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WolfQuest, f'ing yeah!

citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizenI'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
edited January 2008 in Games and Technology
WolfQuest is out, and it's free!

Forget your Halos and your Effective Mass, this is true game of the year material right here.
WolfQuest is 3D wildlife simulation game. Players join a wolf pack made up of friends or computer-controlled wolves and, through trial and error, instinct, and experience, learn to maximize both individual and pack survival. Each player discovers how to compete or cooperate, challenge or submit, and defend or attack during complex interactions within the pack. Players find they must balance individual and pack needs in order to increase their collective ability to hunt, defend territory, avoid danger, and protect their young. As they respond to challenges presented by their environment, players will experientially learn about habitat quality, prey populations, and the impact of human presence on the landscape. As they explore a variety of strategies to succeed in the game, players will exercise critical thinking and inquiry skills. Gameplay will create a strong emotional connection between players and wolves, changing player's attitudes toward wolves and habitat conservation in the real world.

Who doesn't want to play something like that? Huh?

Losers, that's who.

But don't take it from me, take it from these people:
"The level of realism, and also the goal, which is to affect real conservation behavior change, is what makes this game unique."
Steve Feldman
American Zoo and Aquarium Assoction

"It's got great educational value while at the same time it's engaging. I think this game has the potential to chart some new territory."
David Walsh
National Institute on Media and the Family


These guys wouldn't lie.

Here's the feature list and technical info:
Both the single-player and multiplayer game will offer about a couple of hours of gameplay (or more, if you want to replay the same missions). Key features:

* Create your wolf avatar, selecting male or female, choosing from a range of realistic wolf coats (and customizing the coat with color tints), and configuring its abilities (strength, speed, and stamina).
* Explore four square kilometers of alpine wilderness on the slopes of Amethyst Mountain in Yellowstone National Park, running across open meadows, through dense fir forests, and along sheer cliffs.
* Hunt elk. Follow scent trails to locate elk herds, then sneak up on the herd, find the weakest one, and begin your attack. Pursue your prey and sap its strength while dodging its counterattacks, to make the kill.
* Harrass coyotes who try to eat elk carcasses, or just for the fun of it.
* Chase and eat snowshoe hares.
* Earn Experience Points for bragging rights with other players.


Additional features of the single-player game:

* Follow scent trails to find stranger wolves. Communicate with them through wolf vocalizations and behaviors.
* Find a mate and establish a bond.

Additional features of multiplayer games:

* Form a pack with 2-5 players in private multiplayer sessions.
* Chat with other players with an in-game safe chat system, limited to common English words
* Work as a team to bring down a powerfull bull elk.


Future Episodes
Future episodes of WolfQuest will be released periodically in 2008. Key features:

* Explore new areas of Yellowstone National Park, including the Lamar Valley in wintertime and denning grounds during springtime.
* Earn enough experience points and, with your mate, try to take down a bull elk without suffering a killing blow from its hooves.
* Establish a territory for your family pack through raised-leg urination marking, then defend it from other wolf packs through social challenges.
* Fight grizzly bears for control of elk carcasses.
* Find a safe den site and produce a litter of pups.
* Keep your pups healthy and well-fed until they can hunt for themselves.
* Venture away from your territory on risky missions to kill sheep on nearby ranchland.
* Once your pups are old enough, hunt as a pack!


System Requirements

Mac OS X:

* OSX 10.3.9 or higher
* 1.5 GHz G4 or higher, any Intel processor
* 250 MB hard drive space
* Millions of colors


Minimum to run Fastest Graphics Quality Setting (Recommended for Good Quality Setting)

* 800x600 screen resolution (1024x768 recommended)
* 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
* Minimum graphics cards:
o Intel GMA 950 or higher integrated graphics (GMA 3000 may be marginal)
o NVIDIA GeForce 2
o ATI Radeon 9200
o NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or later
o ATI Radeon 9600 or later
* Recommended graphics cards:
o NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or later
o ATI Radeon 9600 or later


Windows:

* Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher (DirectX 9.0c or higher must be installed). Vista is supported but may exhibit video driver issues.
* 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or higher
* 235 MB hard drive space
* Millions of colors


Minimum to run Fastest Graphics Quality Setting (Recommended to run Good Quality Graphics Setting)

* 800x600 screen resolution (1024x768 recommended)
* 512 MB RAM Windows XP / 1 GB RAM Vista (1 GB RAM Windows XP / 2 GB RAM Vista recommended)
* Minimum Graphics Cards:
o Intel 865G integrated graphics or higher (may require driver update)
o NVIDIA GeForce 2
o ATI Radeon 7500
* Recommended graphics cards:
o NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or later
o ATI Radeon 9500 or later


NOTE: As with all video games, more powerful graphics cards and CPUs allow higher screen resolutions and/or quality settings. Older video cards and drivers may exhibit rendering or performance issues.

