Seek and Destroy

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a game by Barnhouse Effect Co., Ltd
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Arcade Games, Tank Games, Shoot-Them-Up
Seek and Destroy
Seek and Destroy
Seek and Destroy
Seek and Destroy

Seek and Destroy might not be a AAA action/strategy title; in fact, in many aspects, this is a game that's considerably behind some of its closest competitors – but that doesn't stop Seek and Destroy from being one of the most appealing tactical action titles I've played in a while.

For starters, Seek and Destroy's gameplay loop might not be to everyone's tastes. There's a lot of trial and error to overcome, but when you finally get it right, you might be looking at one seriously addictive little title.

Collect and Customize

Though the American version of the game does a great job hiding its Japanese roots, the game is based on a series of pullback cars made by Takara. Instead of being a toy racer like Micro Machines V4, Seek and Destroy aims instead to deliver a complete action experience, with some slight elements of the toys that inspired it scattered throughout.

The story is certainly one of this game's most unexpected strengths. Even though you'll be collecting parts and customizing vehicles most of the time, the surprisingly engaging story about three warring factions is certainly not on the level of something like Metal Gear Solid 2, but it will still keep you entertained for most of the game's story mode.

Intense Encounters

Something that caught me off guard about the mission structure in this game is how much destruction you're supposed to deal with in every single one of the game's missions. Don't get me wrong, I love it: Seek and Destroy does just what it says on the tin, with almost every mission tasking the player with destroying every enemy in the area.

While this might sound repetitive at first, the fact that you can customize your tank before every encounter means that there are always new ways to blow stuff up in Seek and Destroy. The game has a bit over 100 tanks to collect, and even more parts to attach to them.

Perhaps the only downside to such spectacular mayhem might be the game's visuals. Everything looks blurry and the low-poly look makes the game seem an entire generation behind.

Fortunately, the tight controls are a blessing once you get used to them. The game uses a simplified control scheme where up on the left control stick always moves your tank up. One would have guessed that a game that relies so much on tanks as a central gameplay mechanic would have used tank controls – thank everything that's good that they didn't.

All in all, Seek and Destroy is a surprisingly enjoyable little game that won't disappoint most players – as long as they know quite well what they're getting into. The visuals could've used a bit more work, though, and so does the enemy's AI.

In the game's defense, though, Seek and Destroy is all about having some quick fun with basic gameplay – much like the pullback cars that inspired it. Needless to say, it's always fun to blow things up in video games, and this title delivers that sort of dopamine rush in spades.

6.5

Seek and Destroy might not be the prettiest game out there, but its fun gameplay and surprisingly engaging story make up for it.

Pros

  • Entertaining story mode
  • Lots of tanks and parts to collect
  • Responsive controls

Cons

  • Surprisingly short campaign
  • Basic visuals
  • Uninspired sound design

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Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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