Written by  :  Indra is stressed (20706)
Written on  :  May 23, 2004
Platform  :  DOS
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Got to be the B E S T modern combat simulation around!

The Good

Saddle up, if you think Gunship was great, then prepare to be blown out of your boots with this one.

If you've read my review on Gunship, well let's just say nothing prepared for the sheer excitement the sequel had to offer! Gunship 2000 I repeat is the BEST modern combat simulation around, even by today's standards! (Unless they did come up with something good that I'm not aware of...let me know somebody!)

Everything in this version of Gunship is bigger in every element:
  • New Choppers: Once you only had an Apache Longbow, now you have more than one Apache Longbow versions in addition to various other choppers like the Blackhawk, Cobra, etc. Different kinds of choppers provide various combinations of offense and defense (although at most occasions you'd prefer a whole bunch of Apache Longbow D choppers locked and loaded with Hellfire missiles!) Some missions such as rescue missions require you having one Blackhawk chopper for example.
  • Wingmen: Once you were a lone pilot, now you can have 4 buddies guarding your behind and see the whole horizon filled up with Hellfire missiles...it really doesn't get any better than that! You wingmen and wingwomen even gain ranks and medals, so it's more character development for RPG fans!

Wow, my limited vocabulary level eludes me from explaining all the great stuff about the game. Every new mission is an anticipation of a new medal or a new rank. New ranks means new wing pilots or new choppers to fly.

This was also the first time I experience the sheer power of the Sound Blaster digital speech in a simulation game. Suddenly my wingman was crying out "Incoming left, right, front, back...dang it all over!" (dramatization). That just blew me away! (that and the sidewinder stuck at my aft!) The sound effects was a major element in this game. Missiles flying, tanks exploding, machine guns roaring...it did it all. Everything just became a little closer to reality, dang they did a great job on this game!

The Bad

So I only get 4 wingmen flying around, that ain't bad. Could use more, but that wouldn't be fun either wouldn't it? Hehe. Gotta find me a good emulator to play this game again.

The Bottom Line

This is totally simulation magic.