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M1 Tank Platoon II (Windows)

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Print advertisement - PC Player 05/1998:

    DIE FRATZE DES KRIEGES

    Die ultimative Simulation der modernen Bodenkriegsführung

    SOFORTEINSATZ: EINE ZUFÄLLIG AUSGEWÄHLTE EINZELSCHLACHT BRINGT SIE DIREKT AN DIE FRONT, AUGE IN AUGE MIT DEM RUSSISCHEN FEIND
    AUSBILDUNG: IN "ECHTEN" US ARMY EINRICHTUNGEN; ARMOR SCHOOL, FORT KNOX UND FORT IRWIN
    EINZELSCHLACHTEN: SPIELEN SIE HISTORISCHE UND HYPOTHETISCHE KONFLIKTE NACH, INKLUSIVE DEM GOLF KRIEG UND DEM KALTEN KRIEG
    KAMPAGNEN: GOLF KRIEG III, NORD-AMERIKA, DEM ASIATISCHEM TEIL RUßLANDS, BALKAN UND ZENTRAL- EUROPA
    MULTIPLAYER: IM NETZWERK ODER MIT MODEM/SERIELLER VERBINDUNG

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (110179) on Apr 27, 2010.

Press Release:

    MICROPROSE SENDS 100,000 UNITS OF THE M1 TANK PLATOON® II PC CD-ROM OFF TO THE FRONT LINES

    Game Simulates Comprehensive Ground Military Action Complete With Skirmishes Based on Real Modern Encounters

    ALAMEDA, CA, March 24, 1998 -- Gamers who survived M1 Tank Platoon® in 1989 are drafted by MicroProse to a whole new combat challenge. MicroProse, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS:MPRS) announced today that 100,000 copies of M1 Tank Platoon II, the sequel to the Computer Gaming World's all-time "Hall of Famer," have shipped worldwide. The M1 Tank Platoon II PC CD-ROM takes modern ground warfare to a new stratosphere. Led by the original visionary and creator of M1 Tank Platoon, Scott Spanburg, the design and engineering team has heightened gameplay with amazing graphic intensity, dynamic multiplayer action and new Marine platoons.

    "M1 Tank Platoon II retains the play and interactive elements of the original M1 Tank Platoon while taking full advantage of the capabilities of the new generation of computers," said Scott Spanburg, producer and lead programmer.

    "M1 Tank Platoon II is much more than a 'tank sim' game," said Tom Nichols, Senior Director of Product Marketing at MicroProse. "MicroProse has combined the best of tank and flight simulation and tactical battlefield strategy to provide an all-encompassing 3-D modern ground warfare experience for the player. This game is as close as a person can get to war without actually going to combat, swallowing sand, and getting stuck in the over-heated cockpit of powerful combat vehicles themselves," added Nichols.

    GAMEPLAY
    M1 Tank Platoon II provides a highly realistic, submersive battle environment that will engage players in tactical ground warfare. Capturing the gameplay mechanics of the original title, such as the map view and platoon management, M1 Tank Platoon II showcases more detail, realistic graphics, dynamic mission generation, advanced artificial intelligence and multiplayer support over the network, modem or serial connection. Players command a platoon of M1A2 Abrams tanks from either the gunner or tank commander position, ordering air and ground artillery support as needed to accomplish missions. M1 Tank Platoon II players can also choose to get in the trenches of battle with more than 70 different combat vehicles (ranging from Apache and Russian Hind helicopters to the A-10 Warthog attack fighter plane), or they can mastermind battles using the map view and watch the platoon execute the player's command with precision.

    Gameplay takes place within a graphically enhanced 3-D environment that features photorealistic cockpits, thermal targeting view, texture-mapped terrain plus textured and animated vehicles. As platoons experience combat, they improve. After battles, the players can determine who in the platoon deserves awards, promotions or punishments. This allows the player to develop high-quality platoons that can be used in tough battles. Authentic insignia from the platoon's parent unit (both Army and Marine) are provided in the game and assigned to platoons as the player creates them.

