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K. Hawk: Survival Instinct (Windows)

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Press release (22nd August 2002):

    THE HAWK BECOMES THE HUNTED

    Thursday 22nd August 2002/... Only the right combination of strategy, stealth and fighting will lead to survival, in JoWooD Productions forthcoming tactical adventure game, K. Hawk - Survival Instinct out on the 25th October 2002 on PC CDROM.
    The gamer will find themselves in control of Lieutenant Kitty Hawk, a Navy SEAL and pilot whose helicopter has crash-landed on a remote island, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Kitty soon realises that escape from the island may be difficult. With the enemy defences ruling out any kind of rescue operation, Kitty must eliminate the island defences through any means possible. However, this is a stealth game, one move in the wrong direction and Kitty's history. Going out all guns blazing is not an option.

    The journey to escape and survive will not be easy, the island is full of Special Forces soldiers that may be better trained than Kitty. The only option is to out wit the soldiers on the island, Kitty has a range of different pistols and rifles at her disposal, but they should be used sparingly to avoid detection by the enemy. Kitty can also make use of gadgets that she can pick up along the way, such as gas grenades to destroy the enemy without drawing attention to Kitty and proximity bombs to prevent the enemy getting close.
    Just to make the mission even more challenging the games artificial intelligence means that the enemy soldiers have a certain range of vision and hearing, so they will hear Kitty passing by if she is not careful about her movements. As in real life, if a solitary soldier spots an intruder he will call for help.

    Over the course of her epic escape attempt, Kitty has to use a wide variety of tactics to combat her environment, from sneaking around in corridors avoiding security cameras to dodging sniper rifle sites in the dense jungle or sprinting for cover away from savage enemy machine gun fire when in open fields.

    Managing Director of JoWooD Productions UK Ltd, Vip Patel said: "K. Hawk - Survival Instinct has the pick up and play appeal of the best arcade-style games combined with well balanced gameplay which focuses on strategy as well as action."

    He added: "We are expecting K. Hawk - Survival Instinct to be a huge success and all fans of Stealth should look forward to this outstanding tactical adventure."

    K. Hawk – Survival Instinct features:
    • Exciting story with many astonishing surprises which always keeps players on the edge of their seats
    • High-end 3D graphics bring the detailed world of K. Hawk – Survival Instinct to life
    • Strategy, stealth and action combine for unique game play
    • Easy to learn and navigate controls providing pick up and play appeal
    K. Hawk - Survival Instinct has a SRP of £29.99 and will be out on the 25th October 2002 on PC CDROM.

    Contributed by Sciere (264721) on May 09, 2006.

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    The Game



    In this Action-Adventure, players find themselves in the role of Kitty Hawk, a helicopter pilot who is shot down on an island in the Pacific. During this vicious attack, her boyfriend, Major Jeffrey, is killed. From this moment on, it is Kitty against the world. Armed only with a pistol, she sets off to find the culprit of her boyfriend`s (and helicopter`s) demise. Desperate for help, she makes contact with headquarters, but as long as enemy air defence is in place over the island, they can not send reinforcements. During the course of her mission, Kitty crosses paths with an unscrupulous colonel, who, she finds out, is responsible for the downing of her helicopter and the death of her boyfriend. Together with his scientists, the Colonel is up to even more evil than meets the eye.

    His master plan is to create a so-called “super soldier” using genetic research and molecular biology. There is only one thing to do – stop this horror…

    Features:

    • Strong female lead character
    • Engaging story full of surprising twists and turns
    • Well balanced gameplay focusing more on brain than brawn – only the right combination of strategy, stealth and fighting will lead to success
    • Smart AI
    • High quality animations and cut scenes
    • Innovative 3D engine featuring cutting edge technologies

    Contributed by Xoleras (66218) on Dec 15, 2004.

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    STORY
    In this Action-Adventure, players find themselves in the role of Kitty Hawk, a Navy S.E.A.L. and helicopter pilot who is shot down over an island in the Pacific. During this vicious attack, her boyfriend, Major Jeffrey, is killed. From this moment on, it is Kitty against the world.

    Armed only with a pistol, she sets off to find the culprit of her boyfriend’s (and helicopter’s) demise. Kitty soon realises that she is not alone on this seemingly deserted island, and starts to notice that eerie things are happening. Desperate for help, she makes contact with headquarters, but as long as enemy air defence is in place over the island, they can not send reinforcements. Kitty now knows what she has to do—take out all of the island’s air defence forces using any available means. To do this she must master numerous tasks in various locations, i.e., a jungle, laboratories, and military bases.

    During the course of her mission, Kitty crosses paths with an unscrupulous colonel, who, she finds out, is responsible for the downing of her helicopter and the death of her boyfriend. Together with his scientists, the Colonel is up to even more evil than meets the eye. His master plan is to create a so-called “super soldier” using genetic research and molecular biology.

    There is only one thing to do—stop this horrific plan…

    FEATURES
    - Successful fusion of stealth and adventure gameplay in a full 3D environment
    - Innovative 3D game engine with cutting-edge technologies
    - Engaging plot full of surprising twists will keep you captivated to the dramatic end
    - Hugely accessible 'pick up and play' gaming
    - Unique player and NPC interaction
    - Intuitive controls give you complete direction over Kitty's actions
    - Wide variety of weapons to use.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75612) on Jan 25, 2004.