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Reviewed: BattleZone 2
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: June 11th 2000
Page: 3

Installation of the game is a trying experience, mostly because it autodetects the videocard. Thanks to this, some videocards won't work with it, and every time you change drivers or cards, you may have to reinstall the game to get it to run properly. This aside, the installation is pretty straightforward... if you can sit through 500MB of files plus the additional time to install the version patch from 1.0 to 1.1 every time a videocard company releases new drivers.

An icy landscape.
I stole an enemy vehicle (hehe)
The Scion big tank... scary.

Graphically the game has everything you'd expect--light sourcing, heavy fog effects, 1st and 3rd person camera modes. In high detail, with shadow and geometry all the way up, the graphics can be remarkable. In an unfortunate turn of events; however, pushing these to the max will make the game almost unplayable when more than 3 or 4 units get onscreen. Medium graphic settings still look good; however, and will enable a modest system to run decently until there are an extreme number of units onscreen.

Strategically the game is pretty simple: since you can't order a unit to attack something you can't see, sending units to the enemy base isn't a good way to do things (you'll have to lead them). This makes players take a little more hands-on approach, which is highly appropriate to the game's setting combining FPS and RTS gameplay. The game is more immersive by adding this true line-of-sight vision system, which is more realistic compared to most other RTS games.

Archers will shoot down your base
from outside radar distance.
Use the sniper scope to take down
enemy units from far away.
Enough artillery for you?

Unfortunately for the game's mood, the sound system isn't quite as good as the gameplay. While the music is nice and matches the game pretty well, some of the sound effects are pathetic, especially the weapon fire. It makes the game feel almost cartoony, with the canned gunfire and spanging bullet sounds.

Overall, BattleZone 2 is a really fun game with some great gameplay elements. It's marred by sound effects that don't quite match and the fact that it's a real system hog: if you've got the processor power, it could be an amazing choice.

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Added:  Sunday, June 11, 2000
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
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