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Americas Army 2

Posted in Action,Simulation,Strategy by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Americas Army 2.0: Special Forces is an incredible freeware game where players play to reach green berret status by completing different missions from the Special Forces Assigment and Selection process.

Included in Americas Army 2.0 there are many different training missions to help the player get used to the controls in the game. You may train for the Weapons Specialist, Intelligence, Engineer, Communications, and Combat Medic roles.

In Americas Army network play or single play you can be a part of the highly trained team to go on various missions such as search and rescue, surveillance, reconnaissance and unconventianal warfare.

Weapons in Americas Army include the MP5SD6 Remington 870 shotgun, the AT4 (anti tank rocket) and BDM (for bunker demolition). It also includes the M4 Carbine (Picatinny rail mod system: mod system for attaching laser-aiming devices and sighting systems).

As a part of the American Army you are bound by the rules of a soldier; Honour, duty and integrity which is a great feature of the game showing that much time was spent in developing it. Another great feature is that mission completion not only based on who is defeated but also on team effort and how well they adheres to the terms of conduct.

Americas Army 2.0 is probably one of the best freeware games released with standards of and exceeding that of the latest war simulation games of today with its brilliant game play and outstanding 3D graphics, a great choice of download.

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Posted in Simulation by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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The story is you’re in debt $50,000 and desperately need to make the cash. You turn to hacking to get yourself out of the red.

So how does this hacking game work? You have to find servers to hack into; you have to do port scans, password cracks, etc in order to obtain access. Once in you have to find what you’re looking for, delete log files and get out.

So if you’re a hacker: here’s something to keep you out of trouble but even if you’re not a hacker this hacking game is still pretty fun. It’s all the hacking fun you can imagine with no fear of being caught.

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Dart ‘M Up

Posted in Sports by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Another game from the ’m up series. This is a dart game. In case you hadn’t realized already. For all those people who live in caves, with computers, and don’t know how you play darts, I shall explain now. For all those who know and don’t live in caves, and still have computers, you can skip the next couple of lines. What you need to do, is AIM for the dartboard and try to hit it.
The game is a good substitute for the real thing, for those who don’t have a dartboard at hand and still wish to hurl some darts. The graphics are simply super darling and the background music is well suited to the flawless gameplay.

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Bowling Blast

Posted in Sports by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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It’s Ten pin bowling. You can play up to 4 players.
The OpenGL graphics are very good if you are a bowling fan you should enjoy this one.

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Posted in Arcade by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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The latest offering from the good folks at binaryzoo is Echoes, a downloadable game for Windows, and it is a manic, and I mean that, manic shooter. Before I get too far into this, let me quote from the games’ instructions: “if you may be effected by flashing lights then please set Screen FX to off.” The action in this game is fast, furious and very visually active. Their trademark neon graphics combined with the intense backgrounds may have an effect on some. Though, disclaimers aside, as someone who can have the graphics on full – this game is really, really cool.

Self confessedly “like Asteroids” and “a bit like Geometry Wars,” Echoes is part these and wholly its own. Starting off slow, you are given an entirely too brief introduction to the game where small glowing outlined “asteroids” slowly creep across the screen. Soon, you’ll reach level two, where slightly larger ones are introduced. Then larger, then larger. After that… well, I’ll leave that up to you to find out.

Although not evident in the initial running of the game, not only do you get points for shooting, shooting, shooting things, there are medals to win as well, called in game “trials”. These are displayed to you at the end of the game and can be recognized while in game by the large “ZOOT” (Zoo Trials) which flashes about the screen. There are ten of these trials to complete in each of the three difficulty settings and completion of them all will result in 100%.

As of the current download, online scoring is unavailable though, according to binaryzoo:

“The online score system will certainly happen. It is already coded and will be added as soon as our new website is finished. However the new site is being written by someone else and it is taking longer than I expected so I can’t honestly say when it will be available.”

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Knytt Stories

Posted in Adventure by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Yes, Nifflas has done it again, the author of Within a Deep Forest and Knytt has just released a new game, Knytt Stories and boy, is it ever a game and a half.

