One of the greatest sci-fi strategy games of all time returns with remastered visuals, online multiplayer and near unlimited mod content from Steam Workshop. Experience thrilling first person action and acclaimed RTS in this explosive alternate vision of the 1960s space race.
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Release Date: Apr 18, 2016

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June 10

Mod Highlight - A Nasty Surprise


A Nasty Surprise
Battlezone 98 modders have been getting to grips with the tools and we are starting to see some great content

Check out "A Nasty Surprise Remake" by Blue Banana.

Lead the American forces and launch the decisive attack against the CCA Main Base, and encounter the deadliest unit ever created... The first-ever campaign remake has come, based off of one of the most popular missions of all time. A Nasty Surprise has been rebuilt from the ground-up and designed to provide maximum immersion, quality, and explosions! Many praised elements have been passed on from the 1.5 version of A Nasty Surprise Remake.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=700772106

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June 8

THE RED ODYSSEY RETURNS!


Featuring new campaigns, factions, multiplayer maps and more, THE RED ODYSSEY content has been much sought-after by Battlezone fans as the original expansion never saw a release outside of North America. Like the base game, this expansion is receiving the same loving remaster treatment courtesy of Big Boat Interactive.

THE RED ODYSSEY expansion will launch simultaneously on Steam and other platforms later this summer.

THE RED ODYSSEY BEGINS

With war escalating in the wide reaches of space, the Americans take to Jupiter and its moons in pursuit of the Russians and powerful technology. On the previously quiet satellite of Ganymede, the US forces discover an unexpected threat, with the power to carve its own place in history...

BATTLEZONE 98 REDUX: THE RED ODYSSEY expansion includes:
  • Two new factions: The NDSF Black Dogs and the Chinese Red Army.
  • 23 missions across two new campaigns.
  • 30 powerful new vehicle and building units.
  • 5 new multiplayer maps.
Extra
We are currently beta testing crossplay on an unfinished build of the game. If you wish to test it out please use the following beta key: CROSSPLAYBETA

Twitch Livestream
We will be talking about The Red Odyssey while playing Battlezone 98 Redux live at www.twitch.tv/rebellion_official tonight at 6PM UK / 1PM ET / 10AM PT.

See you there!

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Reviews

“... one of the best strategy games I've wrapped my brain (and trigger finger) around in a long, long time.”
9.4/10 – Gamespot (1998)

“Simply put, it's a classic - and one that has now, thankfully, been restored.”
8/10 – PC Invasion

“... brings fast-paced combat and strategy to a new generation in stellar form.”
8/10 – Game Watcher

About This Game

One of the greatest sci-fi strategy games of all time returns Spring 2016 with remastered visuals, online multiplayer, and near unlimited mod content from Steam Workshop.

Enter an alternate vision of the 1960s where the “space race” is nothing more than a cover for an interplanetary war between the US and Soviet Russia over mysterious alien bio-metal.

Take command of an army of sleek heavy assault tanks, strike cruisers, APCs and more, and wreak havoc with super-heated projectiles in your mission to blast your enemy from the face of the Moon, Mars, Venus, Titan, Io and Europa.

Scavenge the battlefields for crucial bio-metal, deploy powerful defenses, construct advanced facilities and escalate each battle to an epic confrontation.

Revolutionary, revitalised and remastered, Battlezone 98 Redux’s blend of thrilling first person action and tense RTS gameplay is as essential now as it ever was.

FEATURES


Critically Acclaimed RTS:
  • Command the battlefield and fight vehicle-to-vehicle from the immersive first person cockpit view.
  • Unleash mechanized devastation with a huge tactical arsenal including Howitzers, MAG Cannons, Cold Fusion Lasers, Day Wrecker Artillery, and more.
  • Customise and fortify your bases from the ground-up with production factories, power plants, barracks, armouries, command towers and deadly defensive turrets.

Two Explosive Campaigns:
Play as American or Soviet forces in two separate singleplayer campaigns, with 29 missions across 7 different planetary environments.

