Zaxxon Motherbase 2000
POWER-UP YOUR WEAPONS!
Your fighter is equipped with a device that allows you to acquire weapons from different enemies. After jumping on the enemy, your ship will hack into the enemy's weapon, then acquire it. Your ship now has a powered-up blaster. There is one snag, however; it doesn't work with all enemies. You will have to find out which enemies you can take advantage of.
When I first started playing Motherbase 2000,1 was kind of disappointed. I mean, this is a 32X after all. The only thing I can see that uses the 32X's powers is the robot Boss on Level One.
The three-quarter perspective is really nice, but it can lead to some hairy situations, especially when you fly behind a large object (the robot Boss on Level One comes to mind).
Control, decent sound effects, better graphics, control. (Did I mention control?)
WILL YOU LIKE IT?
No, I don't think so. Motherbase 2000 is mediocre at best. The control takes forever to get used to, the sound effects are reminiscent of the 2600 and the graphics are dark, grainy and not at all spectacular.
As the sell-proclaimed champ of Zaxxon and Super Zaxxon, I was thrilled to hear of an update to one of my favorite series. There are a couple of nice features, like the jump, which lets you get out of a tight spot. The backgrounds were cool looking, too. Then we get to the ship and the enemies. The polygons look rough--pure and simple Your ship controls sluggishly, and it get frustrating quickly. It lacks the fun of Zaxxon, and the ships looked better back then.
Okay, chalk one up for Sega--at least this iteration of Zaxxon offers some new ideas. The look of Viewpoint from the Neo-Geo is readily apparent, but what made Zaxxon so cool many years ago was the ability to change your altitude, which I'm sorry to say didn't make it in. Instead, you're left with a jump feature that isn't as useful. Once again, more polygons decide to haunt us with their jagged appearance and plain look. It plays okay, but that's where it ends.
Fans of the classic shooter from Sega can rejoice now that Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 is here. This game is only similar to its predecessor in appearance and looks more like Viewpoint than Zaxxon. I like the look and sound of the game, but that's where I stop liking it. First, you can't even change your altitude like the old Zaxxon. The only time you can really do that is when you make your ship jump, which is pretty useless most of the time. It's not like the old game!
I was waiting for this game to bring back the classic nostalgia of Zaxxon and Super Zaxxon., However, it really isn't even as good as the early version. The backgrounds and such are done well, but your ship and some polygons just aren't that great-looking. Also, they removed the altitude changing for a jump feature. This new version seems more like Viewpoint than the old Zaxxon. In addition, it seemed a little hard to control. It is fun but lacks the classic appeal.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
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