Firstly the game seems muddier than the original – a bit slower, then the reason becomes clear. As opposed to Knytt, with its hero who could just climb walls, no questions asked, this version is about a girl (well, the default level is) and she can’t climb walls, or jump high or run… until she collects the required powerup.

The story of Knytt Stories is that a horrible machine somewhere is sucking the life out of the once beautiful home land of these creatures. Somehow, the girl character has to shut it off and restore beauty to the gloomy, overridden land. Such a task is not a simple one and it will take patience, diligence, a keen eye and a whole lot of exploring to accomplish.

Clocking in at around two or three hours, the game itself does not last an overly long time, but the thing is, it doesn’t need to. Included with the game is a massively customizable level editor which gives you free reign over every aspect of a level you can create. The size of it, the look of it, the music and ambient sounds are all changeable and manageable to just how you see fit. Then, of course, share your levels with the world. Some are available already from Nifflas’ official site.

For dial-up users, yes, it’s a pretty hefty download, but what you get is a completely immersive world in which you are the controller. The game has literally boundless capabilities and levels will no doubt continue to be made for a long time by the communities around, which extends the game play immeasurably. For the rest of us who can download it in a snap – don’t hesitate to do so, for exactly the same reasons as posted above. Knytt Stories is a fantastic game and is not one to hesitate downloading.

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Star Wars: The Battle Of Endor

Posted in Simulation by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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For all of you Star Wars fanatics out there or even for you non Star Wars fanatics is an awesome game! The Battle of Endor is from The Return of the Jedi, based on the battle against the Second Death Star.

This is an easy to use, yet challenging, six stage flight simulation game (with joystick support) where your task is to fly your X-Wing through and shoot down the large amounts of TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers and TIE Interceptors protecting the cruisers and the Millennium Falcon. Once you have defeated all of these you are faced with Darth Vader’s ship, the Super Star Destroyer “Executor”.

The graphics are great with the classic Star Wars scrolling text to introduce you to the game while the in game graphics are 3D and the models almost exactly resemble the crafts from the Star Wars movie.

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Ahriman’s Prophecy

Posted in Role-Playing by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Ahriman’s Prophecy is a classic styled role playing game which has been compared to Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger and other such classics.

Ahriman’s Prophecy is a medieval fantasy game with over 40 action packed and intriguing levels of play. You are set in a beautiful and scenic world which is doomed by Ahrimans Prophecy, it is your job to find and destroy Ahriman.

As you progress through the levels you are faced with different choices and battles. You can become either evil or holy, gather other characters to join you on your quest, steal from people and even get married.

If you are not a fan of Final Fantasy 6 or other classic RPGs you may find the graphics a bit dissapointing and the use of only the keyboard rather annoying, but if you are a die hard classic gamer this should just add to its great style.

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Posted in Puzzles by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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If you are a fan of Breakout then this game is a game for you, with many top reviewers calling it the best Breakout clone that they have seen.

Jardinains has fifty different levels of play. As you progress the levels get more difficult, but there are lots of powerups to help you. Another nice feature of Jardinains is that it tracks your performance statistics from your past games, it also auto-saves your game for you.

Included in Jardinains is a fully functional level editor and if you visit the Jardinains website you can download many extra levels to play.

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Icy Tower

Posted in Arcade by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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icy tower

One of the greatest freeware games of our time! Icy Tower combines great graphics, catchy background music and addictive gameplay. This is another classic by Johan Peitz. This fella writes terrific games.

In Icy Tower you must help Harold the homeboy to impress his friends by jumping to the highest level in the Icy Tower. The higher you jump the more points you receive. You get extra points for performing tricks. (You’ll soon figure out how.) Enough said. Download it already.

Update: Version 1.2
Icy Tower 1.2 has been a long time in the making and it is finally here! So what does this update offer: The ability so save your replays, a more in-depth high score list as well as custom characters that you can download or create yourself. There have also been some bug fixes and tweaks. All in all this update really does cement Icy Towers position as the greatest freeware game around.

