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Monolith's Shogo: Hands On



by Jason Cross
May 29, 1998

For the full scoop on Shogo: Mobile Armor Division, extensive preview. This is our first good hands-on with the game, so it's more of an update. I spoke at length with CEO Jason Hall, and got some more details.

The multiplayer aspect is being viewed as of key importance. The most interesting note was that the game always run in network mode. Even in the single-player game, the computer you're playing on runs a server and client, with the server running the game scripts and AI and such. This makes it very easy for them in terms of coding multiplayer play. The trick will be coding for the bandwidth restrictions and latency of the 'net.

The level model editor was also shown, and was very cool. You couldn't actually create the geometry for a model in it, but when you opened a model you could loop through whichever animations you wanted to and tweak them. There was also a feature to "create level of detail" where he took a 500+ polygon model and told the machine to make 150 levels of detail, with a minimum number of polygons and a minimum thickness for them. A few seconds later the machine spat them up, and you could move a slider to see the full 500+ poly model at the high end, the 100 polygon model at the low end, and everything in between. You don't have to actually create different models for the low-poly models , the game does that for you, These models are switched too intelligently depending on how many models are on the screen and how far away they are from the user--and this decision is automatically handled by the engine.

Then he showed me what power this affords the level designer. A square flat level was opened up with 110 full-sized enemy units in it. They all looked very good, and didn't lose any apparent detail with distance. The engine chooses how to allocate resources smartly enough to use lower polygon models where they won't be noticed. Moving around these fully-animated figures (stuck in a running animation) was completely smooth, without a single hitch in framerate. The mass mayhem that this power allows in the game is on a level not matched since Doom 2.



OGR's Coverage of E3 1998

Pre-Show

  • Activision Showcases Dark Side Engine [3:12 PM ET]
  • Saitek's Force Feedback Wheel [3:12 PM ET]
  • South Peak's Dark Side of the Moon [3:12 PM ET]
  • THQ's New Titles [3:12 PM ET]
  • MGM's Return Fire II [6:00 PM ET]
  • MGM's WarGames [6:10 PM ET]
  • Activision's Asteroids Remake [6:10 PM ET]
  • Zork Grand Inquisitor on DVD [6:15 PM ET]
  • Multitude's FireTeam Community Plans [6:20 PM ET]
  • More Games Feature Dolby Surround [6:20 PM ET]
  • Hasbro's 1998 Games [6:25 PM ET]
  • South Peak Heads Under the Sea [9:21 PM ET]
  • Novalogic's E3 Lineup [10:06 PM ET]

    Day One

  • OGR Looks at Max Payne [8:00 AM ET]
  • Tomb Raider III Announced [8:30 AM ET]
  • Tomb Raider III Screens [8:45 AM ET]
  • Fox Sports Hockey '99 [9:15 AM ET]
  • Fox Sports Tennis '99 [9:25 AM ET]
  • Diablo 2: First Look [10:00 AM ET]
  • Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator [11:13 AM ET]
  • Expendable from Rage Software [11:15 AM ET]
  • Dave's First Impressions [11:20 AM ET]
  • LucasArts' Indiana Jones 3D Game [11:30 AM ET]
  • StarCraft Expansion Pack Details [11:30 AM ET]
  • Indiana Jones Screens [11:45 AM ET]
  • A Look at Baldur's Gate [3:10 PM ET]
  • Westwood: C&C; 2 and LOL3 [3:20 PM ET]
  • Myth 2 : First Look [3:20 PM ET]
  • SegaSoft's Skies [3:30 PM ET]
  • Team Fortress 2 in Half-Life [3:40 PM ET]
  • Drakan by Psygnosis [3:40 PM ET]
  • Blade from Gremlin [4:50 PM ET]
  • Exclusive Max Payne Screens [5:00 PM ET]
  • Half-Life Multiplayer Features [5:20 PM ET]
  • New Half-Life Screens [5:50 PM ET]
  • Lionhead's Black & White [6:00 PM ET]
  • New Force Commander Screens [6:15 PM ET]
  • StarSiege Tribes: First Look [6:20 PM ET]
  • Gremlin's RPG Soulbringer [6:20 PM ET]
  • Fox Interactive's Showcase [6:25 PM ET]
  • Accolade's Redline [6:25 PM ET]
  • Slave Zero - Action from Accolade [6:30 PM ET]
  • Virgin's E3 Line-Up [6:35 PM ET]
  • Lowenstein's Speech [6:35 PM ET]
  • Gabriel Knight III Screenshots [6:45 PM ET]
  • Slave Zero Screenshots [7:00 PM ET]
  • Myth 2 Screenshots [7:10 PM ET]
  • Descent III: First Look [7:10 PM ET]
  • VR-1's Nomads of Klanth [7:30 PM ET]
  • AIAS Awards [7:40 PM ET]
  • Pictures from the E3 Floor! [8:00 PM ET]

