History Videogame / BattleZone1998

5th Mar '18 1:17:18 AM CaptainChaos
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In late 2017, Rebellion announced ''Battlezone: Combat Commander'', a similar remaster of the second game, due out March 1, 2018.

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In late 2017, Rebellion announced ''Battlezone: Combat Commander'', a similar remaster of the second game, due out which released on March 1, 2018.2018. [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/624970/Battlezone_Combat_Commander/ Get it here.]] Both rereleases feature various modern conveniences, such as [[GameMod Steam Workshop]] support.
24th Feb '18 2:30:53 PM nombretomado
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* TheMole: In the BackStory. Shabayev was an FSB ([[RussiansWithRustingRockets The successor to the]] KGB) agent who had infiltrated the highest levels of the CIA. When she was uncovered, she was recommended for ISDF recruitment instead of punishment.

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* TheMole: In the BackStory. Shabayev was an FSB ([[RussiansWithRustingRockets ([[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets The successor to the]] KGB) agent who had infiltrated the highest levels of the CIA. When she was uncovered, she was recommended for ISDF recruitment instead of punishment.
14th Feb '18 7:40:23 AM jake38
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In late 2017, Rebellion announced ''Battlezone: Combat Commander'', a similar remaster of the second game, due in 2018.

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In late 2017, Rebellion announced ''Battlezone: Combat Commander'', a similar remaster of the second game, due in out March 1, 2018.
24th Jan '18 9:22:12 PM costanton11
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* TheRedPlanet: The second major area of the game and the game's first [[TheReveal major reveal takes place]].
11th Jan '18 6:28:08 AM Dallenson
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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: [[spoiler:Achilles]] with its Earth-like appearance, while its gravity and atmosphere can be justified by it being Earth-sized when compared to Uranus but that means it would also be far from the Goldilocks zone of the Sun which would otherwise render it an iceball despite its molten core. That and, unless it had a very specific orbit, the whole planet would be shaded by Uranus if it went behind it in its orbit.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: [[spoiler:Achilles]] with its Earth-like appearance, while its gravity and atmosphere can be justified by it being Earth-sized when compared to Uranus but that means it would also be it's still far from the Goldilocks zone of the Sun which would otherwise render it an iceball despite its molten core. That and, unless it had a very specific orbit, the whole planet would be shaded by Uranus if it went behind it in its orbit.
20th Dec '17 7:11:24 PM Sammettik
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* [[spoiler: PyrrhicVictory: The remnants of the NSDF and CCA succeed in defeating the Furies, but [[BolivianArmyEnding likely at the cost of their own lives]]]].

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* [[spoiler: PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: The remnants of the NSDF and CCA succeed in defeating the Furies, but [[BolivianArmyEnding likely at the cost of their own lives]]]].
30th Nov '17 2:29:49 PM Saber15
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In late 2017, Rebellion announced ''Battlezone: Combat Commander'', a similar remaster of the second game, due in 2018.
14th Oct '17 6:16:11 PM timotaka
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* TheAllSeeingAI: In some missions the AI will know if you try to use certain tactics and react instantly, even though the enemy should have no way of knowing this. For example, in the penultimate NSDF mission in the core game your main target is an enemy base behind an extensive minefield. You might get the idea to use howitzers that can easily target the base from the other side of the minefield instead of disabling it with the intended method. Except, if you build howitzers, the enemy air units will immediately make a beeline to them and prioritize destroying the howitzers beyond all else.

