BattleTanx: Global Assault - Armor Improved

BattleTanx: Global Assault - Armor Improved

The tanktasticness continues with BattleTanx: Global Assault. Picking up where BattleTanx left off, it takes the strong foundation of the first game and builds on it with more powerups, more missions and, best of all, more tanks!

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I cut through the dust and fired this one up (the N64 version, I didn't realize the PS1 version was any different) just the other day when I heard you were reviewing it as well. It still works. It still rocks.

It also resulted in one of my favourite Game Grumps episodes, which nicely encapsulates some of the things I like about it:

This game was fun in the same vain at Twisted metal. I wish something like this would come out for the new consoles.

Proof that 'characters' aren't superior to Blank Slates. And, the Psychic Powers plot really rubbed me the wrong way. On the other hand, it the in-game Psychic Power... power... seemed to compare your tank's power to the opposing tank's power. Driving into a swarm of enemy tanks with a Goliath and converting those you don't crush to your side, and disabling the rest, was really fun.

As for the soundtrack - Global Assault seemed to have a less 'obviously MIDI" feel to it - probably because of the reduced reliance on "Are these supposed to be Brass Instruments?" in the soundtrack. And I loved This song in particular.

Unfortunately, no "Apocalyptic Ride of the Valkyries" like the first game's first level opened up with.

This was the game that my brother and I played almost every day back in the 90s. During holidays when we're both home again, we always break this game out, grab a few beers, and play. Its SO good! So much fun, so challenging, such a worth while experience.

Please let this be on Steam! Please!

EDIT: F*CK! ITS NOT! TODAY IS A FAILURE!

Silentpony:
This was the game that my brother and I played almost every day back in the 90s. During holidays when we're both home again, we always break this game out, grab a few beers, and play. Its SO good! So much fun, so challenging, such a worth while experience.

Please let this be on Steam! Please!

EDIT: F*CK! ITS NOT! TODAY IS A FAILURE!

Just grab it on Playstation, I just did for $20. I used to play this as a kid but couldn't remember what it was called, thanks for revealing this escapists! I look forward to more of these reviews.

Scow2:
Proof that 'characters' aren't superior to Blank Slates. And, the Psychic Powers plot really rubbed me the wrong way. On the other hand, it the in-game Psychic Power... power... seemed to compare your tank's power to the opposing tank's power. Driving into a swarm of enemy tanks with a Goliath and converting those you don't crush to your side, and disabling the rest, was really fun.

As for the soundtrack - Global Assault seemed to have a less 'obviously MIDI" feel to it - probably because of the reduced reliance on "Are these supposed to be Brass Instruments?" in the soundtrack. And I loved This song in particular.

Unfortunately, no "Apocalyptic Ride of the Valkyries" like the first game's first level opened up with.

This song?

Never played the first one unfortunately. Loved the hell out of Global Assault (actually found it in a flee market and it still works about a year ago). Had such great power ups like the bouncing bettys or the nuke. Consoles would be a lot better now in days if they had good in home multiplayer games of this caliber

Also forgot to mention. Not only was this game great, it and it's predecessor had the best videogame commercials ever.

StewShearer:
The turret on your tank, for instance, can now be turned from side to side whereas it was stationary in the original.

You need to change the control scheme preset, in the options menu, from basic to use the turret. After you change the control scheme the yellow arrow keys are then used to turn it left and right.

EDIT: Also, I cannot personally call this song generic.

Played the hell out of these in college. Twisted Metal (and the superior vigilante 8) and car combat were pretty popular at the time this was on the long list of things dismissed as 'clones'. I however loved this one. If someone did a kickstarter reboot I would throw money at them.

Only if it has couch multiplayer though. Otherwise it's just not the same.

 

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