The local cineplex isn't the only place gamers can watch marauding aliens make craters out of the world's capitals this summer. The Saturn's being invaded, too, now that EA is releasing Shockwave Assault for Sega's 32-Bit system. This first-person, flight combat game-which has been around for a while on the 3DO and PlayStation platforms-pits players against an army of aliens who definitely haven't come in peace.
SA is actually two games-or episodes-in one. and the entire game is made up of 15 lengthy levels. Each mission takes you to some well-known but beleaguered corner of the world. You'll battle alien bad guys in the unfriendly skies above Las Vegas, the Hawaiian Islands. England, Egypt and dozens of other far-flung locales.
Your ship skims the game's terrain, making it impossible to crash. While your flight through each level is restricted to a predetermined path, these paths are wide and allow you plenty of room to swoop over familiar scenery.
You won't have much time for sightseeing, however. SA's aliens come final shapes and sizes, and they're as numerous as they are deadly. Some aliens trod spider-like across the Earth, blasting away at all human resistance. Others fly and try to fry your fighter with hit-and-run blaster attacks. Fortunately, your fighter is equipped with laser blasters of its own and a variety of missiles. As the game progresses, you'll acquire more powerful projectiles, such as hellfire missiles and nuclear warheads.
Once you rid Earth (and the moon) of the alien menace. SA's second episode begins. Now you battle the aliens across the solar system and take part in Earth's final push to send the aliens back through the jump gate from which they crawled.
The game relies heavily on full-motion video sequences to further its story. In fact, SA contains nearly an hour's worth of FMV, which plays during flight on your ship's television screen and after each level. These effects-laden cinemas gradually tell why the aliens have come to Earth.
To explain why the aliens have invaded would give away too many of the game's surprises, but here's a hint: They're not here to see Independence Day.
MANUFACTURER - Electronic Arts
DIFFICULTY - Hard
THEME - Simulator
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
I was pretty much frustrated with this one. Yeah, the FMV was well done and the graphics weren't horrid, but 1 just didn't really enjoy the game-it wasn't that fun. The enemies were kind of weird-looking in a bad way and the Bosses were big but unimpressive. The missions were fairly bland and restrictive. Many times the captain would yell at you or compliment you for what seemed to be no good reason. There were a number of different levels to play and I raving the sequel included was a great touch. The control was decent but again restrictive. For a cool story line with mediocre gameplay, Shockwave Is here.
Shockwave Assault will tantalize you. Good full-motion video Intro, decent acting, smooth-scrolling terrains. That's the good. Die bad is the control. Your spaceship Is not very nimble, so It's hard to dodge attacks and keep a bead on your enemy at the same time. To avoid frustration, I found myself taking all the hits and throwing any kind of evasive maneuvers out the door. Shockwave allows freedom of movement, but that movement is confined to a limited area. To make matters worse, your ship takes a lot of damage trying to leave the area. The slow action never raised my heart rate. You can find a better space shooter.
This game may have been a real system seller when It debuted a few years ago for the 3DO, but now It's Just an average game that pales in comparison to similar titles. Actually, it's two average games on one CD. SA includes the original Shockwave game, In which you battle aliens over Earth, and its second episode, Operation Jumpgate, which continues the battle throughout the solar system. These two episodes make for a lengthy and difficult game, but the game-play during each of the 15 levels is pretty much the same. All you really do Is take on wave after wave of monotonous aliens. The cinemas are cool, though.
SA has a cool plot and excellent cinemas, but Its gameplay is below average. All you do is fly around and blow up aliens over and over again. Later levels ran be frustratingly difficult. For Instance, most enemies nail you with at least one shot before you ran blow them away. Control of your ship Is very limited; you can't fly very high and you can't crash into the ground. And your controls are so unresponsive that it's often impossible to dodge enemy fire. SA does offer plenty of play time, however. Since the title Is actually two games in one, it features 15 lengthy missions that will keep you chasing aliens for a while.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Shockwave Assault Screenshots
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