Riding on the wave of exciting action titles like Descent and WipeOut XL comes Acclaim's newest project, Tunnel B1, coming out soon for the PlayStation, and later for the Saturn.
Tunnel B1 is one of the most visually stimulating games to come out for a 32-Bit system. The graphics can be best described as a dark and moody hybrid of the two aforementioned titles.
Picture racing a very highspeed vehicle down ultrasmooth roads and tunnels. The texture mapping is clean and the dark shading works well here. The attention paid to details is simply marvelous, from a flare's lighting to the opening of the Map Screen.
What good is high speed without fast animation? Well, Tunnel B1 serves up plenty of that. Again, this is where comparison comes up between this game and WipeOut XL. The smooth frame rate runs at blazing speeds without a hitch. So much so, that the game comes close to giving you that same disorienting vertigo feel that Descent served up so well. Finally, the superb lighting effects and flashy explosions add to an already great visual package.
But we have all seen pretty games that were an absolute bore in terms of gameplay. Our early demo shows that Tunnel B1 will have no trouble avoiding this trap. Besides racing around and blasting enemies, you'll have to find your way out of difficult predicaments in order to finish the missions. At first, the objectives are pretty simple. Destroy an enemy and/or collect certain items in a level. After these initial "practice" rounds, the game becomes much more interesting.
On one of the later levels, for example, your mission becomes a pure race to the finish. You will have to run through obstacle-strewn tunnels and reach checkpoints in an allotted amount of time.
If you can't make it. you won't only lose, you'll die, as the tunnels get blown up. To add to your plight enemy crafts will race ahead of you, just to drop a few mines in your path.
The variety in missions helps let Tunnel Bl stand above the masses of mindless shoot-'em-ups on the market. The shoot-'em-up factor of Tunnel B1 is, however, worth mentioning. The explosions and weapon effects are almost worth the price of admission alone. Your enemies will range from incompetent to downright tough (see sidebar).
So why are you running around and destroying things in the first place? As if you need a reason, Acclaim has given us a story line. Basically, the Earth has become a dark and cold world that has no purpose or hope. One ruthless despot has decided to create a weapon so powerful, that it cannot be ignored. Now it's up to you. Your B1 craft is armed and ready. Destroy all who gets in your way on your drive to rid this world of evil. The story line is nothing spectacular, but then again, not many games' story lines are.
From our early peek, Acclaim has found a winner with Tunnel B1. This game looks simply spectacular and is a must-see for anyone with two eyes. You can expect this game to be a landmark title in the action arena.
- MANUFACTURER - Acclaim
- THEME - Driving
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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Here's a sleeper. Tunnel B1 is a very cool game in many aspects. The graphics, first and foremost, are some of the most impressive I've seen on the PlayStation ever. The lighting effects are simply outstanding. The gameplay seems a little repetitious at first but later levels have you doing plenty of different things. The enemies look cool but I wish there were more (some are different but look similar because of color schemes). I also wish that the camera angle wasn't so low to the ground. I almost feel like I'm constantly leaning back as I play. If you want a fast-paced action/racing game, I'd go for Tunnel B1.
I'll pee in my pants if games can get better looking than Tunnel B1. The light sourcing, texture mapping and animation are unparalleled on the PlayStation. And guess what? The game is fun too! Talk about a rare combination nowadays. Tunnel B1 defines a next-generation action game like WipeOut defines a next-gen racing game. Beyond just shooting everything in sight. Tunnel B1 offers some beat-the-dock action as well. The enemies are a good challenge too-the same units don't necessarily attack the same. The only faults lie with the low viewing angle, lack of weapon variety and hard-to-get-used-to controls.
Don't let this game's first few levels fool you-there's more to TB1 than just a mindless, high-speed ride through twisting tunnels. The early part of the game is, in a sense, training you for the later levels, which have you racing against the clock to escape self-destructing mazes and collecting various items. An automap feature even helps you make sense of the sometimes confusing tunnels. TBI's graphics-partic-ularly the lighting effects-are phenomenal, making comparisons to WipeOut XL inevitable. I only wish the perspective wasn't tilted upward so much; the laid-back view takes a little getting used to.
Tunnel B-1 is a great look at what to expect from future titles, in that its graphics surpass any first game to date. The light-sourcing alone is breathtaking! As for perspective, I didn't like the low-to-the-ground look. This is a common mistake of most first-person games, but it never gets fixed. You could call it Tunnel Ant-1.1 also wasn't pleased that you can't aim up or down, and that is a serious gameplay flaw that should be fixed in the sequel. If Hsu hadn't pointed out that mines blast upward, I'd still be trying to blast one of those frustrating helicopters hovering two inches from my guns, but still out of reach!
This unique little game crept under the door one day and surprised us all. It's a dark and stylish corridor vehicle shooter where you glide down ominous alleys, blasting away gun turrets, road blocks, and other obstacles. There are also mission objectives to fulfill and weapon power-ups to gather. Excellent light-sourcing highlights this game, as corridors light up when explosions occur. Now if they could just tune up the gameplay, which borders on dull, this could be a hot sleeper title.
Ocean has been teasing us with this hot-looking PlayStation game for some time, but the good news is that it will also be appearing on Saturn.The PlayStation version of the game will actually be released by Sony, which wants to take control of the so-called second generation products.
That's'as big a compliment as a game could hope for, though, and it certainly fits this fast-action racing sim. It's set in a future world, filled with decay and violence, not entirely unlike Wipeout, in fact.The similarity to Wipeout ends there, though, since this is about twice as smooth as Psygnosis' amazing racer.
Graphics and speed are what make this stand out from the crowd, as you pilot your super-fast craft through tunnels (in full 3D) trying to avoid enemy fire as well as the more conventional racing-style objects. Tunnel may not be a catchy name, but the game is going to be awesome.