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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 Configuring your gear
Heavy Gear II Windows Impressive artwork in the main menu
Heavy Gear II Windows Each mission brief has a small video
Heavy Gear II Windows Snowfight

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

Electric Games Windows 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Vortex Windows Feb 03, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Spel för Alla Windows Sep, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jul 03, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Over Online Windows Jul 10, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited Windows Apr, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Windows Jun 29, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
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)