    Day Two

  • OGR Looks at Half-Life [8:30 AM ET]
  • Gabriel Knight III: First Look [8:40 AM ET]
  • Sierra's Homeworld [8:45 AM ET]
  • Massively Multiplayer Middle Earth [8:45 AM ET]
  • Navy SEALs Game [8:50 AM ET]
  • StarSiege Looks Solid [8:55 AM ET]
  • Prince of Persia 3D Screenshots [9:15 AM ET]
  • System Shock 2 Announced [9:25 AM ET]
  • SSI/Mindscape's Line-Up [9:30 AM ET]
  • Rick Goodman's Empire Earth [9:40 AM ET]
  • Chuck Miller's E3 Briefs [9:45 AM ET]
  • Ritual's Sin: First Look [11:50 AM ET]
  • Heavy Gear 2: First Look [12:10 PM ET]
  • Take 2 Deals With G.O.D. [12:15 PM ET]
  • Acclaim's Turok 2 [12:25 PM ET]
  • Monolith's Shogo [12:30 PM ET]
  • Trespasser from DreamWorks [12:40 PM ET]
  • Get Medieval from Monolith [12:45 PM ET]
  • Tomb Raider 3: First Look [12:45 PM ET]
  • Uprising 2: First Look [12:45 PM ET]
  • Duality [12:50 PM ET]
  • SegaSoft's Vigilance [1:00 PM ET]
  • StarCraft Expansion Screenshots [1:15 PM ET]
  • Behind Closed Doors: Anachronox [1:25 PM ET]
  • Daikatana Screenshots [2:00 PM ET]
  • Quake 2: Ground Zero Expansion [5:00 PM ET]
  • Interstate '82: An Early Look [5:30 PM ET]
  • More of Ritual's Sin [5:45 PM ET]
  • Dungeon Keeper II: First Look [5:50 PM ET]
  • Alpha Centauri: First Look [6:15 PM ET]
  • Mortal Kombat 4 on the PC [6:25 PM ET]
  • Eidos' E3 Line-Up: Daikatana, Thief... and more.[6:25 PM ET]
  • Terminal Reality's Nocturne: Behind Closed Doors [6:50 PM ET]
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: First Look [6:50 PM ET]
  • Ultima Ascension Screenshots [7:00 PM ET]
  • MicroProse's Starship Troopers [8:00 PM ET]
  • X:COM Alliance: Powered by Unreal [8:10 PM ET]
  • Diablo 2 Screenshots [8:20 PM ET]
  • E3 Scrapbook Part 2 [8:30 PM ET]

