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Haven Review: Warzone 2100

Warzone 2100

Why is a doomed future always a featureless desert with murder machines? The world has ended and a bunch of survivors found an abandoned army base and made the place their home. After dealing with some local raiders, they came in direct conflict with something called the “Paradigm”; more war happened.

The future is brown and desolate
The future is brown and desolate

Warzone 2100 is a strategy game where war is a battle of research and resources, a veritable arms race. Machine gun research leads to rotating turrets, and that research leads to the option of making rotating canons. These can be combined with various chassis and turrets. This is the crux of the game play. Researched parts are assembled by the player into whatever configuration is needed and available at the time. This includes heavy cannons, which are not a very good thing to put on a squishy hover-tank. However, laser guns and artillery work great.

The sheer amount of weaponry, upgrades and research is simply staggering. This in turn means that matches can go on for ages. It all depends on the path each player takes, and the strategy used. It can turn into a pretty cool case of bouncing artillery shells back and forth due to various countermeasures. It was one of the first games that introduced the concept of units getting experience in combat, giving them an extra edge if they survive long enough. Luckily this experience can be transferred to other newer, shinier units.

War is noisy, brutal and not very flashy!
War is noisy, brutal and not very flashy!

After some time, those pesky all old units will become obsolete, rusted buckets of bolts. Back in the day I played this on a Playstation demo disc and the most interesting thing was the ability to manually navigate units with the controller. This is extremely helpful, since the path-finding is atrocious. Incidentally, this is also the biggest downfall to an otherwise great game; that and the horrid timer on each mission. Luckily there are cheats to disable these.

The other feature that set the game apart from other strategy games is in the way the campaign is set up. Each area has a main base and a limited map. As events occur, the map expands. Eventually you have to put units into a drop ship and ferry them to the next combat area. This makes the main base a staging point, which might be attacked during or after a mission.

Watch giant armies duke it out!
Watch giant armies duke it out!

Haven Review: Warzone 2100

Aside from a Playstation version, a PC version also exists, and dedicated people still play it. The game keeps up to date with newer Windows releases. However no one has yet had it in their mind to remake the game with better path-finding and more refined graphics. Most of the game is brown. The soundtrack is quite good and composed of several very long tracks which are most enjoyable outside the game itself. Personally I find the title very enjoyable, even though the path-finding is terrible. But by now you already know this.

Here is the page where the current version of the game can be acquired for free. Open source is awesome like that, and same goes for dedicated fans whom keep the game running on new systems.

Disclaimer: We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand

Nerd Editorial: Were now living in the future.

Those of you out there who are big fans of the Back to the Future series would know that
on October 21, 2015 Marty arrived in the future. Now that it has come and gone we look back on the things that the movie predicted.

Yes there are Hover-boards now, some work on water others only work on areas with metal in them so honestly despite what we wanted so badly we don’t have a universal version that is also commercially available. But at least we made strides in trying to create them, which is something I guess.

There are also food-hydrators, but just like the hover-boards they aren’t commercially available. So we can’t put in a Pizza Hut pizza, say “Setting 3” and have a family dinner ready in just a few seconds.

Although it doesn’t really need saying, we got no flying cars with crazy taxis trying to kill us as we soar. However we do have automatic lace-tying sneakers from Nike, although they have changed the release date to 2016.

Now with all the innovations we have made, from glasses that can call people to hover-boards, we must credit these strides to sci-fi itself. A lot of people say that art is a career that will leave you without a future, but let’s think of it for a moment. Writing is an art and from that we have created wonderful stories like Back to the Future, and from those movies we were inspired to create a board that literally hovers in mid-air.

Now for all those out there who put you down and say you have no future in art, I want you to remember this. Remember that it’s the creativity of your mind that can push the boundaries of the future.

Don’t let anyone discourage you; keep pushing forward and keep drawing, writing and being yourself. Don’t let anyone bring you down. Let us live in a future that we create with our own two hands and our minds…where we can invent crazy technologies that people will love and want and most of all that you will enjoy as well.

With that all said, I would like to leave you with this very special message from Doctor Emmett Brown.

-Daniel Clatworthy-