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* TheAllSeeingAI: In some missions the AI will know if you try to use certain tactics and react instantly, even though the enemy should have no way of knowing this. For example, in the penultimate NSDF mission in the core game your main target is an enemy base behind an extensive minefield. You might get the idea to use howitzers that can easily target the base from the other side of the minefield instead of disabling it with the intended method. Except, if you build howitzers, the enemy air units will immediately make a beeline to them the howitzers and prioritize destroying the howitzers them beyond all everything else.
31st Aug '17 5:49:49 PM timotaka
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* TheAllSeeingAI: In some missions the AI will know if you try to use certain tactics and react instantly, even though the enemy should have no way of knowing this. For example, in the penultimate NSDF mission in the core game your main target is an enemy base behind an extensive minefield. You might get the idea to use howitzers that can easily target the base from the other side of the minefield instead of disabling it with the intended method. Except, if you build howitzers, the enemy air units will immediately make a beeline to them and prioritize destroying the howitzers beyond all else.
25th May '17 10:13:44 PM Sammettik
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* AncientAstronauts: The alien ships and structures are all named after Greek gods, and it is outright stated that the race which created them, the Cthonians, [[spoiler: visited and did experiments on the Greeks in the ancient world.]]
** For example, [[spoiler: an automated vessel called [[MeaningfulName Charon]] was sent by Nexus V to gather DNA from Greek battlefields.]]
* AndIMustScream:[[spoiler:The Furies , being living tissue fused directly into the hulls of bio-metal war machines. Though they are sentient, their only apparent pastime seems to be [[UnstoppableRage blind rage and destruction.]] They also may be a rather twisted example of TheUndead.]]

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* AncientAstronauts: The alien ships and structures are all named after Greek gods, and it is outright stated that the race which created them, the Cthonians, [[spoiler: visited and did experiments on the Greeks in the ancient world.]]
world]].
** For example, [[spoiler: an automated vessel called [[MeaningfulName Charon]] was sent by Nexus V to gather DNA from Greek battlefields.]]
battlefields]].
* AndIMustScream:[[spoiler:The Furies , Furies, being living tissue fused directly into the hulls of bio-metal war machines. Though they are sentient, their only apparent pastime seems to be [[UnstoppableRage blind rage and destruction.]] They also may be a rather twisted example of TheUndead.]]TheUndead]].



* BrainUploading: The [[spoiler: Furies get their psychopathic bloodlust from their biometal hulls being imbued with the genetic data of ancient Greek warriors who were dying on the battlefield before being collected by the Cthonians.]]
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: The NSDF and CCA destroy the Furies, but at the cost of much of the technology they fought the war over. The Cthonians, meanwhile, sacrificed their entire species to destroy them.]]

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* BrainUploading: The [[spoiler: Furies get their psychopathic bloodlust from their biometal hulls being imbued with the genetic data of ancient Greek warriors who were dying on the battlefield before being collected by the Cthonians.]]
Cthonians]].
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: The NSDF and CCA destroy the Furies, but at the cost of much of the technology they fought the war over. The Cthonians, meanwhile, sacrificed their entire species to destroy them.]]them]].



* TheFaceless: No character's face is ever shown, with one exception; at the end of the final Europa level, you get a closeup of a dead CCA soldier, [[{{Squick}} his faceplate shattered]] [[BodyHorror and his face frozen.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath / CruelAndUnusualDeath: Completing the Europa missions for the NSDF shows a screen of a bloated CCA soldier half-buried in the snow with his faceplate shattered. Dying during the Soviet campaign will show a picture of your character's skeleton in a heavily damaged spacesuit.

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* TheFaceless: No character's face is ever shown, with one exception; at the end of the final Europa level, you get a closeup of a dead CCA soldier, [[{{Squick}} his faceplate shattered]] [[BodyHorror and his face frozen.]]
frozen]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath / CruelAndUnusualDeath: FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Completing the Europa missions for the NSDF shows a screen of a bloated CCA soldier half-buried in the snow with his faceplate shattered. Dying during the Soviet campaign will show a picture of your character's skeleton in a heavily damaged spacesuit.



* {{Narrator}}: Grizzly One himself, who speaks in the introduction and over the loading screen for each mission. His tone and mood are always dour, and he often laments his situation and that of his comrades who get left to die in the dust on hostile, distant planets. [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold He also regrets that no one on Earth will ever know who he was or why he did what he did.]]

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* {{Narrator}}: Grizzly One himself, who speaks in the introduction and over the loading screen for each mission. His tone and mood are always dour, and he often laments his situation and that of his comrades who get left to die in the dust on hostile, distant planets. [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold He also regrets that no one on Earth will ever know who he was or why he did what he did.]]did]].



