Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Of Cortex Command

Marlaine: Boom - This game calls to you when you think you are nuthin’ but sick and tired of it! Even I have been “called back” when I wanted to quit about 3 years ago and it wasn’t even that complicated yet! I have seen soooooooooo many people leave and then a month later, return, sorry that they got rid of all their member stuff. Shrugs - you might want to come back……. I’ve heard stronger irritation towards the game from people who quit and came back!

Huh ? I was talking about Cortex Command.

On first sight, its 2D pixel graphics seem unwelcoming but don't let it fool you.


It has an incredibly realistic physics engine that is impossible to replicate in 3D , even with the strongest of machines.

A simple strategy game with addicting gameplay.
Story Summary:

Cortex Command is set a few hundred years into the future, where the now cybernetic human race is able to travel between stars and has already met several alien civilizations.

Interstellar trade and prosperity reigns, but there is always an ever-expanding frontier to explore and exploit for precious resources. In this gold rush of galactic proportions, fantastic adventure and brutal competition awaits.

You play as the boss of a small gold mining company that has just arrived at a newly discovered Earth-like planet. The large space ship that brought you here along with many other adventurers is called a TradeStar. It acts as a massive orbital safe haven and marketplace for the fortune seekers who venture down onto the planet's surface. Your purchases of bodies, guns, and equipment are sent from the TradeStar orbiting above and delivered to you by your choice of landing craft.

However, it soon becomes clear that the planet isn't as pristine as initially thought, and you will have to quickly adapt from your humble beginnings in order to survive and ultimately discover the dangerous secrets of this alien world...

Key Features:


Fully destructible environments - The gold you need to excavate is sprinkled throughout the terrain of each scene. Use special digging tools to blast your way into the dirt and debris. All the pieces of bodies and ships from your struggles will fall to the ground and permanently add to the battlefield. Get more powerful (and expensive) diggers and you can even tunnel into your enemies' bunkers from below!

In-game buying menu - At any time and place during the game, bring up a powerful menu to order new bodies and equipment, all delivered at the location and by the transport ship of your choosing. Rockets are cheaper but unreliable and harder to land. Drop ships are far more expensive but can quickly deploy entire groups of puppets onto difficult terrain. Ships and equipment returned to the TradeStar are refunded to your account.

Build your own bunker - At the start of most missions, you are able to take your time and build your own command bunker from scratch. Easily design twisting tunnels and place doors, traps, and turrets to thwart your enemies' intrusions! Pre-deploy and equip bodies in and around your installation to prepare yourself for your objectives. Don't spend too much though, or you won't have enough funds left when the mission starts!

Four-player cooperative and/or versus multiplayer - Gather your friends and plug in those game controllers! Play skirmish or campaign missions with or against up to three of your buddies. 2 vs 2, 1 vs. 3, 4 vs. the CPU - it's up to you! (rhyme intended). Flexible control settings allow you to use the keyboard, keyboard + mouse, or any generic game controller you can find and plug in.

Built-in editors and modding - Several in-game editors allow you to easily create your own stuff. The game's engine is built to make it very simple to modify and add your own content. Design your own missions, guys, ships, weapons, tools, bombs, and shields - and easily share them with your friends. Join and download some fantastic mods from the community at the Data Realms Fan Forums.


Fun, eh ?

At this point on, all new versions are downloaded as demos, then you can buy to unlock all features BUT version 18 is free.

This isn't an MMORPG but still really fun.

Personally, I just don't like that this far into the future, you still use mundane weapons such as AK-47s and SMGs. I may have copied and posted much of this thing...

Cortex Command is copyright DataRealms and I own no rights to nothing yadda yadda yadda...

Regards, Boombaye1

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