BattleTanx: Global Domination
Easily the best thing about the original BattleTanx was its four-player mode. 3DO apparently realized that; they've gone and supercharged this sequel's multiplayer capabilities. You need never play this game alone, because--and this is the best thing about BattleTanx: Global Assault--two players can go through the story mode cooperatively. In fact, you can even play through most missions solo, if you like, and only have a pal jump in if a particular stage gets too tricky. I ended up having to do just that with the two escort levels, which have you protecting a convoy of cargo tanks. These missions are far too difficult and frustrating when played alone, but when I had Shoe join in, v/e got through 'em just fine. It's the huge selection of multiplayer modes--seven in all--that's the real life of this party. You can play them by yourself against Al drones, or play with a second player and team up against the computer. But do yourself a favor: Get three friends and split into teams of two. It works great for the capture-the-flag-like Battlelord Mode and the Hold-em game, both of which require teamwork. I also like the Convoy Moce, which has players splitting into teams of attackers and defenders of a tank convoy. And while the graphics are just so-so, they do keep a smooth frame-rate for the multiplayer games.
3DO has obviously paid attention to what people liked about the original Battle Tanx and has really put a lot into the multiplayer aspects of the sequel. The team based play is especially fun, and I got a bigkick out of the capture-the-flag style games as well as the Deathmatch modes. Unlike Crispin though. I thought the convoy (protect and attack) game had some serious play-balance issues which prevented it from lasting long enough to actually be fun.
BattleTanx was a nice surprise-an actual tank game that doesn't suck. The real strength behind this title is its well-implemented multiplayer mode. There are enough deathmatch variations to keep the the party going for a while. I did find the level design to be boring and uninspired. Every stage felt like an empty shipping dock with square warehouses. Still, I gotta give BattleTanx props for maintaining a smooth frame-rate in the heat of battle.
Forget grandiose story lines and epic adventures and deep gameplay for a second. Let's visit that primal bit of ourselves that just loves to blow s*** up real good. BattleTanx: GD is just the perfect game to satisfy that destructive inner child in all of us. Sure it's shallow, but it's a ton of heavy-duty arcade-action fun (don't expect any more depth than that). The multiplayer stuff (esp. co-op) is fantastic, making this one of the better group games around.