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Heavy Gear II (Windows)

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3.8
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Impressive visuals, but lacking in gameplay. blefuscu (424) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
Interesting alternative to Mechwarrior, but still relies on overwhelming numbers... Kasey Chang (3654) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.9
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall MobyScore (21 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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92
PC Gamer
Activision takes giant steps beyond the original, and offers a mech combat game to rival MechWarrior 3 any day of the week.
91
Game Revolution
Mild complaints aside, Heavy Gear 2 is a fantastic game. The engaging story, taut action, meaty sound, epic music, great voice acting, squad mates who actually kick ass, excellent AI, and eye-watering graphics make it the best of the three 'Mech' contenders. Multiplayer even gets a good rub down in Heavy Gear 2, because it's functional and exciting right out of the box. If you have a fast enough computer to handle the heavy load (Pentium 300 recommended by me, 3D accelerator required by them), you'll find that Heavy Gear 2 is just about as good as it gets for the genre.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I think the design team at Activision they accomplished what they set out to do, as this sequel is a departure from and improvement over its predecessor in almost every way. I’m also of the opinion that they succeeded in embracing the gist of Dream Pod 9′s depiction of 62nd century combat, and that this title offers something that most fans of the category probably haven’t experienced before. It’s fast, it’s frenetic and it’s a lot of fun, but I have no doubt that a few people will walk away from HG2 feeling frustrated due to its complexity, and that some will have a problem with the balance between strategy and action that it attempts to strike. If you can handle the difficulty and the learning curve, however, you’ll find HG2 to be one of the deepest sims of its type ever made and a wholly absorbing experience.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
HEAVY GEAR II isn’t perfect, but it sure comes close. The combination of good instant action, an outstanding campaign, and top-notch multiplayer mayhem makes this a game to seriously consider for fans of both giant robot games and 3D shooters. Although there are problems, none of them hamper gameplay. If you want the best giant-robot game on the market. HEAVY GEAR II is an easy choice.
90
Spel för Alla
Heavy Gear II är den hittills bästa robotsimulatorn på marknaden. Balansen mellan action och strategi är så gott som perfekt och den suveräna uppdragsstrukturen gör att du sitter som gjuten framför bildskärmen. Den intressanta handlingen och de högst personliga karaktärerna bidrar också till en verklighetskänsla som inte finns i många andra spel. Om jag ska klaga på någonting så är det de små slarvfelen som exempelvis avsaknaden av en sparfunktion under uppdragen och problemet med tangentbordsknappsindelningen som tyvärr gör att det inte blir en tiopoängare. Men spelvärdet gör att jag har överseende med detta.
90
Electric Games
This game is more than a worthy successor to the first Heavy Gear game. With all the competition out there right now in the form of Mechwarrior and Starsiege, it's interesting to find that this game keeps right up to them in terms of quality and sophistication. Bottom Line: Excellent graphics engine and solid storyline. Many more tactical squad-based missions than the first game in the series. Controls are very complex and will take some time to get used to them. Threat factor based limitations are a little cumbersome, but are fairly flexible.
90
GameSpot
Overall, Heavy Gear II is the most impressive game yet in the giant robot genre. You'll definitely have to break from tradition - there's almost as much Tribes and Terra Nova here as there is MechWarrior (not to mention a pinch of Quake). Still, it's an adaptation well worth making, and Activision's designers deserve praise for realizing that exciting missions and challenging AI are as important as flashy graphics and feature checklists.
90
Game Vortex
Activision, I could kiss you guys for this one. Finally, a mech based game that gives you the choice between simulation control and arcade control. Simulation gives the die hard mech fans the throttle and torso-twisting mayhem that they sooo swoon over. The arcade, which of course is my favorite, allows you to go to war in your Gear and use mouse look and arrow keys similar to a first person shooter.
85
Gamesmania
Nicht schlecht, Herr Specht. Nach dem eindrucksvollen Einschlag von MechWarrior 3 waren Zweifel angebracht, ob Heavy Gear II dessen Vorherrschaft im Mech-Genre noch brechen kann. Das aber versucht Heavy Gear II überhaupt nicht, sondern geht mit einem hervorragend ausbalancierten, frischem Gameplay eigene Wege. Kurz: Ein rundum überzeugendes Spielerlebnis.
85
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Het spel zal wellicht z'n weg vinden in het groepje van 'mech' en 'gear'strijders onder de gamers en dat die het zullen kunnen waarderen, staat als een paal boven water. Het is een aanrader voor ieder die met dit type shoot 'em up wil starten en een must voor diegenen die reeds op voorgaande titels uit dit genre kickten.
85
Game Over Online
Heavy Gear 2 is one of Activision’s finest games. It never let me down in any departments and often surprised me with new, exciting ways of play as well as introducing me to the action and fun-filled enjoyment of this great combat simulation. If you are the type of person who enjoys devastatingly powerful machines and first person action, then this is a game you will enjoy. Activision should feel proud that they have released an awesome sequel, which is not often achieved by other computer game manufacturers.
