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Shockwave 2 : Beyond the Gate Impressions

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:42 am
by The_Legend
I've had some 3DO games for a while that I've just never played. Well, I popped in SW2 just to see what it was like.

Story starts off kinda 'meh' but once the gameplay hit "WHOA!".

Controls weren't bad, but I had to get used to them. Gameplay was great and there were literal "in your face" moments with ships getting too close for comfort (as they came crashing down).

Looks great, plays great...I can see myself getting into this one (and the story got a little interesting after the first mission).

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:48 am
by bonefish
That is a game with great polish, just a complete game.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:03 am
by Trev
Challenging, but a different type of challenge from the 1st Shockwave. Figuring out how to tackle a mission is as much of a threat as the aliens. I think of the mission w/the various gates is a good example ... trying to figure out the right order to go through them etc ...

Much better than the 1st game which I felt was overrated. Better graphics, better fmv, better vehicles, less linear. One of these days I will finish it without resorting to cheat codes ...

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:10 am
by The_Legend
Don't have the first one, so I can't compare (course, my collection is pretty lousy!).

Yeah, it seemed easy at first, then I got swarmed with enemies. I made it to the first base and nearly lost my ship! Man those turrets (I guess) can fire at a distance!

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:28 am
by UnholyTancred
I own both of them but only played the first one so far. I think it's pretty good but I'm stuck on the 3rd or 4th level. It takes place as night and I just get raped by enemy ships instantly.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:38 am
by The_Legend
If I had some spare cash I'd pick up part 1 (and some other 3DO games as well). Alas, I'm not going to have any extra income for quite some time, so I guess I'll play 2 before 1. That's cool I guess.

I'm hoping the storyline goes pretty well. Like I said, it seemed to pick up somewhat after the first stage, but that isn't enough to really say anything.

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:01 am
by 3DOKid
Shockwave 2 is brilliant. I played all three Shockwave start-to-finish and Shockwave 2 was by far the best. The FMV sequences also moved on, and the story isn't earth shattering but it's pretty well done I thought!

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:59 pm
by Trev
Okay this post got me in the mood to play so I popped in Shockwave 2 and now have a couple questions. I went through the first 3 planets of system 1 w/out much trouble but now I'm hung up on planets 4 & 5 in system 2.

On one planet (I forget which one at the moment) I need to find a refueler to have my weapons reconfigured. The problem is the refuler is blocked by energy fences on either side and hills on opposite ends. Not sure where to go ... no enemies are left to destroy.

The second planet I destroyed the facility and am trying hard to take advantage of the 3 minutes of alien weakness. I go through the left gate to destroy the hive, but almost immediatley get caught in a gravity well. It slowly pulls me and I cannot thrust out of it. What do I need to do?

Sorry if these ques seem obvious, but I haven't played the game in forever.

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:44 pm
by Trev
What the ... ? I thought for sure someone would post a reply (or are we all stuck here too? Nah, I'm sure it's just me) Bumping for help ...

Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:40 am
by The_Legend
I would but the only game I'm really in to right now is IceBreaker. I played some more SW2 today, though. My question is...where are those refuel pads?

I remember the first time I played on level 1, I did something and it said "time to refuel and reload". Maybe it's cause I beat the level?