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Armada

by DREAMCAST ARMADA
Sega Dreamcast
Everyone
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00000K119
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,629 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Top-down space shooters, so popular in the late '80s, have gone the way of leg warmers and Mr. T. With the influx of richly textured 3-D worlds and interactive environments, old-school shooters aren't exactly in massive demand. But Armada for the Dreamcast boldly bucks that trend by giving gamers more than just a rehashed shooter. Armada takes the addictive formula of breakneck shooting action and melds it ingeniously with role-playing game (RPG) elements such as involved character interaction and a growth system based on experience points.

As a member of Allied Command, you must annihilate the destructive Armada whose reign threatens all humankind. But behind this simplistic premise lies a deep gameplay system, where you travel within an enormous galaxy filled with space stations, supernovas, planets, and a battery of Armada ships. Although you are assigned primary missions, there are plenty of secondary objectives, spaceship tweaking, and status building during the nonlinear gameplay. In this way Armada cleverly interjects rapid shooting action with involved strategy elements to create a unique experience. Throw in four-player simultaneous play--with up to four people onscreen at once--and Armada has plenty of multiplayer fun as well. --Sajed Ahmed

Pros:

  • Loaded with elements of sci-fi, fast shooters, and tactical play
  • 6 distinct races to choose from
  • RPG-like credit system, where you earn credits to spend on tweaking your ship
  • Create and name your own character
Cons:
  • The environments are muted
  • Gameplay can become monotonous

Review

Part Diablo, part Gauntlet, and part Starcraft, Metro3D's Armada is a space-faring action-RPG that pits the six races of Homo Sapiens eleven millennia in the future against a mysterious biomechanical threat known as the Armada The game's universe is near infinite in size, and its genres are wide in scope. As captain of a formidable craft (upgradable to deadly and beyond with experience) you war against an alien horde, perform quests, gain experience, create trade routes, and piece together the plot of this space opera of epic proportions.

Here's the deal: Humanity fled Earth in the early fourth millenium. For the following ten millennia, deadly biomechanical aliens known as the Armada waged genocidal war against the humans throughout the diaspora of space. The six "tribes" of humans found each other in the galactic safe house of the Nexus Cluster and joined together to fight as one.

In a lot of ways, Armada is an RPG. Your character has stats: weapon, science, engineering, tactical, and navigation. You can choose from any of the six races, each having its own personal or technological strengths and weaknesses. Terran ships are the sturdiest, Scarab craft are stealthy, Drakken craft are versatile, and so on. Like most RPGs, it's all about power. As you gain experience, your stats increase. You can also upgrade to more-powerful ships with more power-up "slots." You can purchase new devices and hardware from any of the races to integrate into your craft. And when you defeat Armada foes, you can salvage pieces of their bizarre technology. This is where things get really interesting, and what may separate Armada from the linearity that plagues so many of today's RPGs.

Designer Mark Jordan told us how you can influence the advancement of the Allied races in more ways than by just zapping aliens. "You can... accelerate each race's research rate and path they traverse through their tech tree by donations or sale of Armada technology to a particular race's star base." So you're not just a single active character in a static environment. Your actions affect the progress of individual races and as a result, the entire political and technological milieu of the game. For all its complexity, Armada looks to be first and foremost an action game. The controls are designed for combat. You have rotation, thrust, and fire, as well as shields and a stealth mode that tax your limited energy. Each race has its designated special weapon as well. One has a tractor beam; another can heal multiple Allied ships. Others weapons include a save cannon, an engine blaster, and the ominous -sounding burn fields and link lasers, whose functions are still a mystery. All ships also have a phase bomb (remember the smart bombs from Defender?) that affects all onscreen enemies.

