BlastZone 2 is an action packed side scrolling shooter that will really get your adrenaline pumping! Play solo or join up with a friend locally or online and battle the alien forces that have invaded the planet and take the fight to them! Feel the excitement of breaking through the enemy barricade at high speed!
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Mostly Positive (48 reviews) - 70% of the 48 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

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April 18

Antivirus issue fix, online multiplayer fixes, and new item drop design spec (v1.22.5.1 + 1.22.6.0)

Two new updates have been released for BlastZone 2! These address a few critical issues, including some antivirus software falsely detecting BlastZone 2 as a virus. I can assure everyone that these were false positives and they were caused by BlastZone 2 using a hidden cmd window to execute cURL commands to upload and download leaderboard data. This was addressed by migrating to a completely internal solution that uploads and downloads leaderboard data directly within the game without the use of a hidden command prompt window. This will prevent any antivirus software from flagging BlastZone 2 in the future. For anyone who has already experienced this issue, it is completely safe to remove BlastZone 2 from your antivirus blacklist and play as normal. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Other fixes in these updates include a critical online multiplayer bug and improvements include a new enemy definition property for level editing among other improvements and fixes. Here are the full release notes:

v1.22.5.1

  • Fixed a critical wave progression bug for the client in online survival multiplayer games
  • Improved packet loss tolerance for a few key events for online multiplayer
  • Added the ability to show extra timing debug info
    -Press F1 multiple times to cycle between:
    -No debug info
    -Only framerate
    -Framerate with update/render/particle/framePrep/frameFlip timings
    -Framerate with update/render/particle/framePrep/frameFlip and sound/steam/directIp timings
V1.22.6.0
  • Changed the way leaderboard communication works to prevent issues with some antivirus software
    -Now communicates natively with the leaderboard server without the need for external executables
    -The old behavior launched a hidden CMD window to execute a cURL command to upload/download data to the leaderboard. This was deemed suspicious behavior by some antivirus software and would blacklist BlastZone 2
  • Enemy definitions now can define item drops
    **NOTE: This update breaks compatibility with enemy definitions made for older versions of BlastZone 2
    -All officially released missions and addon packs have been updated to work with the new spec
    -A new property has been added to the end of all enemy definitions in the "enemydefs.dat" files
    *Item drop values include:
    -Forcing no drop
    -The old random drop chance behavior
    -Specifying which item drops from this enemy, including points, health, and stat upgrades
  • Explosion particle counts have now been capped to improve performance in extreme situations
    -This cap limits the total amount of particles that can be displayed on screen and doesn't affect individual explosions when this cap isn't reached
    -The cap value is proportional to the particle detail level specified in the game options
    -The "very high" particle detail level maintains the old uncapped behavior if no cap is desired
  • Added "Press Pause/Escape to skip" text to all cutscenes; This functionality has always existed, but was not obvious to the player
  • When first starting the game and viewing highscores, the gamemode category now defaults to Mission mode
  • Fixed items not being dropped from enemies while one player is respawning in multiplayer
As usual, to make sure you have the latest updates, launch the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.22.6.0” or higher. Please leave any feedback or questions in the forums. Enjoy!

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April 6

Multithreading improvements, Bug fixes, and code maintenance (v1.22.5.0)

A new update has been released for BlastZone 2! The focus of this update is to greatly improve particle multithreading and fix the broken client side communication for Direct IP online multiplayer games. There are a number of other bug fixes and improvements included in this update, here is the full change list:

  • Numerous general code improvements across many areas of the game; prevents many potential issues
  • Greatly improved thread timing and synchronization for multithreaded particles
    -Improves overall parallelism and performance when many particles are onscreen
    -Reduces overall cpu usage by up to 25%
    -Improves visual smoothness of particle animations
    -Allows particle updates to scale beyond 60hz for high refresh rate displays
    -Improves efficiency even more when running on a slow machine that is unable to maintain 60fps
  • Fixed broken client side communication for Direct IP online multiplayer games
  • Fixed incorrect rendering for client side powerup items for online multiplayer games
  • Small tweaks to the frame pacing algorithm
  • Adjusted description text positioning for game mode and difficulty selection screens to have less overlap with menus
  • Tweaked the enemy explosion start frame to transition from an unexploded ship better
To make sure you have this update, launch the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.22.5.0” or higher. Enjoy!

