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UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 7:59:46 AM   
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Matrix Games and Tri Synergy have partnered up to bring X-COM fans something familiar but still very different

Matrix Games and Tri Synergy, Inc. (www.trisynergy.com) are excited to announce that they have reached a publishing agreement for the online distribution of UFO: Extraterrestrials. Matrix Games has agreed to use their fast and reliable digital download service to bring the highly anticipated tactical/grand strategy blend to hard drives all over the world.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “UFO: Extraterrestrials will no doubt serve as a highly anticipated release for fans of the X-COM series. With its streamlined interface and smooth learning curve, UFO: Extraterrestrials will be a fantastic addition to the Matrix Games lineup. We’re very pleased to be working with Tri Synergy and Chaos Concepts to put this great sequel on gamers’ hard drives.”

Shane Nestler from Tri Synergy added, “The excitement has been steadily building over the course of UFO: Extraterrestrials’ development. We’re positively elated that we’ve teamed up with Matrix Games again to assure the maximum availability of UFO: Extraterrestrials to everyone that’s been eagerly awaiting this title.”

UFO: Extraterrestrials is a futuristic real-time/turn-based strategy blend set on the fictional planet of Esperanza in 2025. Having made a bloody first contact with a strange form of life from another planet, the player is thrust into the tough position of leading the defense of this isolated planet against the never-ending assault of these hostile invaders. To accomplish this, the player will have at their disposal squads of soldiers, light and heavy support combat vehicles, robots and air units located in bases throughout the Esperanza. Only through controlling the skies with intense real-time fighter-to-fighter combat and utilizing tactical-level factors like terrain and cover will the player win fierce battles and, eventually, the war against the immutable malevolence that is this alien onslaught!

Get more information on UFO: Extraterrestrials from the official Tri Synergy webpage and be sure to take a look at the new screenshots that are hot off the presses!
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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 4:52:01 PM   
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I'm anxiously awaiting it! I loved the XCom games. Great news!

I remember those blasted little aliens were always appearing around corners and in the worst places when I was out of ammo. It kept me coming back for more.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 4:52:25 PM   
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Bravo!  Here's the real deal!

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 5:39:29 PM   
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I need to quit Matrix then. Need time to play, hehe.

X-com was is of my alltime favs.


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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 5:45:21 PM   
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I need to quit Matrix then. Need time to play, hehe.

X-com was is of my alltime favs.



Naw, just ask for compassionate leave,

X-Com is the only game I actually worked to make run on XP. I still play it.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 6:39:36 PM   
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Just when you thought it was safe to come back to this site with a credit card in your wallet...

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 7:06:35 PM   
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My wife is going to hate this game

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 7:26:45 PM   
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Just when you thought it was safe to come back to this site with a credit card in your wallet...


ROFL! Mine is under the LCD right in front of me.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 7:32:36 PM   
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My wife is going to hate this game


You would never guess what my wife said last night... "One can never have too many games." I about had a heart attack! I said "Boy would the people at Matrix love you!" She is playing Oblivion on her PC at night when not doing chores. It took me almost thirteen-years to get her interested in PC gaming and now she is hooked on RPG's and Adventure games. Sure makes it easier when I buy (charge) another game!

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 8:01:41 PM   
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I took a look at the screenshots. I know you can't really evaluate gameplay by viewing static images, but it looks like they are keeping very close to the original X-Com series. Smart.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 8:38:13 PM   
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Yeah, I think that's why Afterwhatever faiked, deviating frpm the original.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 8:46:07 PM   
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the After games are good, the trouble is, everybody wanted them to be XCOM new, when they wern't designed to be

so they took a hit, because they were not what the fans wanted, not that the games themselfs were not good (I close to the end in Afterlight,)

now to find out when they plan on getting it up on DR, I got it preordered else where, hopefully it will be here first, so I can cancell my order

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 10:02:02 PM   
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I just looked up UFO: Aftershock at GameSpot and it got a 4.0. I hope this next one is improved.





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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 10:19:49 PM   
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Is there any news from the beta testers for this game?

On that subject, HS, stop playing so many games and get Eagle Day to BTR out please....

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 10:21:28 PM   
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Aftershock had about a billion bugs in it, and most of them couldn't be shot by the player. The next one after that, Afterlight... well that one's just annoying...

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/28/2007 11:07:57 PM   
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I just looked up UFO: Aftershock at GameSpot and it got a 4.0. I hope this next one is improved.



Different developer, different publisher; makes all the differenve.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 12:20:05 AM   
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ORIGINAL: LarryP

I just looked up UFO: Aftershock at GameSpot and it got a 4.0. I hope this next one is improved.



Different developer, different publisher; makes all the differenve.


