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BattleTanx: Global Assault

Platform : Nintendo 64
Rated: Teen
4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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In the BattleTanx universe, the year 2006 ushers in a nasty virus that wipes out nearly the entire female population, sending governments into a Mars Needs Women-style stockpiling of the remaining few. Once the craze hits a Pokémon-level frenzy, countries begin waging the ultimate battle for the sexes. Nice storyline, 3DO. Luckily, the BattleTanx vehicle combat series focuses on unabashed action and only barely hints at its tacky premise, so please, read on.

BattleTanx: Global Assault retreads the well-received 1998 debut with new weapons, power-ups, and locations, and revamped graphics and effects. Gameplay is simple. Players take control of 12 different tanks, ranging from an air-gliding hover tank to super-armored monster tanks, and battle it out against computerized tanks or up to three other players in a variety of global cities. Part of the fun of the original game is the ability to destroy buildings, taken to a new level in Global Assault with a greater variety of destructible objects, including cars and street lamps. Power-ups and weapons abound, with cloaking abilities, turbo boosts, mines, and nuclear weapons providing devastatingly fun ways to turn enemies into big ol' twisted heaps of smoking metal.

The single-player game features seven different modes of play, including deathmatch and capture the flag variations. The very addictive, over-the-top fun of the debut's multiplayer mode returns with more frenzied and explosive butt-kicking. --Eric Twelker

Review

It's always frustrating to watch sequels make the same mistakes as their predecessors, but it happens often. Instances such as the weak camera from the original Croc showing up again in Croc 2 are surprisingly common. That said, 3DO's BattleTanx: Global Assault is remarkable because its developers clearly listened to all the complaints lodged against the first title and systematically corrected those problems in part two. While the end result isn't necessarily a flawless game, it's a title much improved over BattleTanx and far easier to recommend.

The premise of BattleTanx new and old was inspired by the plots from at least several apocalyptic '70s sci-fi films and novels. In this latest edition, you and your wife are safeguarding chieftains of a new civilization and have recently sired a child - a rarity in this future world, where most of the women have died due to a strange, if modestly generic plague. One of the other world leaders, a madwoman who controls most of Europe, has discovered that your son has telepathic powers (known as The Edge) similar to her own, and sets out to steal him from you before he develops fully. When her troops (they're all in tanks - everyone drives tanks in this game, just accept it) fail to kidnap him, she uses The Edge to take control of your forces, setting the three of you on the run. At that point, you pop into your trusty tank and fight the good fight once again.

OK, so obviously, unlike other aspects of the game, the original BattleTanx storyline wasn't criticized enough to warrant an upgrade, but enhancements do abound here. To begin with, not only are there almost twice as many levels, but they feel less cookie-cutter than before and offer more variety. You might play a few simple search-and-destroy missions back to back, but then they're followed up by one in which you have to guard a convoy or free allies from a prison. Your tank's turning ability has also been significantly upgraded. While it once took forever to bring your turret to bear on an enemy, it now shifts quickly with the treads following only shortly thereafter. The graphics? They're prettier too.

There are also new secondary weapons and power-ups, such as grenades, which can be thrown into fortified areas or bounced around corners to destroy heavy-gun emplacements; a plasma pulse that zooms around the screen until it finds a target; and a cloaking effect that renders you invisible after a Predator-style shimmer. And you're not the only one who gets to pick them up; you'll find the enemy tanks using them frequently, perhaps to your chagrin, but it at least adds to the game's challenge. No doubt about it though, the best weapon you have in your arsenal is The Edge, which initially only stuns opponents within close range, but then later allies them with you once your abilities have improved.

The game's whole life system has changed as well. Instead of having a set number of lives, you acquire tank bucks, which are used to buy different tanks. The basic Abrams tanks cost a standard amount of money, with the beefy Goliaths running twice as much, and the small quick rides running about half the price. How you want to spend your cash is up to you. There are more tanks to choose from in the sequel as well - from the Inferno, which sports a flamethrower, to the Marksman, which equips a laser you can use to snipe from a distance.

The multiplayer modes were the main attraction in the first title, but they seem to have fallen behind a little bit in the sequel. With frame rates getting faster and faster in the multiplayer sections of consoles games, the slow-moving tanks no longer seem to get the thematic break they once used to get. Even the fastest vehicle in this game has nothing on a basic grunt from Quake II's multiplayer. The variety of tanks, weapons, and stages helps out a lot throughout BT2's multiplayer deathmatch variations, but you'll skip over many of them for the Battlelord stages, where you must steal your opponents' queens and return them to your base, all the while defending your own matriarch. The two-player co-op mission, where you and a friend play the main game through a split-screen perspective, is also worth noting, and serves as a great addition to the series.

