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Robotech: Battlecry

Robotech: Battlecry by TDK Media Robotech: Battlecry
by TDK Media

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00006DY3F

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Features:
• Third-person arcade shooter
• Pilot a 40-foot tall transformable robot/jet Veritech fighter
• Defend the Earth from an army of giant aliens in land, air, and space missions
• Sounds and visual style perfectly recreate the animated series
• For 1 to 4 players

Manufacturer's Description: A mission-driven action title, Robotech: Battlecry embodies the classic mech-filled mayhem of the animated series. Featuring all-encompassing destruction on a giant scale, the game is a high-octane arcade shooter that captures the TV show’s spectacular visuals and epic storyline. As an intrepid fighter pilot, the player must protect cities of Earth from roving bands of a giant alien race, the Zentraedi. The player pilots the versatile Veritech fighter, a giant transformable mechanized robot that can convert into a high-flying jet fighter, a 40-foot-tall humanoid robot, and a combination of both. Each transformation mode offers new movement options, special abilities, or weapons. To succeed in battle, players must use more than one mode to complete their assigned objectives. In keeping with the Robotech identity, the environments, mecha, characters, and overall appearance are modeled directly from the stylized look of the highly regarded animated series.

Customer Reviews:
4.5 stars really, November 11, 2002
Reviewer: moneyinthebank from SC
I was always a fan of robotech (not around when it first aired but was introduced when Cartoon Network ran it in the afternoons in 1997?) and I was extremely excited to see that a game was being produced under the license and that it looked promising. When I started the first missions I was a little apprehensive and though perhaps my money had not been well spent. But once you hit the end of the learning curve and are able to transform seemlessly in battle the game becomes much more enjoyable. Though some of the missions to protect military assets can be frustrating and the gameply is not too complex, this game is still very enjoyable and the extras that can be unlocked make playing worthwhile. Fans of the series should definately pick this up, as the cel shaded graphics make this as realistic as piloting a Veritech fighter can be. Hopefully they will improve with a sequel, but none the less this game is worth picking up if you like action games and big robots duking it out. And Minmei. Enjoy.

Not even passable entertain, October 25, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from APO, AE United States
This game could have, should have been so much more. The developers made this game where you are confined to one mode or another. If you change modes into anything other than the recommended mode the level is virtually impossible to complete. Save your money. After buying this game I will never ever pre-order a game again.

Pretty in the box, October 13, 2002
Reviewer: topeace from Yokosuka, Japan
I was eagerly awaiting this game to harken back to the joys of my youth. I remember, as a teenager, sitting down at 4 PM everyday in front of the TV to follow the exploits of Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, and Lin Minmei. This game completely reminds me of the show. It is pretty, but no matter how hard you yelled at another stupid choice of Rick's, you had to follow him through the story. So it is with the game.

The key to this game is staying in the box. Follow the plotline, do exactly what you are told, learn the controls given to you and you will do fine. Don' t, and you will regret your experience. The area fighting boundaries are irritating, forcing an immediate turn when you reach them. The objectives are exacting, limiting your options. Forget freeform transformation, each mission requieres a specific form to win. The difficult control set can't be changed. And a cooperative mode, ala Halo, is missing which would help less skilled gamers get through.

I enjoy Battlecry for what it is. A beautiful trip down memory lane. Unfortunately, at the end of the lane, I will quickly sell it.

One of the best games for Xbox, October 9, 2002
Reviewer: Brian M. Blonski from Garden Valley, CA United States
This game is great. I took the chance and preordered it before I knew too much about the game and I was not disapointed. The cell shading, which I normaly don't like in games, fits the game well, although the smoke looks kinda weird. The only minor problems I saw with the game is the multiplayer mode, which only allows 2 players and only slight changes in game type, and the cut scenes are only airbrushed stills and leave some of the plot out.

Bottom line: great single player anime action game with a okay but not spectacular multiplayer mode. Arguably better than HALO.

The game to end all games!...at least it could of been., October 7, 2002
Reviewer: Dragonsfire20 from MN
I am a major Mech combat fan and love the idea of transforming mechs so I went out to buy the game as soon as possible and this is what I found dissapointed me.

The gameplay in this game is... Non consistant. You cant say weather its good or bad becuse it changes with eatch level. On one mission you are sent in to bombard enemy instalations, that is FUN. but on another you are told to basicaly fly around in a big circle with NO enemys for 30mns for 'recon' Its also pretty stupid how if you use any other mode then fighter in the air you will be picked apart just like if you use any other mode then the robot on the land.

The story and missions pretty much suck untill you get to the 5th chapter and, geuss what? YOUR ALMOST DONE WITH THE GAME. Untill then all the missions pretty much require you (alone by the way) to defend someone/something against about 300 guys on a level. Well this isnt impossible it dos get boring after about the second chapter.

