Harkening back to the original 1980s arcade cabinet, Battlezone is a fully-fledged game that offers a real challenge. Progressing through the campaign map is no mean feat - the procedural campaign map will raise the challenge as you progress, strengthening enemies as well as unleashing the might of the Nemesis tank against you. This isn’t just a test of your skill, but of your strategy too. But don’t fear the restart – you’ll learn from every death and unlock more awesome weapons and special equipment.
To guide you on your way to glorious victory, here are the devs’ top 10 tips for mastering the campaign!
For PlayStation’s official online Battlezone guide, head to:http://userguides.eu.playstation.com/en/battlezone/
1. GET TO KNOW THE COCKPIT
Before you set off on the small task of saving mankind, you’ll want to take time looking around your tank, the Cobra. Take the time to familiarize yourself with all those monitors, the way the radar works, how your health is displayed. Remember, you’re in VR now, and the Cobra is designed to give you awareness of your objectives, your arsenal and your environment.
2. SWITCH WEAPONS AND EXPLOIT COVER
Make sure to switch out weapons for different enemy types using [SQUARE]. There are a number of different guns in Battlezone, all upgradeable. The more you play and progress, the more you’ll learn what to use when – homing missiles and machine guns are very useful for fast moving or airborne enemies. Different weapons are better at different ranges – keep distance and cover when you can. Make use of the structures around you and try to take out some of the more powerful static targets from a distance.
3.USE BOOST CAREFULLY
One of the quickest ways to trash your Cobra is to use boost liberally! Boosting [L2] is vital for getting out of tough spots, or speeding to a destination against the clock. But overusing boost drains the Cobra’s shields very quickly, leaving you extremely vulnerable while they recharge. Be sure to look out for displays and alerts warning you when your shields are down.
4. HEAL YOUR CO-OP BUDDIES
In co-op, teamwork is vital. Keep an eye out for teammates who are damaged and in need of a health boost. When you’re close enough to a teammate you’ll both heal each other, so be sure to huddle up when you can! And if a teammate is downed, you can revive them before they spend a life by healing them the same way. Since you all share the same supply of lives, if a teammate has to spend a life to re-enter the battlefield, that’s a life you’re losing too! So when you’re in the main hub you could do far worse than spending data on upgrading your Cobra’s heal modulator – this will greatly improve your chances of co-op success.
5. USE YOUR BLASTER TO GAIN AMMO
You’re never completely out of ammo in Battlezone. Hold [SQUARE] for a few seconds to activate your back-up ‘Blaster’ – it’s fairly accurate, has infinite ammo, and most importantly it’ll guarantee an ammo drop from kills.