Mass Destruction

  • Developer: BMG Interactive
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: Saturn (1997)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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Game Overview

Let's face it, as terrible as it may sound, one of the best parts of video games is destroying things.

For some reason, there's nothing quite tike watching things crumble before your eyes.

BMG Interactive knows that gamers love this feeling and have decided to release a game that will satisfy all of our most violent desires. Just hearing the title should clue you into the game's primary goal: mass destruction.

In Mass Destruction, the goal is to simply destroy the enemy forces. You control a tank that's armed to the teeth with an incredible variety of pain-inducing weapons.

These weapons include basic machine guns, mortal shells, land mines, delay mines, guided missiles, the super powerful Hi-Ex ammo and the awe-inspiring flame thrower.

There are 24 different levels to fight in, with a vast array of settings. You will fight in such locations as an arctic tundra, battlefields, deserts and large metropolitan cities.

We here at EGM recently got our grubby little mitts on a very early version of Mass Destruction. Although it was far from complete, it looks as though it will shape up into an incredible game.

Those of you who have played Return Fire will be familiar with the basic game-play. The game is played from the same perspective as Return Fire, which allows you to see a lot of the playfield at once. Even the controls of the tank are somewhat similar.

However, that's where the similarities end. From what we have and from what BMG tells us, there are a lot more special features in Mass Destruction that should make it an even better game than Return Fire.

One feature that makes the destruction process more fun is the wide range of weapons. The flame thrower rates especially high on the "wow" meter. Seeing the massive stream of flame shooting out of your tank will really get the adrenaline flowing.

Sure, the weapons are great, but what are you going to use them on? Mass Destruction gives you plenty to shoot at Obviously, there are enemy tanks and helicopters to take out, but it's the other stuff that makes it fun.

For instance, in the city levels, there are tons of buildings all over the place. (What would a city be without buildings, after all?) Just like in real life, a few good blasts from a tank will bring that building down. Just shoot the doomed structure a few times, and it will start to shake. Hit it a few more times, and it will crumble to the ground with a terrific explosion. Sometimes you can even blast the remains to reduce them to rubble. Little details like this make Mass Destruction a blast (pun intended).

There are even more great features going into the game. Although they weren't yet "programmed" into the version we have, BMG promises us that they will be in the final version. Soon there will be enemy troopers, as well as incredibly powerful Super Troopers. Civilians will get in the way of battle, but we suspect they won't pose too much of a problem. There will also be many more types of enemy vehicles and weapons bent on destroying you.

Mass Destruction is the perfect game for those who crave plenty of action and explosions in their games.

Plus, there's nothing better than blowing up buildings to get rid of all that tension that's built up after a tough day at school or work. We'll have more on this game in the future.

Gamer's EDGE

One of the coolest features of Mass Destruction is that you can blow things up more than once. Take this typical house in suburbia, for example. First you see it in its normal, peaceful state. Then.just pump a few shells into it and it crumbles. Finally, you can blast the remains to reduce the house to its foundation. Yes, it's just that easy!

The gamer controls a souped-up. tank that can obtain weapon and armor upgrade throughout the game. With 24 battlefields to play, Mass Destruction could prove to be what war without total strategy is all about. Some of the weapons players can choose from are cannons, machine guns, mines, flame throwers, smart bombs and guided missiles. The terrains range from an arctic tundra to barren deserts. The technology used in Mass Destruction includes a new polygon technology developed by NMS Software called Sprolygon. This way 2-D and 3-D graphics are integrated seamlessly. The camera pans and zooms depending upon where you are on the screen. Mass Destruction will cause explosions while allowing players to have fun.

Does the name of this game give you any indication as to what this title is about? Wander through 24 different levels, destroying everything in sight.

A ton of weapons will be available to use in the destruction. Choose from machine guns, bombs, missiles, flame throwers and many more.

For those who like to travel, there are several locations in which to wreak havoc. Visit snow-covered areas, war-torn battlefields. deserts and make a very big mess. Even modern-day cities aren't safe from your wrath.

The explosions and lire effects are wonderfully done, making all of that chaos very rewarding.


The first preview pretty much covered what Mass Destruction was all about, but here's what has been added since then.

First, the game features more detail than the first version EGM received originally. Now the 3-D graphics look even more crisp than before.

Next. NMS Software has populated the levels with more buildings and other objects to blow up-for the mission objective or just for fun.

The game features three types of playing areas: the desert, the icy tundra and the urban jungle. Although the ice stages were mentioned in the last preview of Mass Destruction, no pictures were available at that time.

This time around there are eight weapons to use against the hordes of enemies that occupy the levels in the game Oats time there were a total of seven shown). Some include the standard shell, the flamethrower and the high explosion cannon, among others.

Of course missions have been added (whereas the version we played before only had a couple random levels) as well as mission briefings for each.

Players will be up against a rebel army plotting to take over the world or blow it up. and they have a few tricks up their sleeve to help them with this task 0.6., plutonium for a nuclear bomb).

Still included are the awesome reflections of explosions and buildings/bridges in the water. Small details like these are what make Mass Destruction really stand out.

To recap, for those readers who didn't have a chance to read the previous article, the basic idea of Mass Destruction is just that: Create mass destruction.

Gamers control one of three tanks, each with its own attributes. Once gamers choose their tank though, they use it throughout the whole game-or until they bite the bullet...literally!

The missions are similar to Soviet Strike in that there are various objectives to complete but with less of a serious agenda. In addition to the standard ones, players can take on bonus objectives for more points.

The scoring system adds depth to the game by giving players a chance to beat their own (or a friends) score by completing the level faster or by taking out more troops, among other ways. The graphic similarities to Return Fire are easy to see.

The control is comparable as well, but that's as far as it goes. From what we've seen. Mass Destruction is complex but still "arcade" enough to be fast and fun. Check for it on store shelves the first half of June for Saturn and PlayStation.

Don't get excited by the fact that Mass Destruction comes on two CDs, the first one only contains the manual. The waste of space becomes even more apparent when you see what a simple game it is.

It's also a hell of a lot of fun. Think of the classic Commando, but with Cannon Fodder's sprightly graphics and tanks instead of soldiers and you won't be too far off. It's a pure mindless arcade game - in the style of Desert Strike-that won't hold your attention for too long. But while it does, you can forget the primitive graphics and have a good old blast.

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Mass Destruction supports single modeSingle game mode

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