Weekly Multiplayer Releases: Week of March 4, 2008

March hits the ground running with a week packed with solid releases.

warhammer 40k dawn of war soulstormPick of the Week: Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War: Soulstorm
Real-Time Strategy | PC
You shouldn’t just buy Soulstorm as a memorial to the recently deceased Iron Lore Entertainment (though, admittedly, that’s a pretty good reason). No, you should buy Soulstorm because it promises to be the best Dawn of War stand alone expansion yet, and given the quality of Dark Crusade, that’s really saying something. Like Dark Crusade, Soulstorm brings with it a non-linear single player campaign, two new playable races (The Dark Eldar and Sisters of Battle), and a new unit for all seven of the game’s already existing races. That’s right, Soulstorm brings Dawn of War’s playable roster up to nine completely unique races. Best RTS since Starcraft? You better believe it.

army of twoRunner-Up: Army of Two
Third-Person Shooter | 360, PS3
Army of Two’s come a long way; looks like the delay into ’08 has done it good. As is often the case these days, players take control of an army operative in an nondescript Middle Eastern country. However, this time around you’ll have a buddy at your side from start to finish. Offline, the game’s AI will pick up the slack and take control of your partner-in-war, but you can also jump online and play through the entire game cooperatively with a friend. We love cooperating. Army of Two also features some needlessly in-depth weapon customization and fully-destructable environments, according to this press release here.

Hit the jump for the rest of the week’s multiplayer offerings.

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major league baseball 2k8Major League Baseball 2K8
Baseball | 360, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, PC
Ah, America’s favorite pastime: The smell of the freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat, the yearly roster updates and bug fixes. This is simple, really; Major League Baseball 2K8 is slightly better than Major League Baseball 2K7 but slightly worse than next year’s Major League Baseball 2K9. Adjust your spending habits accordingly.

mlb 08 the showMLB 08: The Show
Baseball | PS2, PS3, PSP
Packed with more baseball-related features than a single game ought to have, MLB 08: The Show is the perfect alternative to baseball fans that don’t like buying games with a “K” in the title.

ninja reflexNinja Reflex
Minigame Collection | Wii, DS
Ninja Reflex is EA’s minigame collection for the hardcore gamer. What that means, exactly, is unclear to everyone but EA. Like the million or so other minigame collections on the Wii, the game offers too few shallow minigames at too high a price. In short, this thing’ll sell a million copies just like all the others.

Real-Time Strategy | PC
Mixing the RTS and RPG gameplay in a high fantasy setting is nothing new (see: Warcraft 3, Warlords: Battlecry, all those Lord of the Rings games), but it’s never quite looked this pretty. Sure, sure, it looks nice, but is it fun to play? I don’t know. My job’s to be sarcastic and dismissive, not to actually play any of these games. Good thing there’s a demo to answer that all-important question for you, eh?

tom clancy’s chroniclesTom Clancy’s Chronicles
Tactical Action Compilation | PC
In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t noticed Tom Clancy’s name popping up in front a dozen different video games, this refresher course includes the original Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon as well as Rainbox Six 3: Raven Shield. It’s hard to say exactly who this box is for though. Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell are nearly six years old; that’s ancient by video game standards. So, if you’ve lost that CD to those old Tom Clancy games you never play anymore, clearly this is the package for you.

CamoScience Spurs Special Operations Apps launch.(Conference notes)

Defense & Aerospace Week June 1, 2011 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference — MW Research and Development founder, K. Dominic Cincotti, has announced the launch of a new company — Special Operations Apps — that will design and field applications specifically for warfighter mobile devices, touchscreens, laptops, and smartphones.

The company’s birth coincides with final testing phases of the CamoScience™ iPad 2/iPhone 4 app and in conjunction with the Army’s urgent call for a service-wide Camouflage Improvement Effort.

“Special Operations Apps uses common platforms, like the Apple or Android systems, to integrate different hardware and equipment and centralize them into common, familiar, smart devices that the operators already know or own,” said Cincotti, who is president of the new company.