The screens we've seen so far certainly look like an action game. In fact, what we've seen looks more like a superpowered Asteroids than an action version of Starcraft. Think a heavily upgraded version of EA's Genesis and PC classic, StarFlight, and you're on the right track. No linear-scripted adventure game, Armada promises to be open-ended and versatile. Though there is a definite endgame goal, the universe itself is near infinite and the game doesn't end when you solve the final quest. The designers say they didn't want to stop people from having fun and going new places after all their hard work. Hidden races, powerful ancient artifacts, and the capacity for four-person multiplayer action add longevity to what already promises to be a diverse game of stellar proportions.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Try November 30, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Armada is the game most Dreamcast owners have been waiting for: it's not a fighting game or a driving game and you can play it for hundreds of hours without finishing it. This is the closest thing to an RPG the Dreamcast will get this year, so RPG fans will enjoy it. As far as the graphics go, it is definitely 128-bit, but the graphics aren't huge like Soul Calibur. It is very clean and colorful and the nebula effects are cool. Control-wise, it took me a few minutes to get used to the controls (with the thin instruction manual and all) but once you play for a little while, it becomes intuitive and perfectly suited for the game. I haven't gotten too deep into the storyline, but thinking of what might happen makes me want to play it more everyday--and you can't say that about most Dreamcast games. For replayability, you have 6 races, multiple slots to save games and characters to, and the ability to THINK FOR YOURSELF -- you decide if you want to take on a mission, you decide which races you want to help, you decide if you want to take on the big bad guys or hightail it back to earth. I do suggest that you play it in parties and such. The four-player mode is incredible and becomes a free-for-all Asteroids game like in the old days.
Great graphics, awesome gameplay, and the missing Dreamcast element: Story. Try it. It was the best money I've spent in a long time.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armada by Metro3d December 15, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
To give you guys a better perspective on Armada, Let me tell you guys this..., I am just a causual pick-me-up-put-me-down gamer. I don't care much for seasons on sport games, nor do I care much about unlocking all the different costumes and art work on Soul Calibur. I don't know how many other people are like me, but for those who are... this review may help you decide on this game. I'm loving this game. I'm actually using my VMU to save more than just game configurations! Can you believe it! The controls are a bit difficult at first, but you'll be able to adapt pretty quickly. First off, this game reminds me of SubSpace, for those who never heard of it, it's pretty much like a multiplayer Asteroids type game. Add in a story-line. (which I don't care much for hehe) And you got yourself a time wasting game called Armada. The multiplayer action is awesome. My friends, who are very casual gamers, those who don't own a console, even enjoys this game. It's fun taking up all the credits for yourself. Take a look at this game, definite sleeper hit of the year. And for those who JUST want a pick-me-up-then-put-me-down kinda game.. Avoid this at all cost. Because you won't be able to -put-me-down-.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic November 28, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is very good..the replay value is excellent althought the graphics aren't really that great, but it's up there. There are 6 races to choose from each with its own power and weakness and you make your character whoever you want it to be and also the story, you can follow the mission objectives or just explore and do other optional objectives out there...there are different worlds you can visit and should keep notes of some coordiantes because some of them might be clues, the space in this game is huge, it's just like you keep going and going. You can also have a wingman to help you out.
This is mixed with Asteroids and Wing Commander. this is a space-shooter with RPG elements, you can upgrade, buy parts to your ships , levels, and experience.
There are up to 4-players in this game (co-op) and all four, three, two can help beat the game....i heard this game has around 100 hours of gameplay and even though you beaten it, there's still more to explore.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DreamCast goes RPG December 9, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've only had the game a couple of days so this is an initial impression review. The first night I actually fired up the game, I got so wrapped up in the story, completion of my missions, and development of my spaceship, I played from 8pm to 4am. And this from a person that hated shoot 'em up games like Doom and Duke Nukem. The game's premise is its 10,000 years in the future. People from Earth have spread throughout the galaxy and have evolved into six distinctly different subspecies. You get to pick from one of these. The Armada is bent on the distruction of all and any forms of humanity - know one knows why. Your job is to join the defense forces against the Armada. Seems like a shoot 'em up game right? Well, the game also gives hints that there's a possibility that you could communicate and perhaps make peace with this relentless enemy. The space area seems to be endless. The are planets and nebula and galaxies to discover and explore where their might be clues to defeat or make peace with the Armada. Like I said, I just got it and its going to be fun. The graphics are pretty good, not excellent but very good. Its easy to learn the basics but figuring out the details will take time (be prepared to keep notes).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Armada! December 20, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was completely surprised at how complex yet enjoying the gameplay is. You fly around and shoot alien spacecraft for exp and credits. Ally ships fly to you, as you talk to them, they'll follow you and help you out. Distress signals from other ships requiring help. Different worlds to explore, different shops scattered around, wormholes, different upgrades and powerups. TONS ssions! Lots of different BIG bosses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seller
Item was broken from shippment but thats the fault from the shipping company. I get a rebate for the item asap and no other problems with the seller. Read more
Published on March 13, 2009 by Daniel N. Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars This game is SIC!
I dont care what any of you people gotta say about this game. I own a plasma tv, and I got a ps3, so dont tell me what good graphics are. Read more
Published on January 26, 2008 by E. Rivera
1.0 out of 5 stars A massive mistake!
First, don't get me wrong: I love 2D space shooters and RPGs. 'Armada' is a mix of these fine genres, but it's a very poor mix. Read more
Published on May 24, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars A massive mistake!
First, don't get me wrong: I love 2D space shooters and RPGs. 'Armada' is a mix of these fine genres, but it's a very poor mix. Read more
Published on May 24, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Armada - A good game that could have been much better.
No genre goes back as far as the shooter. The first computer game, the 2 player Space War, was a shooter, with subsequent titles, such as the classic Asteroids, being more complete... Read more
Published on September 15, 2002 by Marshall Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars A really addicitve game.
This game is great. The graphics and sound are good. Basicly you conytrol a little space ship blowing aliens up and completing missions. Read more
Published on February 19, 2002 by Matthew
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat and boring...don't waste your time or money
I can't believe that a game this shallow actually made it into production for a system such as Dreamcast. Read more
Published on December 19, 2000 by Gamer from Pittsburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever heard of a game called Escape Velocity?
Well I must say that from the various Dreamcast review sites I've checked out, this game is probably the ultimate Dreamcast sleeper. Read more
Published on September 5, 2000 by Isaac Church
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining for a while, not much replay value
Initially, I was very excited by this game. The 2-D action of rotating a ship and using a thrust button to move was familiar from old arcade games; the graphics were kind of... Read more
Published on July 25, 2000 by Jeremy York
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good game despite simple graphics...
At first glance, Armada doesn't look like much. On first impression, it looks like your run of the mill space shoot-out, with slightly more complex controls. Read more
Published on June 29, 2000
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