s original review scores speak for themselves – 90% PC Gamer ‘it’s a classic’, 84% PC Zone, 8.5 gamespot.com, 83% gamespy.com. Freelancer presents players with a vast, open-ended universe filled with an infinite number of adventures. Playing as freelancer Edison Trent, an intergalactic jack-of-all-trades, your mission is: do whatever you want. Become a smuggler or a ruthless space thug, a naval hero or a trader. Dodge through asteroid fields while piloting elite spacecraft, making your way through 48 known star systems.
Also at the £9.99 budget price point, for RTS fans there is Blitzkrieg’s ‘rock solid and intuitive’ gameplay (PC Zone) and the large-scale, cannon-happy warfare of American Conquest (‘it really is a splendid game…’ 9/10 Eurogamer). Last but by no means least, at the £4.99 super budget price point, are top-selling Sims Ghost Master (‘spooktacular’ 87% PC Zone; ‘an open-ended scare-em-up that's as good-looking and funny as it is original’ PC Gamer) and Vegas: Make It Big.
The new releases are great additions to the range, 2005 promises to be a great year for Xplosiv” commented Jo Fawell, Product Manager for Xplosiv, ‘we have some great PC and PlayStation 2 titles planned for this year, delivering the best possible quality, value and choice for consumers”.
Xplosiv’s portfolio now boasts a range of over 60 titles for PC and 20 titles on PlayStation 2, with over 30 new PC releases and a further 10 new PlayStation 2 releases planned for this fiscal year. Xplosiv has also taken its first steps into value software for Xbox and Gamecube with five titles available on these platforms.