And now, feast your eyes on the glory of WolfQuest:

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Get back here!

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Hey, this tastes...like...like chicken?

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L17 Wolf LFG for Elk Raid


Can YOU survive the Call of the Wild?

http://www.wolfquest.org/index.php



(I'm SO totally downloading this after work today. This could be as awesome as Elf Bowling!)

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    HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I remember seeing this a while back somewhere, wether it was here or on another forum. Looks like a cooler extension on the idea behind Endless Forest. Might be interesting for a time.

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    HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Well, wolves are my favorite animal, and I'm a sucker for anything using or relating to them. So I'll probably be all over this.

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    WulfWulf Disciple of Tzeentch The Void... (New Jersey)Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    T Minus 5 'til this game is over-run by fat guys in airbrushed wolf T-shirts.

    Actually, there should be a game about me.

    Control Wulf as he makes his way through his daily trials:
    *Can you keep his boss happy while at the same time not completing all your work at once, thus making you look like a slacker?
    *Can you get to the grocery store before it closes?
    *Raise Wulf's bank account until he has enough money then us it to pay off his student loans!
    :lol:

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    Deviant HandsDeviant Hands __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    For some reason I was expecting awesome graphics.

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    DracomicronDracomicron Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Wow. Four whole square kilometers!


    I jest! That's actually a fairly large area for a MMO if it's realistic in scale and travel time.

    The problem is that I know people who think that they're werewolves. No really. They have detailed stories with barely-hidden sexual metaphors. I don't trust any game where you're allowed to control mating animals to not be abused.

    Anyway, it's a neat idea, and something that could go well if it's got good enough content controls.

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    citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Fortunately, it looks like they were smart enough to disable the "mating" part of the game for Multiplayer. That's an SP only feature.

    (someone will do it anyway I'm sure)

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    GUTSGUTS Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    It would be way more fun if i could play a human...with an automatic rifle....hunting the wolves.

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    citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    GUTS wrote: »
    It would be way more fun if i could play a human...with an automatic rifle....hunting the wolves.

    Wolf Hunter...coming soon to a Wal-Mart value software rack near you! :lol:

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    VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    GUTS wrote: »
    It would be way more fun if i could play a human...with an automatic rifle....hunting the wolves.

    Thats in the expansion, WolfQuest: The Wolfening.

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    Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I remember seeing this somewhere last year. They've finished it huh? I guess I'll try it out, though I'm not sure how much time I'll put to it, considering I just downloaded Freespace 2. :P

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    DiscoZombieDiscoZombie Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    citizen059 wrote: »
    Fortunately, it looks like they were smart enough to disable the "mating" part of the game for Multiplayer. That's an SP only feature.

    (someone will do it anyway I'm sure)

    In multiplayer, it's not called "mating" anymore. It's called "yiffing".

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    KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Rhan9 wrote: »
    I remember seeing this somewhere last year. They've finished it huh? I guess I'll try it out, though I'm not sure how much time I'll put to it, considering I just downloaded Freespace 2. :P

    They had a horrible sales video about it with some retard kid growling like a wolf.

    http://kotaku.com/gaming/hungry-like-the-wolf/wolf-quest-teaches-kids-to-hunt-in-packs-284728.php

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    citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    citizen059 wrote: »
    Fortunately, it looks like they were smart enough to disable the "mating" part of the game for Multiplayer. That's an SP only feature.

    (someone will do it anyway I'm sure)

    In multiplayer, it's not called "mating" anymore. It's called "yiffing".

    Does that qualify as a "zing"? I'm thinking this needs a "zing".

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    Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Kagera wrote: »
    Rhan9 wrote: »
    I remember seeing this somewhere last year. They've finished it huh? I guess I'll try it out, though I'm not sure how much time I'll put to it, considering I just downloaded Freespace 2. :P

    They had a horrible sales video about it with some retard kid growling like a wolf.

    http://kotaku.com/gaming/hungry-like-the-wolf/wolf-quest-teaches-kids-to-hunt-in-packs-284728.php

    Oh yeah, that. It was horrid indeed.

