Tread Marks (Windows)

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Written by  :  Eduardo Gabrieloff (34)
Written on  :  Oct 23, 2001
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An Amazing Game about.... Sentient Tanks? And did I just take out that mountain?

The Good

This game is one of the most addicting, entertaining games I have played in years. It has an easy control method of mouse looking, and simple "forward, backward, left and right" commands. The ladder play slowly transforms to meet your skill level. The single player matches against the computer are extremely entertaining, as the computer can match your skill quite easily. The multiplayer is also great. The most amazing thing about this game is the deformable terrain. I've never seen this kind of thing in a 3d game before, and it amazes me. When you shoot any of the amazing weapons, of which there are tons, the terrain dents to show it. This makes driving more difficult, and the game more fun. There are nukes, which eat up HUGE portions of the land, and matter missiles, which form HUGE mountains where ever they hit. The weapons are a great addition. They are all well crafted and thought out. None of them make the game TOO unbalanced, and the ones that do run out of ammo quick, so you better be a good shot. The sounds are also a great addition. The sounds of missiles closing on you scares you, and forces you to move quick! Also, the guns sound great, and the overall barrage of sound makes the battle sound real. There are over fifty levels, and if you get the patches, which Longbow likes to release(thank god for independent developers) you get more, with more game options like CTF and DM, as well as the racing.

The Bad

The turret refuses to aim up or down. This is bad. The Multiplayer is NEVER inhabited. There are several dedicated servers, all without people on them. Just bots. There are some strange bugs in a few levels, when the camera gets positioned inside walls and crazy clipping effects start messing with your head. The guy who made this game died after he made it! How sad is that? It was five dollars at the store. It is worth SO much more!

The Bottom Line

This is an arcade racing game where you can kill the other tanks. There is not too much friction involved, so don't expect to stay on the floor for long. Especially with those huge weapons you'll find.