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Seashore Head 2002

Rating: 30%
ESRB: Teen
Writer: Infogrames/MacSoft
Developer: Digital Fusion
Media: CD/1
Gamers: 1
Style: Arcade

Graphics & Sound:

Effectively, the excellent news is that the system specs will will let you play Seashore Head 2002 on nearly any PowerPC Mac. The unhealthy information is that it actually would not pack numerous punch graphically. In truth, the high-res choice of 1024×768 decision nonetheless solely ran in about two-thirds of my monitor and did not look that significantly better than the low-res choice. The sounds you hear are primarily gunshots and explosions, blended with the screams of all of the dying males you mow down. Sure, it is a soiled job however somebody has to do it, proper? 🙂 The few actually cool issues on this class can be the combination of explosion animations you may see within the automobiles you are up towards. The boys simply crumple, however tanks and planes and vans break up in fascinating methods and the best possible is whenever you rating a direct hit on a troop transport and watch it fly into the sky scattering our bodies in all places. And, simply after that may be the one the place you blow a transport to items and go away the troops inside standing round in flames, ready to be mowed down in case you’re feeling notably vindictive.

Gameplay:

Seashore Head 2002 is a sequel, so whereas a lot of you may know the normal story, I will no less than say that it is a recreation of wartime fight. The twist, in case you performed the primary recreation, is that though the angle appears to be like considerably like a FPS, as an alternative of working round in first particular person mode and tackling your enemies, you may sit and await them to return to you. In a bunker, with some heavy firepower. In FPS fashion, it is usually the case that you are challenged to search out ammo and that you will spend quite a lot of time avoiding the enemy and being tactical. In Seashore Head 2002, conserving ammo continues to be a problem. Throughout early waves (it is a level-based recreation the place you may mow down all incoming attackers after which advance to the following space…very arcade in its method) you will not even assume about ammo. You’ll be able to viciously unfold a hail of bullets among the many enemy and take your candy time dispatching foes. However, as you progress within the recreation and enemies get smarter and extra quite a few, you may have to ration ammo fairly a bit and make certain you are good in the way you dispatch enemies. Given a alternative of weapons, you may must be taught which weapons take down which enemies with the biggest effectivity. And, you may be taught that some enemies can actually take you out shortly and must be tackled earlier than you take care of anything. The number of enemies is superb, though with a few of the efficiency points on this recreation, it is onerous to understand them absolutely. Floor and air assaults step by step put on down your armor, and when the armor is gone it is recreation over. Fortunately, ammo is plentiful and time is pretty beneficiant till the final sections of the sport when issues get very frantic.

Issue:

Poor controls are the downfall of Seashore Head 2002. Even with the choices to regulate settings and tighten or loosen mouse management, it’s close to not possible to maintain from spinning the display screen sickeningly no less than as soon as in each degree. And, despite the fact that only a few enemies come at you with blinding pace, taking pictures planes out of the sky is absolutely an enormous chore. And, do not inform me it is as a result of planes are onerous to shoot out of the sky. Realism is not what the builders have been going for right here. It is a very ‘arcade’ really feel, and that’s wonderful aside from the truth that arcade video games do not often undergo from shabby, free controls. Coupled with very dated graphics and an absence of selection in gameplay, many could discover the controls a deal-killer.

Sport Mechanics:

Seashore Head 2002. I attempted adjusting mouse response each for tight-loose settings and in addition for inverted or common aiming strategies to see if something may assist the poor response in the course of the recreation, however nothing appeared to assist. The controls are both dragging and making a horrible lag that does not provide you with any technique to cease and focus fireplace on a unit, or shifting so shortly that the tip result’s the identical. Positive, these items will be labored round and tolerated, however that is not one thing I have to do nowadays with increasingly high quality video games hitting the Mac platform. What I’d have preferred was even the choice to regulate the sport with the keyboard, however that did not appear to be an choice. So, as a attainable comfort, we discover on the finish of the guide the place the builders give us ‘final’ cheat codes that may skip ranges, give final well being and ammo, successfully letting you breeze by and never undergo any undue frustration at any of the technical glitches.

Set up was a chunk of cake, even with the teeny-tiny guide included within the field for the sport. Not with the ability to run in full-screen is particularly irritating, and would not encourage a lot suspension of disbelief or will let you lose your self within the expertise of taking part in. I attempted adjusting mouse response each for tight-loose settings and in addition for inverted or common aiming strategies to see if something may assist the poor response in the course of the recreation, however nothing appeared to assist. The controls are both dragging and making a horrible lag that does not provide you with any technique to cease and focus fireplace on a unit, or shifting so shortly that the tip consequence is similar. Positive, these items will be labored round and tolerated, however that is not one thing I have to do nowadays with increasingly high quality video games hitting the Mac platform. What I’d have preferred was even the choice to regulate the sport with the keyboard, however that did not appear to be an choice. So, as a attainable comfort, we discover on the finish of the guide the place the builders give us ‘final’ cheat codes that may skip ranges, give final well being and ammo, successfully letting you breeze by and never undergo any undue frustration at any of the technical glitches.

Seashore Head 2002 feels extra like one thing your neighbor whipped up in his Programming 101 class than knowledgeable, well-crafted recreation that you will wish to rush to the shop and shill out bucks for. Within the console world, only for the hell of it, this is perhaps price a rental, however for my cash on the Macintosh, there are a number of methods I might favor to blow just a few {dollars}. If rail-shooting motion is absolutely, actually, actually your factor and you do not thoughts a recreation that appears decidedly 1990, go forward and make the acquisition. However, be able to take care of a bunch of glitchy glitches. To me, it is simply not price it.


-Fridtjof, GameVortex Communications
AKA Matt Paddock

Minimal System Necessities:

G3 400mhz, Mac OS 8.6, Rage128 Graphics Card w/8MB VRAM, 128MB Ram, 192MB for OS X, 100MB HD area, OpenGL and QuickTime
 

Check System:

G4 350mhz, Mac OS X, Rage ATI w/16MB VRAM, 384MB RAM, OpenGL and QuickTime put in

GameBoy Color/Pocket
Wendy Each Witch Approach
Macintosh
Breakout

 

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