02 January 2017

Battlezone 98 Redux

I took time over the holiday to pick up Battlezone 98 Redux, a modern version of the 1998 classic that I loved back in my First Age of PC Gaming. It still holds up reasonably well, in part because the controls were well designed from the beginning. With a fistful of keypresses you can gather your troops and lead an attack, or set up to defend a location. Such an excellent design for a vim user.

I'm a real sucker for science fiction alternate histories, and this just happens to be a fun game that ticks that box as well. The space race covered for a larger hot war between the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R.? That's a big enough hook to grab me!  (For a good evocative example of alternate history, perhaps check out "The Martian Agent: An Interplanetary Romance". I'm currently reading Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union.)

Nostalgia is poison, of course. It even has sickness in the root of the word. But in this case, I'll make an exception.