Video Game / Steel Reign

Steel Reign is a classic third-person tank shooter from 1998 made for the PlayStation. In 2030, the world, after years of peace and prosperity, is going back to becoming a Crapsack World. War and worldwide depression has since driven country after country down the road to despotism and military rule. Gerald Storm and Lewis Reign were accepted into the prestigious Military Institute of Technology, where they excelled their chosen fields of Armored Assault Vehicle Design and Implementation. Immediately after graduation, both were sent to take part in the Crimean Conflict and rose to the rank of General in record time. General Storm went to become the executive aid of the Chief of Staff and used his influence to assign General Reign to a secret research facility somewhere in the nuclear-ravaged wastelands of the Southwestern United States, where he would command the development of a new generation of armored combat vehicles.

Storm then gathered his forces and started a revolution by declaring martial law. He intends to utilize the Super Prototype tanks Reign is developing to aid his revolution. Reign, of course, isn't letting that happen. He downloaded all the valuable information regarding the Super Prototype tanks and put a bullet in the motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing is left, he activated the self-destruct sequence of the base and evacuated by getting on board the closest tank he can find. Knowing Storm demands the capture of Reign and the Super Prototype tanks, our hero takes the fight to him with the intend of stopping the revolution.

The game is rather simple. It has two single player modes: Arcade and Quest. In Arcade, you can switch tanks in between the missions and unlock more tanks which are hidden in every level as a pick up item. In Quest, you play through the entire game with your chosen tank, with whatever condition your tank is in (health, shield functionality, ammo, etc) brought over towards the next missions. In both modes, you start of with three tanks: the Sidewinder, the Diamondback and the Copperhead. Two player mode is a head-to-head battle, with all tanks (except the Anaconda) made available and battles fought in a wide variety of arenas.

Steel Reign provides examples of:

  • A.K.A.-47: Some tanks are obviously real life tanks. Two of the most obvious are the Desert King (M1 Abrams) and Rattler (M2/M3 Bradley or M6 Linebacker).
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: You play a tank general who takes on entire armies with just a couple of Super Prototype tanks. And in a the last mission, General Storm jumps into the fray in his own Super Prototype.
  • Big Bad: General Storm.
  • BFG: The Cannon. Apart from Special Weapons, this is the most powerful weapon in your inventory. One well aimed shot is enough to blow up multiple targets thanks to splash damage. All tanks can carry a certain amount of tank shells. Armored Cars unfortunately, can't use this weapon.
    • The Cobra has, in addition to regular shells, guided shells as it's Special Weapon. When fired, you actually take control of the shell. Great for precision bombing.
  • Butt-Monkey: The cameraman. Poor guy even loses an arm after taking a direct hit from a stray rocket.
  • Expy: The Copperhead looks an awful lot like the Mammoth Tank. The only feature it doesn't have is quad tracks.
  • Fragile Speedster: Hover Tanks. They are very fast and can easily wreak havoc if you go on running around shooting. However, their Single Shields deplete much more quickly than Quad Shields and the tanks themselves have paper thin armor.
  • Hover Tank: Three of the prototypes. They are notably the game's resident Fragile Speedster. Save for Storm's tank.
  • Lethal Joke Character: The Phython. For something thats supposed to be a Super Prototype, its nothing more than a jacked up Chevrolet Blazer with a small turret mounted on it. Should be easy target right? Well, its very fast, has very strong shields to compensate for poor armor and a Special Weapon that will blow damn near everything up in one or two hits.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Fang. This APC-turned-anti-tank platform is as heavily armored as the Copperhead and is still capable of reaching immense speeds just like other Armored Cars. Its only weakness is it's lack of shields.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The result of firing Phoenix Missiles in quick succession. The Sidewinder and to a lesser extend, the Death Adder, invoke this with their Special Weapons. The former fires four missiles at once while the latter fires two. Complete with some Robo Teching. Even better when you use the Special Weapon and Phoenix Missiles together.
    • Both the Death Adder and the Fang can carry more Phoenix Missiles than any other tank in the game to compensate for their inability to use Cannons.
  • One-Man Army: Though the game never acknowledge whether Reign is working with a tank crew or operating the tanks himself.
  • Super Prototype: All of the playable tanks, although most have been placed into mass-production.
  • Shock and Awe: Despite their names, Both the Mk 1 and Mk 2 Lasers count. The Viper one ups this with it's Special Weapon: firing FOUR Laser Mk2s at the same time!
  • Theme Naming: All tanks are named after snakes or something to do with snakes (such in the case of the Venom and the Fang).