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EarthSiege 2

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PC Multimedia & Entertainment (96 out of 100) (96%)

Playing Earthsiege II brought back many memories of playing the original ES. Of course, playing ES2 is a far more rewarding experience in every way. The only thing that ES2 lacks is multiplayer support. As a stand alone sim, this game rocks! Very few games or simulations can please the eye this much. Shoot-um-up non-stop Cybrid bashing is what this title is all about, with sights, sounds and gameplay that many other companies can only dream of balancing so well. If you didn't like MechWarrior II, then I feel ES2 may have been what you were looking for.

Mar 27th, 1996 · Windows · read review

PC Zone (1993-2010) (9 out of 10) (90%)

If you've seen and liked the first one, you'll like this, because it's exactly the same. Basically, it's less of a sequel, and more of an 'exactly the same game, but the technology now allows it to look rather better'. There'll be a short term for that one day. Oh. And I forgot to mention that it's Windows 95 only.

Aug 13th, 2001 · Windows · read review

Privat Computer PC (87 out of 100) (87%)

PÄ mange mÄder er Earthsiege 2 et flot produkt, som Sierra sagtens kan vÊre bekendt. Det afgÞrende er dog, om man kan lide spillets koncept, der efter min mening er lidt for ensformig til at vÊre rigtigt sjovt.

1996 · Windows

PC Player (Denmark) (87 out of 100) (87%)

Den smukke SVGA-grafik afvikles anstÊndigt pÄ minimumskravet, og den begrÊnsede lyd (boom, bang!) er udmÊrket, selv om et heftigt soundtrack ville vÊre som flÞdeskum pÄ lagkagen. Vigtigst af alt: Earthsiege 2 er sjovt og har en herlig blanding af vild action med en saltgran simulation, og overtrumfer forgÊngeren pÄ alle punkter.

1996 · Windows

PC Action (Germany) (85 out of 100) (85%)

Mechwarrior II oder Earthsiege II? Keine leichte Frage. In Sachen Steuerung liegt Mechwarrior II vorne, da man schon mit dem Joystick alleine die meisten Funktionen kontrollieren kann. Dazu kommt natĂŒrlich noch, daß Mechwarrior II ĂŒber den beliebteren und fundierteren Hintergrund verfĂŒgt, denn die Zahl der Strategiespiele, BĂŒcher und Figuren aus der Mechwarrior-Welt ist unĂŒberschaubar. Earthsiege II dagegen weist die bessere Grafik und vor allem nach einen Flugmodus auf, indem man endlich auch einmal Mech-Flugzeuge fliegen kann. Wer weniger Wert auf Story legt, scheint mit Earthsiege II besser bedient, aber auch wer das eine Spiel schon kennt, kann bedenkenlos zum anderen greifen.

Mar 1996 · Windows

PC Games (Germany) (82 out of 100) (82%)

Earthsiege 2: Skyforce kann technisch sicherlich mit MechWarrior 2 gleichziehen. Allerdings richtet sich das Produkt eher an die Einsteiger unter den Roboterschlacht-Fans, denn die Battle-Mechs lassen sich doch mit deutlich mehr Liebe zum Detail ausstatten als die Hercs. Trotzdem: Earthsiege 2 ist ein durchweg empfehlenswertes Spiel fĂŒr jeden, der gerne mit Metall-Kolossen in die Schlacht zieht.

Mar 1996 · Windows

Power Play (82 out of 100) (82%)

Netter Versuch, Sierra, aber „Mechwarrior 2“ stĂ¶ĂŸt Ihr damit nicht vom Robo-Thron. „Earthsiege 2“ sieht verdammt gut aus, hört sich wunderbar an, reicht in Sachen AtmosphĂ€re jedoch nicht an Activisions Battlemech heran. Die Missionen sind weniger abwechslungsreich und verlangen kaum strategisches Vorgehen, die Hercs sehen höchstens wie kleine Geschwister der Battlemechs aus und die Waffen lassen sich nicht so schön konfigurieren. Trotzdem ist „Earthsiege 2“ ein ernsthafter Mitbewerber, denn der schöne Wirtschaftsteil, die zahlreichen Missionen und die Möglichkeit, einen Flieger zu steuern, hebt es von allen anderen Robo-Sims ab. Grafisch auf jeden Fall besser als „Mechwarrior 2“ ĂŒberzeugen vor allem die gigantischen Explosionen und Effekte. FĂŒr Krieger mit schnellen Maschinen ein Muß, auch wenn das Vorzeigeprodukt „Mechwarrior 2“ bleibt.

