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 (49 reviews) - 73% of the 49 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

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August 18

More netcode improvements and other fixes (v1.24.2.1 + v1.24.2.2)

A few smaller updates have been released recently for BlastZone 2. The biggest updates included are improvements to the “Interp/Predict” client smoothing to work better across a wider range of network conditions. The “Interp Only” option is still the default, as it is the most reliable, but the “Interp/Predict” option is very close now and should provide a better experience for most users. This update also includes a number of other improvements and fixes listed below:

v1.24.2.1
  • Greatly reduced occasional object rubberbanding when using client "Interp/predict" motion smoothing with poor internet connections
  • Improved packet loss compensation for the "Interp/predict" motion smoothing
  • Improved multithreading for beam animations and hit detection
  • Fixed double beam animation for the client in online multiplayer
  • Fixed an occasional flicker for the player ship booster
  • Fixed player throwback at the start of the next area when completing the previous area with a power weapon

v1.24.2.2
  • Improved multithreading concurrency in several areas
    -Thread concurrency was slightly reduced in v1.24.2.0 to fix a few crash issues, but the crash fixes have been improved so there is no concurrency sacrifice anymore
As always, to make sure you have the latest update, start the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.24.2.2” or higher. Be sure to leave any feedback in the forms. Enjoy!
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August 5

Massive particle system optimizations and other improvements (v1.24.2.0)

A new update has been released for BlastZone 2! (v1.24.2.0) This update overhauls the particle system, resulting in huge performance gains when many particles are on screen. Testing shows that roughly 20-30x more particles can be shown on screen for the same performance levels of previous versions. Not only that, but performance can be improved even more through a new Particle Thread Count option. The game defaults to dedicating 2 threads to particles to ensure the best experience for Single-Core and Dual-Core CPUs, but can easily be raised up to 8 threads in the Configuration Program to take full advantage of Quad-Core or Octo-Core CPUs. Please note that the thread count cannot be changed in game. These performance gains can be tested through the “Stress Test” and “Stress Test 2” custom addon packs for those who are curious. I strongly suggest raising the particle detail level to “High” or “Very High” now, even for lower end machines.

There are a number of other bug fixes and improvements included in this update. Here are the full release notes:
  • Made big improvements to the particle system
    -Allows for 20x-30x more particles on screen for the same performance level of previous versions
    -Takes much better advantage of multithreading to achieve this
    -Now has a more even workload between threads
    -Can now scale up to any amount of cpu cores (previously capped at 2 cores)
  • Updated the configuration program to select the amount of threads dedicated to particles (This option is not available in game)
    -The minimum threads selectable is "2", which is 1 render thread and 1 update thread
    -Using a higher thread count keeps the 1 render thread, but splits the update workload between multiple threads
  • Added a new client motion smoothing option for online multiplayer - "Interp Only"
    -This option fixes potential erratic object movement for poor internet connections, but introduces hitching instead
    -This is now the default option to accommodate the widest range of internet connection quality
    -Renamed the original smoothing option from "On" to "Interp/Predict"
    -Interp/Predict is the recommended option for mediocre and good internet connections
  • Added antialiasing to all HUD meter bars
  • Fixed several very rare crash scenarios from the recent multithreading updates
  • Fixed occasional oversized player ships in online multiplayer
  • Fixed the client player incorrectly showing a beam fire animation at the beginning of the next wave when finishing the previous wave with a beam weapon when playing online multiplayer
As always, to make sure you have the latest update, start the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.24.2.0” or higher. Be sure to leave any feedback in the forms. Enjoy!
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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 combo: Comes bundled with BlastZone 1, both in its original form and as a remastered version 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 (Pentium 4, Athlon64, Atom, Brazos or higher)
    • 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/7/8/10 32/64bit
    • Processor: 1.8ghz Core 2 Duo or Athlon64 X2 (makes use of up to 6 cores if available)
    • 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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