* [[spoiler: PyrrhicVictory: The remnants of the NSDF and CCA succeed in defeating the Furies, but [[BolivianArmyEnding likely at the cost of their own lives.]]]]

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* [[spoiler: PyrrhicVictory: The remnants of the NSDF and CCA succeed in defeating the Furies, but [[BolivianArmyEnding likely at the cost of their own lives.]]]]lives]]]].



* TheRedPlanet: The second major area of the game and the game's first [[TheReveal major reveal takes place.]]

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* TheRedPlanet: The second major area of the game and the game's first [[TheReveal major reveal takes place.]]place]].



* [[spoiler: SealedEvilInACan: The Furies, not-so-mindlessly violent {{Attack Animal}}s.]]

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* [[spoiler: SealedEvilInACan: The [[spoiler:The Furies, not-so-mindlessly violent {{Attack Animal}}s.]]Animal}}s]].



* TimedMission: Subverted: an early Mars NSDF mission tasks you with attacking a CCA base, but the time limit barely gives you enough time to assemble a base that can run itself. However, just when it seems time is going to run out, an MIA squad attacks the CCA base to buy you time, which ends the timer... It then becomes DoubleSubverted in that the platoon will be wiped out entirely if you take too long after that and the mission will fail but it takes a ''lot'' longer than the initial ten minutes it gives you. [[spoiler: Played straight in the Europa mission where you must intercept a transmission, and in the final mission: if you can't get off Achilles in time, you will be left behind.]]

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* TimedMission: Subverted: an early Mars NSDF mission tasks you with attacking a CCA base, but the time limit barely gives you enough time to assemble a base that can run itself. However, just when it seems time is going to run out, an MIA squad attacks the CCA base to buy you time, which ends the timer... It then becomes DoubleSubverted in that the platoon will be wiped out entirely if you take too long after that and the mission will fail but it takes a ''lot'' longer than the initial ten minutes it gives you. [[spoiler: Played straight in the Europa mission where you must intercept a transmission, and in the final mission: if you can't get off Achilles in time, you will be left behind.]]behind]].



** [[spoiler: There is also a different type of Fury saucer that's pilotable on the deathmatch map ''Odin's Eye'' but it's locked in by several [=MITS=] mines inside the "eye" of a mountain.]]

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** [[spoiler: There is also a different type of Fury saucer that's pilotable on the deathmatch map ''Odin's Eye'' but it's locked in by several [=MITS=] mines inside the "eye" of a mountain.]]mountain]].



* AllThereInTheManual: The manual for this game uses a similar FramingDevice to the first, this time as the ISDF's field manual. It contains profiles on the major characters and some letters, among them a transcript from the black box of Major Manson's Wolverine tank concerning a [[ContinuityNod a battle on Titan against the Furies,]] which would seem to indicate he (and possibly others) survived the Bio-Metal Wars. [[spoiler: Given Braddock's later deception, UnreliableNarrator may be at play in said passage - the date implies the Furies are actually escaping Scions.]]

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* AllThereInTheManual: The manual for this game uses a similar FramingDevice to the first, this time as the ISDF's field manual. It contains profiles on the major characters and some letters, among them a transcript from the black box of Major Manson's Wolverine tank concerning a [[ContinuityNod a battle on Titan against the Furies,]] which would seem to indicate he (and possibly others) survived the Bio-Metal Wars. [[spoiler: Given Braddock's later deception, UnreliableNarrator may be at play in said passage - the date implies the Furies are actually escaping Scions.]]Scions]].



