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Sunday - October 01, 2006
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Thursday - August 31, 2006
Wednesday - August 09, 2006
Thursday - July 27, 2006
Tuesday - July 25, 2006
Saturday - July 22, 2006
Wednesday - July 19, 2006
Sunday - July 16, 2006
Thursday - July 13, 2006
Saturday - July 08, 2006
Friday - July 07, 2006
Thursday - July 06, 2006
Wednesday - June 28, 2006
Wednesday - June 21, 2006
Sunday - June 18, 2006
Friday - June 16, 2006
Tuesday - June 13, 2006
Thursday - June 08, 2006
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Sunday - October 01, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Rise of the Clans Screens @ CRPG.ru

by Dhruin, 00:28
CRPG.ru let us know they have 14 new screens from Targem's Hard Truck expansion, 'Rise of the Clans'.

Wednesday - September 13, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - SDK Released @ Worthplaying

by Dhruin, 23:40
Worthplaying let us know they have the SDK for Hard Truck: Apocalypse. Here's the description for the 19Mb file:
Hard Truck: Apocalypse is a 3rd person action/RPG is set in the post-apocalyptic environment full of menacing mysteries and unfriendly inhabitants. Nival has released the English SDK allowing you to create your own content. The package includes a map, script, dialog and quest editor, as well as all needed data and documentation.

Thursday - August 31, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Rise of the Clans, Screens @ 3D Gamers

by Dhruin, 22:38
Screens from Targem's Hard Truck expansion, 'Rise of the Clans', are up at 3D Gamers.

Wednesday - August 09, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ GamersInfo

by Dhruin, 00:37
GamersInfo has a review of Targem's Hard Truck. There's no score as usual and more gameplay description than critique, but they seem to like it:
Whether you choose to delve into the secrets of the post-war world that is HTA or just want to roam about getting into gun fights trucko-a-trucko, the game is a fun diversion that doesn't take a lot of thought or concentration. If you're looking for some hard driving gun toting action this is the game for you. Just remember to wear your rad suite when you play, you never know what type of environment you may be driving through.

Thursday - July 27, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse Review @ Next Level Gaming

by Kalia, 15:34
<a href="http://www.nlgaming.com/nl/asp/id_1466/nl/reviewDisp.htm" target="_blank">Next Level Gaming</a> has turned its eye to Hard Truck: Apocalypse and found it seriously lacking. Scoring the game 50/100, here's a piece of the author's review:<blockquote><em>The game has an interesting concept that has worked before, with games like Carmageddon (PC, PS and Nintendo 64), Full Auto (Xbox 360) and Crash na "! Burn (3DO). The problem lies in their execution of the concept. All of the games I listed above focused on what they were, games where you drive around and cause destruction, this game tries to mix it with a deep storyline. That is not necessarily the problem; the problem is that they failed at making either the storyline or the action engaging and fun.</em></blockquote>

Source: Blue's News

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ Strategy Informer

by Dhruin, 01:24
Hard Truck has been <a href="http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/hardtruckapocalypticwars/review.html" target="_blank">reviewed</a> at Strategy Informer with the resulting score in line with expectations at 4.8/10:<blockquote><em>When it comes to gameplay Hard Truck is a lesson in holding down the W key. Then in holding down the W key and switching between that and the map. Back and forth and back and forth like a kid on a swing. The towns are spaced phenomenally far apart, which is faithful to the idea that an apocalypse would space out settlements, but as a video game where little happens in the space between, its booooooooorring. The interactions with the bandits hold potential to be more interesting, but after the first encounter the hard truck combat is pretty much set in stone. Circle the enemy and pound them with your guns. This is a bit of a trick, only in that your view follows where your mouse is pointed, which is at the enemy in this case, but your driving is controlled by the keyboard. If youa "!re not careful you can drive yourself up a tree or over a cliff while youa "!re trying to shoot the bad guys. Sometimes youa "!ll have allies in these little raids, but dona "!t count on them overly much. They have a tendency to walk into trees and dona "!t know how to reverse. Which is rather humorous, but annoying.</em></blockquote>

Tuesday - July 25, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ Gameminion

by Dhruin, 12:06
Hard Truck has again hit a poor review score with Gameminion awarding 2/5 in their critique:
In the early stages of the game when things are still new, there is in truth some fun to be had. Your basic truck is quite weak and not very heavily armed. Driving between towns either for missions, or just to explore, can be quite dangerous. Money is also very hard to come by, so buying a new truck, new cabin or new trailer is usually a big decision and something to look forward to. Unfortunately, the novelty of struggling to get by and make it from town to town soon wears off, as it doesn't take much over a couple of hours playing before you're rolling in cash and can't find a better truck to buy. Money is essentially everything in Hard Truck, once you have enough, nothing is dangerous to you as you can buy the best weapons and addons for your truck.

