previews\ May 24, 2002 at 8:00 pm

Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb - PS2 - Preview

E3 2002 - First Look

1935. In the jungles of Ceylon, famed archaeologist Indiana Jones has encountered the first of several bad guys there to stop him from recovering a piece of one of the worlds more powerful artifacts.

There is no time for small talk. Indy sets the man up with a short jab to the jaw, then a roundhouse right, and a two-fisted backhand smash that drops the foe like tea into Boston Harbor. Just for good measure, while the guy is down, Indy delivers a hard kick to the man’s …

Wait a minute, Indy fighting with his fists! What is this?

It’s Indiana Jones and The Emperor’s Tomb, a multiplatform release from LucasArts demonstrated at E3 2002 in Los Angeles.

Indiana Jones’ fisticuffs are just part of the innovations brought to the game. The character models have been upgraded and cyber-Indy bears an uncanny likeness to actor Harrison Ford, and Indiana’s work with the whip has been enhanced.

The “Heart of the Dragon” is a powerful artifact capable, in the wrong hands, of giving its user the power to rule the world. As usual, the Germans are after it; so is the Asian underworld. Unfortunately for both those factions, a piece of it has fallen into the hands of Jones.

Indy, of course, will have to travel throughout the world to put together the missing pieces and deny the bad guys any chance of possessing the artifact.

According to the press release: the game “features The Collective’s proprietary 3D engine that supports completely immersive, highly interactive environments. The game will offer 10 levels, all set in unique locales such as a 15th century castle that looms over Prague, an underwater palace in Istanbul, and a mountaintop fortress in China. A sophisticated camera tracking system makes sure that the player always has an optimal view of the third-person action.”

The graphical elements in the demonstrated version had wonderful environmental elements, but the animation – especially in the hand-to-hand fighting sequences – was nothing short of remarkable. In fact, the animation seems improved over previous Indiana Jones games.

This game will be released on Xbox, PS2 and PC platforms in the fall.

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