Wasteland Angel
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Top down shooters such as Wasteland Angel offers a nice quick burst of arcade action but tend to suffer from being repetitive. The idea behind this game is nice enough but the small arenas that force you to stick close to the towns that you have to protect all feel too similar The lack of enemy variety doesn’t do this game any favours either.

Gameplay: Mindless fun but soon becomes repetitive.
Graphics: The overhead visuals are not too bad but it doesn’t hold up so well in first person.
Sound: The voice acting is decent enough but the rest is nothing special

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Wasteland Angel

Developer: Octane Games | Publisher: Meridian 4 |Release Date: 2011 | Genre: Top Down Shooter |Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

After World War III most of the population is killed while the survivors are left with a post apocalyptic wasteland to call home. With roaming bands of wastelanders terrorizing the remaining towns, things are looking pretty bleak. Angel is one survivor who is not sitting down waiting for the end. Instead she is making her way across the wasteland in her trusty car, Gypsy, while saving a few towns along the way.

Plot

Wasteland Angel is a pretty straightforward arcade shooter so don’t expect a very intricate plot. The story is narrated by the lead character along with some nice comic book style cut-scenes but it never amounts to much. Your job is simply to protect the towns from the evil wastelanders. Gypsy, your armored vehicle is equipped with a machine gun but can also pick up secondary power-ups such as mines, napalm, spike strips and even nukes with which to beat back the waves of enemies.

Gameplay

While the “killers” are busy trying to, well..kill you, the slavers will make their way to town where they literally suck up the people. Lose all your lives or fail to protect the towns and it’s game-over. Each area is basically an arena with one or two towns which you have to defend from waves of aggressors. You have a day level, night level, boss battle and bonus round before it is on to the next town where you repeat the process. The majority of the game is viewed from an overhead perspective apart from the bonus levels which are shown in first person. Unfortunately, the bonus levels only highlight how bland the visuals are.

While the gameplay isn’t bad it suffers from being extremely repetitive. There is very little enemy variety and the campaign is extremely short. There are no multi-player modes either so you are left chasing online leaderboards. There are some Steam achievements as well but it’s easy enough to get all of them with a single playthrough. The audio isn’t too bad but the music and effects tend to be drowned out by the warning alarms triggered by slavers abducting villagers.

Conclusion

While I had fun playing Wasteland Angel, the experience was just too brief and the story ended rather abruptly. If you are looking for an old school shooter that is all about the power-ups, score modifiers and leaderboards you might enjoy the game but personally I enjoyed Zombie Driver, which offered a similar experience, a lot more.

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Intel® 2.0GHz CPU
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard disk space: 4GB
    • Video: 256 MB of dedicated video memory with support for pixel shader 3.0. (nVidia 8600 or equivalent)
    • Sound: Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Operating system:Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Intel® 2.0GHz CPU
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard disk space: 4GB
    • Video: 256 MB of dedicated video memory with support for pixel shader 3.0. (nVidia 8600 or equivalent)
    • Sound: Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX®: 9.0c

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