Act of War: Direct Action

Eugen Systems is going for the treble. After picking up an 'Essential' award for its last game The Gladiators and a 'Pants' for Times Of Conflict, the French outfit is hoping to bring home
the big one for its next strategy effort Act Of War.

It could do it too - the game has a techno-thriller plot penned by best-selling author Dale Brown, a heady mix of contemporary and near-future military units (among them drones, personal weapons platforms and stealth tanks), along with a graphics engine that promises to blow Command & Conquer: Generals out of the water.

More importantly, Eugen plans to introduce a system of 'human resource management', which means extracting wounded troops, rescuing pilots and capturing enemy soldiers rather than butchering them in some field.