Quarantine II: Road Warrior is the sequel to Quarantine the driving game. As in the original, you still play the role of Drake Edgewater, a cab driver whose only goal is to escape the hell of futuristic Kemo City. Using his cab as the only way to survive, Drake accepts a series of special missions against OmniCorp. The money is used to repair and upgrade his vehicle with new weapons, as each ride into the city is risky business. Thus, from mission to mission through different parts of the town, he finally reaches the exit way to freedom.
From the perspective or someone who has never played the game before, Quarantine II: Road Warrior has somewhat of a curve to get over before it can be really enjoyed. The controls are touchy, the graphics are dark and tend to jump out of that darkness at you, all of which make the racing levels quite difficult. But what Quarantine II: Road Warrior does offer is enough violence and subversive sex to encourage the average gamer to persist. Blood, racing, and the occasional dominatrix, what more could any completely healthy, slightly repressed, 16-25 year old male ask for?
The premise behind Quarantine II: Road Warrior is simple enough. You're a cabby who in the first Quarantine game failed to escape the prison of a city that he called home, and now is at it again. It's like Death Race 2000, Escape from New York, Running Man, Duke Nukem all rolled into one. To call it original would be fallacy. But that doesn't mean it's not amusing. Each arena you enter has pedestrians who inexplicably feel it's their right to jay-walk. Some have guns and will attack you. All of them lose to the retractable spikes on your hood.
This isn't Crazy Taxi. Pedestrians are not potential fares. Instead you accomplish missions by going to a specific point where your mission awaits. They will explain what you have to do next, and you do it in the allotted time. In every mission you are given a certain weapons load out. You don't need to worry about upgrades or repairs either. Just do the task and move on. You've got over 100 levels to complete so you'd better get cracking!
This game tended to crash my computer in XP no matter what I did. Apparently it likes Win95, but for me I had to use DOSBox and crank up the clock cycles.
Road Warrior is a superior sequel to GameTek's highly original Quarantine, a politically incorrect roadkill game. As in the original, you still play the role of Drake Edgewater, a cab driver whose only goal is to escape the hell of futuristic Kemo City. Using his cab as the only way to survive, Drake accepts a series of special missions against OmniCorp. The money is used to repair and upgrade his vehicle with new weapons, as each ride into the city is risky business. Thus, from mission to mission through different parts of the town, he finally reaches the exit way to freedom.
In contrast to the loose, uninteresting plot of Quarantine, the plot in Road Warrior is a much more integral part of the game, although it makes the game much more linear. The OmniCorp's leader, Torva Yul, has been told about Drake's actions against the company, and he naturally wants revenge. The game starts as you just reach the exit that leads from the city to the Kemo desert. On your way across the desert, you bump into a large rock that you believe is an oasis. Sometimes, mirages can be very pernicious! Shocked by the accident, you slowly get back to the reality and notice the gang outside staring at you with bloody knifes. They just found fresh meat for the kill duel scheduled tonight at the autodome where you will have to destroy all your opponents to stay alive....
The graphics are much more detailed than Quarantine, this time all in SVGA, with the same hallmarks of violence, blood and a very cynical sense of humor. The biggest difference between Quarantine and Road Warrior lies in the missions. In Quarantine, while you were driving in Kemo City, there were passengers waiting for cabs, and it was possible for you to pick them up at your convenience. In Road Warrior, money is no longer required. Before you start a mission, you have to go to the next pickup location (shown in green on the map). When you pick up the passenger, he/she will explain your mission and the objectives. A neat addition is the inboard camera, which lets you see the passenger if he is joining you for the ride. The other difference (which might frustrate action newbies) is that you have a limited time to complete your objectives, and you can no longer repair your cab, nor buy extra weapons and ammunition.
Despite the lack of Quarantine's freedom, though, Road Warrior makes up for it with a wide variety of missions. Quarantine was a bit repetitive, as you had to deliver a certain number of passengers before any special mission was offered to you. In contrast, Road Warrior is full of special missions. You will destroy billboards, blow up buildings, kill OmniCorp officials, escort vehicles, etc. There is also the guy who ordered me to blow up his van that was just stolen by his ex-wife! In keeping with the game's stronger emphasis on plot, an on-line map shows thirteen different locations you have to go through to reach Kriegtown and the Kemo Prison. Within each location, you have to complete a series of missions, and even passing from one location to another will require you to conduct other missions inside the Kemo desert. With over 100 missions that will take you through the desert, countryside, cities, an airport, a factory etc., with each having a new set of graphics for the environment, Road Warrior will keep you occupied for hours on end. Highly recommended, although Quarantine fans will need to get used to the differences.
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