Thursday, October 25, 2007

World in Conflict

It goes without saying that it's a good thing World War III didn't erupt between the United States and the now-defunct Soviet Union. For many of us who were children during the Cold War, the fear of being annihilated in a nuclear conflict was very real. So it's a bit strange now that we can look back at that era and have the luxury of imagining what could have been. Or we can play World in Conflict, Sierra and Massive Entertainment's incredible new real-time strategy game. This isn't your standard RTS game, as World in Conflict doesn't follow the familiar model of resource gathering, base building, and swarming armies. Instead, it feels almost like an action game masquerading as a strategy game, and it offers up a relentlessly fun and amazing new approach to the genre, one that works in single-player and even more so in multiplayer.
World in Conflict is set in an alternate-history version of 1989. Instead of the Berlin Wall falling and communism collapsing, the Soviet Union launches an assault on Western Europe, and the United States rushes its forces in to aid its Western allies. Four months into the conflict, after the US Navy has been attrited down, the USSR launches a surprise invasion in Seattle and pushes inland. In the 14-mission single-player campaign, you play as a company commander who is part of the meager US defense; there is no campaign from the Soviet perspective, though you can play as the Red Army in multiplayer. However, the campaign twists and weaves, letting you experience a sample of the European conflict, battle in remote areas of the Soviet Union, and bring the fight to New York City.
Then there's the game's excellent resource system. You're given a pool of reinforcement points that you can use to purchase units. Naturally, the powerful units cost a lot more than weaker ones, so you've got to choose quantity over quality. But it goes a bit deeper than that, as different classes of units have different abilities. For instance, light helicopters are some of the best scouts in the game, able to locate enemies from a distance, but they're extremely vulnerable. Medium helicopters are able to shoot down other helicopters with their air-to-air missiles, but they don't do a lot of damage to armor. Heavy helicopters can eat tanks for breakfast, but aren't effective against other helicopters. So while your initial inclination might be to load up on heavy choppers and go after enemy armor, a wise player recognizes that there are many roles to play on the battlefield. If your units are destroyed, their cost is slowly refunded back into your reinforcement pool, so you can order up replacements, although veteran units are more effective, giving you an incentive to keep your experienced units alive as long as possible.

Team coordination can be handled through a built-in menu system or, even better, the built-in voice-over-IP chat system that lets you communicate vocally with your teammates. All you need is a microphone. Playing in a relatively uncoordinated manner is still a blast, but if you play on a good team against another coordinated team, the gameplay elevates to a whole new level. Victory can be snatched from the jaws of defeat (or vice versa) in intense matches where both teams are hurling all on the battlefield, from air strikes, artillery, multiple tactical nukes, and more. There's nothing quite more urgent than a team desperately trying to cobble together enough tactical aid points for a last-ditch nuke.

Developer Massive Entertainment has been making real-time strategy games for almost a decade now, but World in Conflict is undoubtedly the studio's masterwork. Everything about this game is top-notch, from the addicting gameplay to the amazing visuals. More importantly, World in Conflict offers up a refreshingly new approach to strategy gaming. So if you're a strategy fan, you should definitely try World in Conflict. And even if you're turned off by standard real-time strategy games, you owe it to yourself to try out what Massive has come up with in this exquisite package.

Source :--- Gamespot !!!!
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One of the best cameras in the world

There are two types of cameras now days. One is for the professionals and the cameras for them cost very much money. However, there is a type of digital cameras that are cheaper and they are really enough for the people who just like taking pictures and want them look good.

An ordinary man does not really see the difference in the quality of the picture however there is a big difference between the professional and not professional cameras. Now let's talk about the usual digital cameras. One of the newest digital cameras from Canon is the 400 D model which is a really good looking model. It is a full 35 mm camera that takes very good shots.

This gadget has amazing 10.1 mega pixel CMOS which is very high quality for camera. You are able to see the difference when you make a big poster out of you picture. The thing is that when the camera takes a picture it divides it into small squares that are called pixels. The more pixels there are the smaller they are.

So you will not see any squares on you post if you take a picture with a 10.1 mega pixel camera. On the other hand if you make the picture with a 2 mega pixel camera the quality of the poster will be much lower. So having a 10.1 mega pixel camera is a real advantage. To see the picture you have take there is a 2.5 inch LCD display. This is not the only advantage of this gadget. It has a new nine point focus system which a very advanced system. It adjusts the focus using nine points on the picture. It is difficult to explain but this is a very good feature for a camera like this. The DIGIC II processor that this gadget has is one of the best ones in the world. Besides, the creators used some new lenses too. It has the lens (and two new ones: the EF 50 mm f/1.2 l USM and EF 70 – 200 mm f/4 L USM) I am not sure what all this means but it is new high quality technology.

One of the coolest features this wonderful high – tech device has is that it has an ultrasonic dust removal. The pictures it makes are really high quality. Even the pictures of moving objects turn out very good. The thing I like about this camera is that it does not need any special care or anything and it makes very good pictures. Having a camera like this you will be able to make your memories even better. Go grab it
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