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Canux.com: Heavy Gear II for Linux [Review]Apr 27, 2000, 19:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Atwill)
[ Thanks to Steve Cockwell for this link. ]
"Not firing until you see the whites of their eyes is very passe in the 62nd century. Instead, you're armed to the teeth sitting comfortably in your five meter high, ten thousand kilogram weapon of war, armed with a plethora of weapons ranging from high energy lasers, to more traditional machine guns."
"Just about everyone I've spoke with knew what I was talking about when I described Heavy Gear II (HG2) as a "Mech Warrior" type game. If you're unfamiliar with that genre, you control one of a dozen two story high battle robots (called Gears). Each of these Gears can be custom equipped with your pick of over 70 weapons, varying degrees of armor, and over 30 different perks and flaws...."
"I found the training missions to be a bit disjointed, but fairly comprehensive. It took me two tries through the first few "learn to walk", "learn to fire" missions before I had the hang of things, but since then it's been easy sailing. The game comes with a quick reference card with the default keyboard commands (all of which can be re-mapped to your liking) which I highly recommend you keep close by...."
"HG2 isn't just shoot'em up game, there's an element of strategy to it too. During the missions, you can bring up the Tactical Map, scroll around the scenery from a bird's eye view, plot checkpoints, draw out walking paths and give orders to the other Gears on your squad. As well, pressing 'C' will display the command popup where you can alter your squads formation or attack tactics and tell them to follow the paths or proceed to the checkpoints you've setup."
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