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May 8, 2006
BattleZone - PSP Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
10/11/2006AtariParadigm Ent.1-4$49.95
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Explosions in the snow.
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Firing the rockets.

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Graphics certainly look the part.
If you're an older gamer, like myself, then you'll probably remember one of the Atari 2600's greatest games, BattleZone. It really was a fantastic tank based battle game, and one which remains fondly in the memory of millions of gamers around the world. It also seems Atari remember the title has they have just announced they will be updating and releasing a PSP version this year.

Developed by Paradigm Entertainment (who are also developing Stuntman 2 for the PS2, PSP and PS3) Battlezone is set in futuristic international military environments, BattleZone puts players in control of highly manoeuvrable hover tanks, challenging them in close combat scenarios against their rivals. The game includes eight unique customisable team vehicles, and a wide range of weapons to take out the opposition.

BattleZone provides players with six popular and well-known game modes, including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, Hotzone, Knockout, and Fox and Hound. For casual gamers, the single player mode offers an easy learning curve for pick-up and play gaming and a tournament progression to win upgrades and enhancements.

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Looking through the scope.
A four-player WiFi mode lets players go head to head, while unlockable weapons, vehicles and upgrades add even greater depth to the gameplay experience. In addition, extra game content will be available through the BattleZone web site, offering gamers news, leader boards and an exclusive online level builder tool that allows players to customise game maps. The extra content can then be downloaded to the players’ PSP system through a PC-USB connection.

Players can fight their way through the compelling open play of ten worlds in BattleZone, two of which can be customised online and transferred to their PSP system. Specific sights include abandoned cities of Russia, jungles of China, desert canyons of the United States, Antarctica’s frozen tundra and the Canary Islands.

This is certainly a solid looking game on the PSP. With updated visuals, engrossing gameplay and multi-player support this is a game to keep an eye on. Expect a November release at the bargain price of $AU49.95.