Sleek Remastered Visuals:
Play Battlezone 98 as it should have been, in HD with completely remodelled vehicles and buildings, enhanced lighting and shadows, improved particle effects, upgraded animations, upscaled terrain, and more.

Online Multiplayer for 2-8 players:
Experience the classic rush of "Deathmatch", or test your skills in a pulse-pounding battle of wits in "Strategy" mode.

Steam Workshop Mods:
Tap into a community nearly two decades in the making, and enjoy near limitless new content with support for mods, such as new singleplayer and multiplayer maps, new vehicles, new HUDs, custom scripts and much more.

Map Editor:
Not a modder yet? Create your own custom multiplayer arenas with the in-built map editing tool.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    • Processor: Dual-core CPU with SSE3 (Intel® Pentium® D 3GHz / AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200) or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible graphics card with 256 MB of memory (ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Pro or NVIDIA® equivalent)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible sound card or better
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 / AMD FX series or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 11.0 compatible graphics card with 1GB of memory (NVIDIA® GeForce® 400 series / ATI Radeon™ HD 7750) or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0 compatible sound card or better
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Pathetic Loser
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
The 98 version of Battlezone is easily in my top 3 games of all time. It's held a cult following for nearly 20 years, which should tell you something.This redux modernizes it while remaining faithful to what makes Battlezone so charming. Couldn't speak highly enough of this game!
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Dobesov
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I played the heck out of this game back in the day and have struggled to get it up on running on modern hardware. This update is long overdue! Great job expanding an old plotless arcade gme into a retro period peice, good strategic mechanics, fun tank driving, an often overlooked gem of its period.

BATTLEZONE is possibly the only successfully orchistrated FPS-RTS...
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Shredder
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
There is no game that I would recommend more, and that is coming from someone who was raised on games like Half-Life and Deus Ex.

Two fantastic campaigns ( The Red Odyssey Expansion coming soon.) , a menagerie of different units to utilitze and a ton of awesome locations to wage the Cold War on. Top all that off with great gameplay - combining FPS tank combat with real time strategy - and you have the perfect game. Great multiplayer too, if you can find a server.

Granted, it is not for everyone. The movement is strange in comparison to games today, and the combination of FPS and RTS is very jarring. But, I implore anyone on the fence about buying this game to just do it.

10 out of 10.
May re-write this review after The Red Odyssey is released. Having never played TRO, it may change my thoughts.
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Fireaxxe
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
It's just what I needed in life.
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Nickel Nuts
( 28.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Great to have Battlezone back after all these years. The BZ 98 Redux team did a fantastic job! Looks great, 8). Death match is fun. Strategy is even funner!
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Schrodz
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Classic controls are harder to get use too after all these years but a great remaster none the less.

Bring Back the Classics.
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kkgg84
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
To the devs: I bought this game so that you would re-release Battlezone 2!!!
To the gamers: If you liked the first one you'll like this...
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Marcus
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
This was my first PC game ever. Not too many games withstand the test of time, but this one does really well. Still super duper fun even if Im old now.
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DireWolf
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
This game is Awesome I remeber playing this when I was little and I had know idea what to do and my Dad had to help this is a great game! 9/10
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waliance
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
A good revival of an old, but good classic - hot soviet-on-american space tanks vs. space tanks action (and strategy)!
I'm a big fan of the '98 original, so I'll make the comparison based on that.
What has changed:
-Graphics: especially the textures. Gives the original the botox treatment it needed, but not too much eye-popping. (Depending on much you've played the original.)
-HUD: finally scales with screen resolution, though purists might argue that it's not 100% the same.
-Modding support: Steam Workshop integration, yay!
-Multiplayer support
What hasn't:
-Gameplay: if your think that the redux will change any bigger gameplay elements, you will be in for a dissappointment.
-Sounds: Again, no major, noticeable changes. Music is the same, unit voices are the same. ("Die, you commie pinkoes!" FTW)
Note: it doesn't include the Red Odyssey expansion.
Overall: a must-buy if you're a fan of the original, a possible should-buy if you want interested in how an arcade tank shooter - real-time strategy mix would work, or want some retro-futuristic space Cold War butt-kicking.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
There is no game that I would recommend more, and that is coming from someone who was raised on games like Half-Life and Deus Ex.

