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.
Release Date:
19 Feb, 2015
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9 January

Improved player and enemy bullet trails and other updates (v1.29.3.4)

A new update has been released for BlastZone 2! (v1.29.3.4) This is a smaller update that makes a few improvements to enemy bullet tails, including a more consistent animation and improved performance. Previous versions would look just fine at 60fps, but would get distorted when running a framerate above or below that. Now, they look perfectly consistent across any framerate. Also, particular care was put into how the animation works for high refresh rate displays (144+ hz) to make it look as smooth as possible. Optimizations have also been made to significantly reduce the CPU load when many enemy bullets are on screen. This was done by increasing the amount of reused data from previous frames, thus eliminating a significant amount of redundant calculations. Player bullet trails have been improved as well, but the biggest difference there is better particle distribution when running a framerate below 60fps.

Here are the full release notes for v1.29.3.4:
  • Greatly improved enemy bullet trail animation consistency across all framerates
    -Used to look best at 60fps, but have distortions above and below 60fps
  • Added 1 more enemy bullet trail shadow to improve animation smoothness for high refresh rate displays
    -Updated enemy bullet trail detail scaling to maintain the same performance of previous versions
  • Optimized enemy bullet trail matrix calculations by reusing more temporal data from previous frames
  • Evened out the player bullet trail particle distribution for framerates above and below 60 fps
    -Makes the biggest difference below 60fps
    -Makes player bullet trails look the same for all framerates

Another hotfix update was recently released to fix a few smaller bugs and issues. Here are the hotfix release notes:
  • Fixed a bug that wouldn't reset the LevelSelect state when playing an online multiplayer game after previously playing a level select game
  • Changed the default online multiplayer GameOver menu option for the client player to "Return to lobby", instead of "Disconnect"
As usual, to make sure you have the latest update, launch the game and check the lower left corner of the title screen for “v1.29.3.4” or above. Enjoy!
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6 January

Leaderboard score submissions fixed

This is an announcement that BlastZone 2 leaderboard score submissions are now working again. I apologize for the inconvenience, but leaderboard score submissions were broken for a while, stalling at the "Getting info from the server" message in game. Reading leaderboard scores never had any issues, both on the website or in game, but submitting new scores has now been fixed. This is an immediately available server side fix and doesn't require any client side updates.
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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 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 1.5 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 16 cores if available)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon x800 or Geforce 6800 with 256mb vram supporting OpenGL 2.0/3.0 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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