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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 8:33 p.m. PST

" On of the missions of Future War Stories to be a place where not just the popular elements of the genre are given a seat at the table, but also the forgotten and the lost. Military science fiction is packed with manner of lost stories that are not confided to just one type of media. Over the course of the last nearly two years, FWS has been hard at work cataloging a range of forgotten military science fiction video games. Some are lost classics, some "meh", and some are best left in the past…but nevertheless, they deserve a place and here they will be. This is the 4th installment and they will be a total of 10.

You could be forgiven if you thought we were talking about the Iron Maiden album, but Power Slave (Exhumed in Europe) is at first glance a DOOM clone…but it is much more. Appearing on MS-DOS machines and the failed Sega Saturn console in 1996, it would be ported over to the original PlayStation in 1997. This is a solid shooter with you going up against all manner of ancient Egyptian themed enemies in the ruins of Karnak. Some believe that Lobotomy Software was inspirited by the 1994 film Stargate.

In this first person shooter, you use human and Kilmaat ET weaponry to battle for control of King Ramese's mummy that could be used by the aliens to take control over Earth. While some may write this game off as a simple DOOM clone, but Power Slave was something better than that like Strife. Interestingly enough, the Saturn, PSOne, and MS-DOS all had difference versions with different gaming mechanics and endings. What was this shooter forgotten? It is better remembered in Europe than the US, but it poor sales performance in the States is partly it is due to the crowed DOOM clone shooter market at the time. Given the current culture of resurrecting old games for review and/or modern graphical upgrades; Power Slave been dug up and reviewed allowing for many of us to discover a DOOM clone that is anything but typical and was a unique title during this era…."
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

Anyone with good memories here?… (smile)


goragrad23 Mar 2019 9:36 p.m. PST

Went the the site and looked over all 4 of the reviews.

Very surprised not to see 'Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri' in any of the them. As noted in reviews it was one of the first 3D squad level tactical games -


I was really looking forward to the multiplayer module, unfortunately that didn't happen.

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