Two fantastic campaigns ( The Red Odyssey Expansion coming soon.) , a menagerie of different units to utilitze and a ton of awesome locations to wage the Cold War on. Top all that off with great gameplay - combining FPS tank combat with real time strategy - and you have the perfect game. Great multiplayer too, if you can find a server.

Granted, it is not for everyone. The movement is strange in comparison to games today, and the combination of FPS and RTS is very jarring. But, I implore anyone on the fence about buying this game to just do it.

10 out of 10.
May re-write this review after The Red Odyssey is released. Having never played TRO, it may change my thoughts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The 98 version of Battlezone is easily in my top 3 games of all time. It's held a cult following for nearly 20 years, which should tell you something.This redux modernizes it while remaining faithful to what makes Battlezone so charming. Couldn't speak highly enough of this game!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
EAT DIRT COMMIE PINKO!

Nothing like those old familiar voices making remarks during combat, or talking to me through loading screens. Every scrap and scavenger, tank and turret, so much nostalgia. The base building and combat in this game is so good. It really leaves me hoping for a new incarnation on the UT4 engine.

This game is legendary, with good reason. It’s held up incredibly well over time, and is still as much fun as I remember. You’re doing yourself a favor in giving it a try.
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181 of 199 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Edit: Protip #1 - Bunny hop. Protip #2 - RAVE GUN

This just kicked my nostalgia into overdrive. The teams at Big Boat and Rebellion have done a grand job bringing the shine back to this gem from the late 90s. The new lighting and particle effects, as well as high-poly models and hi-res retextures bring the magic back to the current generation.

After the first samples of a mysterious material known as 'bio-metal' fell to Earth in 1952, the two major superpowers facing off in the cold war - the USA and the USSR - utilised it to construct amazing new prototype vehicles and weaponry. Ever seeking greater sources of power, this whole new world of technology spawned from the stars spurred on humanity's thirst for the untapped resources of deep space...

One of the early [and sorely missed] action-strategy hybrid titles, Battlezone's first campaign casts you into a conspiratorial wing of the United States military - the National Space Defence Force (NSDF) - which is expanding out into the solar system during the cold war. The USA has used the smokescreen of the highly publicised Space Race to deploy a division of their military forces on the moon. What is this strange, otherworldly bio-metal scrap? Can such a malleable and strong substance really form naturally? All that truly matters at the outset is keeping it out of Russki hands at all costs...

In the second campaign, you play from the perspective of a Russian cosmonaut on the other side of the conflict. The differing design philosophies of the two factions is striking. The Soviet Cosmos Colonist Army (CCA) favours brutal head-on attacks and overwhelming numbers. Beginning with much the same immediate goals in mind as the USA (though initially more intrepid and bold in their conquest), the USSR expand rapidly to the Red Planet. Of course, not all is as it seems, and the cosmonauts quickly find themselves wishing they were safely home in the Motherland's bosom, for the cold of space is not inviting, and grander things lurk just out of sight...

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A great piece of alternate history fiction with excellent gameplay values. You can jump in and out of any given hover-vehicle to wander around on the surface of many planets and moons around Sol. With your trusty sniper rifle, you can whack hostile pilots from a distance and jack their ride, if you so choose. The combat is frenetic and satisfying, driven by the desire for ultimate control over these new resources. Perhaps the most gratifying element of this game is the fluidity of its movement. The jet-thruster-powered movement of most of the vehicles allows for some spectacular handling of rough terrain, cruising along at high speed and ramping off outcroppings of rock, lending the game abundant z-play opportunities. Moving effectively and working as a team is absolutely as crucial as landing hits on target.

