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As the leader of the special ops group Dark Talons, lead your squad mates on a series of dangerous missions as you discover the NEC plot against your homeland, Terra Nova. Operate behind ... See full summary »

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Allison Biszantz Allison Biszantz ... Vesping (voice)
Jonathon Blake Jonathon Blake ... Wallis (voice)
Christian Gossett ... Kage, Tech Boy (voice)
Simon Prescott ... Petrus (voice)
Christina Rumbley Christina Rumbley ... Temple (voice)
Deborah Sale Butler Deborah Sale Butler ... (voice) (as Deborah Sale)
Ralph Votrian ... (voice)
Amanda Winn Lee ... Pinter, O'Neill (voice)
Keith de Brunner Keith de Brunner ... Sobec, TN Gate Station Commander
Jason Lee Jason Lee ... Fury Pilot (voice)
Tom Wyner ... Robie Bray (voice)
Robert Berger Robert Berger ... Pilot (voice)
Sarah Cigliano Sarah Cigliano ... Instructor 3 (voice)
Brian C. Diggs Brian C. Diggs ... Trainer 1 (voice)
Jonathan Eubanks Jonathan Eubanks ... Security (voice)

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As the leader of the special ops group Dark Talons, lead your squad mates on a series of dangerous missions as you discover the NEC plot against your homeland, Terra Nova. Operate behind enemy lines as you gather data, attack enemy camps, capture enemy leaders, take over space stations, and more. Combat happens on land, underground (huge caverns), and even in space. There are plenty of weapons to outfit your gear, even some hand-to-hand weapons. You can also add perks and flaws to further customize your gear. Stealth is a major concern in some missions. The game play feel is very different from the Mechwarrior series.

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A sadly forgotten gem of the late 90s
15 October 2009 | by Ben_HorrorSee all my reviews

I first played this game many eons ago in 2001 and was instantly blown away by it. Heavy Gear 2 concerns a brutal war between Earth and a planet called Terra Nova which is run by human colonists. As it's thousands of years in the future, warfare has evolved to such an extent that the opposing forces are fighting it out in massive, bipedal robots or 'Gears' as they're called. Cue loads of bangs, wallops and explosions galore. Strangely for a game, the story is told from the point of view of the colonists and not the Earth forces. Earth is painted as the enemy. For the most part, Earth forces come across as greedy and aggressive imperialists.

This really is a certifiable forgotten gem. It has everything you could wish for in a game: great voice acting, magnificent graphics (for its time and they still hold up today), brilliant sound effects, fantastic and colorful environments, and a solid array of weaponry. You can choose to play the multi player mode, the large campaign game or the separate missions. There's even a neat feature where you can design your own battles, lowering or increasing your opponents' AI and weapon strength accordingly. If I had one fault, it would be the controls: they take a while to get used to and you will develop contortionist skills in your fingers by the time you master them. But having said that, it's worth the effort. Once I got the hang of it I couldn't put it down.

There is also a lot of imagination at work in this game. The stories that run in the background are very rich and compelling. It feels gritty and cannily realistic. In fact there is more than enough material here for a trilogy of movies and the Gears themselves have more appeal and charisma than all the Transformers put together.

Even though I actually played this before Heavy Gear 1, I ended up purchasing the first game as a result, but I needn't have bothered. Heavy Gear 1 suffers from very dated graphics and the gaming is not really compelling. I heard it was rushed out to compete with battling robot games like Mech Warrior and it shows. But that doesn't matter: I would actually discard it anyway as the sequel is superior to it in every way.

While there was a TV series made of it in 2001, it was very kiddie friendly and turned the war aspect of the game into a competitive sport instead. I'm still convinced, however, that there's a really dark and exciting movie in here somewhere. Just make sure and base it on the dark, brooding sequel and not the sluggish original.

So, in conclusion, if you like shoot 'em games, you could do worse than to track down a copy of Heavy Gear 2. They're hard enough to find, but worth the effort and money if you're lucky enough to get one. If you can't find one, then locate a torrent and download it. I'd highly recommend it.


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31 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Heavy Gear II: Mission Caprice See more »

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