Source: Blue's

Saturday - July 22, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Rise of the Clans Site

by Dhruin, 23:41
Nival has whipped up a site for the Rise of the Clans expansion for Hard Truck. Here's the blurb:
Destroying the alien outposts gave mankind several decades of relative peace. Driven by the desire to explore, people crossed deserts and mountains hoping to find the lost paradises of earth. The rediscovered lands of North America tempt adventurers with promises of freedom and wealth. But, as it has been for hundreds of years, fortune favors only the brave.

Hard Truck Apocalypse: Rise of Clans is an addon to a vehicular Action/RPG set in an alternate future. New heroes and mysteries await you in the vistas of a post-apocalyptic North America. Special customization features, new types of weapons, and hi-tech bosses will immerse you even deeper into the ruthless world of Apocalypse, and your extreme driving skills will serve you well in its new multiplayer mode.

Wednesday - July 19, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ IGN

by Dhruin, 03:34
It seems review scores for Hard Truck are going settle around 4/10 - which is exactly what IGN hands down in their critique:
Unfortunately, the getting had yet to be initiated, even a dozen hours or so into this game. The game's pacing can best be described as "glacial," which is unfortunate when there are so many explosions and flying crap on the box. Sure, it's advertising and is subject to some, ah, creative representation of the game, but it's been a long time for me since the delta between box and game was so wide. In practice, the overwhelming majority of our "gameplay" consists of holding down the "W" key. The world of HTA apparently lost the knowledge of cruise control in the wake of a global thermonuclear war that has made every character in the game accustomed to wearing masks (a conceit that conveniently obviates the need to animate people's faces when they talk). There's a lot of "W" key going on because the game is apparently 99% terrain and 1% Point of Interest. In between the incredibly spaced-apart towns and villages you'll encounter random people driving around, most of whom want to kill you. The portion that don't tended to serve as an unintentionally hilarious example of the game's fascinating approach to AI pathing.

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Rise of the Clans Screens @ Worthplaying

by Dhruin, 02:23
A batch of 28 screens from the Hard Truck expansion 'Rise of the Clans' is on offer at Worthplaying.

Sunday - July 16, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ GameZone

by Dhruin, 01:40
The score of 4.5/10 and the tagline "This truck crashes and burns" tells the story in GameZone's <a href="http://pc.gamezone.com/gzreviews/r21185.htm" target="_blank">review</a> of Hard Truck:<blockquote><em>Developed by Buka Entertainment and Targem Games and published by CDV, Hard Truck: Apocalypse is a pretty cool concept: a single-player, mission-based, car-combat game with role-playing elements that has you accomplishing a series of goals in a post-apocalyptic world (jeez, that was a lot of hyphens). Sounds pretty fun, right? Well, if Hard Truck: Apocalypse proves anything, ita "!s that just because something sounds good on paper doesna "!t mean ita "!ll be fun in practice. The mission structure is just too boring to hold your attention for too long, and the world map is way too barren, even for a decimated wasteland.</em></blockquote>

Thursday - July 13, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Rise of the Clans Preview @ GamingExcellence

by Dhruin, 22:55
With Hard Truck now on most shelves, GamingExcellence takes a <a href="http://www.gamingexcellence.com/pc/games/639/preview.shtml" target="_blank">look</a> at Targem's stand-alone expansion titled 'Rise of the Clans':<blockquote><em>The developers have recognized areas of improvement from the original release, notably the expansion will offer a more powerful engine and introduce more (and bigger) units, more destruction, and a larger array of upgrades available to each of the vehicles. Finally, the developers have tried to make Rise of Clans a more action-oriented game, one of the weaknesses they discovered in the original was the amount of open space in the game where few events were occurring. Theya "!ve removed this from the expansion, and more emphasis on combat and keeping the action flowing.</em></blockquote>...and they missed the mark on the real problems.

Source: Blue's

Saturday - July 08, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ JustPressPlay

by Dhruin, 23:40
JustPressPlay is the latest site to pan Hard Truck, although the score of 5.3/10 in their review seems influenced by the graphics and bad voice acting more than the gameplay:
In the end, HT:A is a game where there could have been so much more. If the outside world was touched up in even the slightest, and the voice acting improved, the game would have been something beyond mediocre. Even in its current state it is a good and simple game that has a lot of fun packed into it.

For anyone looking for a Mad Max style car combat, post apocalyptic, trading simulator, go for this game. I wouldn't recommend this to game to most people though, but if you're curious and want something new, go for it, be explorative.

Source: Blue's

Friday - July 07, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ Eurogamer

by Dhruin, 22:54
Another devastating review score for Hard Truck, with Eurogamer awarding only 4/10 despite recognising some good basic play elements:
Sadly, that's only the tip of the leaky radiator, which is a real shame, as there's a pleasantly playable basic scheme of things here. You've got the freedom to explore the world, discover remote cities, scavenge better weapons for your truck, take on various side-quests and earn money to pay for upgraded systems or a new rig with chunkier armour and more cargo space. Chuck in some simple trading mechanics on the side and some branching choices in the lengthy main storyline, and you ought to be onto a winner, right?

