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- October 21, 2001
- Early Monsters, Inc. Reviews
- A Look at Kohan:
- Advance Look: Disciples 2
- News Link of the Day
- Coming Up: Anime This
Inc. Reviews Very Positive
(by digitalmediafx.com) Early press reviews of Monsters, Inc.
are very positive, coming after analysts
given a sneak peek of the film gave it high praise.
Here are two quotes from early reviews from Film Critic and the
Jacksonville Film Journal:
Film Journal (4 out of 5 stars): "...The latest offering
from Pixar (the folks who brought us the Toy Story films and A
Bugs Life), shows more of the same ingenuity and amazing
computer animation that the studio has become well known for in
the last few years. Even though this is only their fourth feature
length film, they are still apparently continuing their dedication
to fully realized stories with lovable characters that dont
rely solely on the premise that their worlds are rendered entirely
in CGI as plot. In fact, even though the worlds are impressively
designed, the stories are so engrossing that one starts to forget
that they are even watching an animated feature, allowing full
immersion into the intriguing script without the distraction of
'Hey...look at how cool that CGI thing looks!'..."
(4 out of 5 stars): "...But it's the sophistication of Monsters,
Inc., like Toy Story and its sequel, that makes the film a standout
over most animated fare. Sure, the secret lives of toys and bugs
have already been explored to death, but Pixar keeps coming up
with ways to keep the plot fresh..."
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at Kohan: Ahriman's Gift
(by digitalmediafx.com) Time Gate Studios and Strategy First
Inc. will be releasing Kohan: Ahriman's Gift to video game stores
on November 6. Kohan: Ahriman's Gift is the prequel to the strong
selling Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns strategy game.
Ahriman's Gift, 30 complex AI players challenge gamers with different
styles of play. AI will create challenging gameplay in two new
game types, Turtle and King of the Hill, allowing a slower, more
strategic version of Kohan's original game rules. AI players are
more than capable of contributing to victory and are even able
to communicate with gamers and respond to gamer requests to attack,
defend, and provide economy status reports.
Gift contains five campaigns, forty custom-built maps, and a host
of multiplayer options. Players become one of the Kohan, an ancient
race devastated by a cycle of world-breaking cataclysms. Newly
awakened to an uncertain future and a past not remembered, gamers
must forge the present using superior strategies.
90 units and 70 heroes in the game. In addition there are over
100 spells and 75 different technologies.
extremely excited to announce the completion of Kohan: Ahriman's
Gift," says Adel Chaveleh, TimeGate's Producer. "The
strategy and tactics originally introduced by KIS have been brought
to the forefront in KAG and we feel that the game has some of
the best real time strategy artificial intelligence ever."
Here are some
screenshots from Ahriman's Gift:
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Look: Disciples 2
(by digitalmediafx.com) Strategy First is prepping
Disciples 2 for release in January 2002. In the meantime, Digital
Media FX has some advanced screenshots of the strategy game that
is a sequel to the original Disciples game. Here's a look at three
images from the game:
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of the Day - Coming Up: Anime This
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
anime, or animation, and its cousin, manga (comic books), have
taken major cultural root in the Bay Area in recent years. Saturday
and next Sunday the Metreon entertainment center's Action Theatre
will host the first Metreon Festival of Anime, an event its producers
hope will become an annual attraction..."
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