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 (52) - 71% of the 52 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Feb 19, 2015
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December 21, 2017

Many new particle effects and other recent updates (up to v1.25.4.0)

A few new updates have been released over the past month. The most notable of these updates (v1.25.4.0) include over a dozen new particle effects that have been added to the game. These include a new Hyper Mode effect, weapon firing effects, and bullet dissipation effects. These new effects take advantage of the recent huge optimizations to the particle system, so performance is still great, even on low end machines. There are also changes to Hyper mode movement and netcode improvements in this update.

A few weeks ago, another update was released (v1.25.3.4) that focused on improving texture management and loading. This fixed a broken textures bug, reduced memory usage, and improved texture load times. An extra hotfix to this update was originally intended to fix a remaining game close crash/corruption issue, but has the additional effect of greatly reducing the time it takes to close the game.

Here are the full release notes for v1.25.4.0:
  • Added a new particle effect when activating hyper mode
  • Added a brief movement slowdown during the hyper mode activation animation
    -Now requires more strategic timing when activating hyper mode to account for this brief slowdown
  • Added new particle effects when firing power bolts, super bolts, cluster shots, burst shots, and more
  • Added new particle effects when enemies and bosses collide with player bolts, flurry bolts, power bolts, and super bolts
  • Improved the particle effect when enemies pass the player in Classic A or Classic B mode
  • Increased explosion position precision in online multiplayer games
  • Improved packet loss tolerance for player attributes in online multiplayer
    -Includes attributes such as lives, ammo, stats, score, hyper mode, etc.
  • Slightly reduced transmitted data when activating Hyper mode in online multiplayer by eliminating some redundant data

Release notes for v1.25.3.4:
  • Fixed bugged textures when using texture detail below "High"
  • Reduced memory usage when using texture detail below "VeryHigh"
  • Converted a few more textures to the new precompressed S3TC format
    -Reduces memory usage and speeds up startup time
  • Reduced memory usage when Shaders are disabled
  • Fixed occasional model corruption when applying video settings multiple times
  • *HotFix #1* - Improved game close procedure; closes the game window faster and prevents a potential config/save file corruption issue
As usual, to make sure you have the latest update, launch the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.25.4.0” or above. Enjoy and be sure to leave any questions or comments in the forums!
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November 16, 2017

Another critical crash fix (v1.25.3.3)

Another quick update has been released to fix a crash bug that has recently been discovered. This crash would occasionally occur on game close and had the rare possibility of corrupting save data, including high scores, unlocks, and settings. The v1.25.3.3 update fixes both of these issues. To ensure you have this update, check the “View ReadMe/Release Notes” option in the launch window, or start the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.25.3.3” or above. I apologize for the inconvenience.
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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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