Mar 1996 · Windows · read review

GamesFirst! ( ) (80%)

Although it is still not as good as Mechwarrior 2, EarthSiege 2 is definitely a good game. There are a wide variety of weapons you can choose from and each herc (EarthSiege’s equivalent of a mech) can be outfitted independently. As the game progresses, new weapons, defenses and hercs are developed and available for use. They even have a flying Herc, the Razor. In addition, the theme is very well done. Personally, I am attracted to games with a good theme. And the classic, “mankind is on the brink of extinction and you alone can make a difference” theme is my favorite. That is why I have loved the Wing Commander series so much. EarthSiege’s theme pulls you into it and the game becomes really addictive. Also, I think unless you are an avid BattleTech fan and know a lot about modifying a Mech already, you will be relieved at the way Hercs are modified. It is much easier than Mechwarrior 2, although perhaps not as flexible.

1996 · Windows · read review

PC Joker (80 out of 100) (80%)

Wichtiger sind hier aber ohnehin die intuitiv beherrschbare Steuerung und das deutlich abwechslungsreicher geratene Missionsdesign - hohe GebirgszĂŒge und darin versteckte TĂ€ler lassen die „Allein-auf-weiter-Flur-Gefechte“ von einst schnell vergessen. Schade bloß, daß auch Earthsiege 2 immer noch das letzte Quentchen AtmosphĂ€re fehlt; hier wĂ€ren eine griffigere Story und etwas mehr Drumherum hilfreich gewesen. Weil das aber auch fĂŒr „Mechwarrior“ gilt, hat Sierra nun letzten Endes doch die Kanone leicht vorne: Die hiesigen BlechschĂ€den sind einfach sehenswerter.

Mar 1996 · Windows

High Score (4 out of 5) (80%)

Trots att Earthsiege 2 Àr ett Windows 95-spel sÄ Àr det vÀldigt smidigt Àven med full grafik och hög upplösning. Grattis Sierra, nu har ni lyckats förstöra mitt nattsömn igen.

Sep 1996 · Windows

PC Player (Germany) ( ) (80%)

Im direkten Vergleich bietet Mechwarrior 2 die besseren Missionen, auch das KĂ€mpfen selbst finde ich wegen der Hitze-Shutdowns etwas spannender. Earthsiege 2 ist aber ein starker Konkurrent; Fans der Superroboter mĂŒssen beide Programme haben.

May 1996 · Windows

Gameplay (Benelux) (78 out of 100) (78%)

Samengevat: stukken beter dan zijn voorganger, maar toch nog met enkele schoonheidsfoutjes.

Jun 1996 · Windows

Gamezilla (78 out of 100) (78%)

Despite its shortcomings, EarthSiege 2 is quite a bit of fun. It's not substantially different from the original EarthSiege, except, of course, more advanced. It's also not substantially different from MechWarrior 2, but it does add some nice touches that were obviously missing from MechWarrior. Without human-vs.-human capability though, I really can't enthusiastically recommend this game unless you love this genre. The missions and scenarios are nicely varied within the limited imagination of the game's storyline (that is, there are some nice scenery changes), as are the HERCs you can pilot. The music is OK at best (a letdown from the gorgeous opening score of MechWarrior 2, though) and the acting of General I-forget-his-name is repetitive. Couldn't they have filmed, say, five or six more phrases for him to say after a good mission? It looks like there was certainly room on the CD for it.

Nov 5th, 1999 · Windows

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( ) (70%)

Science fiction fans may find things a little empty for their tastes, but anybody who loves good-looking action games, or who just can't enough giant-robot combat, should definitely consider picking up a copy of EARTHSIEGE 2. Regardless of the drawbacks, it will help to tide you over until MECHWARRIOR 3. But before you go off for a few hours of kicking the can, try and do one thing for the good of computer gaming write an angry note to Sierra and let them know that online manuals are not a trend we want to see continue. We can only hope they'll blame this idea on the Cybrids and go back to giving us our money's worth. And if they're concerned about trees, they should just wrap the diamond case and manual in plastic, and do away with the big, useless, double-walled box.

Jul 1996 · Windows

Gamesmania.de (70 out of 100) (70%)

Pro: Besonders erfreulich ist, daß bei der Installation ein evtl. schon vorhandenes DIRECTX vom Installationsprogramm erkannt und berĂŒcksichtigt wird. Bemerkenswert ist auch die UnterstĂŒtzung diverser Joysticks und ZusatzgerĂ€te.
Contra: Obwohl Earth Siege 2 ein echtes Windows 95 Produkt ist, kann es doch zu Konflikten zwischen Maus und Bildschirm kommen. Etwas störend wirkt auch das stĂ€ndige hin- und herschalten der Grafikmodi zwischen MenĂŒ- und Actionsequenzen. Diese Wehwehchen sind aber wohl eher durch >Microsoft's Programmierer als durch Sierra entstanden. Wirklich vermißt habe ich eine Mehrspielerfunktion wie es sie bei MechWarrior II gibt.

