->''"When the war began, no one knew where it would... end."''


''Bandits: Phoenix Rising'' is a VehicularCombat game developed by GRIN (who would later go on to create [[VideoGameRemake the 2009]] ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' and Bionic Commando: Rearmed) and published by Pan Vision in 2002. It used GRIN's in-house "Diesel" engine, which they used for all their games.

It's AfterTheEnd. The world is a ravaged, nuclear wasteland, [[TheApunkalypse ruled by marauding gangs]] armed with [[WeaponizedCar Weaponized Cars,]] [[ScavengerWorld who scavenge for useful bits leftover from the old world.]] The last holdout of civilization, or [[TheEmpire something vaguely resembling it]], is the fortress-city of Jericho. It's armies jealously protect a vast fortune in gold from the gangs.

The game's story follows the misadventures of [[TheHero Fennec]] and [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Rewdalf]], just two of the many titular bandits. In this case, co-leaders of the Wolfpack gang. Always on the lookout for the next big score, they stumble upon [[GottaCatchEmAll a trail of ancient mechanical components]] that [[DismantledMacguffin they hope will help them]] [[ForgottenSuperweapon assemble a weapon]] [[TheCaper capable of breaching the walls of Jericho]] [[BankRobbery and letting them at the treasure within.]] What will they do with it? [[MoreDakka Buy more guns, probably.]]

That's the campaign. The game also featured multi-player deathmatches and objective-based gametypes via GameSpy.

'''Bandits: Phoenix Rising provides examples of:'''