“So we lighten the operator’s load and provide more real-time data, improved capabilities, and more effective targeting — taking full advantage of cutting-edge commercial devices without the need for budgeting and developing new and expensive devices and platforms that only serve one function,” he said. “We get more powerful devices at lower costs and without the need to re-invent the wheel.” Cincotti, who founded camouflage-innovator MW Research and Development, Inc., and created more than a dozen patent-pending technologies, said that the new company’s mission “is to answer the expressed and unexpressed needs of special operations around the globe and to put more decision-making capabilities into the hands of operators in the field.” As president of MW R&D, Cincotti is credited with creating Photographic Camouflage, camera-derived camo design that is an orders-of-magnitude advance over paint and pattern concealment. Using site-specific, digitally enhanced GEO-Int imaging, Cincotti developed a cluster of intellectual properties, including Photo Stealth™, Photo Real™, T.R.I.G.G.E.R.™, RO.U.T.E.S.™, MW Gripz™, Photo Veil™, 3D Hot Targets™, P.I.R.A.T.E.™, and P.I.R.A.T.E. 3D™. go to site iphone 4 apps

The launch of Special Operations Apps dovetails with the release of the CamoScience™ app by MW R&D. CamoScience™ is a photo application for the iPad 2/iPhone 4, other mobile tablets, and smartphones that turns site-specific photography into what Cincotti coined “Photographic Camouflage.” To develop CamoScience™, the MW R&D Apps Team paired with NASA veteran Dr. Craig Hunter. Dr. Hunter and his brother Todd founded Hunter Research & Technology, and they are renowned as the minds behind The Theodolite App for the iPhone 4, the best-selling navigation application. CamoScience™ is a new type of hybrid app, blending Hunter’s advanced understanding of app development and the groundbreaking site-specific Photographic Camouflage created by Cincotti.

CamoScience™ passed beta testing earlier this year, debuted in late February, and has been in final testing phases since April.

Within days of the CamoScience™ announcement in February, the U.S. Army released a solicitation for a service-wide Camouflage Improvement Effort (Solicitation Number W911QY-11-R-0008), which has as its two objectives to develop “a family of camouflage patterns that offers improved concealment and reduced detection capability over current patterns” and “to acquire the data rights for a portion or all of the best performing camouflage pattern families.” Cincotti said this was a happy synchronicity, “since we’ve been quietly working in this field since 2007. All of our interactions over the years with special operations forces incline us toward anticipating requirements,” he said, “and while we can’t know how the award process will ultimately unfold, we hope to make a contribution to this shift in the camo paradigm.” CamoScience™, was developed from two of MW R&D’s patent-pending technologies, Photo-Real™ and Photo-Stealth™, new camouflage processes introduced in 2007 that utilize site-specific photography from the intended operating environment — designed initially for the unique requirements of U.S. Special Forces. see here iphone 4 apps

The solicitation response date for W911QY-11-R-0008 is June 15. The criterion for award is passing a photo-simulation test.

For the new company, Cathlena Spencer, who the led the commercial-application team for CamoScience™ has been named Chief Technology Officer of Special Operations Apps. Mark Tocci, a former Ranger and patent-pending inventor, will serve as Vice President of Business Development. David Mullins, a former Special Forces operator, will lead in-house subject matter experts.

Cincotti, in addition to his duties at Special Operations Apps, continues as president of MW R&D. He is the son of the late Col. Joseph G. Cincotti, the original ground-force commander of Blue Light — the first Special Forces counter-terrorism unit — and a former Commandant of Special Forces Schools. Col. Cincotti was named a Distinguished Member of the Regiment this past August in a ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The 2011 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference provides a forum for collaboration and networking between key stakeholders from industry, academia, professional organizations, and government agencies who support the special operations enterprise as it continues to adapt to unpredictable threats around the world. The SOFIC technology exhibition showcases new and emerging technologies and products developed by industry’s innovators, among them MW Research and Development, Inc., and Special Operations Apps.

Special Operations Apps, a privately held company, is based in Wilmington, N.C., strategically located between Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, and convenient to Virginia Beach, Va.

During 2011 SOFIC, on-site contact is Mark Tocci at 530-713-8119.

Website: www.SpecialOperationsApps.com For New App requests, call 650-209-0762 SOURCE Special Operations Apps