Hands-on: DC Evolution 2

Evolution 2 for the Dreamcast is currently undergoing US localization - see how the process is coming along.

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Many gamers were surprised when Ubi Soft picked Evolution, the first traditional RPG for the Dreamcast in Japan, for a US release. While a solid, if unspectacular, game, Evolution provided entertaining, if limited, dungeon exploring for new DC owners with an RPG thirst. Recently, developer Sting and publisher ESP released the sequel, appropriately titled Evolution 2, in Japan. As it did with the first game, Ubi Soft has swept in with the safety net and scooped up Evolution 2: Far Off Promise for the US.

Currently, the localization process is 66 percent complete, with voice-overs and menu translation being Ubi Soft's main focus. The entire crew returns, with Mag leading the way. A character named Yurka is new to the game and has suspicious motivations, which will be revealed as the story progresses.

The look of the game is similar to the first, while adding a new third-person perspective, a longer, more involved storyline, VMU support, and puzzles that are more integral to the plot. Hundreds of new artifacts and randomly generated dungeons are also part of the mix. Unlike the first game, preset dungeons have been placed into Evolution 2 - a welcome addition. Battles will take place during night and day, characters have been redesigned, and the game also supports the VGA box, should you have one.

Evolution 2 is scheduled to arrive on game-store shelves this July, so it's only a few more months before DC owners have another RPG to sink their teeth into.

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