* ActionGirl: Lucy, of the Crusaders gang.
* AndManGrewProud: There's nothing recognizable left. If the intro is anything to go on, JustBeforeTheEnd was already TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* AntiHero: Maybe even VillainProtagonist. Fennec and Rewdalf's sole motivation seems to be {{Greed}}.
* TheApunkalypse: [[OpeningNarration "It became a world...]] [[TitleDrop of BANDITS."]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Rewdalf likes violence, beer, gold, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment more violence]] and... Billy Ray Cyrus.
--> Fennec: ''"[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne Billy Ray?!]]"''
* {{Badass}}
** [[WorldOfBadass World Of]] [[BadassDriver Badass Drivers]]
* BatmanColdOpen: The opening levels concern Fennec and Rewdalf stealing a cactus beer distiller from the Flaming Pumpkins, the Wolfpack having a celebratory race after that and the Flaming Pumpkins' ensuing counterattack. These events are completely unrelated to the search for the Phoenix.
* BottomlessMagazines: Your primary weapon never runs out of ammo or needs to be reloaded. Secondaries have a pool of limited ammo that can be refilled via [[PowerUp ammuntion pickups.]]
* BigBad: It's hard to call Sebastien one, [[spoiler: [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere as he's not seen or heard]] unless you choose to go up against his [[KingMook enormous battle-car]] at the end of the game. You don't even meet him if you choose to go after the gold truck. [[EvilPlan More likely,]] [[EvilAllAlong Lucie could be considered one.]]]]
* BigBulkyBomb: The [[MeaningfulName aptly-named]] Apocalypse missile launcher.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Sebastien.
* BloodKnight: Rewdalf revels in combat. [[WhatTheHellHero Fennec occasionally calls him out on it.]]
--> Fennec: "[[WhatTheHellHero You can't get enough, can you?]]"
--> Rewdalf: "[[FunetikAksent Of wot?]]"
--> F: "[[HurricaneOfEuphemisms Smashing heads, busting caps, breaking necks...]] mmm, you know."
--> R: "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not that I'm obsessed,]] [[ViolentGlaswegian but nothing beats a grrreat floggin'!]]"
* BossBanter
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Red for the Wolfpack, orange for Flaming Pumpkins, green for the Crusaders, blue for the Enclave and black for Jericho.
* CutScene: Occasionally, (thrice, to be exact) the player is treated to a text-based interlude written from another character's perspective. One is from a Flaming Pumpkin [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] who survived getting his car wrecked by the heroes and decides to give up marauding and open a bakery. Another is from a Crusaders RedShirt writing home to his family. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The last? Well, it's Rewdalf singing]] [[ChristmasSongs Jingle Bells.]] Substitute [[WeaponizedCar "cannon-mounted"]] for "one-horse open" where appropriate. Sometimes he just [[SingingSimlish sings simlish.]]
* DeathIsCheap
--> Rewdalf: "Better luck next time... I hope."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Certain lines of [[DummiedOut cut dialogue]] have Rewdalf act rather... excited about the Phoenix.
* EscortMission: More than once, you must escort unarmed cargo trucks. Another has you escort a cannon-mounted, armored CoolTrain.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Though given how flimsy-looking a lot of them are, it's perhaps not surprising.
* EvilOldFolks: Vincent, the [[NoIndoorVoice rather loud]] "prophet" leader of The Enclave.
* EvilPlan: [[TwistEnding Out of goddamn nowhere,]] [[spoiler: Lucy shows up after you defeat Sebastian, [[TheReveal and reveals]] [[EvilAllAlong that she used you]] to find the [[ForgottenSuperweapon Phoenix tank]] and take control of Jericho. She promptly declares that YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: Sebastien.
* FaceFramedInShadow: Jericho soldiers.
* FatBastard: Daud, leader of the Flaming Pumpkins- but only because [[TheStarscream he double-crossed]] Rewdalf and [[LeftForDead left him for dead]] in a mine field. Serves as both the DiskOneFinalBoss and a WakeUpCallBoss, as his war-truck is much, much tougher than anything you will have faced up to that point. [[RecurringBoss He reappears later...]] [[FlunkyBoss with friends.]]
%% * FragileSpeedster: The Badger, your starting vehicle.
* GameMod: It was idiotically easy to edit this game's files and play around with things like weapon damage, enemy health, etc.
* GogglesDoNothing: Fennec. Though he actually wears his over his eyes, in deference to the standard.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Rewdalf uses the word crap. ''A lot.'' Entire sentences, even.
* GoodBadTranslation: Russian translation slightly mangled the storyline and even changed some of the lead characters' names (Fennec >> [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx Marx]], Vincent >> [[MacGyver Samodelkin]]). But since the script changed mostly the thigns russian players [[CulturalTranslation wouldn't understand]], added a lot of hilarious references, followed the RuleOfFunny and was voiced by fitting actors, a lot of players [[{{Woolseyism}} consider it way better than the original]].
* GrenadeLauncher: The high arc of this weapon makes it rather difficult to aim effectively.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Fennec and Rewdalf.
* IntrepidMerchant: Part of the BackStory is a series of journal entries by wandering trader Tormee, who runs into Fennec and Rewdalf shortly before events of the game take place.
* JackOfAllStats: The Cyclone, found midway through the game.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Though not a single tune, each of the four primary gangs has a particular genre to their part of the soundtrack. The Wolfpack are represented by funk, the Flaming Pumpkins by [[ThePowerOfRock hard rock]], the Crusaders by heavy house industrial and the Enclave by trance techno.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Enclave. They all wear [[GasMaskMooks gas masks]] and seem to follow some kind of ReligionOfEvil.
%% * MightyGlacier: The Ogre, the last car you find. Among other things, it is the only car of the three that can equip [[MoreDakka two primary weapons.]]
* {{Mooks}}: Come in several flavors, [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat of increasing power and ability]]: The Flaming Pumpkins, the Enclave and finally the Jericho Army.
* MoodWhiplash: The intro may lead you to believe this game [[SeriousBusiness is deadly serious.]] It isn't.
* MultipleEndings: Sort of. Whether you choose to [[spoiler: challenge Sebastien or go after the gold, Fennec and Rewdalf [[DownerEnding still end up]] [[EverythingTryingToKillYou getting chased by]] ''[[EverythingTryingToKillYou everybody.]]'']]
* NintendoHard: Learn to conserve your health, use your secondary weapons effectively and focus your attacks on a single target at a time or you will lose, over and over [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and over.]]
* NoodleIncident: Rewdalf often recalls the time they raided a chicken truck, but before he can recount the tale Fennec always cuts him off, saying he'd rather not be reminded of it.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Rewdalf is a [[ViolentGlaswegian Scottish-sounding, trigger-happy]] midget who [[GoshDangItToHeck likes to say crap]] and [[TheAlcoholic drink beer.]] [[SubvertedTrope He's also]] part Spanish.
* TheRemnant: The Crusaders, judging by their military-style colors and symbols, would seem to be remnants of some national army. Exactly which isn't clear, though the ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' -quoting grunts would seem to indicate American origin.
* ScavengerWorld: There's very little of the previous world left, and all the cars look to be cobbled together from whatever was on hand. A bit of DescriptionPorn [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]] describes how the Badger was built using things like a fighter plane's engine and bits of a cargo ship's hull.
* SentryGun: In one mission, Rewdalf gets to take control of a powerful stationary defense cannon [[HoldTheLine While Fennec fixes their car.]]
* ShortRangeShotgun: Coupled with the fact that everybody's [[VehicularCombat moving around really fast]], the shotgun can be hard to use.
* SniperRifle: Sniper ''cannons'', even.
* StuffBlowingUp: Hoo boy.
* TankGoodness: [[spoiler: [[GottaCatchEmAll Wondering what all those gigantic parts were for?]] [[DismantledMacguffin What they make if you put em together?]] Why, [[TitleDrop the Phoenix, of course.]] A tank. A very large, [[ForgottenSuperweapon forgotten super-tank.]]]]
* TheUnintelligible: Jericho soldiers use radio scrambling devices, making their communications sound like total gibberish.
* RedOniBlueOni: Fennec is fairly cool and level-headed, Rewdalf is [[TheNapoleon short and very angry.]]