Tyrian 2000 is a direct re-release of the original action smash, Tyrian. It is essentially the same game with an additional new episode (Hazudra Fodder), a revised engine (less bugs and better controls) and added Windows support. It also adds another option called "Timed Battle".
Tyrian is nothing like your run-of-the-mill shoot-'em-up. It gained a following even larger than the classic Raptor: Call of the Shadows, and rightfully so: it has a plot. A plot, you ask? Yes. And even a complex one. You play the role of Trent Hawkings, this galaxy's ace solo fighter-pilot, whose luck forces him to save the galaxy, one time after another. Again and again, Trent must fight off MicroSol, a company with the evil intent of taking over the galaxy. Through your struggles, you will find yourself again and again betrayed by friends and allies, your parents will be killed and you will have to return to points you've already been to (with variations on the levels) in order to remove further threats to the galaxy and to yourself, all for the ultimate goal of overthrowing MicroSol.
Tyrian also has two player arcade mode and supports network/modem/serial play. It features a multi-layered ship upgrade engine, in which you can change hulls, decide upon and upgrade your front and rear weapons, buy better shields and generators and even add ship "sidekicks". Tyrian's complete arsenal amound to over a dozen type of ships and over 100 weapon types!
Tyrian 2000 is one of the best space arcade games ever made. Why? I thought you would never ask, let me tell you.
The graphic in the game is pure perfection! (Look at the screens, agree and read on).
The music is also exceptional. There isn't much more to say about that. What gives this game a pure 5 point score is the plot. Yes, this game (unlike all the others) has a plot. And it is a deep one. Your role is that of Trent Hawkings, Space Ace extraordinary. Without any warning you will be thrown into a deadly game of power as MicroSol tries to take complete control over the planetary system called Tyrian. Alone you stand against a mighty corporation. Your friends will betray you, your parents will be killed, and everything and everyone turns against you. There will be different routes for you to take, so the game will never repeat itself. You will get the plot of the game from different Data Sources all over the game. These will include messages from friends, allies and others that will unlock new weapons, ships or star-travels. Since these data-sources are hidden within buildings and enemy ships, you will never go through the game twice with the exact same information. So the actual game will change all the time. Just what any game need!
In case you were wondering about the actual game-stats let me list them up for you. It goes to show how big the actual game is. Over 65 levels spanning 5 episodes (you will also play these levels more than once). Full game, Arcade game and Timed Battle modes. Over 16 hidden modes and levels. Ship editor (The best thing in the whole game! Lets you custom build your ship for every mission). A jukebox (Lets you listen to the game music). Over 10 pre-made ship designs. Over 100 weapons. Supports both 1 player and 2 player mode.
Still reading? Sorry, but I don't want to write more. I have to play the game again. See you in the game.
Tyrian is one of the best top-down shooters ever made for the PC, period. With excellent graphics, smooth animations, and many inventive enemies and levels, it remains one of the best-loved shooters that still stay on many fans' hard drives. Newcomer XSIV Games had a lot to live up to in developing the unofficial sequel to this masterpiece, but fortunately, Tyrian 2000 more than deserves the Tyrian name.
First look at the game should comfort every old-school arcade fans that XSIV Games is on the right track. Instead of upgrading the original game's graphics to modern-day 3D pizzazz, the designers chose to use the same 2D VGA graphics that Tyrian fans are familiar with. The game offers several game modes including: One Player Full Game, One Player Arcade Game, Timed Battle, and Two Player Arcade Game. The game has three difficulty levels, 10 ships and over 100 weapons. The goal in every mode is basically the same: blow away your enemies and rake in as many points you can, and try not to die. You only have one life, but there are enough power-ups and add-ons to keep you going as long as you don't become careless.
The difference between One Player Full mode and the other modes is the option to buy new parts for your ship before every level. Your flight takes you through a set of campaign missions, and credits are built up by collecting points and space coins which flip through the air after you destroy certain vessels. Eventually you can upgrade your rear, side, and front guns, making your ship a force to be reckoned with. The high difficulty level of Tyrian is back, but even more difficult this time around. You have shields that are constantly diminishing, there's no way to prevent yourself from getting hit unless you have godlike reflexes, so you need to be careful.
The sound is very nice, with original synthesized music tracks, and a jukebox to play them outside the game. These tracks come in CD Audio format, so you can also play them in an ordinary CD player. With 65 levels that span over 5 episodes, multiplayer modes, and the same furious gameplay that Tyrian fans miss, Tyrian 2000 deserves to go down in history as one of the best shooter sequels ever made. Billed as an affordable alternative arcade game, Tyrian 2000 serves to remind everyone that it doesn't always take a high budget gaming machine to satisfy.
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