Since I was at E3 and seeing that the N-Gage did in fact exist, I decided to
hound the poor friendly N-Gage representatives to point me to RPGs. And lead they did as they tried to tell this ol' dog about Rifts and
their new game Rifts: Promise of Power which they were showing off on
the floor which was to be a familiar foray into the old Rifts
universe. Now, admittingly, I'm not a big Rifts fan. I know my stuff
like any true blue RPGer should but I tend to use my Rifts books as
prop to balance my bookshelves more than I use them to run a game.
Starting off, I promptly saw that I was watching a brightly colored
armored figure who I could lead around their isometric angled town. I
responded to this by promptly accidentally exiting the game and
dialing 90210. They did forgive me. A representative then came up
and helped get me into the game proper explaining to myself and Klaxor
who had the misfortune of playing this beside me a bit about the game
while I was waiting for it to reboot. They were striving in it to
capture the feel of actual rifts while at the same time bringing some
of the familiar character classes Rifts fans know and love.
With exciting characters such as Modly Old Man and Cliche Robot
In a way, they succeeded. The game is pretty faithful in battle to
Rifts, complete with crazy Juicers and glitzboys and all kinds of
cybernetic weirdos standing next to mages while each character swatted
away at armor to try and get at the poor fleshy within, who died
pretty quickly the second his armor ran out. It was delivered as a
tactical strategy game where characters had some action limit, I
couldn't really figure out exactly what but it seemed to be two
attacks and some long range of movement, and switched off based on
speed. All in all, it did come off as a reasonably faithful take on
the Rifts universe.
The problem with this is that it isn't very fun. The combat is slow
paced, the controls semi awkward and the general feel of it boring.
It took a good twenty minutes before I got sick of the one combat I'd
gotten into which mainly consisted of blasting away armor while a
random new person showed up each minute to shoot at me. The second I
did get through the armor, the character died in a blink of the eye.
Yes, realistic, but not particularly fun. The whole slow pace of
battle is a pretty darn bad sign as it doesn't make for a good
portable game. Basically, I'd suggest if you're unfortunate enough to
both be a Rifts fan and an N-Gage owner this game might be for you.
Other than that, don't give it a look.