    Day Three

  • Max Payne Level Editor [9:30 AM ET]
  • Age of Empires Expansion Pack [9:45 AM ET]
  • Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings Preview [9:50 AM ET]
  • LucasArts' Grim Fandango [10:00 AM ET]
  • Force Commander: Star Wars RTS [10:15 AM ET]
  • Rogue Squadron from LucasArts [10:25 AM ET]
  • Cavedog's Amen: Screenshots [10:30 AM ET]
  • Fireteam's New Pricing Model [10:40 AM ET]
  • Age of Empires II Screenshots [11:00 AM ET]
  • RivaTNT: Hands-On Look [3:00 PM ET]
  • ESPN Digital Games Line-Up [3:00 PM ET]
  • Total Annihilation: Kingdoms Screenshots [3:15 PM ET]
  • Exclusive Trespasser 3Dfx Screenshots [3:30 PM ET]
  • Total Annihilation: Kingdoms First Look [3:50 PM ET]
  • SSI's Rites of War -- New Warhammer 40K [4:00 PM ET]
  • Ultima Ascension First Look [4:10 PM ET]
  • Cavedog's Good & Evil - by Ron Gilbert [4:50 PM ET]
  • Heavy Gear II Screenshots [5:00 PM ET]
  • Populous: The Beginning First Look [5:10 PM ET]
  • Prey Screenshots [5:15 PM ET]
  • Myth 2: Second Look [5:30 PM ET]
  • Quake 2: Ground Zero Screenshots [5:30 PM ET]
  • Grim Fandango Screenshots [5:50 PM ET]
  • Cavedog's Ambitious Elysium [5:50 PM ET]
  • Psygnosis' Drakan [6:15 PM ET]
  • 3D Realms' Impressive Prey [6:30 PM ET]
  • Cavedog's 3D Game Amen: The Awakening [6:40 PM ET]
  • Duke Nukem Forever Preview [7:00 PM ET]
  • SegaSoft's 10 Six [7:00 PM ET]
  • MGM Interactive's Line-Up [7:00 PM ET]
  • Chuck Miller's E3 Briefs Part 2 [7:00 PM ET]
  • Chuck Miller's E3 Briefs Part 3 [7:00 PM ET]

    Post-Show

  • X:COM Alliance Screenshots [10:40 PM ET]
  • MechWarrior 3 Screenshots [11:20 PM ET]
  • Starship Troopers Screenshots [11:40 PM ET]
  • Klingon Honor Guard Screenshots [11:45 PM ET]
  • Birth of a Federation Screenshots [11:50 PM ET]
  • Global Domination from Psygnosis [12:40 AM ET]
  • Sentinel Returns from Psygnosis [12:40 AM ET]
  • New Sin Screenshots [12:50 AM ET]
  • Interstate '82 Screenshots [1:00 AM ET]
  • Beneath Screenshots [1:20 AM ET]
  • Heretic II Screenshots [1:25 AM ET]
  • StarCon Screenshots [11:45 AM ET]
  • Redline Screenshots [1:00 PM ET]
  • Fireteam E3 Tournament [5:30 PM ET]
  • Stardock's Entrepreneur Expansion [5:45 PM ET]
  • Blood 2: The Chosen Preview [6:15 PM ET]
  • Tonic Trouble First Look [6:30 PM ET]
  • Duality Screenshots [7:15 PM ET]
  • Ubi Soft's Rayman 2 and SpeedBusters [7:35 PM ET]
  • Moto Racer 2 Screenshots [8:00 PM ET]
  • Red Orb's Prince of Persia 3D and Extreme Warfare [8:10 PM ET]
  • Baja 1000 Racing from Trilobyte [8:15 PM ET]
  • Red Orb's Warlords III: Darklords Rising [8:15 PM ET]
  • Baja 1000 Racing Screenshot [9:40 PM ET]
  • Extreme Warfare Screenshots Part 1 [9:50 PM ET]
  • Extreme Warfare Screenshots Part 2 [10:00 PM ET]
  • Jane's Fighter Legends Screenshots [9:30 AM ET]
  • Recoil Screenshots [11:30 AM ET]
  • Jane's E3 Line-Up [12:00 PM ET]
  • Wheel of Time First Look [12:30 PM ET]
  • Microsoft Digital Sound System 80 [1:30 PM ET]
  • Agents of Justice Update [6:30 PM ET]
  • Interactive Magic's Seven Kingdoms 2 [4:30 PM ET]
  • Exclusive OGR Prey Portal Screenshot [4:30 PM ET]