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E3 2003: Midway Games Report

   Midway unleashed a full barrage of press releases this morning regarding several of their upcoming game releases. Here's a quick rundown of what's going on in the Midway camp:

   First up is news on SpyHunter 2. The game's main vehicle, the G-8155 Interceptor, has a few new tricks up its sleeve-- including transformations into an off-road four-wheel drive vehicle, an off-road motorcycle, and a snow ski. New weapons, including an auto-tracking turret and an indestructible armored shield, have been added this time around. Boss battles have also been added across 16 levels which cover four interactive and dynamic regions. As a side note to SpyHunter 2, Vanessa Carlton is contributing music talent for the game, and is performing at E3.

   Freestyle MetalX is next on the docket, and is listed for release in June. The game seems to focus on the "freestyle" element as riders can go just about anywhere on a level and do just about anything, from incredible tricks to breaking windows. There will be 16 different riders to choose from in the game, able to execute a veritable ton of tricks. Freestyle MetalX boasts eight levels, containing up to three different competitions on each one. A neat feature is that each level, once it is unlocked, links to the others so that players can seamlessly revisit past areas at any time. The game's soundtrack is a heavy metal fan's dream, including Motley Crue, Megadeth, Motorhead, and Twisted Sister.

   Freaky Flyers, due this summer, is billed as a 3D airplane cart-racing adventure. The game promises exploration, stunt flying, and dogfighting among 13 different characters. Each character's storyline has branching components and contains cinematics. The cinematic portion of the game alone is said to be about 90 minutes in total for all characers combined. There will be unlockable characters, multiplayer modes, and an all-original soundtrack.

   ESPionage is an interesting take on the stealth/action genre and is due to ship later this fall. Combining stealth wth psychic powers, such as telekinesis, pytokinesis, mind control, and three other "sixth sense" options, ESPionage looks to deliver both lots of action and important stealth elements. The game boasts a non-linear design which allows players to get through missions in several different ways, as they traverse eight levels spanning four different compounds. Gun lovers will be happy to know that "psi" powers aren't the only weapons at your disposal, either.

   The Suffering is Midway's take on the survival horror genre. Set in a maxmium-security prison, players assume the role of Torque, who is scheduled for execution when things go awry and he is inadvertently spared from his fate by a group of malevolent apparitions who begin a siege on the prison. Be prepared for surprises as enemies will jump out and attack from almost everywhere and anywhere-- and the enemies will be scary, indeed, since they're being designed by master monster creator Stan Winston. Torque does have the innate ability to change into a monster himself, once he gets angry enough. Midway is promising some grisly visuals and environments for this game, and says that there will be multiple endings to promote strong replay value.

   Finally, Roadkill is a car-combat game that seems to be in the vein of Singletrac and Incog's Twisted Metal series. Roadkill takes place after a plague has wiped out most of civilization, and rogue gangs make all the rules. More the 30 main missions await players, as well as numerous secondary missions and the ability to eliminate pedestrians and cause riots. Other additions to the basic car-combat forumla include being able to salvage upgrades from destroyed vehicles, collecting blueprints to build new weapons and vehicles, and the ability to earn a reputation and build your own gang.

   Midway is showing these and other titles at E3, and we'll be bringing you information on these over the coming days.

5/14/2003 Peter J. Skerritt, Jr.

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