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LinuxWorld: Mech mania - Heavy Gear II, from installation to mass destruction

Apr 27, 2000, 00:35 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"If you are of the generation that grew up with Gundam, Macross (that's "Robotech" for the Americans), Votoms, and other Japanese animation-inspired fantasies, you may have dreamed of piloting one of the giant robotlike mechs and running rampant across a city. Heavy Gear II comes close to being an ideal expression of that dream."

"HG II is a mech simulation in combat scenarios on land and in space. You are part of an elite special ops Gear unit of the Allied Southern Territories in their war against the Confederated Northern City-States. This conflict is set somewhere in the distant future on the planet of Terra Nova and on the various other human planetary settlements. Your main vehicle is the Warrior Elite, designed for multipurpose fast attack or stealth missions...."

"Heavy Gear II beautifly demonstrates the full 3D graphics capabilities of Linux. The real-time rendering of the graphics, along with the rendering enhancements such as specular lighting and the smooth texture maps, can make the difference between a boxy and flat-looking game and a believable simulation."

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