* DarkWorld: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named Dark Planet]], though not so much in the sense of this trope as being a planet that is really, really dark, but unnaturally so, with a permanent planet-wide electrical storm. It ''does'' feature unnaturally geometric terrain and a sense that something is just... [[EldritchLocation wrong, about the place.]] [[spoiler: Though the planet's origin is never made clear, what is apparent is that it is ripe to be terraformed into a clone of the Scion's adopted homeworld, Core.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:[[{{Lzherusskie}} Yelena Shabayev, your commanding officer.]] After disappearing on Bane in a DropShip crash and [[NeverFoundTheBody being presumed dead]], she later reappears on Rend as a Scion, urging you not to side with the power-hungry Braddock. Major Manson is this as well, initially complicit in Braddock's conspiracy, going so far as to have you destroy a "[[BlatantLies Scion]]" mining rig on the Dark Planet. He later forms an ISDF splinter-group of Earth-Government loyalists against Braddock, who at that point plans to return to Earth in force and institute a military dictatorship.]]
* DoomsDayDevice: What the ISDF believe the massive machines found on Rend, Mire and Bane to be. [[spoiler: They're not. They're part of a [[{{Terraform}} terraformation]] system intended to transform the Dark Planet into a new Core, as the old one is somehow "dying" and [[KeystoneArmy taking the Scions with it in droves.]]]]

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* DarkWorld: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly-named Dark Planet]], though not so much in the sense of this trope as being a planet that is really, really dark, but unnaturally so, with a permanent planet-wide electrical storm. It ''does'' feature unnaturally geometric terrain and a sense that something is just... [[EldritchLocation wrong, about the place.]] [[spoiler: Though the planet's origin is never made clear, what is apparent is that it is ripe to be terraformed into a clone of the Scion's adopted homeworld, Core.]]
Core]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:[[{{Lzherusskie}} Yelena Shabayev, your commanding officer.]] After disappearing on Bane in a DropShip crash and [[NeverFoundTheBody being presumed dead]], she later reappears on Rend as a Scion, urging you not to side with the power-hungry Braddock. Major Manson is this as well, initially complicit in Braddock's conspiracy, going so far as to have you destroy a "[[BlatantLies Scion]]" mining rig on the Dark Planet. He later forms an ISDF splinter-group of Earth-Government loyalists against Braddock, who at that point plans to return to Earth in force and institute a military dictatorship.]]
dictatorship]].
* DoomsDayDevice: What the ISDF believe the massive machines found on Rend, Mire and Bane to be. [[spoiler: They're not. They're part of a [[{{Terraform}} terraformation]] system intended to transform the Dark Planet into a new Core, as the old one is somehow "dying" and [[KeystoneArmy taking the Scions with it in droves.]]]]droves]]]].



* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: The Scions, apparently.]]

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* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: The Scions, apparently.]]apparently]].



* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler:The bad ending, where you side with Braddock. Every other named character is dead, and you return to earth a "hero". [[WasItReallyWorthIt But was it worth it?]] In this ending, humanity never gets to know what the Scions were really trying to accomplish.]]

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* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler:The bad ending, where you side with Braddock. Every other named character is dead, and you return to earth a "hero". [[WasItReallyWorthIt But was it worth it?]] In this ending, humanity never gets to know what the Scions were really trying to accomplish.]]accomplish]].



** [[AllThereInTheManual If you read the manual,]] Shabayev's [[spoiler: DefectorFromDecadence moment is [[ForeShadowing Foreshadowed]] by]] her psychiatric evaluation's note of her having an "[[LampshadeHanging overdeveloped sense of justice.]]"

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** [[AllThereInTheManual If you read the manual,]] Shabayev's [[spoiler: DefectorFromDecadence moment is [[ForeShadowing Foreshadowed]] by]] her psychiatric evaluation's note of her having an "[[LampshadeHanging overdeveloped sense of justice.]]"justice]]".



* MultipleEndings: Two, depending on whether you [[spoiler: transport the wounded Scion leader to [[FateWorseThanDeath Braddock,]] or return him to the Scions and join their cause.]]

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* MultipleEndings: Two, depending on whether you [[spoiler: transport the wounded Scion leader to [[FateWorseThanDeath Braddock,]] or return him to the Scions and join their cause.]]cause]].



* NewEraSpeech: [[spoiler: Padishah Frank Burns. [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], as Burns is no longer considered a villain at this point, he delivers this speech in the good ending.]]

