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Video Game / Metal Marines

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A relatively obscure Real-Time Strategy game developed by Namco and released in 1993 for Windows 3.1 PC and the Super NES, originally released in Japan under the name Militia.

The story takes place over 100 years into the future. Antimatter production research has been going on for decades. However, this research comes at a price. An antimatter war is started after a minor border skirmish causes stockpiles of antimatter missiles to explode, resulting in Earth becoming completely devastated. In the midst of all the chaos, a mysterious, previously unknown evil dictator named Nikolai I. Zorgeuf, along with 3 of his closest military followers; Commander Bill Garland, Commander Joan Rile, and High Commander Liften Schwaltz, takes control of the entire planet and promises that Earth will be rebuilt where people will be safe under his power. A small, but powerful group of rebels are not convinced, and so declare war on Zorguef and his 3 allies to free the Earth from his grasp.


This game provides examples of:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Zorgeuf gives a near-death speech about how he was going to change the world, as his final base is being attacked in the last communcation of the game.
  • Antimatter: Used as the explosive payload on the ICBMs.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: the Windows 3.1 Version has TWO of these. One is a Pig-Latin mode, and the other, you can drag files from your desktop or explorer window onto a clear square patch of your island map. However, this tends to work against you as it promptly explodes, leaving behind nothing but a damaged piece of land on which you have to spend extra money to remove.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The bases are apparently large (about the size of a building), and are lowered through a specially-constructed antimatter-resistant hatch into the ground, which is then sealed.
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  • Final Speech: Zorgeuf's final communication at the end of the game.
  • Glorious Leader: Zorgeuf is considered to be this in the Windows 3.1 Version. Heck, he even has the title "Zorgeuf the Great"!
  • Hidden Villain: Nikolai I. Zorgeuf, until you see him about halfway through the game Even the help file on the Windows 3.1 version doesn't show what he looks like.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Metal Marines themselves. They're apparently 60 feet high.
  • Island Base: Since most of the world has been split into small islands by antimatter missiles from the accident that caused the war in the first place.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: This can happen when you fill your base island with mostly anti-aircraft missiles and the enemy attacks.
  • Smug Snake: Zorgeuf, when you see him at the end of the game, is sitting on his "throne" in a badass pose with a smug smile on his face.
  • Starter Villain: Bill Garland is the first Enemy Commander you fight against in the game.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Zorgeuf took over the planet in the midst of WWIII promising a new safe civilization.
  • You Nuke 'Em: With the right amount of money and energy, you can nuke your enemies with an antimatter ICBM.