Tex in #Wingnut noticed that ComputersAndVideoGames.com has released their hands-on preview of Prophecy. They have some pretty nice things to say and show us a new ship that is probably the Marine LC. I guess we'll know for sure soon enough. The gameplay video they have available for download seems to be new too. You can read the preview and everything else here.
So how does it play? Can it match the PC space action thrills on a GBA? Well, it uses the famed Blue Roses 3D engine which holds its own against other attempted 3D games on the handheld, but if you're expecting a nippy console-like experience you may find it wanting - but only slightly - this is the essence of the game and it handles fine.
That pretty much echos the sentiment most previewers have had so far.
Here's a summary of the listed release dates for Prophecy Advance. These do seem rather credible, though things are always subject to change. Keep in mind that these are the shipping dates. You'd get the game from an online retailer the next day if you paid for overnight shipping. Most stores would get these one to three days after the ship date.
Destination is publishing the game in the US and Take2 is doing so in Europe. While there may be slight differences in packaging because of this, both games can be played in systems from any region.
Hey, you might have noticed to your right we have a link to the Amazon.com preorder page for Prophecy. We were planning to find the best deal and link it from the menu anyway, so the Amazon Associates Thing was a coincidental bonus. Right now they're offerring the game for 33% off for a price of $19.99 plus shipping. If you click on our menu link and follow it through to your checkout and purchase, we get like a dollar. If you were planning to order one online, and don't have a problem with Amazon, that's where we'd recommend you go. We'll let you know if we find a better deal. With the game mysteriously dropping off the EB release list, this is where I'll be ordering most of my copies. You can click the box shot on our right menu or here.
As it stands, things still look good for Saturday, April 26, for our Prophecy Launch Party in #Wingnut. We plan to get together at 7:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Pacific and 11:00 pm Greenwich). Typically we count down to a specific time, arbitrarily one hour later, and call that zero hour. For the duration of the event we'll be giving away door prizes including a couple Game Boy Advances (specifically near "zero hour") and copies of Prophecy. There will also be various other WC related prizes up for grabs. Hope to see you there! Please email us or ask at Crius if you have any questions about getting on irc. Because of the server capacity of our current irc.craplink.net, we'll probably be using animals.dal.net #Wingnut for this event.
I'm still jazzed that Maniac will be at DragonCon this year.