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'Expendable' is a Word
Member Name: DooYou
Advantages: Action, action, action!
Disadvantages: I personally, don't like the time limit
'Expendable' is a word you'll often find bandied about by military fat cats, pretty much in the same way as the now infamous 'collateral damage' is i.e. as a polite euphemism. I guess they think it sounds more warm and toasty than "hey, we don't care if you die - just so long as the job gets done", or something. Funny how it never seems to crop up in any of the recruitment literature though ain't it. It's a sentiment however that's apparently still alive and well in the 25th century too.
Man's insatiable curiosity has always been humanities greatest strength but conversely also our greatest weakness as well. By pushing ever further into the depths of space and terraforming suitable planets, man has solved many social and economic problems back on Earth, and hugely expanded our knowledge of the Universe too. But - you knew there had to be a but in there somewhere - our very industriousness has also brought us to the attention of some alien nasty types called the Charva, who seem rather partial to man's newly terraformed planets. Unsurprisingly, war soon commences.
The powers that be back on Earth have come up with a plan though. They have milked (if you'll excuse the pun) the cream of the human warrior gene pool to provide the seeds for hundreds of soldiers artificially grown in tanks aboard huge motherships, which are then sent to planets that have been overrun by the Charva. These 'expendables' are perfect killing machines, without emotion or morals, and interested only in the thrill of the hunt. It is your job to guide them into battle.
Those of you familiar with Rage's earlier title 'Incoming' (and if not, why not?) will know of their reputation for making games with simply luscious visuals, and they haven't let you down with Expendable - the graphics are truly jaw dropping. The explosions, sorry the word 'explosions' is just too inadequate, the pyrotechnic displays (much better) in Expendable are the best you'll see in any PC game yet released. Rage has also opted for a slightly less than top down viewing perspective, with the camera moving dynamically as events demand, giving the game that trendy cinematic feel.
The action in Expendable has a very arcade like flavour, with the emphasis very much on 'action'. While there are simple puzzles and items to collect, it's the wave after wave, of somewhat aggressive Charva charging at you that always grabs your attention; did I mention there's a time limit for each level too? If by some misfortune you don't finish the level within the allotted time, the Mothership, which is parked conveniently in orbit, will then come down and unleash the Armageddon weapon, completely destroying the planet AND you with it. Phew, talk about pressure!
Summary: Great game, great fun