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Heavy Gear II

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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.


Heavy Gear II Windows In game cutscene -- supporting a rebel attack.
Heavy Gear II Windows Getting up close to an enemy frame gear
Heavy Gear II Windows Sniping at a space frame
Heavy Gear II Windows Each mission brief has a small video

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 (3655)

The Press Says

PC Gamer Windows Sep, 1999 92 out of 100 92
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jul 03, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 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
IGN Windows Jun 29, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
Power Unlimited Windows Apr, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
GamesFirst! Windows Jul 10, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
FiringSquad Windows Jun 26, 1999 80 out of 100 80 Windows Jul 08, 1999 16 out of 20 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 1999 75 out of 100 75


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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.

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