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  • Summary: Set in futuristic international military environments, BattleZone puts players in control of highly maneuverable hover tanks, challenging them in close combat scenarios against their rivals. BattleZone features fast and furious gameplay, photo-realistic environments, eight unique customizable team vehicles, an assortment of high-powered weapons and multiplayer battles. The four-player WiFi mode lets players go head to head, while unlockable weapons, vehicles and upgrades add even greater depth to the gameplay experience. In addition, extra game content will be available through the BattleZone web site, offering gamers news, leader boards and an exclusive online level builder tool that allows players to customize game maps. The extra content can then be downloaded to the players’ PSP system through a local PC-USB connection. BattleZone provides players with six popular and well-known game modes, including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, Hotzone, Knockout, and Fox and Hound. For casual gamers, the single player mode offers an easy learning curve for pick-up and play gaming and a tournament progression to win upgrades and enhancements. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Battlezone treads a well-worn path in almost every respect of gameplay but still offers hours of enjoyment to any gamer, from the hardcore, who want to master their friends, to the casual, who can easily dip in and out of the pick-up-and-play control system.
  2. Other than hovertanks that are slower than your baby sister in her bouncy chair and a camera that the testers overlooked, Battlezone is mildly fun, in a "Jaws Unleashed", beat-your-head-against-a-wall sort of way. [Feb. 2007, p.86]
  3. BattleZone is fun for the couple of hours it takes to finish, but it's over too quickly.
  4. 60
    What action there is proves solid and enjoyable, even despite the tossed-off nature of the single-player campaign. But the four-player limit severely hobbles the scope of the matches, and the lack of Internet play completely sabotages the game's multiplayer ambitions.
  5. It's a wholly unoriginal game, devoid of interesting play options and mostly inaccessible for the multiplay ambition around which it was designed. Nevertheless, even the most average things can still be enjoyable, and in this regard Battlezone is not an unpleasant distraction.
  6. An action game with such gratingly imperfect action doesn't add up to much. BattleZone has its moments; we'd be lying if we said we didn't experience some fantastic moments during four-player games, but too often someone was complaining that he couldn't see anything just before he died, while someone else was noting how the tanks move slower than bicycles.
  7. Weaponry is dull and so are the contests - a mix of base capturing and amassing kills. Avoid like a landmine. [May 2007, p.120]

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  1. NickB.
    Mar 12, 2007
    Not too much here but tank-on-tank combat. A load of fun if you want a game like Twisted Metal, but somewhat slower paced (I couldn't enjoy Twisted Metal, everything was moving too danged fast!). If you find it cheap, it is well worth it if you like shoot-em-up brawlers on wheels. Collapse