1996 · Windows · read review

Game Revolution (B-) (67%)

Explosions Rule!!!!! Especially the explosions in this action packed game from Sierra. Gamers will no longer be bored with the bangs of old where the enemy starts to smoke and the just goes bang, the same way every time. Earthsiege2 brings a new element of reality to dynamic graphics. Now if you shoot an enemy in its arm, its arm will blow off, and won't just disappear when it hits the ground but rather stay there for you to trip over later. Parts flying everywhere, amazing fireballs and smoldering remnants of what used to be an enemy HERC all add to this game's realism. The sound is good, but the butt-kicking graphics outshine it so much that you barely notice the impressive audio.

Jun 5th, 2004 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (6.1 out of 10) (61%)

With graphics quite a bit cleaner than those in, say, MechWarrior 2, ES2's 50-plus missions are just that crucial bit more challenging, and the addition of an air-capable HERC called the "A-10" - er, ahem, I mean the "Razor," - makes the overall combat action all the more hectic. Like in the first game, players can outfit and customize their HERC units between battles, and those missions involving Razor air strikes are tantamount to pretty decent little flight sims in their own right. If I were forced at gunpoint to point newbies toward one battle-mech game, EarthSiege 2 would probably be the one.

May 1st, 1996 · Windows · read review

Player Reviews

An excellent 'Mech game

The Good
The graphics are amazing. Also, it was one of the first Win95-only games which made it easy to get running. I don't think it ever locked up (amazingly!), and it ran really fast. The sounds of the weapons, and the weapons themselves (excluding the missiles) were pretty awesome. The 3D "virtual reality" environment is still very impressive. The missions are challenging.



The Bad
A big, big problem I have with ES2 is the lack of mouse support during the missions. You can turn the HERC's turret, but only with the keyboard or joystick. I find it much easier to use the mouse to turn the turret. :) In this aspect, MechWarrior 2 blows ES away.

The mission briefings were really boring... sitting there listening to General Gierling going on and on. I think they could have done that a little better. The actor who played Gierling was great, don't get me wrong, but all he did was sit there and read. It would have been better if he had a bigger role in the game.

The plot (of ES I and II) left a lot to be desired. It's basically the same as the Terminator movie, except with HERCs instead of Terminators. Dynamix had the contract for the original MechWarrior and when FASA went to Activision to make MWII, Dynamix still wanted to make 'Mech games and they basically threw ES I together. ES II isn't a whole lot different from ES I (a few new HERCs, some new graphics), so they can be considered together. ES I and II have far superior graphics to Mechwarrior 2 (the unaccelerated, basic version), but they lacked the rich universe that FASA has spent 15 years creating to back MW up. The FASA/MechWarrior/BattleTech universe is by FAR more detailed than either ES or Heavy Gear, with RPG's and about a hundred books written my major sci-fi authors to broaden its source base. Dynamix hired various people (published sci-fi writers, etc.) to develop the ES universe for Starsiege (ES III), but Starsiege was a major disappointment to me, and that's for another review. :)

The Bottom Line
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The biggest difference between Mechwarrior 2 and Earthsiege is that MW2 has the rich universe FASA has created behind it, so it has a grand story that you, as a player, are fighting in. ES doesn't have this... basically, if you watch the Terminator you know what ES is about.

More specific differences include: in Mechwarrior you must manage heat buildup as a result of firing weapons, which isn't a factor in Earthsiege. Also, in MW 'Mechs can have jump jets (which let them fly for limited distances), but the ES "HERCs" are ground-only except for the Razor aircraft.

Overall, ES2 is a great game, except for the lack of mouse support. If you like 'Mech-type games, you can't miss it!

by Raphael (1245) on Oct 29th, 1999 · Windows

Challenged the mighty MechWarrior 2 series for the giant robot sim crown.

The Good
Outstanding graphics for the day -- HERCs burst into flames, which looks much more impressive and realistic than the shattering polygons of other sims; solid control scheme; well-crafted campaign that lets the player make interesting decisions about what kinds of robots and weapons to use; nice attempt to spice things up with occasional air bombing missions.

The Bad
Instant Action mode is lame and repetitive, as it really just consists of three different (highly simplistic) "shoot'em-up" scenarios. The air missions can be jarring interruptions rather than pleasant diversions. Veteran mech pilots might find this game a little too easy.

The Bottom Line
Earthsiege 2 was a slick and fun robot sim when it was released, and it’s still a great bargain-bin pickup if you're looking for a "quick fix."

by PCGamer77 (3159) on May 30th, 2002 · Windows

Excellent Mech action. Smooth action. Easy to learn.

The Good
You can jump right in to instant action and start blasting or you can settle down into missions to run a whole battle scenerio. Easy to control. Built in tutorials.

The Bad
Some of the mech types just seem to be a little slow. But it's by design

The Bottom Line
Jump into a Mech and battle. 1st person combat. Good storyline.

by gametrader (208) on Aug 4th, 2000 · Windows

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Critic reviews added by jean-louis, Scaryfun, Apogee IV, Patrick Bregger, Wizo, Tomas Pettersson, Cantillon.