BlastZone 2 is a horizontal-scrolling shoot 'em up with 3D graphics.
Your ship has a health meter and can take quite a number of hits before going down. In addition to the regular shots you have a charge shot button for stronger attacks.
There are seven different ships with their own stats and weapon loadouts. Some weapons have a recoil that will push your ship backwards when used.
Some destroyed enemies will drop powerups in one of six flavors: power, speed, armor, fire speed, charge shot strength and health refill. Losing a life will set you back some upgrades.
Additional charge fire modes are unlocked as you progress through the stages, concluding with a hyper mode that will upgrade your ship's attacks temporarily when used.
There are five game modes, some of which have to be unlocked:
Mission Mode: The Savior - story mode taking place over eight stages and four bosses
Classic Mode 1 - a recreation of the original BlastZone's gameplay where you have to prevent enemies from reaching the edge of the screen
Classic Mode 2 - similar to Classic Mode 1, but you lose points instead of lives
Survival - an endless mode of randomly generated levels
Blitz - you start fully powered up
All the game modes can be played with two players on the platforms that support it. There are also three or four different difficulty modes, depending on the game mode.