In many missions (as well as the instant-action and multiplayer[!!!]), designing, constructing and managing your base falls to you. The bio-metal is extremely versatile and can be used in conjunction with a Recycler vehicle to construct all manner of buildings, vehicles and bizzare, devastating weaponry, ranging from tanks and mobile turrets to howitzers, rocket platforms and walkers. You will need to protect your scavengers, deploy your battle lines and make offensive strikes on enemy positions, all the while keeping track of the number of pilots you have at your disposal, and that ever-crucial supply of bio-metal scrap. You can manage every unit in your force, every building and utility vehicle under your command, from anywhere on the very sizeable maps using the fairly intuitive command interface.

Strategy and tactics evolve organically lending the gameplay as much or as little head-on action as you please, requiring you to source scrap fields and expand your production line and deny those same resources to your enemy. Your co-pilots are as effective in combat as you are, and you'll need all the help you can get throughout the challenging campaign.

Pick this up, it's probably quite unlike anything else you'll play this year, and you won't regret it.
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116 of 131 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
If you liked Battlezone from 1998, you must get this. You will not be disappointed.

If you like Vehicle based FPS and Strategy, Get this. You will not be disappointed.

This was the best game of 1998 for a good reason. They do not make em like this anymore.
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82 of 87 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
An old gem from my childhood, Battlezone manages to perfectly merge RTS and FPS elements creating a kind of field commander experience that has yet to be effectively reproduced in the 18 years since its inception. Coupled with one of the best stories ever to be written for a video game, this is a game you absolutely can NOT miss out on.

As for this specific re-release, it's as well done as anyone could ask for a game that's nearly 20 years old. Rebellion has seamlessly integrated the game into Steam's workshop and brought the graphics engine up to speed (or close enough for my liking, anyway) for modern systems, and brought everything into high resolution since we no longer run 640x480 on our systems any more.

I cannot thank Rebellion enough for this!

However, I must venture a warning. If you see this game and automatically think "Activision? CALL OF DUTY!" you're in the wrong market. When this game first came out, Activision made GOOD games. Do NOT buy this game if you're looking for a call of duty-esque game.

See everyone on the Moon, or Mars, or wherever you dare face me.
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Have been playing this since the beginning and finally put away my 1.5 version about two months ago in anticipation of this Redux. Have just played the first couple of missions and am just blown away. It feels like the old BZ we know and love BUT it looks amazing. It's the little things that create a much more emersive experience like: better physics when you hit an enemy (when I saw that fighter dip and struggle - epic), explosions, enhanced lighting, particle effects, headlights, terrain and sky, and on and on.

It may just be me, but it 'feels' like the enemy AI is smarter. They react to my strafing better and seem much more accurate (smart) - OR I could just be imagining that :-) I haven't tried any mulitplayer options yet, but that is coming soon.

There was a lot of love put into this version and it shows. If you were a fan of the original - this will not let you down. If you've never played before... just do it. Now.
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68 of 88 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
A true class has been restored and can now be played by new generations of gamers. This game is great fun, either as an unique space RTS or for old school tank on tank deathmatch. It also has a great soundtrack.

Well worth adding to your collection!
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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
152.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Battlezone has always had a special place in my heart since I first piloted a Grizzly tank, on Mars, with an army at my back, facing an enemy just as powerful as I was. The concept is flawless- a masterful FPS and an intuitive RTS cleanly blended together in a hovertank space shooter. Remastering this timeless classic is one of the greatest revitalizations I've come across.

The game offers a unique environment where standardized FPS elements are challenged and redefined. I am a huge fan of ammo shared between all of your weapons. Combined with the mobile, dynamic RTS that forces you to make decisions based on the type of terrain you're in and what the enemy is building, just like any RTS. However, the only thing I find lacking in the entire game is the RTS itself as I personally find it quite simplified, but in exchange for the complexity of strategy there is a first-person combat experience to steal the focus from.

As a modder for the original game from 1998, I am enthusiastic about the capabilities the Redux has, especially Steam Workshop support. The unified and proven system Workshop offers will give my creations more exposure than ever before, something I look forward to and intend to make the best of.

The game has survived eighteen years of existence. Some said Battlezone was "the best game you've never played". With the Redux, that will change. Battlezone is better than ever before, and it is destined to bring both old and new players back to the front lines.

- blue banana
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