Thursday - July 06, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Review @ GameSpot

by Dhruin, 13:18
Despite some somewhat positive rumblings for Hard Truck on a few forum boards, the first verdict from a significant site is crushing with GameSpot handing down a 4.4/10:
Hard Truck: Apocalypse proves that a fantastic name can only take a game so far, and without compelling content a game just isn't worth playing. It's an appealing concept: a role-playing game set in a postapocalyptic future where you have to drive heavily armored (and armed) trucks across a vast wasteland, delivering supplies, scavenging loot, and blasting gangs of bandits off the road. In execution though, Hard Truck: Apocalypse is about as exciting as counting the grains of sand in a postapocalyptic desert.

Wednesday - June 28, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse heading to NA stores

by Dhruin, 07:09
Nival's Hard Truck: Apocalypse site has news from two days ago that CDV has shipped the title to NA stores - meaning it it should be there about now:
CDV Software Entertainment USA and Buka Entertainment have shipped Hard Truck: Apocalypse to North American retail stores today!

Wednesday - June 21, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Preview @ GamersInfo

by Dhruin, 00:22
GamersInfo is offering a preview of Targem's Hard Truck. Here's a bit on trading:
You can also become a trader. Various items - such as wood or scrap metal - are worth more in some settlements than others. The map provides a handy interface to show who is paying what in the towns you've visited - so you can take advantage of it by filling up your truck's cargo capacity with the right materials. Since the game saves it for you, it also means you don't have to keep track of it yourself. Those supplies will often pay for the repairs and fuel you'll need to keep going (you can repair and refuel at the various gas stations around the countryside, also marked on your map, but you can't sell goods there).

Sunday - June 18, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - Preview @ GameZone

by Dhruin, 08:26
GameZone serves up a preview of Targem's Hard Truck. Here's a taste:
The future is a bleak place in Hard Truck Apocalypse. The majority of the world's population has been wiped out due a mysterious incident. The few remaining survivors have done their best to rebuild and survive in the now unpredictable and hostile world. Gone are the complex jobs of a modern society. Instead the world of Hard Truck: Apocalypse (HT:A) is built upon simple trade, especially trading and shipping, which is where you the player come in. You're driving a truck, traveling from town to town performing various trades or tasks for the citizens within the cities.

Friday - June 16, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse - GOLD @ Groovalicious Games

by Kalia, 19:09
CDV has sent word to Groovalicious Games that Hard Truck: Apocalypse has finally gone gold:
CDV Software Entertainment USA and Buka Entertainment are pleased to announce that Hard Truck: Apocalypse, the post-apocalyptic game of battlewagons and big guns, has gone gold today. Hard Truck: Apocalypse will drop players behind the wheel of some of the biggest and baddest combat vehicles of the future as they fend off attacks from bandits while delivering supplies and upgrading their trucks with some of the deadliest armaments available.

Developed by Targem Games, Hard Truck: Apocalypse is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of diesel and dust, where bandits and mobsters rule the last remaining cities, controlling all vital trade routes and destroying any hope of a return to a lawful world. It's up to the player, as the driver of a heavy transportation truck, to blast through the mayhem and deliver needed supplies to desperate towns. The player's life depends on them becoming the ultimate offensive driver, while making sure they keep their trucks in top operating and fighting condition. It's kill or be killed in the world of Hard Truck: Apocalypse.
Read it all right here.

Source: Groovalicious Games

Tuesday - June 13, 2006

Hard Truck: Apocalypse Hands On @ Gamespot

by Kalia, 02:57
Gamespot editors recently had a chance to play a demo version of Hard Truck Apocalypse. They have their thoughts. Here's a snip:
For a wasteland, things certainly look pretty. The game has a fairly advanced physics engine, so it's possible to knock down plenty of objects in the world, such as fences. This can create some crazy moments in combat if you're driving madly, plowing over everything while getting shot at. It also can create some problems. It's possible to run over something so that it elevates your chassis into the air, leaving you stranded in place. Despite the danger, the physics provide some cool effects. You also get a feeling that the game's style is somewhat inspired by the classic Fallout role-playing games, themselves set in a postapocalyptic world. Hopefully, the audio that we heard is only a placeholder, as it's the weakest part of the game's overall presentation. Still, Hard Truck shows definite promise, as it looks to be a unique take on the role-playing genre. The game is due to ship later this month.

Source: Gamespot

Thursday - June 08, 2006

Hard Truck: Apacalypse - New Screens @ IGN

by Kalia, 19:49
IGN has posted eight new screenshots from Hard Truck: Apocalypse. You can see them here.

Source: IGN

Information about

Hard Truck Apocalypse

Developer: Targem

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: RPG
Combat: Real-time
Play-time: Unknown
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
Unknown
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· Platform: PC
· Released at 2006-06-26
· Publisher: Unknown