BattleTanx: Global Assault

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BattleTanx: Global Assault
BattleTanx - Global Assault.jpg
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Developer(s)The 3DO Company
Publisher(s)The 3DO Company
Platform(s)Nintendo 64, PlayStation
ReleaseNintendo 64
  • NA: October 12, 1999[1]
  • EU: April 2000
PlayStation
  • NA: March 14, 2000[2]
  • EU: June 30, 2000
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

BattleTanx: Global Assault is an action game developed and published by The 3DO Company for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation, in which players control futuristic tanks in a post-apocalyptic scenario. It is a sequel to the Nintendo 64 game BattleTanx, which utilized the same method of game play. Although it earned relatively positive reviews from critics,[3][4] 3DO went bankrupt before another sequel could be released.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

Players take control of different gangs, each using up to five different types of tanks. Most of the tanks can activate special abilities with the left and right C-buttons.

Multiplayer allows players to play in almost all of the maps from campaign mode, as well as some which are exclusive to multiplayer. The maps usually are based on known landmarks and locations in the United States or Europe, such as Route 66, the White House, the British Houses of Parliament, and the Eiffel Tower.

Plot[edit]

On January 13, 2006, the evil Queenlord Cassandra is spying on Griffin Spade's family and orders her troops to kidnap Griffin's son Brandon and kill everyone else. Griffin and his army manage to push back the invaders, but Cassandra soon turns the tables by mind-controlling Griffin's own army. Griffin and Madison manage to escape San Francisco and begin chasing Cassandra across the United States, eventually cornering her in Washington. Cassandra, however, escapes with Brandon to the United Kingdom; Griffin and Madison follow. They build a new army in Europe and chase her through England, France and Germany.

While in Paris, they discover Cassandra released the virus in 2001 to kill every woman on Earth who did not have the power of the Edge. In Berlin, Griffin finally rescues Brandon. They make it back to San Francisco and push back another invasion by the Storm Ravens, and finally corner and defeat Cassandra on Alcatraz Island. The story ends with a cliffhanger, as an unidentified magician finds Cassandra's body and speaks of a "chosen one" as he resurrects her.

Reception[edit]

The Nintendo 64 version received favorable reviews, while the PlayStation version received unfavorable reviews, according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[6][7] Doug Trueman of NextGen said of the former console version, "Players looking for mass destruction will enjoy this title, but gamers looking for more realistically paced action and strategy should wait until Tokyo Wars hits [the] Dreamcast" (which is non-existent, as there is no Dreamcast version of the arcade game-only Tokyo Wars).[22]

Ash of GamePro said of the N64 version in its November 1999 issue, "One minor beef isn't enough to detract from the immense enjoyment of BattleTanx: Global Assault. After all, there are now seven new tanks to choose from – who cares how you control 'em – just pick a turret, any turret, hop in, and blow up stuff!"[25][c] Five issues later, Jake the Snake said of the PlayStation version, "If you like fast action and blowing stuff up, BattleTanx: Global Assault offers [a] great... well, bang for your buck."[26][d]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Electronic Gaming Monthly's review of the Nintendo 64 version, two critics gave it each a score of 8/10, one gave it 6.5/10, and the other gave it 6/10.
  2. ^ In GameFan's viewpoint of the Nintendo 64 version, three critics gave it each a score of 80, 86, and 82.
  3. ^ GamePro gave the Nintendo 64 version three 4.5/5 scores for graphics, sound, and fun factor, and 4/5 for control.
  4. ^ GamePro gave the PlayStation version two 4/5 scores for graphics and sound, and two 4.5/5 scores for control and fun factor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3DO Releases the BattleTanx(TM): Global Assault(TM) Game For Nintendo(R) 64". The 3DO Company. October 12, 1999. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001.
  2. ^ "3DO Ships BattleTanx: Global Assault For PlayStation Game Console; Best-Selling Tank Game Debuts On PlayStation Game Console With More Explosive Action". The 3DO Company. March 14, 2000. Archived from the original on April 17, 2001.
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  4. ^ a b Fielder, Joe (September 23, 1999). "BattleTanx: Global Assault Review (N64) [date mislabeled as "April 28, 2000"]". GameSpot. Red Ventures. Archived from the original on March 30, 2005. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Becker, David (May 29, 2003). "3DO files for bankruptcy". CNET. Red Ventures. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
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  7. ^ a b "BattleTanx: Global Assault for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 1, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
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  9. ^ Ottoson, Joe. "BattleTanx: Global Assault (PS) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Chick, Tom (October 19, 1999). "Battle Tanx: Global Assault [sic] (N64)". Gamecenter. CNET. Archived from the original on August 23, 2000. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  11. ^ Gaudiosi, Peyton (April 7, 2000). "BattleTanx: Global Assault (PS)". Gamecenter. CNET. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  12. ^ Boyer, Crispin; Davison, John; Chou, Che; Hsu, Dan "Shoe" (November 1999). "BattleTanx: Global Assault (N64)" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 124. Ziff Davis. p. 236. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
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  15. ^ Weitzner, Jason "Fury" (November 1999). "BattleTanx II [sic]: Global Assault (N64)". GameFan. Vol. 7, no. 11. Shinno Media. pp. 54–55. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  16. ^ Ngo, George "Eggo"; Rodriguez, Tyrone "Cerberus"; Mylonas, Eric "ECM" (November 1999). "Battle Tanx II [sic] (N64)". GameFan. Vol. 7, no. 11. Shinno Media. p. 17. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  17. ^ Baldric (February 14, 2000). "BattleTanx Global Assault - N64 Review". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on February 20, 2004. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  18. ^ Fielder, Joe (March 21, 2000). "BattleTanx: Global Assault Review (PS) [date mislabeled as "April 28, 2000"]". GameSpot. Red Ventures. Archived from the original on March 17, 2005. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  19. ^ Norton-Smith, Hugh (January 2000). "Battletanx 2: Global Assault [sic] (N64)" (PDF). Hyper. No. 75. Next Media Pty Ltd. p. 78. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  20. ^ Bishop, Sam (March 17, 2000). "BattleTanx: Global Assault (PS)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  21. ^ Bickham, Jes (April 2000). "BattleTanx Global Assault". N64 Magazine. No. 40. Future Publishing. pp. 62–63.
  22. ^ a b Trueman, Doug (December 1999). "BattleTanx: Global Assault (N64)". NextGen. No. 60. Imagine Media. p. 107. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
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  24. ^ "BattleTanx: Global Assault". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Vol. 3, no. 7. Ziff Davis. April 2000.
  25. ^ Ash (November 1999). "BattleTanx: Global Assault (N64)" (PDF). GamePro. No. 134. IDG. p. 120. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  26. ^ Jake the Snake (April 2000). "BattleTanx: Global Assault (PS)" (PDF). GamePro. No. 139. IDG. p. 102. Retrieved June 8, 2022.

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