previews\ Mar 4, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Frontlines: Fuel of War - 360 - Preview 2

Developed by Kaos Studios, Frontlines: Fuel of War is an upcoming tactical shooter game being published by THQ. The game will be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC later this year. GameZone was on hand to try out the game’s single and multiplayer portions, and discovered that Frontlines should be a pretty exciting romp into the realm of near-future tactical combat.

The game opens with a cutscene that feels very inspired by the film Black Hawk Down, which helps set the stage for what’s about to take place. You are a soldier onboard of a helicopter when you get shot down, losing a good portion of your squad mates, as well as a war journalist who gets captured by enemy forces. You then embark on completing a series of goals in order to forward the story and rescue your comrades.

Frontlines: Fuel of War Xbox 360 screenshots

The gameplay will instantly be familiar to those who’ve played games like Battlefield 2142. You fight across the map capturing spawning points which correspond with certain goals. The storyline unfolds as you capture these points, introducing you to new elements in the plot and eventually completing the mission and moving onto another area.

The multiplayer modes operate on much of the same lines as the single-player games, although even more closely related to the capture of points on the battlefield. This time, as you vie for spots on the map, your online enemies will also be fighting for them at the same time, resulting in a give and take between you and your online opponents. The game is being worked for a 32-player maximum on all three platforms.

Frontlines: Fuel of War Xbox 360 screenshots

Graphically, the pre-alpha build looked pretty good, showcasing a modified version of Unreal Engine 3. The environments had a distinct desert combat feel to them, albeit with a bit of a futuristic touch. The desolate landscape feels like a futuristic Somalia, with broken-down buildings and sandstorms blowing. The special effects were pretty nice looking as well, with some cool explosions and smoke effects.

While still in pretty early stages Frontlines: Fuel of War is looking to become a solid tactical shooter that pulls some great elements from the genre and will feature some great multiplayer elements. Look for it later this year.

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