    GAME MODES
    Training Mode - To help players become familiar with the M1A2 Abrams battle tank, the first training mode takes players to the armor school at Fort Knox, where the U.S. Army conducts similar training. Training includes gunnery and navigation sessions for a single tank, and sessions for controlling a platoon of tanks such as formation and battle drills. At Fort Knox, the player can learn and practice skills in a "safe environment" and take their time doing so. The National Training Center is the second training mode in M1 Tank Platoon II, which takes place at Fort Irwin and introduces players to the tactics used in modern tank combat. Actions learned at Fort Irwin include Contact, Deliberate Attack, Defend in Sector, Hasty Attack and more.

    Single Battle - Once ready for combat, players can try Random Battle mode, which provides instant action with a random battle scenario that pits the player against front-line Russian equipment. Then players can move on to a variety of preconfigured battles and replay great historical and hypothetical conflicts. Gulf War scenarios include the famous 6-minute 73 Easting Encounter, in which the Iraqis lost over 50 tanks without creating one U.S. casualty. Classic Cold War encounters such as the Fulda Gap scenario provide an even stiffer challenge.

    Campaign - This mode allows players to try their hand as a military strategist fighting a sequence of 3-12 battles within a campaign theater. M1 Tank Platoon II provides five campaign theaters to choose from: Gulf War II, North Africa, Russian Far East, the Balkans and Central Europe. Every mission in a campaign is dictated by the players demonstration of strategic mastery from the previous mission. The mission type and the size of enemy forces available depends on the player's performance.

    Multiplayer - Four players each command one tank within the same platoon, while a fifth takes charge of the competing forces, providing a mix of cooperative and competitive multiplayer gameplay. Players can fight battles over the network, modem or serial connection.

    Category: Simulation

    Format: Windows® 95 CD-ROM

    Minimum Requirements: Minimum system of 133MHz Pentium compatible or faster, Windows 95, 16MB RAM, quad-speed CD-ROM drive, SVGA graphics, DirectX-compatible sound card

    MicroProse, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for use on CD-ROM-based personal computers. The company is also developing software for the use on next generation 32/64-bit console machines, the Internet and online gaming services. The company has five development studios located in Alameda, California; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas and Chipping Sodbury, England. Products are available nationally and internationally and are sold through major distributors, retailers and mass merchants. Products and company information are available for download from the MicroProse Web site at www.microprose.com.

    Contributed by skl (1141) on Mar 14, 2004.

MicroProse 1998-99 Product Catalog:
    M1 TANK PLATOON II

    The Definitive Simulation of Modern Ground Warfare.

    [Screenshot and M1 graphic set off to the left of the following text:]

    M1 Tank Platoon II. From the creators of the award-winning classic M1 Tank Platoon comes the most realistic modern ground warfare simulation ever: M1 Tank Platoon II. Everything is hyper-real: the detailed cockpits, the thermal view, the trees, even the helicopters that intelligently hide behind hills. This is not just a tank sim. You command aircraft, helicopters, non-tank ground vehicles and infantry. Command platoons in campaigns set in Gulf War II, North Africa, the Russian Far East, the Balkans and Central Europe. And face off against the enemy in a multiplayer battle that will blow you away!

    "...vastly entertaining, thorough, and challenging...one of the great games of the year." --PC Gamer


    Contributed by PCGamer77 (3027) on Jun 19, 2002.

Unknown Source:
    "M1 Tank Platoon 2" gives you command of a platoon of four M1A2 Abrams tanks and their crew. You make all the important decisions; including firing your tank's weapons and using the state-of-the-art thermal view to seek out and destroy enemy forces. Switch between fully-functioning internal cockpits or, observe the conflict at first hand with the external 3-D view.

    Campaign theatres available:
  • Gulf War II
  • North Africa
  • Russian Far East
  • Balkans
  • Central Europe

    Multiplayer combat is available.

    [Taken from the back cover of the budget release game box.]

    Contributed by NGC 5194 (17256) on Sep 05, 2000.