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Battlezone (Windows)

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Description

The history you knew is a lie. There was no Space Race.

The real story is simple... In 1950's, American and Soviet scientists have discovered alien bio-metal that arrived via meteorites. The bio-metal can be quickly and efficiently be turned into amazing weapons and vehicles. Soon all the bio-metal has been "harvested", but neither side have "enough". So the space program is launched to gather MORE bio-metal from the other planets... And fight over the bio-metal deposits.

And now, you are in command of these advanced units. Can you stop the Soviet onslaught?

Battlezone is a first-person RTS where you both command your own vehicle as well as direct other units to fight with you or do other things. You send out harvesters to scavenge bio-metal scraps, which can be turned into units via your Recycler, Mobile Unit Factory, and/or Construction Rig. You then build offensive and/or defensive units that will help you accomplish your mission, all in first-person 3D.

The interface is very intuitive. Put crosshair on unit and hit "command" (defaults to "space"). You then get menu of that unit, with a default command already selected. If you want the default command, point crosshair to target and press "command" again. For example, if you want the tank to attack enemy tank, point at your tank, hit command, point at enemy tank, hit command again. You can issue goto commands the same way, as well as all the other types of commands with this simple and efficient command system.

You can bail out of vehicles that is almost destroyed. You can then use your rifle (with sniper mode) to take out the enemy pilot and hijack his vehicle for your own use. You can even order your own pilot to head back to base on foot so you can grab his vehicle.

You can't expand forever as you're limited by the number of pilots you have, the amount of bio-metal you have, and the number of thermal geysers you have access to. Thus, you have to balance speed, armor, and firepower when you decide what vehicles you should manufacture.

Screenshots

Battlezone Windows Got a walker in my sights.
Battlezone Windows Inside the American scout tank.
Battlezone Windows Player standing in front of the American hardware.
Battlezone Windows The murky sky on Mars

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User Reviews

Mixture of first person shooter and strategy too early for its time Kasey Chang (3654) unrated
Criminally overlooked Ashley Pomeroy (233) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Battlezone: The Most Underrated Game of the Century lonewolf (9) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gamer Jun, 1998 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot UK 1998 93 out of 100 93
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 19, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Games Magazine Apr 08, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play Mar, 1998 90 out of 100 90
GameStar (Germany) Mar, 1998 89 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 1998 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Mar 04, 1998 86 out of 100 86
PC Action Mar 18, 1998 86.5 out of 100 86

Forums

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Free to download and play online! 4 Mobygamesisreanimated (10789)
Apr 22, 2009
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Dec 18, 2007

Trivia

References

  • Distantly related to the original Atari arcade coin-op, you can see the a little bit of the coin-op as a part of the intro movie.
  • In the demo/tutorial, you can actually find the Lunar Lander (i.e. Neil Armstrong's Eagle) in the "vehicle park".

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Action Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #40 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #32 in the "All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1999 - Most Undeserved Flop in 1998
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Best Action-Strategy Game in 1998
Information also contributed by PCGamer77.

Related Web Sites

  • Battlezone 1 (Daily news, downloads, guides, technical help and other useful information. )
  • Battlezone Community (Community site with downloads, videos, guides, technical help and other useful information.)
  • Wildcat's Battle Zone HQ (Features maps, codes, downloads, and more for the game.)
robotriot (8641) added Battlezone (Windows) on Nov 01, 1999