June 9, 2008 // 12:41 am
- Too Human is produced by renowned Canadian developer Silicon Knights. The masterminds behind critically-acclaimed hits such as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and Eternal Darkness, Silicon Knights brings a wealth of knowledge, story-based design and gameplay expertise to usher in the next-generation of video gaming.
Too Human has been in development for well over a decade dating back all the way to the PS1 era. Now after all this time it is finally nearing it's release. The development road seems to have been full of stumbling blocks related to the Unreal Engine 3 initially. Along the way the UE3 powered Too Human even led to a lawsuit between Silicon Knights and Epic.
With Silicon Knights citing their discontent with Epic's technology they eventually scrapped the engine in favor of their own build. The early game previews were met with mixed results. So the real question is will Too Human be the next big hit in the action/RPG genre that Xbox 360 enthusiasts have been waiting for?
Xbox 360-exclusive, Too Human's August release is playing on Silicon Knights president and founder Denis Dyack nerves. Poor initial previews are apparently the cause. But these, he insists were down to the Epic engine initially used in the demos. Silicon Knights is, of course, suing Epic.
Dyack is more than aware of this, stating "If Too Human is perceived for what it is, and people look at it, I think it will do extremely well."
He then gets an upside from the poor previews saying, "We're in a really strange position, because most games are released with a ton of hype. Generally, previews don't say anything negative at all."
Step into the world of Too Human, the next-generation third-person epic action-game from famed developer Silicon Knights. As the Cybernetic God Baldur, players are thrust into the midst of an ongoing battle that threatens the existence of mankind. An ancient machine presence has forced the God's hand. In the first of a three part trilogy, Baldur is charged with defending mankind from an onslaught of monstrous war machines bent on eradication of human life.
In Too Human, players are treated to a non-stop barrage of action powered by the seamless integration of melee and ranged firearms combat and fueled by breathtaking visuals now possible thanks to the power of the Xbox 360. Battles unfold in awesome scale as players engage with vast numbers of enemies.
Synergy of Melee and Firearms Combat: It'll take more than brawn and raw strength to supplant the machine hordes. Utilize a sophisticated blend of seamless melee and firearms combat to vanquish foes close and far.
Advanced Cinematic Presentation: Characters and environments come to life with unparalleled visual fidelity. Experience the full excitement of combat through a dynamically-driven presentation system that portrays the combat with cinematic quality. A sweeping orchestral score sets the mood for heartbreak, anger and bloodlust as each tune encapsulates the gamer within the immersive gaming environment.
Intuitive Combat Provides New Level of Accessibility: Perform Baldur's elaborate and complex combat maneuvers through the press of a button and chain together rapid-fire combos with ease. Through the use of an intuitive combat system, Too Human provides gameplay that is easy to learn and rewarding to master. "Too Human" will introduce combinations of weapons combat on a level that exceeds some fighting games leaving players in awe.
Modern Take on a Classic Story: Too Human chronicles the ongoing struggle between Cybernetic gods, machine giants and mortal men on a massive scale never before seen. Play the role of a cybernetic god charged with protecting the human race against a relentless onslaught of machines.
Too Human seems to have all the ingredients for a hit. One would hope so with the extent of it's development time and also with Silicon Knights promise of making the game into a trilogy. Hopefully the deep combat system and RPG elements will make Too Human into a must have title in the coming months. Online co-op will definately add a high replay value to the game. Silicon Knights does have good track record for producing quality titles, and Too Human looks to continue their tradition.
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