Shellshock

Shellshock
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Platforms: PC
Publisher: U.S. Gold, Inc.
Developer: Core Design Ltd.
Genres: 3D Shooter / First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 1996
Game Modes: Singleplayer

Arcade tank combat from da ‘hood.

6It’s New York in 1997 and all hell’s broken loose. You are a member of “Da Wardenz” peace-keeping force. You have a tank and you’re going to use it, as you drive around towns blowing things up over the course of 25 missions. You shoot enemies and buildings. You find power-ups after blowing things up. Mostly, you just shoot stuff while avoiding being shot. Complete a mission and you get money to upgrade the armor and weapons and your tank. In between missions you can talk to your fellow Wardenz.

Essentially you drive a tank which handles like a guy running around with a shotgun, while dodging other tanks firing projectiles which you can dodge with your nimble tank. You go through somewhat monochromatic environments that aren’t particularly interesting looking, and watch lots of really cool explosions. Yeah, it’s tank Doom.

It’s also 3D, but not really good 3D. It’s rather dull, unoriginal and unexciting, but if you haven’t tried the other one thousand of these 3D shooter clones then it could possibly be worth looking up. You could do much better, however.


System Requirements: 80486DX 33 MHz CPU, 8 MB RAM, DOS 5.0

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8 Comments

  1. prenex says:

    Wooow!

    This is actually a very awsome game that I was searching for long. I had this from a shareware CD, but with a version that was neither shareware – neither full. It was kind of a long beta or alpha version and I never though that they actually finished this game as this is really-really hard to find – I could find literally no traces of it!

    Anyways: This is not only about “shooting like in doom”. The best gameplay mechanic is being able to turn the tower while you are steering in an other direction so that you can evade projectiles. So you can both control the tower facing to the right and if you are using the engines you will see everyone from your side. This is very good to circle around enemies when needed.

    Actually I would not compare this to doom at all. This is more like an “arcade war simulator” like the other tank game “metal” that looked like a japanese manga graphics game or the submarine arcade game called “subhunt”.

    For those who like that kind of games, this is a real gem that is actually really hard to find in any format whatsoever as it has an ambigous and mostly forgotten name…

    I would give three stars because it is playable and there is nothing wrong with it, but I don’t know yet if the full version is better or worse than the techdemo. The techdemo alpha version was hard and nice to play 😉

  2. If you have trouble with the CD version try the 2nd version I’ve just added.

  3. MPLAYER says:

    Shellshock Is Obscure Game

  4. Rimantas says:

    mplayer, are you dumb? If you don’t like any game, just skip it. And learn to write everything in ONE comment.

  5. MPLAYER says:

    Shellshock Is Best Game

  6. DriverX says:

    Shellshock Is Worst Game

  7. DriverX says:

    Shellshock Is Weird Game

  8. Gerhalt says:

    There actually IS a good “tank doom” game from 1996. It’s made by Raven Software, introducing their awesome (4 the time) Vampire Engine, and it’s also their first pure Win95 game. That’s NecroDome allright! The game’s actually so good it runs within Win7x64 totally troublefree: needs no compatibility modes whatsoever, starts right away by simply clicking the desktop shortcut. It has 2 bgm modes: either external CDDA music tracks or internal midi tunes, btw Raven games released the following year (1997: MageSlayer, TNP & Hexen2) had the same feature of music playback – a bit of trivia. NecroDome lets players easily remap control keys layout since it’s got 2 basic modes of gameplay: a player is either inside of armored vehicle or runs for his life in pedestrian mode (once he’s been ejected from a machine which’s about to go boom). Game maps contain certain areas where only human can get into, so there are times a player will have to exit his vehicle (thus becoming extremely vulnerable) in order to pick up some goodies and/or reveal a secret passage leading to even more goodies. Put simply NecroDome’s utterly amazing so I undoubtedly recommend it to anyone interested in retrogaming.

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