Battle Isle 2200 takes you to the planet Chromos, where the Titan-net Empire has almost destroyed a once-thriving civilization. The Drullian Defense Council asked you to help overthrow Titan-net and its allies. Venture inside the ROOM to devise strategies using your military operations console (MilOp). Then, using a mouse or keyboard, command over fifty different forces through twenty turn-based scenarios to play against the computer or up to four friends over a network or by e-mail. Battle Isle 2200 also features incredible 3D animations to enhance gameplaying and to illustrate a comprehensive on-line database of weapons.
Battle Isle 2200 is the second title in Blue Byte's Battle Isle series. After a long space flight, the player arrives on the planet of Chromos and must save the planet's civilization from the Titan-net Empire. Titan-net, the computer overfiend of part one, and its allies have begun a devastating final campaign against all Drullian forces. The player commands the forces with the computer "military operations console", nicknamed MilOp.
Set in a futuristic world, players fight in turn-based scenarios against the computer army of Titan Net. The battlefield is organized in hex fields. Each time a battle takes place, a 3D polygon animation sequence is started and shows the results of the battle.
Includes Scenario Add-on - Titan's Legacy.
Battle Isle 2, the successor to the famous first part, is a truly unique strategy game. The designers combined the good parts of the predecessor with a brand new warfare concept. Whereas in the first game you could either move your units or attack in a turn, you can do both things in the same turn in this game. This brings new tactics and strategies and was adopted in many later games. When it came out in 1994, Battle Isle 2 was one of the first games which used this method of round-based combat, so at that time it was revolutionary.
As for the story: It continues where the first part ended. After you finished the game, a Drull spaceship (these are the good guys) comes for you and takes you to their planet which is under attack by Titan Net. You are the chosen one, who shall lead the army of the Drulls to victory.
After the intro which tells the story described above, you are thrown straight into the first mission of the main campaign which comprises twenty-four battles. The battles get tougher and tougher as you move towards your goal to defeat Titan Net. The maps are well made, but later missions become very hard to win, even on lower difficulty levels.
The strategic aspect of the game is superb; it has tons of units, from infantry robots through tanks and planes to huge battleships, each with different attributes and weapons systems, making most of them vital for the game, so you will have to use most of them to achieve victory. Many units have more than one weapon, which gives you even more flexibility when using them. Another good thing is that units gain experience, which does make a difference in this game, as veteran units get huge bonuses and can often hold off more powerful but inexperienced units. The map also has strategic value, as the weather and the terrain will have an impact on your tactics.
The graphics looked very good at the time of release, but today the best word to describe them would be 'functional', although the handpainted maps and the rendered units between the battles still look good. The music and sound effects are also nothing special. The user interface is quite easy to use once you have got the hang of it - but that will take some time, as it is a bit unconventional. I would rate the game at 4, as it is very good, but too difficult for Joe Gamer, who will become frustrated after some missions.
Battle Isle 2 is truly one of the best strategy games of the era, though one of the most difficult ones. If you have tons of free time and like a challenge, you should try defeating Titan Net.
Part of the Battle Isle series
People who downloaded Battle Isle 2 have also downloaded:
Battle Isle 3: Shadow of the Emperor (a.k.a. Battle Isle 2220), Battle Isle, Battle Isle 93: The Moon of Chromos, Battle Isle: The Andosia War, Command & Conquer, Age of Empires III, Dune 2: The Battle for Arrakis, Command & Conquer: Red Alert
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