If you own a TV, then surely you've heard of a little show called Alias. This action-packed series focuses on a female CIA agent known as Sidney Bristow as she attempts to destroy a criminal organization known as SD-6. Fans of the show will soon be able to have some interactive fun in the world of Alias, and it's all thanks to Acclaim. The game will follow an original story written by the creators of the TV show. In order to make the experience authentic, the main creator of the show will have a lot of say in what the final version of the video game will include. Also, the actors from Alias will be handling the voice acting, and yes - that includes the lovely Jennifer Garner.
Expect to see more than your typical action-adventure features. This title will include espionage elements in addition to the usual hand-to-hand combat and shooting. An innovative split-screen view will allow the player to see what's going on in another room (such as a group of security guards attempting to capture you) while still being able to see your own character and plan her escape. Another innovative feature will be the ability to pick locks by tapping the left analog stick according to a lock map on the screen.
The battle system sounds like it could be either simple or complex, depending on how you play it. Players who work hard to learn the control scheme will be able to make Sidney perform some very powerful moves and look cool in the process. Button-mashers will be able to make it through the game, but the moves they pull off just won't look nearly as impressive. And if hand-to-hand combat isn't enough for you, you'll be glad to know that Sidney can steal weapons from her fallen enemies and use them to her advantage.
The control scheme seems to be somewhat unique. One button is used for normal attacks, and another is used for context-sensitive attacks. When the two attacks are combined, the results can be very impressive - anything from pulling off a typical martial arts combo to throwing an enemy through a table.
The demo of Alias that was presented at E3 received many positive reactions. It looks and sounds great, but we'll have to wait until this fall to see how good the full version will be. The best part is that every console gamer out there will be able to have the Alias experience, as the title will be released for the PS2 and Xbox this October and the GameCube around that time. Stay tuned for more information and screen shots of Jennifer Garner (er, Sidney Bristow) as the release dates draw closer.