Gunship 2000 (CD32) (Second Review)


Title 	        Gunship 2000 (CD32) (Second Review)
Game Type	Flight Sim
Players		1
Compatibility	CD32 (or AGA Amiga with joypad or fakepad)
Company         Microprose
Submission	robert@amiga32.com

Review
Gunship 2000 is made by the simulation specialists Micrprose. This game is
plain awesome and is more varied and more intelligent than almost any home
flight system ever on any machine. When you put the CD in a cd anim splits
up the Microprose logo and then a kick-ass intro starts... There is a
very cool scene showing a chopper hunting down targets and the music is
made to fit it perfectly. After this you can see the main menu and pilot
roster. When you start, you start at the bottom with a low rank (Warrant
Officer Candidate) and have only one chopper. There are two theatres for
you to fly in, and that is Europe and the Mid-East. After you have started
a campaign, you will enter a mision briefing screen with nicely presented
screens about the mission and a map. After this you will enter the chopper
equipment screen so you can fit the type of weapons that you think will
serve you best for the mission. The next screen is the last and here you
can adjust the realism of the simulation and start the game.

When you begin the game you start on either land or on a carrier ship. The
in-game map for planning the mission is just plain awesome and easy to use.
You can set your waypoints there and you can also see where your chopper
is hurt most. The chopper itself have a nice video screen in the middle of
the cockpit and you can switch "channels" on it to see stats, distance to
waypoints etc.. The later and better choppers even have two monitors so
you can use two different screens at the same time..nice. When you have
destroyed your target you must fly back to base and land to complete the
mission 100%. There is a secondary mission too but these are not
compulsory, although I strongly recommend you do, because you will
increase your rank faster. You have a secondary pilot that talks to you
all the time so you will know where the enemy are shooting missiles from
etc... This works very well and there is sound for everything. The
ambient sound and engine sound are very good and the other sound effects
are equally awesome. You can hear missiles, bullets etc.. whining right
right before you etc... You also have the possibility to use a missile
view, flying into the target, or even watch from the target's perspective
for yet more fun. It's also possible to speed up the time so you
apparently fly faster, but it can later in the game be very easy to be
shot down because you can't see the enemy fast enough. Don't use it too
much.

On a successfull mission you will get fanfare and maybe get some higher
rank and/or medal to add to your collection. You can also get a medal
several times including the purple heart. The medal to go for is the nice
looking Congress medal. When you get higher up in the ranks, you will get
up to 4 wingmates so you can then control up to 5 choppers at once! This
is where the game get's even better. You can now fly both missions at
once. You can send a second team to the other target and if you are
precise you can even pick up soldiers etc.. without even being there or
shoooting the shit out of enemies. Even your wingmates can be promoted and
get medals and you can choose for yourself who should be promoted.

The wingman AI is very good and they kinda live their own life, but you
can give them orders of course. The enemy has lots of different vehicles
like tanks, choppers, Mig planes, trucks, tents etc.. Most are russian
actually. I don't think there exists a more fun simulator out there and
most of the newer ones are boring, but usually have better graphics. We
all know that the graphics isn't the same as gameplay. When Gunship 2000
was released, it looked awesome at the time and was way better than the
PC version. This is a game that is on a top 10 list of the best games ever
and is almost as much fun as Elite Frontier. Too bad this game has an
end, but until then you will have tons of fun and even start the game all
over again. This game is perfect!

You can find game details, screens and covers here.
http://cd32.amiga32.com/reviews/gunship2000.htm
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