previews\ Sep 1, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Battle Engine Aquila - PC - Preview

Encore Software's BATTLE ENGINE AQUILA was released earlier this year by Atari for the XBOX and PS2.  Generally well-received by the gaming community, Encore struck up an agreement with Lost Toys to publish the PC version.  BATTLE ENGINE AQUILA is a futuristic shooter that puts players at the helm of the most advanced war machine ever created. 


Armed with a variety of weapons such as pulse cannons, micro missiles, spread bombs, it’s your task to protect the planet Allium from the hostile rebel forces, the Muspell.  You take on the role of Hawk Winter, a forklift driver who is recruited by the Forseti military to pilot its new combat machine.  And if that isn't enough for you, Allium's polar ice caps are melting leading to higher water level and game play value.


Just like most MECH games, combat takes place on the ground and air.  Though many gamers will be compelled to leave the ground immediately, flying low and fiercely firing on enemy units and targets brings a rush that can only be imitated with a liter of Red Bull.  


But what’s a futuristic shooter game without an incredible arsenal?  Each weapon has its own unique capabilities.  Micro missiles offer spread fire with lock-on aim, Vulcan cannons serve to dismember the individual enemy units, and with the right placement of a grenade near the infantry, prepare to see the bodies fly!


You can modify your support team to include wingmen, ally troops, tanks, and air and sea crafts.  Similar to the weapons, each ally brings to the table something different to the missions you must accomplish.  Constant radio transmissions from your allies also keep you focused on the task at hand.


There are more than 40 missions available to play, depending on completion of secondary objectives.  There are also “EVO” versions of every mission, which are significantly harder and present new challenges. 


The branching storyline brings multiple post-battle cut scenes and multiple endings.  For those who pass on console shooter games because of the troublesome handling, the PC version has the classic “mouse and keyboard” scheme for easy control.


There are several game modes that should keep you busy for a while.  The modes include Single-Player, Co-Op, Skirmish, Versus, and Multiplayer.  Multiplayer uses one PC with split-screen and separate controls.


The game brings the best out of your graphics card, optimized to take advantage of its performance capabilities.  The constant flow of MECH craft, effects, and environmental activity is a welcoming addition to the sounds of warfare that will boom through your speakers.


BATTLE ENGINE AQUILA comes out this holiday season for approximately $40.

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