CES 07: Rampart Hands-On

We play forts on the PlayStation 3 in SOE's conversion of the Midway classic.


LAS VEGAS--Rampart hit arcades in the early '90s and let players duke it out in a turn-based game of fort management. The action was split up in different phases, such as building, placing cannons, and attacking that repeated until one player emerged victorious. We had the chance to try out a work-in-progress version of SOE's upcoming conversion of the game for the PlayStation 3's online store, which is being handled by Digital Eclipse.

The game looked and played just as we remembered it. Though the visuals are looking spot-on with the original game, it would have been nice to see an option for upgraded visuals. Besides what looks like a good conversion of the original arcade game, SOE and Digital Eclipse are making additions to the experience. The title will support 720p and feature online multiplayer, as well as online leaderboards.

So far, Rampart is looking like a solid conversion of the arcade game that retains its appeal. We're curious about the standard selection of unknowns for SOE's retro titles, such as how it plays online and how much it will cost. Hopefully Sony will shed some light on how much the game will cost when it becomes available soon. Rampart is currently slated to be available in the PlayStation's online store in the early part of this year. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

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