The saveing grace for this game is the versus mode. once you unlock all the veritechs, super armor and ground armor it is one of the best 2p games ive seen. Each player choose there vertech, the menuverable armor or the 'I cant move but I dont need to' kind. Then you fly out into large worlds with full transformation features. get 2 skilled pilots together and this game rocks!

Closeing comments: I beat this game and unlocked all but 2 medals in a rental. The story pretty much sux but the veritechs are awsome. Get this game for the 2p version. Sorry to dissapoint you Robotech fans, buy the DVD.

Love this game, October 5, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Sacramento, CA USA
My wife went out for groceries and came back with this game:) First of all, I love the game, especially the graphics (don't know what that other guy was complaining about). I usually hate cell-shaded games, but this was the perfect feel. Second, I love the single-player missions (and there are a ton of them).
Only three improvements possible:
1. You can't be one of those motorcycle mechs.
2. The multiplayer is not as expansive as possible (with only 2 players possible)
3. No cooperative missions

But on the plus side, the three transformations are great! You can choose from among them at any point and the animations are awesome! (And I really was truly awed). Oh, the controllers aren't that difficult once you've been through the training levels.
Definately worth the money!

Finally, a game for Robotech fans!!!, September 30, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Irvine, CA USA
I have been waiting years for a Robotech themed game and this game does not disappoint. Like other shooter games, there are stages or chapters and missions to pass before getting new mechs and unlock new features.

One of things I loved about Robotech was Veritechs' ability to transform between the three modes and this game faithfully reproduced that and the special abilities each mode brings to the game.

The other thing I appreciate about this game is how the missiles fly in a pattern similar to the original cartoons and their fire-and-forget capability.

The difficulty level at normal is about right and the controls are easy to use.

Good graphics, not much gameplay, September 28, 2002
Reviewer: Micheal Hunter from CHicago, IL
Actually, I had a chance to play this game even further, and it is okay. The graphics are excellent, but the execution of the camera angles doesnt do enough to show off the detail. This game could have been a lot better with a little more tweaking on the gameplay, but it is still fun if you are willing to get past the first few stages, which are extremely boreing.

Very fun shooter even if you've never heard of Robotech, September 27, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Atlanta, GA USA
This game is one of the best action games I've played since Contra way back in the old days on the 8-bit NES. It's a good solid shooter with a great setting.

Gameplay: The game centers around piloting a transformable mech called a Veritech to protect the human race by blasting hundreds of alien Zentreadi into tiny bits. The controls are quite easy to get into and yet have a lot of depth (it will take many hours of playing before you feel like a master pilot).

All three forms, the fighter jet, the battloid (robot form), and guardian (hybrid of the two), handle very uniquely and make the game more interesting than a normal shooter. Strategy and some trial and error is required to be successful in many missions.

Graphics: The game uses cell-shading technology to make the game look like the actual Robotech anime, and in my opinion looks fantastic. Environments range from ground and air battles on a post-apocolyptic earth to massive dogfights in outer space (which are the best looking). Some backgrounds lack detail but overall the game looks great, especially the veritech itself.

Sound: The sound, while not entirely faithful to the sounds from the anime, are mediocre and neither enhance nor hurt the game. The engine and missile sounds are great but others like the gun cannon and enemy lasers sound generic. Probably the only real weak point of the game.

Value: While you could rent this game and probably beat it in a few days, there are good reasons to buy it. For one thing it features a cool award system where you gain access to special unique mechs and paint designes by completing specific tasks, such as killing 50 scout pods or finishing a certain boss mission 3 times. These will take some time to accomplish and extend the games lifespan, which is already 40 missions long.

After completing the story mode, the "versus" mode is also unlocked, allowing two players to go head to head in various maps.

All-together: It's hard to imagine anyone with two hands and 10 fingers who is capable of holding the controls not liking this game once they play it. Even watching it is entertaining enough. 5 Stars

okay! but..., September 26, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Bear, DE United States
not the greatest. i also have GunMetal and Armored Core 3. i like the game but it takes a little getting used to. personally i thought AC3 was pretty easy to get down and GunMetal is a little more difficult, but Robotect is weird. i like it,but in some ways i don't. i guess i like the cell-shaded graphics but i need to get a little further to tell if the game is a keeper.

my sugestion is that you rent it, then determine if you like it but this week at Circuit City it was on sale for an irresistable price of $36.99 so i had to buy it. however i am a fan of mech games. like when MechAssault comes out i will but it.

overall it isn't bad but i would suggest rent before purchase or if you have a PS2 then maybe get it or rent it.


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