The Battlezone II: Combat Commander wiki last edited by fisk0 on 09/23/13 09:14AM View full history

Overview

Battlezone II: Combat Commander, sequel to 1998's Battlezone, is a hybrid first-person shooter/real-time strategy PC game developed by Pandemic Studios and published by Activision in 1999.

Plot

Battlezone's alternate-history cold war is over. The USA and USSR have joined forces as the ISDF (International Space Defense Force) against the Scions, an alien race that has begun terrorizing the edges of the solar system. An investigation of an attack on Pluto reveals a "Dark Planet," and players, as Lt. John Cooke, are tasked with carrying out various missions there.

Gameplay

Battlezone II is a unique mix of first-person shooter, vehicle shooter, and real-time strategy. For example, the player can pilot a vehicle around the map, then hop out, enter a building, and command forces from an overhead perspective. Tasks like directing units and building structures can be done from any mode with the help of the function keys, which are bound to unit groups and constructor units. Basic real-time strategy elements are present in the game, such as tech trees and harvesting resources to build units.

Reception

While pre-launch enthusiasm for the game was high, this quickly dissipated upon release. Buggy gameplay and steep system requirements marred the game's reputation, even after a significant number of issues were alleviated by patches. The game still managed to receive a few positive reviews, but did not sell particularly well.

Legacy

After Pandemic Studios ceased patching Battlezone II after version 1.2, Pandemic programmers Nathan Mates and Ken Miller released patch 1.3, an unofficial patch that they developed in their spare time. Patch 1.3 enabled user-created mods, which the programmers hoped would foster a dedicated mod community and increase popularity of the game. Today, a few active mod communities remain, including Battlezone II Mod Development, Battlezone Universe, and the Battlezone II Map Room.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.