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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Mixed (53) - 69% of the 53 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Feb 19, 2015
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April 12

A few hotfix updates released for BlastZone 2 v1.29.4.2

Two small hotfix updates have been released for the PC/Steam version of BlastZone 2. The first one fixes a startup crash issue when attempting to use the “Very High” or “Extreme” detail terrain without downloading the free DLC first.

The second hotfix update makes a few changes. This includes an improvement to framepacing when framerate caps are used. This fixes frame hitches when there are quick changes in the rendering workload, such as when many enemies explode at once.

Also, a new useGameUpdateMultithreading option has been exposed but is only accessible by manually editing the config file. This option is enabled by default to maximize performance, but can be disabled to reduce latency at a performance cost. Also, this update is built using the new Visual Studio 2019, bringing with it various optimizations and improvements, but doesn’t require any new runtime installs to work correctly.

Enjoy the new updates!
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March 27

Fixed occasional shutdown crash and improved startup loader (v1.29.4.2)

A new update has been released for BlastZone 2! The primary purpose of this release is to fix an occasional crash that would occur when closing the game. This was a multithreading issue, the chances of it occurring being higher for higher core/thread count CPUs, and more rare for 1 or 2 core CPUs.

This update also includes an improved startup loader. It now adapts better to system performance, loading faster on higher end CPUs, and better preserving system responsiveness for slower/older CPUs. The bar filling animation is smoother now as well, making it easier to observe progress. Memory usage has been reduced during the loading screen as well.

Several areas of code have been refactored in this update as well, making the game more robust in general and quicker to develop for.

Here are the full release notes for v1.29.4.2:
  • Fixed a crash bug that would occasionally occur when closing the game
    -This was a multithreading-related bug that would occur more often on higher core count machines
  • Improved the startup loader
    -Reduced loading time when starting the game
    -Reduced memory usage during the loading screen
    -Smoothed out the loading bar fill animation to make it easier to follow
    -Improved system responsiveness for slower or low core count CPUs
  • Refactored several areas of code to prevent bugs and speed up development time in the future
  • Slightly reduced VRAM usage
  • *HotFix* Fixed a game startup crash when attempting to use the "VeryHigh" or "Extreme" detail terrain packs without downloading the DLC
As usual, to make sure you have the latest update, launch the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.29.4.2” or above. 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 to 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 long time. There are 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.


** Play All 6 Game Modes **
  • BlastZone 1 - Recreation of the original TI-85 game; a simple “defend the base” style game

  • Mission Mode - A 35 minute long, 8 mission cinematic experience with hundreds of unique hand animated enemies and big bosses. Includes unique 3D gameplay mechanics and a 2nd person shooter area!

  • Classic A Mode - A greatly enhanced version of BlastZone 1; a “defend the base” style game with beam weapons and a points chain system. Destroy all enemies before they pass your ship or it is game over.

  • Classic B Mode - Similar to Classic A, but with a points pool system; every action either adds to or subtracts from the points value and the player needs to stop the game at the right point to get a high score. The game keeps getting tougher; get too cocky and you could lose it all!

  • Survival Mode - Similar control scheme to Mission Mode, but with infinitely generated levels and a unique multiplier scoring system that depends on skill shots to get the best score.

  • Blitz Mode - Similar to Survival Mode, but massively increases the number of enemies on screen and gives you a fully powered ship from the start to combat them. The key to this mode is to maintain hyper power to keep those weapons powered; running out of energy can mean certain death from the large swarms of enemies!

Additional 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
  • Unlock the full power of your ship with hyper mode and unleash the devastating power of the omega cannon!
  • 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 with different play styles (power, speed, melee, etc)
  • 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 7/8.1/10 32bit or 64bit
    • Processor: Any SSE2 supported processor (Athlon 64 or Pentium 4 or above, Intel Atom and AMD Brazos/Jaguar also supported)
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 2400 128mb, Geforce 8400 128mb, or Intel HD 2000 or higher supporting at least OpenGL 1.5
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 125 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL 1.1 compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Supports any DirectInput or XInput Compatible gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 32bit or 64bit
    • Processor: 2.0ghz Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Athlon64 X4 or higher (can utilize >4 cores if available)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon R7 250 1gb, Geforce 750 1gb, or Intel HD 4600, supporting OpenGL 3.0 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 125 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL 1.1 compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Supports any DirectInput or XInput compatible gamepad

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