As always, Activision has an impressive booth at this year's E3 but GCM editors were given a much more private showing of a few select products at the eFocus gathering the night before the show. With more than a dozen exciting new titles spanning all the popular systems, Activision is gearing up for a very successful year.
Call of Duty (PC)
Developed by many of the same people who worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Call of Duty delivers the gritty realism and cinematic intensity of WWII’s most epic battlefield moments – from the perspective of citizen soldiers and unsung heroes representing an alliance of countries, who together helped shape the course of modern history. Throughout the game’s 24 missions, players will be part of a squad, who bond together to take on enemy forces and achieve mission objectives through pivotal WWII battles and authentic military campaigns.
Perhaps the singple most unique aspect of this title was the squad and enemy AI that exhibited almost human-like characteristics. In the case of squad AI you really get a feel for working in a team and actually build relationships with other members of your squad. Combined with real-world military tactics, Call of Duty is going to change the way we play war games when it arrives this Fall.
Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure (PS2/Xbox/GameCube)
Not only was this one of the most charming games I saw at the Activision booth it was also one of the most fun and easy to learn skateboarding games I have ever played. While maintaining the partial complexity of the Tony Hawk engine, the tricks are easy to figure out and even the youngest of gamers will be doing huge combos. The best thing about this title is its mass appeal for all ages. The characters and Disney environments will appeal to the kids, but the challenging gameplay easily scales itself to the older more experience gamers. Don't let the Disney name throw you off - this is going to be one of the hottest Summer sleeper hits.
Pitfall Harry (PS2/Xbox/GameCube)
Pitfall Harry features over 50 levels of fast-paced action and puzzle solving adventures, the game challenges players to swing, fight, climb and crawl through eight types of treacherous South American environments including lush jungles, dark tombs, ancient Aztec ruins and glacial mountains. Pitfall Harry also includes favorite features from the earlier Pitfall games such as vine swinging, gaping chasms, crocodiles and scorpions. Gamers can overcome the obstacles using all of the tools in Harry’s arsenal including a sling, dynamite and ice axes, and rescue those in distress from deadly foes like snakes, scorpions and spiders.
With a clever mix of action, adventure, and puzzle solving combined with new special abilities, new and dangerous enemies, and a good assortment of clever mini-games, Pitfall Harry may be giving Lara Croft some stiff competition when it releases this Fall. IMAGES
Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines (PC)
Incredible single player RPG gaming is only matched by a new online team-based aspect where you can choose to become either a vampire or a vampire hunter. With intense combat and team-based mission objectives, Bloodlines could change the face of online Gothic gaming. You'll have to wait until 2004 to find out.