84
Power Unlimited
Heavy Gear II is in alles beter dan deel 1: veel mooier, groter, soepeler en bovendien meer aktie in spektaculairdere omgevingen. Het logge element dat bij dergelijke games vaak om de hoek komt kijken, is hier nauwelijks meer te bespeuren en dat maakt HG II direkt toegankelijk voor een veel breder publiek. Zwaar oké dus!
84
IGN
We had a lot of fun with Starsiege a few months ago and MechWarrior 3 is still getting a lot of play around the office, but how does the latest, Heavy Gear II, stack up against the competition? Well, not too bad. It's kind of like the porrage that Goldilocks ate, not too hot, but not too cold either. It doesn't quite live up to MechWarrior 3's prowess, but it's certainly fun and it adds some new features to the giant robot genre.
80
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
6.1. ИХГ2 наверняка понравится фанатам симуляторов боевого робота. 6.2. Всем остальным ИХГ2 наверняка не понравится. 6.3. Если вы сами точно еще не знаете, к какой из перечисленных в пп. 6.1, 6.2 групп вы относитесь, не стоит начинать выяснение с ИХГ2. Для начала возьмите что-нибудь попроще.
80
FiringSquad
Heavy Gear 2 is definitely a game for people who are looking to spend some time, get involved with the style and commands, and use their brains, so pure action junkies need not apply. For everyone else, though, there should be enough action, adventure, strategy, and simulation, mixed together in a nice package, to satisfy you. Check this game out!
80
GamesFirst!
Judging from the reactions of gamers since its release, one thing is clear about Heavy Gear II. It is the Uma Thurman of giant robot games. Either you love it immoderately, or it leaves you lukewarm. I’ve got to admit I fall into the second category—while aware of and even standing in admiration of its considerable charms, Heavy Gear II, like Uma, is just not my type. I realize this is not likely to cause a great deal of dismay to either Ms. Thurman or the folks at Activision, but I’m afraid that’s the way it’s going to be for at least some other gamers, and is therefore something you should be aware of before you plunk down 50 bucks for the game. With that in mind, I’ve concocted a short quiz to determine whether or not you should purchase Heavy Gear II.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Très bon jeu. Heavy Gear 2 se classe dans cette catégorie grâce à un travail des développeurs sur tous les plans. Chaque aspect du jeu a été travaillé pour fournir le maximum de gameplay et de réalisme. Si en plus vous aimez l'univers genre FASA, ne vous privez pas !
79
PC Player (Germany)
Die Steuerung ist ebenfalls ein Kapitel für sich. Während die Gegner wie die Aasgeier herumhuschen, würden Sie am liebsten aus Ihrem verkorkst manövrierbaren Gear aussteigen und den Feinden zu Fuß den Marsch blasen. Activision hätte sich entweder für eine Shooter-oder Mech- Steuerung entscheiden sollen. Beides auf einmal ist gut gemeint, aber mäßig umgesetzt. Aber noch ist nicht aller Tage Abend. Wer sich mit der Steuerung anfreundet und unerschrocken genug ist, manchen Missionen selbst nach der vierten Niederlage eine weitere Chance zu geben, der wird belohnt. Die Welten sind erfreulich unterschiedlich ausgefallen. Egal, ob bei Schneewehen oder im übelsten Gewitter – am liebsten würde man stehenbleiben und die Landschaft knipsen. Auch die Missionen besitzen Vorbild-Charakter, da es aufgrund der unterschiedlichen Einsätze immer etwas Neues zu tun gibt.
76
PC Games (Germany)
Für Battlemech-Piloten, die alles unter 35 Tonnen Kampfgewicht als klein abtun, ist Heavy Gear 2 sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig. Die Gears wirken vergleichsweise klein und schwach. Hat man sich aber einmal mit dem Gedanken abgefunden, daß Gears keine Kampfkolosse, sondern eher verstärkte Rüstungen sind, fällt alles etwas leichter. Schnelle Action mit einer durchaus glaubwürdigen Story und vergleichbar leichter Handhabung sprechen für Heavy Gear. Wenn Sie nichts für das Battletech-Universum übrig haben und trotzdem mal in einem Kampfroboter sitzen wollen, ist Heavy Gear 2 die richtige Wahl. Wer es lieber taktisch und groß liebt, ist mit Mechwarrior 3 besser beraten.
75
GameStar (Germany)
Apropos Qualitätssicherung: War die ganze Abteilung schon im Sommerurlaub, oder wurde auf Teufel komm raus ein halbfertiges Spiel in den Handel geschoben? Zugegeben, wenn die Missionen funktionieren, machen sie mächtig viel Spaß. Man weiß vorher nie, was am nächsten Wegpunkt lauert. Dennoch sollten Sie mit dem Kauf bis zum angekündigten Patch warten.
70
Computer Games Magazine
On the whole, Heavy Gear II is very entertaining, with great graphics and a lot of interesting missions, but the game is also marred by graphic errors and annoying AI and control problems. Regardless, Heavy Gear II proves that there's room in town for more then one war-torn, giant robot game on the shelves, and is sure to appeal to those who liked the promise of Mechwarrior 3, but wished for something with faster action and more subtle, stealthy gameplay.