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Friday 29th December 2000


Xenon 2000: Project PCF


Xenon 2000: Project PCF - Part Four in PC Format
Posted: Friday, 29 December 2000

The fourth part of PC Format’s How To Code Xenon 2000: Project PCF is now available.   Part 4 takes an in-depth look at the graphics used and a rundown on how to animate your aliens.

Part 5 will be in the February 2001 issue, out 31st January 2001.


PC Format




Monday 25th December 2000

Computer and Video Games: Steel Soldiers - Creating a new strategy genre
Posted: Monday, 25 December 2000

    When someone tells you a game is real time strategy, what do you think of? Most likely you'll picture micromanaging resources and having to be fastest on the trigger for the tank rush. If you don't follow the correct path early on, you're done for. Should RTS games be that way? Are we growing bored of that formula? We should be, and Steel Soldiers is trying to inject new life into a relatively young gaming category that shouldn't already seem so old and tired.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from Computer and Video Games



 

Thursday 21st December 2000

PC Strategy GamesMike Montgomery Interview
Posted: Thursday, 21 December 2000

    Bitmap Brothers: rockstar developers?Mike Montgomery

    Damon Wilson talks to Mike Montgomery, co-founder of one of the longest-standing UK game designers, Bitmap Brothers, once known as the 'rockstar developers.' What has he learned in 20 years in the industry -- and does he live a lifestyle like Mick Jagger's?

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from PC Strategy Games



 

Wednesday 20th December 2000

PC Strategy GamesZ: Steel Soldiers Preview
Posted: Wednesday, 20 December 2000

    Damon Wilson looks at a game that might breath some fresh air into the increasingly stultified world of real-time strategy

    The 3D real-time strategy game has become to computer gamers what the Spice Girls were to general public last year: reliably successful, creatively lightweight and increasingly annoying after too much over-exposure.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from PC Strategy Games



 

Saturday 9th December 2000

GA-Strategy: Steel Soldiers Screenshots
Posted: Saturday, 09 December 2000 09:31am

    The Bitmap Brothers have released new screenshots from their upcoming futuristic strategy wargame, Steel Soldiers.

To read the rest, please go here (link might be dead now).

Extract taken from GA-Strategy



 

Wednesday 6th December 2000

GameSpot UK: Designer’s Diary Part One Day Three
Posted: Wednesday, 06 December 2000 12:44pm GMT

GameSpot UK has published day three of their Designer’s Diary.  To check it out, please go here (page has been moved).

    Even More New Screens

    A look at the tanks and units that are there to be driven.

    One of the things Z: Steel Soldiers must do to be successful is to provide gamers with the chance to play with some really cool-looking units.

To read the interview, please go here (page has been moved).

Extract taken from GameSpot UK



 


Xenon 2000: Project PCF


Xenon 2000: Project PCF - Part Three in PC Format
Posted: Wednesday, 06 December 2000

Part 3 of PC Format’s How To Code Xenon 2000: Project PCF is out. The third part goes through creating some scrolling background using the map editor.

Part 4 will be in the January 2001 issue, out 29th December.


PC Format




Tuesday 5th December 2000

GameSpot UK: Designer’s Diary Part One Day Two
Posted: Tuesday, 05 December 2000 14:50pm GMT

Day two of GameSpot UK's Designer’s Diary.  Please check out day two here (page has been moved)..

    New Screens

    Brand new shots from the Desert, Ice and Forest areas.

    Wrestled from the vice-like grip of developer The Bitmap Brothers these nine new screens showcase three of the environments where Z: Steel Soldiers will be played.

To read the interview, please go here (page has been moved)..

Extract taken from GameSpot UK



 

Computer and Video Games: Bitmap Brothers to extend Z brand
Posted: Monday, 05 December 2000

    As Steel Soldiers - until recently the sequel to oldie RTS Z - nears completion, developer Bitmap Brothers is already planning more in the series. Details inside

    You'll remember Z from the golden oldie days, the RTS from Speedball developer Bitmap Brothers that was unfortunately eclipsed by the runaway success that was Command & Conquer. The fully 3D sequel has been in the works in some form or another for the past seven years, and the company is finally getting to launch. PC owners will get to play the game next February.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from Computer and Video Games



 

Monday 4th December 2000

GameSpot UK: Designer’s Diary Part One Day One
Posted: Monday, 04 December 2000 11:17am GMT

GameSpot UK have started their Designer’s Diary for Z: Steel Soldiers.  The first part will run for the next three days and hopefully again in a month’s and two month’s time. (Pages has been moved).

To read the interview, please go here or go to the GameSpot UK page here.

Extract taken from GameSpot UK



 

HotGames.com: Steel the One
Posted: Monday, 04 December 2000

    Steel the OneZ: Steel Soldiers Screenshot

    Bitmap Brothers, the geniuses behind such classics as Gods and Z (pronounced "Zed") have created a new twist on the RTS theme -- they've come up with the first action strategy game that requires skill, bloodlust, and nimble fingers. Check out our exclusive look at Steel Soldiers, and check out what could be a huge game in the RTS arena next year.

To read the rest, please go here.

Extract taken from HotGames.com



 

 

Xenon 2000: Project PCF - Photos
Posted: Monday, 04 December 2000

Xenon 2000: Porject PCF Team

We’ve got our hands on those photos that were taken for PC Format’s special article of Xenon 2000: Project PCF.

You can view the pics of the Bitmap Brothers team here.

PC Format



 

December 2000

Official UK PlayStation Magazine- Speedball 2100: Screen Test
Posted: December 2000

In the Christmas issue (issue 66) of the Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Speedball 2100 is up for it’s Screen Test.

Official UK PlayStation Magazine



 

PC Joker: Z: Steel Soldiers Preview
Posted: December 2000

In the January issue of the German magazine, PC Joker, there is a preview of Z: Steel Soldiers

    Der Name Bitmap Brothers ist unzertrennlich mit Amiga-Hits wite Speedball 2 oder Gods verbunden - an PC-Strategie denkt man quasi erst beim zweiten Anlauf...

Extract taken from PC Joker magazine



 

PC Action: Z: Steel Soldiers Preview
Posted: December 2000

In the December issue of PC Action there is a small preview of Z: Steel Soldiers

PC Action magazine



 

GamePower: Speedball 2100 Review
Posted: December 2000

GamePower have given Speedball 2100 3 out of 4.

    While huge budgets and proliferate licensing fees are the rule for today's blockbuster game titles, the "retro" genre has become a safety valve for distributors looking for a low-cost, modest-sale solution. Unfortunately, most retro efforts show a distinct lack of enthusiasm, and are hampered by a rushed release date or graphic enhancements that interfere with the traditional gameplay.

To read the rest, please go here.  Also, check out GamePower’s video preview here (link is dead now).

Extract taken from GamePower

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Official Z: Steel Soldiers Site
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Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
Speedball 2100
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Xenon 2: Megablast
Xenon 2000: Project PCF
Xenon 2000: Project PCF Photos
Z
Z: Steel Soldiers

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