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Heavy Gear II

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Description

As the leader of the special ops group Dark Talons, lead your squad mates on a series of dangerous missions as you discover the NEC plot against your homeland, Terra Nova. Operate behind enemy lines as you gather data, attack enemy camps, capture enemy leaders, take over space stations, and more. Combat happens on land, underground (huge caverns), and even in space. There are plenty of weapons to outfit your gear, even some hand-to-hand weapons. You can also add perks and flaws to further customize your gear. Stealth is a major concern in some missions. The game play feel is very different from the Mechwarrior series.

Set in Dream Pod 9's Heavy Gear universe (it actually rivals the Battletech universe in complexity, though not nearly as famous), this game requires 3D accelerator with its "Dark" 3D engine. The gears are capable of very human-like movements, such as kneeling, crawling, and jumping.

Screenshots

Heavy Gear II Windows Sniping at a space frame
Heavy Gear II Windows Battles in space
Heavy Gear II Windows Snowfight
Heavy Gear II Windows Watch where you point that thing...

Alternate Titles

  • "Heavy Gear II: Mission Caprice" -- German title

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User Reviews

Impressive visuals, but lacking in gameplay. Windows blefuscu (424)
Interesting alternative to Mechwarrior, but still relies on overwhelming numbers... Windows Kasey Chang (3654)

The Press Says

PC Gamer Windows Sep, 1999 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot Windows Jul 01, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Sep, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1999 85 out of 100 85
GamesFirst! Windows Jul 10, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
FiringSquad Windows Jun 26, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jun 27, 1999 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1999 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 1999 75 out of 100 75
Computer Games Magazine Windows Jul 14, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Christmas

If you play a netgame around Christmas, the gears will be wearing Santa hats.

Development

Before the game was released, Activision actually had three different HUD designs for the cockpit displays: demo (from the demo version), graphical, and military. By popular vote, military was chosen for the game.

Intel

Heavy Gear II was selected as one of the showcase games for the "Intel Inside" advertising campaign that year.

Linux version

Heavy Gear II is Loki's first major port attempt that features 3D acceleration. As the original was Direct3D only, Loki has to port the game to OpenGL, as well as rewrite all the soundcard code to OSS/OpenAL standards, but the end result is virtually identical to the Windows version.

Multiplayer

The Linux version can actually play with the Windows version on the network. There are no difference between the clients once you're connected.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2000 - Most Bugs in 1999

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Contributed to by Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156)