Review By Jeff Goins, Dwarven Tavern Cyberzine
Well, one of my favorite games of the old arcade days was sorely missed. Of course I'm talking about Battle Zone. The game of 3D wireframe tanks duking it out on a 3D wireframe landscape in the noise-laden halls of video arcade honor. It was always great to find a friend and go blow each other to wireframe bits amidst the vector graphic mountains and hills of the early 1980's.
Notice I said the game WAS sorely missed. Until now. The game that took its place in my heart is none other than Battle Zone itself! Yes! Battle Zone is now an incredible 3D combat game for the PC, and I love it! It has been completely updated for today's PC gaming needs. Fantastic #d graphic and sounds are only the beginning. Now, it's a real time, action-strategy game. To date, it's the best I've played. Here's why.
I am in control of the scene from any one of 25 diferrent war machines or bail out to find a better one, all while commanding my force to take over the Russkies ships for salvage. The rate of play is intense and the battle sounds are enough to make me feel like I'm there. The graphics are reminiscent of Quake which makes it a familiar face to begin play. I loved jumping out and taking pot shots at the enemy with my sniper rifle, too cool.
The weapons are very interesting with very cool combinations with which to experiment. I just started playing it today, so I have a lot of experimenting to do to find that perfect combo.
Calling in the artillery is one the cooler features of the game. Watching as the bombs are deployed into the enemies ranks from afar made me feel like I was really in control.
The interface is smooth and efficient and very creatively done. The HUD give lots of options right there at my fingertips, including a topographic radar display that gives a 100 yard terrain display, and a nav beacon camera that I can set and watch what happens from a remote location. All the features and abilities combined with teh interface make Battle Zone one of the coolest games I've ever played, definately the coolest game this year.