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The year is 2005, and as a result of a new breed of supervirus, mankind is facing destruction.

The cause of these problems was traced to a control-freak scientist who-while playing around with home-brewed DNA-created a life-threatening supervirus that has infected Earth.

After failing to create an antidote. Dr. Stride finds herself strapped to a flying bomb by her demented assistant, Orville. She must now cleanse what is left of the Earth from all those infected by the virus. To complete her mission, she must use the machine's deadly manifest of cargo to eliminate the hundreds of zombies and eventually work her way up to Orville in order to blast him before he detonates the vehicle out from under her.

Machinehead features over 15 missions that allow the player to traverse through the fully rendered 3-D landscapes and attempt to eliminate the 100+ enemies in the stages. Vehicle armament consists of 10 different deadly weapons to use for offensive as well as defensive purposes. These range from flamethrowers and machine guns to missiles and plasma beams.

Machinehead controls in a matter close to Descent without the 360-degrees capabilities. Players have control over the craft's height, speed and angle of attack, as well as the different weapons which are always at their disposal. Players can move forward and attack with blazing speed as well as stop and play the turret role to clear out multiple enemies packed in small areas. The flying bomb you ride tends to be a ground-hovering weapon, but it can be coaxed to raise into the air through carefully blending the use of levitation and thrust capabilities.

The terrain found on the various levels combines large sections of flat plains with a good mix of giant rock formations that push high into the vertical. The flight capabilities of the character's vehicle, however, allow players to explore these high areas that would normally be out of reach. The terrain also has structures that spice up the landscape through the use of game elements such as farms, windmills and abandoned vehicles.

Players will also discover the speed and mobility of which enemies attack while you are searching the countryside. In the beginning levels, fast-moving land spiders rush your character and strike with ferocity. Aerial attacks come from giant bumble bee-looking 'bots that never seem to stand still longer than a couple of seconds before they reposition themselves on your flank for another attack. Considering the attack speed of these two potent enemies, a player's best choice is to stand still and play the turret role in these situations.

Many players will feel Machinehead is a step in the right direction for first-person shooters. Although not the best game in Eidos' end-of-the-year lineup, it is still lots of fun for the select type of player for which it was designed.

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While you could sing the lyrics to Bush songs while playing this one, from what EGM saw, you might not have the opportunity. Your job is to destroy. As you fly your craft around, lock on to enemies and blast away your rockets, blowing the various machines to smithereens. The programmer turned Machinehead will do anything to stop you from defeating all of his creations. 15 levels along with 25 different types of enemies will make for some long nights playing this one.

The year is 2005 and scientists are hard at work trying to create an innovative DNA. Their project goes bad. and they create some new life-mutating super virus that threatens to destroy the world. No antidote can be created: the only hope being the difficult task of completely destroying everything that has become infected.

To accomplish this, you'll have 10 different weapons to choose from including machine guns, flame throws, missiles and laser beams, just to name a few. Also, there are over 15 missions and over 100 different most gruesome enemies trying to do you in.

Oh yeah, your looney assistant has strapped a smart bomb onto your hack, and he is using it to enslave you to do whatever nasty and unusual things he can think of.

MANUFACTURER - Eidos

THEME - Shooter

NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

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Machinehead system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Machinehead supports single modeSingle game mode

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