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Violence in sports is rather occasional nowadays, and according to most science-fiction movies and books, it will become essential in the future to have players risking their lives in brutal sports just to satisfy the audience. Activision's latest release, Hyperblade, follows the same trend with a game that plunges players into a futuristic savage battle-sport taking place in the Drome.
Hyperblade is no ordinary sport. Blending a hockey game style with fighting possibilities, you can win either by marking the highest score or, less conventional, by eliminating your adversary team. But whether you choose to play fair or not, be prepared to defend your life. Not only will your opponents try to wound you and lower your capabilities during the match, but objects placed in the Drome will also inflict severe damages if you inadvertently bump into them, such as the rotating turnstile with its razor-sharp blades, and the laser hurdle that can slice a man in no time.
|Original sketches of
Los Angeles Shockwave
Several windows on the screen inform you while playing. A radar provides you with the relative position of the rok and other players, status bars show the players' health, a rear camera view comes up when an opponent is behind you, and a shot view replaces it when you have the rok. Other indicators such as speed-burst, shot power, time left, period and team scores are also present during the game.
Playing with Hyperblade doesn't require a long learning curve. It is however recommended to play the training level first, with auto-attack and quick shot modes selected. When you think you are ready for the real thing, you can choose the expert mode which will allow you to select the attack you want. Through the options menu, you can also decide if your teammate can only pass the rok to you or can try shooting towards the goal. To stay close to the action, you can switch from one player to another during the game, and if one of them is badly injured, you can substitute them with another one from the bench.
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If you are into multi-player games, Hyperblade offers network play for up to four players (two per team) with a choice of over 45 players, and teams that you can customize with downloadable tools (not yet available on Activision's website as of 12/12/96). In the single-player mode, you can either play with the exhibition or the gauntlet mode, with the possibility to select your team among twelve such as the Chicago Machine, Los Angeles Shockwave, Las Vegas Black Jack or Moscow T-34's. You will also choose your opponents team and the arena of your choice before you start playing. In the Gauntlet mode, the goal is to beat all other teams of the Hyperblade league. A few rules will however apply. For example, if one player happens to be killed during one game, they won't be replaced and you will have to continue the gauntlet without them. Also, should you lose or tie, you will have to restart the entire gauntlet. To avoid players from restarting too often, they can save the game after they beat a team. As adversaries will become tougher to beat, this option won't be vain.
Written by Frederick Claude
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Requires your system to have the latest Windows 95 drivers that can fully support Microsoft's DirectX.
Optional features: If your video card fully supports Microsoft's Direct 3-D, this game can utilize the enhanced features of your 3-D card.
Network Play: 100% Windows 95 compatible network, IPX Network or TCP/IP
Internet and modem play not supported
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