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* NewEraSpeech: [[spoiler: Padishah Frank Burns. [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], as Burns is no [[spoiler:no longer considered a villain at this point, he delivers this speech in the good ending.]]ending]].



* OhCrap: At one point in some Cthonian ruins on Bane, you discover a small transmission unit. Almost immediately, Braddock orders the area bombed to shreds, giving you scant minutes to evacuate the area. [[spoiler: You later find out why: the transmitter in question bore [[ContinuityNod the insignia of the Black Dog squadron.]]]]

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* OhCrap: At one point in some Cthonian ruins on Bane, you discover a small transmission unit. Almost immediately, Braddock orders the area bombed to shreds, giving you scant minutes to evacuate the area. [[spoiler: You later find out why: the transmitter in question bore [[ContinuityNod the insignia of the Black Dog squadron.]]]]squadron]]]].



* PhlebotinumRebel: [[spoiler: The Scions turn out to be this, [[SecretProjectRefugeeFamily having escaped Braddock's attempt to create super soldiers]].]]

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* PhlebotinumRebel: [[spoiler: The Scions turn out to be this, [[SecretProjectRefugeeFamily having escaped Braddock's attempt to create super soldiers]].]]soldiers]]]].



* TimedMission: [[spoiler: The escape from Core after you have destroyed its main reactor, the final mission of the "bad" path.]]
* TransHumanAliens: [[spoiler: The Scions are actually the remnant of a SuperSoldier program that fused humans with Biometal.]]

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* TimedMission: [[spoiler: The escape from Core after you have destroyed its main reactor, the final mission of the "bad" path.]]
path]].
* TransHumanAliens: [[spoiler: The Scions are actually the remnant of a SuperSoldier program that fused humans with Biometal.]]Biometal]].



* TheFaceless: Despite the large amount of character interaction this game has, especially when compared to the first game, you only see ''one'' character's face, though [[http://www.bzcomplex.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=66 concept art exists]] for all major characters. [[spoiler: On the mission where you need to retrieve Padishah Burns from the crashed carrier, you can hop out of your tank and look at his chariot thing, with Burns sitting in it.]]

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* TheFaceless: Despite the large amount of character interaction this game has, especially when compared to the first game, you only see ''one'' character's face, though [[http://www.bzcomplex.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=66 concept art exists]] for all major characters. [[spoiler: On the mission where you need to retrieve Padishah Burns from the crashed carrier, you can hop out of your tank and look at his chariot thing, with Burns sitting in it.]]it]].



* TruceZone: Later in the game, Ambassador Kossieh of the AAN attempts to broker a human-Scion truce on Rend. The player and a detachment of ISDF troops wait around in a Scion base while Frank Burns boards a DropShip to meet with Kossieh on a Carrier in low orbit. [[spoiler: Until the DropShip explodes in the Carrier, sending it plummeting to the surface. You later learn that [[MoralEventHorizon Braddock rigged the DropShip, to off both Burns AND Kossieh]] [[FalseFlagOperation and to make it look like a Scion attack,]] reinforcing Braddock's position and [[TakeOverTheWorld bringing him one step closer to his goal.]]]]

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* TruceZone: Later in the game, Ambassador Kossieh of the AAN attempts to broker a human-Scion truce on Rend. The player and a detachment of ISDF troops wait around in a Scion base while Frank Burns boards a DropShip to meet with Kossieh on a Carrier in low orbit. [[spoiler: Until the DropShip explodes in the Carrier, sending it plummeting to the surface. You later learn that [[MoralEventHorizon Braddock rigged the DropShip, to off both Burns AND Kossieh]] [[FalseFlagOperation and to make it look like a Scion attack,]] reinforcing Braddock's position and [[TakeOverTheWorld bringing him one step closer to his goal.]]]]goal]]]].



* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:The Scions. Later on, Yelena Shabayev and optionally, the player character. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that they have come to enjoy being what they are.]]

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* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:The Scions. Later on, Yelena Shabayev and optionally, the player character. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that they have come to enjoy being what they are.]]are]].
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