> A brilliant scientist named Dr. Hebble has a series of technological
breakthroughs in this fictional 19th century time line. (I've heard
this before...) Dr. Hebble disappears and an aggressive alien species
threatens to extinguish mankind. You are part of "Gunvalkyrie",
a government and scientist sanctioned organization whose mission is to
find the missing scientist, and return order to the world.
> Gunvalkyrie started out being a game for Dreamcast,
before it was moved to Xbox. Smilebit originally intended
to use the Dreamcast controller and gun for double fisted
shooting action -- wow, that would've been cool. At any rate, the
gameplay is fast, furious, and complex. You'll travel through huge worlds
while utilizing every button on your "over-sized" Xbox controller.
Some of the moves at your disposal are dash, duck and dive, as well as
fire (naturally). I gather from the screen shots that flight is possible
and probably preferable. Vital to success is your selection of the
correct weapon for the job. Mission objectives and boss fights are
included as well.
> Smilebit promises a state of the art graphics engine to
achieve smooth, realistic texture-models, stunning environmental effects,
and a rock solid frame rate. Choose from 8 distinct types of customizable
weaponry and 2 controllable characters. Use GVP (money) to buy items
which upgrade your suit and weapons. All this is presented in with
a popular Japanese animation graphic style called "Japanimation technique",
which makes shading effects in the game tremendously vibrant (we'll see...