Redline (1999 video game)
|Genre(s)||Vehicular combat, First-person shooter|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Redline is a 1999 post-apocalyptic combination first-person shooter/racing video game for Microsoft Windows. It was developed by Beyond Games and published by Accolade. In Europe, the game is known as Redline - Gang Warfare: 2066. This was the last game Accolade published before being acquired by French publisher Infogrames. Tommo purchased the rights to this game and digitally publishes it through its Retroism brand in 2015.
The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the Earth has been laid waste by an unnaturally close orbit of the Moon, which has also turned the skies a crimson red. A privileged few live lives of luxury in cities under protective domes. Others are forced to eke out an existence on the outside, where fearful gangs battle for dominance.
The player's character is recruited by one of the gangs known as The Company, a gang reminiscent of the pre-apocalypse Mafia/FBI, with their leader Liddy. Under its guidance, the player is sent out on various missions across the battered and charred landscape.
Gameplay takes place on foot or within vehicles known as "Battle Rigs". The game requires the player to use both modes of play. When within their vehicle, the player may exit at any time to continue on foot (like their previous game battlewheels.) (except during the stage in which the player is locked into his vehicle, and must escape before it explodes). When on foot, the game is a first-person shooter (FPS) with gameplay typical of the genre, battling other enemies on foot or in vehicles with sci-fi weapons of unusual power. When in a Battle Rig, the game is more reminiscent of racing or driving games, with the exception that the player can run over their enemies.
Redline included support to be played online using the MPlayer.com and Heat.net online services. It was available for play for their demo version even before the game was released. After release both the demo and full version were supported. It's now supported by GameSpy Arcade.
The game received a rating of 67% in issue 5/99 of the German magazine PC Player.
- "Purchase Agreement between Atari, Inc. and Rebellion Developments, Stardock & Tommo" (PDF). BMC Group. 2013-07-22.
- Redline. In: PC Player 5/99, page 104.