** Update ** Two additional updates have been released since this announcement was made. The version number is still v1.22.5.0. Updates include:
  • Additional multithreaded concurrency improvements to further improve performance when many particles are onscreen for multicore cpu's
  • Fixed a menu sequence break bug when pressing Fire2 or Escape during the level addon pack selection screen

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Reviews

“If you like horizontal blasters, this is going to work well for you, and you'll find plenty of variation to keep you entertained for a while.”
84% – Bytten

“Blast Zone 2 delivers at its best when played with a buddy online or sharing a keyboard. [...] With a bunch of story missions, as well as a survival mode to blast through, Blast Zone 2 is worthy of you and your friend’s time when you need that Gradius-sized hole filled.”
8/10 – GameTunnel - Chris

About This Game

***BlastZone 1 + BlastZone 2 deal: Comes bundled with a remastered version of BlastZone 1 in the form of "Classic" mode; get two games for the price of one!

BlastZone 2 is an action packed side scrolling shooter that will really get your adrenaline pumping! Play solo or join up with a friend locally or online and battle the alien forces that have invaded the planet and take the fight to them! Feel the excitement of breaking through the enemy barricade at high speed! Enjoy innovative gameplay mechianics such as 2nd person shooter sequences and creative use of 3D gameplay mechanics added to the traditional 2D formula. There are also tons of game modes, ship types, difficulty levels, and turbo modes to keep you entertained for a very long time. There are litterally hundreds of ways to play the game, so every player can have their own unique experience! Explore the many multiplayer strategies such as the heavy gunner and light defender to buy time while the ultimate weapons charge up!

BlastZone 2 is a new approach to the shooter genre that emphasizes fast paced and strategic gameplay with tons of content to explore.

NOTE: BlastZone 2 fully supports a wide variety of DirectInput and XInput gamepads, including the XBox 360 gamepad. If you're unsure about your gamepad's compatibility, test it out with the free demo.

Features include:
  • 2D controls, but with hazards and gameplay elements moving around in full 3D space
  • Cooperative multiplayer both local and online for 2 players
  • An 8 mission campaign that really keeps you on your toes
  • Unlock the full power of your ship with hyper mode and unleash the devastating power of the omega cannon!
  • Classic A mode, a greatly improved version of BlastZone 1
  • Classic B mode, with a unique points-budgeting mechanic
  • Survival mode, similar to mission mode, but lasts forever. Go for the leaderboard highscore!
  • Blitz mode, start with a fully powered ship to fend off massive hordes of enemies!
  • Multiple difficulty levels designed for new players up to genre veterans so everyone can have fun
  • 4 expansive game play environments, such as mountains, caves, and outer space
  • 7 selectable ships, each with different stats and abilities
  • 15 weapon types including beams, cluster grenades, force fields, power bolts, and machine guns
  • Hundreds of different enemy types, each with different behaviors and stats
  • An online world leaderboard to see how you stack up to the competition
  • A Turbo mode for each of the survival modes for experienced gamers
  • Additional levels and content to be released for free


System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP 32bit or above
    • Processor: Any SSE2 capable CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 9700 or Geforce 6600 with 128mb vram supporting OpenGL 1.3 or above
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL 1.1 compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Supports any DirectInput or XInput Compatible gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1 32/64bit
    • Processor: 2.4ghz Pentium4 or Athlon64 2800+ (multicore cpu recommended for multiplayer)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon x800 or Geforce 6800 with 256mb vram supporting OpenGL 2.0 or above
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL 1.1 compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Supports any DirectInput or XInput compatible gamepad
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