It's true that the BattleTanx series' gameplay is essentially just a slower version of 989's Twisted Metal, yet it possesses a more strategic bent and a certain cheesy charm that, this time, is just enough to win you over. Playing BattleTanx: Global Assault will remind you of renting SNES and Genesis games that, while not scoring any high marks for technical merit, were simply fun to play. BT2's improvements over its forerunner, combined with its multiplayer options, nudge it out of the rental category and into that of a worthwhile buy. --Joe Fielder
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ASIN B00001TZYB
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4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,147 in videogames
#126 in Video Games > More Systems > Nintendo 64 > Games
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Product Dimensions 7.1 x 5 x 1.3 inches
Media: CD-ROM

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By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Nothing is more fun then gathering 4 friends and clobbering each other with advanced armor! I love the 2 player campaign mode where you have to cooperate with someone to get anywhere. The only complaint I have is that the upper levels are not challenging enough. It is hard to lose, even for a 10 year old (or a 41 year old!). Great, great game.
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By A Customer on March 29, 2000
This was a Christmas gift for my 9-year-old and is his favorite. The good news is even I don't mind the 60-90 minute team sessions to get all the way through. Excellent team-teaching strategies and thinking through situations with continuous action and choices. Plenty of different vehicles, weapons and one-on-one combat.
The only negative is it occasionally locks up when too many gun buddies, mines and bouncing betties are deployed (only on team vs. computer scenarios.)
It's our favorite N64 cartridge (Goldeneye is #2)
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first of all,i was lucky to got this one.The graphic looks much much better than the other one as well as the story line.There are more tanks to choose from,more playmodes.I think if u like the old one,you'll like this one.
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By A Customer on December 8, 1999
Not much is more enjoyable than blasting the holy crap out of everything in sight with a big lumbering tank! But wait, this newer version is even better than the original, with new tanks, better graphics, better control and more interesting levels this is a really fun game!
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Battle Tanx is a shoot-em-up game where you just battle against other teams, a tank that is trying to destroy your convoy, auto-gun turrits, or more. You have your own tank, that is designed depending of which team you choose. You can also pick up things like helth, ammo, other ammo, and shields. There are some choices like convoy, battlelord, tank wars, and more. You also select where your battle will take place. This is a VERY great, fun, worth big bucks, and good game. BUT, this games is not for kids 8 and under.
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If you like blowing stuff up, this game is for you. Besides the lame storyline, this game is simply fun to pay. Who cares about the story anyway when you have a tank, lots of guns, and a licence burn, smash, and blow uo anything you want!
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A very good game
the tanks are great.
Goilath Tank(huge shells),Hornet Tank(two rockets at Once and they can turn corners when you press C-left C-right[one of my favorite Tanks),Marksman Tank Like the M1A1 but uses lasers instead of shells(pretty good one of my second or third favorites),Hover Tank(can go over land mines floats over the ground like a space ship pretty fast),Rhino Tank(the most armored tank of all hard to destory in front weak in back a good tank to use against him is the flame Thrower tank unless you can get behind him with one of the other tanks),Flame Thrower Tank(shoots flames in front[limited range] and left or right when you press C-left C-right he's threat to every tank he's one of my favorites),M1A1 an average tank with average destuction a threat to Flp-e,Moto Tank and Rattler,Flp-e can twirl when you press C-left C-right(haven't i sead that enough LOL),Moto Tank(the fastest tank two machine guns fire at once EXTREAMLY! weak armour so whatch it),Rattler Tank He is my FAVORITEST! the bigger
version of the(Moto Tank)he lasts more longer in battle but weak armour but a vicious 30mm Gatling Gun causes a lot of damage.
Weapon Pick Ups
Nukeclear Bomb:the powerfullest weapon of all destroys everything including you! destruction is off the bounderies.
The Edge:a 380 degree wave that comes from your tank if tanks get close they spin in circles untill you destory them or it turns them on your side(only available in 1 player mode).
Plasma Bolts:bounce off walls 3 come out at once hits other tanks including yours!.
Bouncing Betties:You lay them down like land mines but launch up
in the air and fire laser in all Directions can hurt your tank to.
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This game is the bomb!!!! It is soooooo sweet! It has a good multiplayer and you can do co-op missions! (2 players against the computer trying to accomplish missions) It is one of the most fun games I've ever played!
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