Definitely more than meets the eye. Beast Wars is a first-person mech title based on the current Transformers cartoon. The cartoon features completely rendered action with outstanding visual effects. The game is no different; all the characters and enemies are rendered in shockingly bright colors and fit tightly with their animated counterparts. Beast Wars features eye-catching explosions and visual effects as well as roaming camera vantage points from which the player gets a feel for the height of his/her mech against others in the vicinity. Multiple character-based weapons and special abilities are all in line for the player. Watch for more complete information on this sought after title in an upcoming issues of EGM.
- MANUFACTURER - Hasbro Int.
- THEME - Action
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
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Beast Wars comes to the video game arena already heavily fortified with cross-market tie-ins. If you haven't seen the television show or the comic book, you certainly must have noticed the action figures at your local toy store. If you haven't seen those or the commercials for them, then you must be living in a grass hut somewhere in South America.
Morphing a robot into some other entity, be it a dinosaur, insect or other like creature is what a Transformer is all about. Beast Wars brings the transformin' to the PlayStation with animated 3-D polygonal robots and their animal alter-images. Of course, to make things interesting, they are engaged in a fight for control of the universe (ah, that old struggle again...).
Whether playing as one of the evil Predicons or the more peace-loving Maximals, you will need to pilot your robot/beast through six eerie environments and 32 missions.
The rugged 3-D terrain (which has become commonplace on the PlayStation) features your standard jungle, desert, forest and suburban environments. All the areas have clear-cut paths to traverse where enemies ranging from snakes to UFOs threaten you constantly. To help guide you through the territory, an omnipotent voice will inform you of the status of your robot and warn you of approaching enemies. The voice will also suggest when it's time to change into a beast as well. Also along the way are energy, armor and ammo power-ups that are suspended in various locations on the path. The robots' weapons consist of lasers, pulse blasts and wild electric bolts that vary from beast to beast (but usually end up being fired constantly due to their seemingly minimal effect on many of the bad dudes).
Fans of the show and the action figures will recognize some of the more popular characters including: Inferno, Terrorsaur and Tarantulas. Even if you haven't seen the show, Beast Wars is intuitive enough to be played.