Battlezone Gold Edition is a 3D shooter tank sim that comes prowling onto Nintendo Switch. Its bright neon look temps you to enter a sci-fi world of strategy and danger. Originally a PlayStation VR title, it’s finally time to see this rolling on the Switch, and we’re glad it made the transition.
Battlezone unleashes the weapons from laser-guided missiles, artillery to EMPs and shield boosts, and blows out a steady, captivating campaign. If you’ve never experienced Battlezone then you’re in for a tactical treat. As this is the Nintendo Switch version you get all the content ever released for the game. That includes all the bobbleheads, tanks, skins and even Classic Mode. It’s huge, and with a campaign that spans out a gripping game, Battlezone brings something new and special to the Switch.
Starting with an Insert Coin screen you’re immediately taken back to the sweet 80’s days of arcade gaming where 10p was your gaming currency. Once in, opting for the single player campaign opens up a feast of different options. Different tanks, length of battle and difficulty settings can be tinkered with to suit how you want to tackle it. There’s also an opportunity to take Battlezone online and play in local multiplayer too.
Jumping in you’re transformed into a beautifully lit battlefield with glowing structures and distant platforms along with spawning enemies appearing all over. Releasing pay loads of firepower feels great and watching them rip through enemy tanks deliver a satisfying view. It may only be short lived as more trouble reappears, this time drones from above tease you into firing skyward. Battlezone certainly keeps you on your toes. It’s the mix of hide and seek and full on destruction that makes each run fun to play out.
The map is the key to the game, as this displays the enemy’s territory where each hexagon represents a strategic Battlezone. The idea is to reach the Volcano and destroy it. Levels are randomly generated so there’s a big opportunity for repeat play.
The cockpit makes up a good portion of the screen. You have a visually busy hub which displays a whole heap of information at your disposal. Playing on handheld mode it can all look rather minuscule, and the odd squint is advisable. Playing on the big screen is where Battlezone excels as it’s just a lot easier on the eye. As you blast your way slowly through the campaign map you’ll accrue credits. Credits can be spent on upgrades, weapons and extra lives. Even though such weapons are pretty impressive and dangerous, having the odd extra life up your sleeve always works for me.
The transition from PSVR to Nintendo Switch further confirms just how remarkable the console is. From DOOM, Wolfenstein and now Battlezone, Switch owners are finally being rewarded for making the purchase. Battlezone Gold Edition belts out another huge release that the Switch handles well. With the added Classic Mode and all the extras, this retro-inspired tank sim knocks it out.
Lizard Rating 8/10