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Operation: Matriarchy (Windows)

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Description

In the mid-24th century, a virus of unknown origin wiped through the Velian civilization. It affected only the women, twisting them into brutal killing machines. They modified their bodies, enhancing them with cybernetic and bio-engineered parts. The male population was enslaved, used for genetic experiments and food. The previously democratic society became a matriarchal ant-colony; a hive-mind focused on one thing only - Domination. All-out war erupted between the Velians and their former allies, the Federation of Earth.

The game begins seven years into the conflict. The Federation have gained ground, managing to push the Velians back to their home system. But when a number of colony ships go missing, apparently attacked by the Velians, the Federation sends in a military operation with the aim of wiping the aggressors out for good.

You play the part of a Federation soldier - Senior Sergeant Paul Armstrong - a regular grunt whose ship is attacked and who finds himself taking on the Velian mutations alone. Your mission: Destroy the enemy and save the missing colonists.

Operation: Matriarchy is a first-person-shooter that is set in the same universe as the Echelon games, though a knowledge of the series is not required. You will blast your way through 19 levels in a wide variety of locations, from a starbase to a swarming alien hive. The game features an arsenal of 14 hand weapons and two mech suits that you can climb into (with optional flight module). The enemies you will face are mainly female - or at least, they were once female. The story is developed through pre-mission briefing screens and in-game communications from Federation HQ.

This is a DirectX 9 game, using MADia's own 3D engine, developed specifically for this title.

Screenshots

Operation: Matriarchy Windows Under attack again
Operation: Matriarchy Windows By the time you get to the second level of the ship, enemies come at you in crazy numbers and they're getting uglier and stranger.
Operation: Matriarchy Windows The start of the game. Emergency systems attempt to wake the troopers out of cryo-sleep.
Operation: Matriarchy Windows One dead mechanical spider pilot

Alternate Titles

  • "Велиан" -- Russian spelling
  • "Velian" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

A fun shooter - after you apply the 600MB patch! hydra9 (3853) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars

The Press Says

IGROMANIA Oct, 2005 6 out of 10 60
7Wolf Magazine Sep 16, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Shooterplanet Jan 11, 2009 32 out of 100 32
Yiya Dec 16, 2005 4 out of 5 25
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Sep 15, 2005 24 out of 100 24
JeuxVideoPC.com Oct 06, 2006 2 out of 20 10
PC Powerplay Aug, 2005 7 out of 100 7

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Trivia

Mods

The game as it was originally released contained almost no sounds. Fans created a 600MB sound patch In September 2009, a second fan-made add-on was released, this time even more extensive than the first. It provides a complete (optional) translation to German, greatly enhanced sound effects, another new music score and a serious overhaul of the graphics, with enhanced lighting, bump-maps and many new and upgraded textures (For both patches, check the related links section).

Unused texture

Among the game files there is a 3D model including skin texture called "dubinkin". It's an green-skinned goblin-like creature, but it is not used in-game.

Awards

  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2006 - Worst Game in 2005
Information also contributed by AHO and hydra9.

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hydra9 (3853) added Operation: Matriarchy (Windows) on Aug 27, 2007