UK-based Mac game developer and publisher
Virtual Programming Ltd.
has announced that Payback is now done. Now in duplication, Payback is expected to be available at retailers during the first week of January.
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Payback is a 3D action game set in a “god’s eye” view that puts you in control of a thug on a crime spree. The unusual story line and presentation hearkens back to the original “Grand Theft Auto,” a game developed for the original Sony PlayStation that has since spawned infamous sequels like Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City.
The game is non-linear. All you have to do to proceed to the next level is to collect a specified number of points, but how you do so is up to you: You can engage in simple carjackings and muggings, for example, or you can go on specific missions authorized by the local crime lord. Needless to say, the game is intended for mature audiences only.
Virtual Programming said that every effort has been made to make sure that Payback beats Grand Theft Auto in every way — the game supports advanced graphics features like perspective-correct texture mapping, for example, environment mapping and reflections, bump mapping, realistic shadows, lens flares, explosions and shockwaves made using alpha-channeling, and more.
System requirements call for an iMac Rev B or later, or a Power Mac G3 or better; Mac OS 9.0 or later, including Mac OS X; 333MHz or faster CPU; 64MB RAM.
Virtual Programming is selling the game direct for £29.95. The game is being distributed in the United States by
Freeverse Software, and should cost about the same in dollars. A playable demo is ready for download.