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    cliffskicliffski Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I really like the sound of this game, and am downloading the demo now, but its like 3k a second or something. they really need faster servers.

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Kagera wrote: »
    Rhan9 wrote: »
    I remember seeing this somewhere last year. They've finished it huh? I guess I'll try it out, though I'm not sure how much time I'll put to it, considering I just downloaded Freespace 2. :P

    They had a horrible sales video about it with some retard kid growling like a wolf.

    http://kotaku.com/gaming/hungry-like-the-wolf/wolf-quest-teaches-kids-to-hunt-in-packs-284728.php

    The wiener dog at the end is foreshadowing a future release.

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    HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Initial impressions: Buggy. Considering it's a new freeware release, I guess I can forgive that, since it's basically a beta.

    Terrain is pretty bland. Controls can be nuts. Starting with high speed, after making a few kills and fighting off a few random wolves, I seemed to have a rocket up my ass and could cover the map in about two minutes.

    As for the bugs: Sometimes after killing an elk, wolves won't appear anymore. You can follow their territory mark, they just aren't there. When I did manage to find a dispersal wolf for the single mate mission in single player, for some reason it won't register. After clicking the interaction options, it said "This wolf becomes your mate" and then leaves interaction. A mission update comes up that I still haven't found a mate and to keep looking. The next dispersal female I found I picked a fight with and killed because she wouldn't give up.

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    Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Hmm... The installer just freezes for me.

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    CymoroCymoro Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Rhan9 wrote: »
    Hmm... The installer just freezes for me.

    That's just your computer asking you why you don't love it anymore.

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    Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Rhan9 wrote: »
    Hmm... The installer just freezes for me.

    That's just your computer asking you why you don't love it anymore.

    But... But I love my computer. It's served me well for almost 6 years, and hasn't been able to run new games only for a year. I'm going to get a new one, but this pc isn't going out of use yet.

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    [Assassination Attempt!][Assassination Attempt!] __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    Wow, this game concept is kind of blowing my mind. Seriously.

    Can you imagine an entire MMO based around this idea? A realistic wilds/nature game where the playable races/classes are species of animal? The mechanics of the game have potential to be really diverse, predator, prey, foraging, clans? Imagine a guild war against a rival pride of sub-Saharan African lions. Or a panther ambushing an ape in the jungle. Imagine being that robin regurgitating food for it's spawn...

    Imagine being forced to be a born as a pup/egg/calf whatever, and to grow. The odds should be as harsh as reality. You're first five characters might die from cold, starvation or being eaten by that elite kabillion-level and battle-scarred cat of prey.

    Jesus, I guess I'm just this impatient for the next evolution in MMO games.

    Still, though, I'd play the fuck out of that.

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    DiscoZombieDiscoZombie Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    my impressions: cute, but more of a tech demo than an actual game. I was hoping it might be the best edutainment since Oregon Trail or Carmen Sandiego or SimEarth, but no such luck yet. In single player, some of the controls didn't work - territory marking and sprint, for example. maybe they're for multiplayer only. buggy and awkward controls - hard to get the camera to stay where you want it to. Ignoring the bugs, there's still not much to do. You can wander around looking for a mate, and when you find one, that's the extent of the game - you just get a message saying you completed the quest. hunting is not very interesting - you run up to an elk and hit the spacebar a few times. howling doesn't seem to do anything other than look/sound cool.

    on the plus side, the scent interface and concept is pretty cool, and I could imagine they could do some neat things with the game in the future... but there's not much incentive to play currently, since all there really is to do is hunt elk ad nauseum, and that's not a very exciting task when you just have to spam the spacebar.

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    cocheseisdeadcocheseisdead Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    So are we going to start a WolfPack for multiplayer, then?

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    [Assassination Attempt!][Assassination Attempt!] __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2008
    I demand to see this game remade professionally.

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    AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    So are we going to start a WolfPack for multiplayer, then?

    Ooh can we? Please?

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    FaceballMcDougalFaceballMcDougal Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
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    GarthorGarthor Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    citizen059 wrote: »
    "The level of realism, and also the goal, which is to affect real conservation behavior change, is what makes this game unique."
    Steve Feldman
    American Zoo and Aquarium Assoction

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    Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    I see many a message containing "doggy style" in the game.

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