Helicops is an action-oriented, helicopter combat, flight simulation game from 7th Level.
It is the year 2015. Your job is to protect NeoTokyo from the International Crime Syndicate called Nemesys which is led by Maxwell Giger. You are a member of the Helicops, an undercover task force established for this purpose.
Choose from five pilots and pick one of five choppers and you are ready for combat against more than 32 enemy unit types. Helicops features 3D action in real-time, with six degrees of freedom. The game is mission based, having six missions each with three-to-five stages totaling more than 20 missions in all to put your skills to the test. For those of you who crave speed, the time frame of the game can be advanced to two, three, four, or five times normal.
Getting tired of computer AI? Helicops supports death match play so you can annihilate your friends and foes alike. Helicops also supports MMX technology.
It is the year 2015, and NeoTokyo, the world's new center of commerce and technology, is now being threatened by Maxwell Giger, a leader of an international crime syndicate called Nemesys. An airborne strike force called HeliCOPS was put together and it is up to them (and you) to put an end to Giger's chaos.
Playing Helicops is, in a nutshell, boring. The gameplay just doesn't "grab" the gamer. As advertised by 7th level, the best control is achieved by just "grabbing your stick". Even with a joystick, it is still horrible. The throttle does not control the speed of your craft, but the altitude. Also, when tilting the stick forward, it will move your helicopter forward, as opposed to most flying games where it will tilt it down. Moving the stick back will move your helicopter back, as opposed to tilting it up. These controls are hard to play on and it is hard to actually get a feel for you helicopter.
The graphics in Helicops (not including all prerendered animations) are also below average. Although they aren't as bad as some games now released, they in no way measure up to many major games on the market today. All graphics rendered in real-time are big, blocky polygons. This takes away from the enjoyment of the game. Instead of flying a helicopter shooting at other helicopters and tanks, it feels as if you are flying in simple 3D space, firing as some blocky "things" which are impossible to identify unless you are the perfect distance away. The missiles and guns are also simple. When firing your 100mm cannon, all you see is a line (1 pixel in width) from your gun to your target. Missiles are simple while the missile trail is, again, a line (1 pixel) of one solid color. The graphics are simple and far from realistic.
Not everything in Helicops is bad. The most commendable attribute in this game is its complexity. You have a choice of 5 HeliCOPS officers to choose from. Each person has different characteristics (e.g. Height, Hair, and Specialty). Unfortunately, these characteristics have absolutely nothing to with the game itself except for heightening its story line. You also have the choice of five different helicopters: the Ninja, Spectre, Ronin, Triton, and Brutus. Each helicopter has a different amount of ammo, shields, number of weapons (there are different kinds: 100mm, Buzz Rocket, Devastator and Annihilator) and speed. There are 6 major enemies, with the leader/boss being Maxwell Giger, and a total of 19 different enemy vehicles. Most importantly there are a number of missions (I counted 6). Each has about 4 "submissions". You have to beat one to move on to the next. The object of each mission is to stop terror caused by Giger's men, and to eventually put an end to Maxwell Giger himself.
The sound is pretty bad. General effects, for example guns blaring, missiles launching, and explosions erupting, are simple and non-realistic. There is no music.
All in all, Helicops is just not fun. There is a very detached feeling when playing the game caused by bad graphics, unrealistic sounds, and awkward game play. The game does support multi-player networking - after all, why should one person be bored out of their mind when eight people can at the same time? If you are really want to be bored for hours on end, get this game.
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