Title Frontier Elite 2 (CD32) Game Type 3D Combat Sim Players 1 Company Gametek Compatibility CD32 Submission Courtesy of Sean Caszatt Review FRONTIER:ELITE II was one of the most anticipated games on both the Amiga and PC platforms. When it finally arrived, many marveled at how large the game was compared to how small the actual program was. The entire FRONTIER universe was contained on a single disk. The game itself is hard to describe. It's a combination strategy/action/simulation game. You are given a ship and a small amount of cash and it's up to you to choose what you do with it. You can join the military, become a smuggler, run a small trade route, become a pirate, or whatever other niche you'd like to inhabit. When it was announced that a CD남 version was in the works, gamers drooled at the thought that the game would be enhanced to take advantage of the massive storage capacity of the CD-ROM format. The game could receive the texture mapping present in the PC version. The sound could be improved. The game was already great, any changes made would be the icing on the cake. Forget it. The CD남 version of FRONTIER: ELITE II is a straight port of the Amiga version with the only modifications being to the control system to allow the use of the CD32 controller. The game itself remains great. Unfortunately, this IS a computer game. I strongly recommend that, if you choose to purchase this game, you get a keyboard and a mouse for the CD남. The CD남's controller pads are not made to control a game like this. Moving the ship around requires a large dose of finesse control. The odd button combinations required to get something done prohibit you from being anything but clumsy. (Example: To fire your laser, you must press the top left button and the red button. Not too bad, but try doing it while tracking an enemy ship. You have to press the top left button, move the directional pad and press the red button all at the same time.) At the least, get a mouse and a joystick to control the game if you plan to buy it. This is a game that cannot be recommended to just any CD남 owner. To get any enjoyment out of the game, you must be able to save your progress and control your movements a lot better than the standard setup will allow. If you're planning on expanding your CD남 with the coming SX-1 module or something similar, you might want to even consider buying the hard drive installable Amiga version of the game. You wouldn't be missing anything and it's currently cheaper than the CD남 version. The SX-1 would allow you to connect a floppy drive to the CD남, allowing you to save more than one game at a time. Currently, the CD남 is only capable of saving one FRONTIER game at a time in it's memory. No matter how you slice it, the CD남 alone isn't the ideal platform to play this game on. Some type of accessory or another is required to really enjoy the game. It's a shame that more enhancements weren't added. This is a game that could have really shone on the CD남. It's a shame that you have to expand your CD남 into a computer to get the full enjoyment out it. Once you do expand your CD남 into a computer, why not just get the computer version anyway? It's cheaper.