Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Extreme Insult

Ugh...I don't believe it. I was zipping through Extreme Assault. I cleared the first set of helicopter levels. I cleared the tank levels. I'd just started the second set of helicopter levels (which I believe are the last ones) and then boom. The game froze. No problem, I thought, the game auto-saves between levels, so I've only got to replay the last one. I fire up the game again and...error. No matter what I do, I can't get the darned thing to start up again. It looks like when it crashed something must have got corrupted. Obviously I can reinstall again, but that will mean restarting the whole game from scratch, which I don't really fancy doing. Oh well...I really hoped I'd finish that one, too, after my run of dropped games. I just had a quick look on YouTube, and I was about half way through area 5, out of 6 areas, so that's good enough for me.

Extreme Assault is quite a fun game - you zoom around in your helicopter (or tank for a bit) shooting enemy copters and gun emplacements. You get various weapons and powerups, and you'll need them against the waves and waves of enemies that you encounter. It was an early 3D game and was made to show off what those first cards could do. Of course, the graphics are nothing special now, but I remember them being pretty impressive back in the day. I couldn't get the game to recognise the joypad properly, so I ended up playing it on the keyboard, which wasn't ideal, but it was fine. I actually felt like I was getting somewhere in it, so it's a shame I couldn't finish it. Ah well, onwards...

Next up on the randometer is...Countdown! No, not with Carol, this is a spy adventure game from the early 90s by Access. I actually thought it was part of the Tex Murphy series, but it doesn't look like it is, so I'll give it a go. I've also been keeping Marathon ticking away in the background. I've just reached the alien ship, which I think is the last set of levels, so hopefully I'm nearing the end of that one.

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