Publisher: Working Designs
Release Date: October 26, 2000
Gungriffon Blaze takes you to the Post-Apocalyptic future, where you
must complete six increasingly difficult missions in order to bring
peace to the world. (Collect enough medals, and you will have access
to a more advanced version of each mission, for a total of twelve possible
scenarios.) You will begin by customizing your Armored Walking Gun System
(AWGS) - your mech - with optional weapons and armor. As you advance,
you will no longer be limited to outfitting a given mech; you will be
able to select the body, as well. Depending on your mission, you might
select the heavily armored German Sturm Panzer, or the lighter, more
agile French Super Autruche.
As soon as you are outfitted, you will see remarkably lifelike footage
of your mech as it leaves the base for battle. Once the mission begins,
you will witness all of the action from the first-person perspectrive
of the cockpit. The PS2 DualShock 2 analog control allows you to make
precise, realistic movements - so realistic, in fact, that class 4F
soldier-wannabes susceptible to motion sickness might want to think
twice about playing on a large screen. DualShock 2 vibration keyed to
the mayhem onscreen completes the environmental immersion.
As you fight to save the world, you will interact with both enemies
and friends. Before you jeopardize your comrades with friendly fire,
familiarize yourself with your mech's operation by completing the training
exercise in Guam. Here, you are charged with destroying 30 enemies.
Some attack in plain sight, some hide within buildings, and a few lurk
in the hills or buzz overhead. Your state-of-the-art Mass Energy Detector
will help you to hone in on them; it will also help you to differentiate
between enemies and friends, when you are engaged in actual battle.
As you blow up buildings and annihilate your enemies, you will discover
goods that will increase your firepower and repair damage to your mech.
Some items will dull your enemies' response times; others will increase
your score. You will also collect option boxes that may be exchanged
for various options at the completion of each assignment. Four levels
of difficulty, ranging from "Blaze Away" to "Hell," makes Gungriffon
Blaze a pleasure for the novice and veteran gamer, alike.