Z (1996)
Action - Strategy
Publisher Renegade Software
Developer The Bitmap Brothers
Series Z

In the bloody aftermath of Z comes Z: Steel Soldiers, named after a new breed of robot with a taste for war and a warped sense of humor. Join forces with Captain Zod in this epic adventure. You will battle against the odds, fight against the authorities, and ultimately race against time in an adrenaline-fueled, last-ditch effort to avert impending disaster and annihilation.

In Z: Steel Soldiers, an uneasy cease-fire exists between the two vast war machines of TransGlobal Industries and the MegaCom Corporation. The final phase of the peace initiative is only hours away when renegade troops, led by Captain Zod, shoot down an enemy cargo ship in the demilitarized zone. What follows is a stunning blend of arcade and strategy elements as the player is dropped into the heat of battle. When you take control of your Steel Soldiers unit, you'd better hit the ground running!

Z: Steel Soldiers features 30 distinct levels spanning six unique worlds, from lush forests to arid deserts; 30 military units comprised of land-, air-, and sea-based transport, most of which are armed to the teeth; and 20 additional multiplayer maps. It all adds up to the ultimate in warfare for up to eight players over the Internet or a LAN.

Real-time strategy game with a difference: you fight for control of the sectors, some of which contains manufactories which can gain you additional units. Touch the "flag" in the sector and it's yours. Capture the sector before the new unit comes out of the manufactory and the new unit is yours. With six different robots (different armaments and armor and speed), multiple vehicles (from jeeps to tanks) the robots can utilize, your ultimate objective is to destroy the opponent's base... And prevent him from doing the same to you...

Z differs from other RTSs by emphasizing territorial control (and the manufactories) instead of getting kills and gathering a bit army. You have finely balance defense and offense. If you wait too long enemy will grab all the manufactories first. If you go too fast you'll get hammered for stretching yourself too thin. You can hijack enemy vehicles by shooting the driver off. If you send a group of soldiers toward an objective and they find a vehicle, one of them will split off to grab the vehicle. It's these little touches that makes Z an underappreciated title, as you don't really need to micromanage each soldier.

Product Details
UPC 0677990100586
Format CD-Rom
No. of Disks 1
Multiplayer Support Internet, LAN
Language English
Audience Rating Teen
Completed No