Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs
Been wonderin' how to serve up an old classic on a 64-bit console? Well try this recipe for Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs. Take one cup real-time strategy (a ripe Command & Conquer should do fine) and one cup first-person shooter (a la Quake), add a dash of planetary exploration and a generous helping of "bio-metal," throw it all in a genre blender, set to liquefy, pour into an Nintendo 64 cartridge and serve to one to four players chilled.
Let's take our time machine back in time for a second. The year is 1962. The Americans and Soviets have somehow orchestrated the world's biggest cover-up, and we're not talking the recovering of alien bodies or the capture of some swamp gorilla. While we civilians were busy picking our noses, the cold war duo snuck whole armies to the different planets in our solar system. Why, you ask? To gain control of mysterious alien alloy deposits known as "bio-metal" and use it to build advanced weapons. Whoever gets the most bio-metal could win the war.
Battlezone developer Climax is taking the Activision PC hit and not only faithfully porting it, but adding new Nintendo 64-exclusive features as well. Players choose between the Americans and Soviets of the PC version, or they can opt to be members of the renegade Black Dogs. You can play the full Commander Mode game which includes all the strategy elements, like building structures that will produce troops and commanding multiple units at one time. Alternatively, you can just blast away at the enemies and collect repair and ammo power-ups without bothering yourself with the strategy part in the new Arcade Mode. The other new feature, Pilot Mode, allows players to be a member of an elite squad of hover-tanks following specific mission orders from your commander. Of course, you can always blow up three of your friends in the various multiplayer options: Death Match, Capture the Flag or Arena Battle.
Battlezone supports hi-res with the RAM Pak, and the PC's complicated controls are porting over nicely to the N64's controller. Action and strategy fans should be in for a treat.