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Cave Story

Posted in Adventure by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Cave Story

Cave Story is an superb game that mixes elements of platform, shoot ‘em up, adventure and rpg all into a classy little package. The storyline is a little bit hard to decipher at first but it seems that you are on a quest to find someone. The game involves jumping from platform to platform, shooting enemies, leveling up, solving problems and talking to various characters.

At first glance the graphics look blocky but after a little adjustment, they actually seem very classy in a retro type way. The backgrounds, foregrounds, enemies and general animation are simple and yet really quite impressive at the same time. This almost feels like an ‘enhanced’ Commodore 64 game. The soundtrack is nothing short of excellent – it also harks back to retro times when games weren’t expected to have complex music to impress people. Just good, solid and very listenable tunes to suit the game play.

The game play is what really makes the game shine. All of the games’ elements are melded together beautifully and it flows very smoothly. It is one of those games that gets you so involved that you almost forget where you are in the process. The platform element of the game is what seems to dominate, followed closely by the shoot ‘em up and adventure elements with the rpg elements trailing a little way behind. They all work perfectly. There are sections that play in a fast and furious fashion, which in turn work perfectly with the fact that every time you rise a level, you gain a more powerful weapon. Then there are sections of the game that are slow and contain adventure elements, which work perfectly with all the platform elements of the game.

It has been a while since I have played a game that feels this polished, while retaining a retro feel and I can’t recommend this game enough. Thumbs up.

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Street Fighter 2

Posted in Action by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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Street Fighter 2

Street fighter II was one of the most classic arcade fighting games of the ninety’s.

You have a selection of 8 players from all around the world from which you must choose 1 to play as. Then compete against all the other players, one at a time until you have defeated them. There is also a 2 player option so that you can compete against your friends.

Each player has their own special moves or powers that can be performed by pressing different key sequences. These include fireballs, special kicks and many more. You will need to experiment with different keys to figure these out.

While the graphics and sounds aren’t as smooth and crisp as some newer games, they are identical to the original Street Fighter which only benefits the gaming experience.

Street Fighter II works perfect in Windows 98 & XP, but Windows 2000 users may experience some problems.

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Posted in Driving by nordicnode on October 22, 2007
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In a game which is, apparently, a remake of an older game called A Knot in 3D, you pilot a craft of some sort which draws its own walls behind itself. As the levels progress, the number of opponents, and opponents walls, increases until the “knot” theme of the game really speaks for itself.

The design of the game could be likened to the Tron-style “Light Cycle” games except imagine it with no floor, a floating cycle and the “walls” of the level wrap – you can also move vertical or in any direction. It seems confusing, and the first few attempts at play are, though when seen in-action, the game really comes into its own.

In order to advance, you are given a goal to aim towards, that is, a set amount of points. A constantly diminishing number in the top left corner will show you how many you have left to go, acting as a sort of timer before moving into the next level. The longer you travel, the closer you get to leveling up, though the level becomes crowded with walls and moving forward rapidly becomes a quick-fingered exercise.

To assist your point scoring, there are several things you can do, firstly destroy your enemies. For the period they’re out of commission, they won’t be building walls, which means you can drive with more ease. While driving, the walls will become obstacles and you may notice you’re doing “tricks” by accident – by timing your turns in accordance with already placed objects (ie. sections of wall) you’ll earn bonus points and combos. These not only give you more points, which allows faster leveling, but also they stock you up on ammunition for destroying further enemies and clearing away walls.

With very attractive graphics and smooth game play which becomes increasingly complex as each level progresses, there are few things not to like about it. The lack of a multiplayer, either online or off, is a drawback and is sadly disappointing as single player mode does become repetitive during extended play periods. The game does contain extensive scoring and with a trick trainer you’ll soon be perfecting your tricks and combos, using up the positions on the board. Enjoyable, in bursts, and still fabulous looking, Counterclockwise is essentially a unique game play package.

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