|In this superior sequel which uses the same game engine as Interstate
'82, as the leader of the special ops group Dark
Talons you lead your squad mates on a series of dangerous missions
as you discover the NEC plot against your homeland, Terra Nova. Operate
behind enemy lines as you gather data, attack enemy camps, capture
enemy leaders, take over space stations, and more. Combat happens
on land, underground (huge caverns), and even in space. There are
plenty of weapons to outfit your gear, even some hand-to-hand weapons.
You can also add perks and flaws to further customize your gear. Stealth
is a major concern in some missions. The game play feel is very different
from the Mechwarrior series. Set in Dream Pod 9's Heavy Gear universe
(which rivals the Battletech universe in complexity, though not nearly
as famous). The gears are capable of very human-like movements, such
as kneeling, crawling, and jumping. The dazzling graphics engine is
supported by an almost strategic battle system, a challenging campaign,
squadmates who are actually useful, and unpredictable enemies. Heavy
Gear II is built on an entirely new graphics engine, called Dark Side.
It's very impressive, with detailed, heavily articulated gears and
vehicles, natural-looking fauna, vivid landscapes ranging from forests
to Martian-like craterscapes, weather, and smoke and dust effects.
There's plenty of variety here - you'll fight in desert canyons, forests,
caverns, and even deep space. This is one of the best and most fun
Mech shooters ever made.