Not always, maybe not that often. Is it the same core of code, engine? I don't know of many games at a 4.0 rating that got picked up by anybody and made that much better. The only ones I know of were good when they changed hands. TOAW3 is one fine example. I have both versions before that and they are excellent.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 1:15:39 AM   
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Despite the name, I believe that it's a totally, 100% different engine.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 1:17:39 AM   
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UFO: Extraterrestrials


UFO: Extraterrestrials is a game developped by Chaos Concept : http://www.ufo-extraterrestrials.com/ ... and it seems that they were trying to be quite close to the old X-Com 1 & 2 games (aka UFO-Enemy unknown in some european countries)developped by Julian Gollop and Nick Gollop for Microprose.

The Altar games - which include UFO:Aftershock and UFO:Afterlight - are a different breed and should not be compared to the old X-Com 1 & 2 or even to UFO: Extraterrestrials since the developpers are different and the game concepts are not really close (ie : real-time vs turn-based, no real strategic layer, simplified base management ...).

By the way, IGN just named the old X-Com the best game ever ... : http://pc.ign.com/articles/772/772285p3.html

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 4:00:27 AM   
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Oh, goody. Space Invaders re-warmed in the microwave for the hundredth time.

Meanwhile, games the core Matrix customer base have been awaiting for years fiddle and diddle along without any apparent progress.

If Matrix just wants to be a distribution whore (sort of an online gamers K-Mart), it should drop the pretense of being some "we are dedicated to revitalization and development of the traditional computer wargaming genre" savior and let those of us who tried to believe in them ever since their inception go our way and forget about it.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 4:46:46 AM   
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I've seen some ill-informed, trollish posts but this one takes the cake. I bet you're one of the first to complain about releasing unfinished ganes.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 4:55:29 AM   
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So this is just for the digital download then right?...I'll want the manual etc... so I guess I have to keep my other order.


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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 5:18:07 AM   
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ORIGINAL: LarryP

I just looked up UFO: Aftershock at GameSpot and it got a 4.0. I hope this next one is improved.






So what. Its bad journalism.
Gamespot doesn't know how to evaluate tactical role playing games. After shock was pretty good. I finished it. They also gave Brigade E5 a 4.5 score. Another tactical RP game. BE5 is the best game I've playe in years. Gamespot is out to lunch. Unless its warhammer or some codemaster game it gets a really low score.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 5:28:44 AM   
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I've seen some ill-informed, trollish posts but this one takes the cake. I bet you're one of the first to complain about releasing unfinished ganes.

Respond to the substance of my post instead of immediately becoming insulting. I made an assertion. You don't like it, answer wth argument, not dung flinging.

Review my posts before you make statements about what I say when I post.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 5:36:22 AM   
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ORIGINAL: gunny

So what. Its bad journalism.
Gamespot doesn't know how to evaluate tactical role playing games. After shock was pretty good. I finished it. They also gave Brigade E5 a 4.5 score. Another tactical RP game. BE5 is the best game I've playe in years. Gamespot is out to lunch. Unless its warhammer or some codemaster game it gets a really low score.


PC-Gamer gave UFO Aftershock a 51/100 in the Feb 01-2006 issue.

Are you referring to Brigade E5: New Jagged Union? If so it got a 3.5 not 4.5 and the combined ratings from nine commercial sources gave it a 4.1. I prefer to take all the ratings I can find and come to an educated conclusion before I spend a penny.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 6:01:59 AM   
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ORIGINAL: LitFuel

So this is just for the digital download then right?...I'll want the manual etc... so I guess I have to keep my other order.




We will be printing a full color manual with our Game On Demand edition.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 7:54:35 AM   
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I'm really happy to hear this. I'd been waiting for this game and was annoyed when they missed the initial release date back in the Jan/Feb timeframe. I had assumed it died the death of so many other games that are announced and never released.

I tend to agree that the other recent X-Com follow-on's have been pale shadows of the original, but I keep hoping that someone will finally get it right again. I've got more faith in Matrix to release a good product than I would any other company (unfixxed sound bugs in Starshatter notwithstanding...)

Count me in on this one.

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 8:24:42 AM   
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Wow. Just wow. I thought this was one of those games that would never actually see the light of day, and I'm shocked that Matrix would publish something like this. Seems a little outside their normal genre. That said, freakin' bravo Matrix for taking a chance on a title like this! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised just *how* much of a market there is for a truly worthy sucessor to X-Com...

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 12:26:13 PM   
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Respond to the substance of my post instead of immediately becoming insulting. I made an assertion. You don't like it, answer wth argument, not dung flinging.

Review my posts before you make statements about what I say when I post.


I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem with Matrix distributing a game that's already been developed. Is that really going to slow down the release of, say, Guns of August?

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RE: UFO: Extraterrestrials Heads into the Matrix - 3/29/2007 3:15:00 PM   
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ORIGINAL: goodboyladdie

Is there any news from the beta testers for this game?

On that subject, HS, stop playing so many games and get Eagle Day to BTR out please....



don't want to steal the thread, drop by our fourm and ask some stuff and I can tell you what is going on

and

I was playing Aftershock and Aftermath before EDtBTR got started, not since :)


David, any idea on the time line for release ? I got the game preordered, but I would rather spend my money with you then with someone else



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