Today, almost every game is about super realistic 3D. But in 1995, when Zeewolf 2 came out. The 3D era just started on all platforms, after the release of Doom by ID Software. Especially for Amiga! The very first 68060 cards came in 1995, at a extreme price tag which almost no one had funds for. But Amiga people bought it either because of love for the machine. So, 3D FPS games like Breathless and Alien Breed 3D came out! However, the old 3D vector type of graphics seemed to be gone forever until Zeewolf 2 came out! A brilliant 3D helicopter shooter, which does actually adjust itself to what Amiga hardware you run it on. You notice etc. huge FPS differences between playing it on a stock Amiga 500 and on a stock Amig 1200, or even en Amiga with 68030, 68040 or 68060 cpu!
So today I choose to review one of the best classic 3D helicopter action games made for Amiga. It is not as pretty as today’s 3D games, but back in 1995 the look wasn’t that important in the beginning. But even if it got only basic vector 3D graphics, the gameplay, music and sound effects made this game very addictive and fun. So here is my verdict.
Helicopter Action from A to Z in Zeewolf 2 Wild Justice
The game starts up with very hard-techno alike music, that tries to tell you that this game is a action game, which it really is.
From the very first mission, you start to shoot. You have several missions in this game and the map showing up before each of the missions will give you full detail of what you should do. But if you want even more info, then you can pres the Esc key on your Amiga keyboard, which will give you detailed image description of the mission you are going to have. Also when you play the game, you can get a map (enter key) of the area that you having a mission at.
The whole mission of the game is to rescue people. That means killing your enemies (which are thanks and other aircrafts), shoot at buildings to get the people running out, land by pressing G key (same button for taking of) and fly the rescued people to your hangar ship. That is the whole plot of the game.
But now you think that this is all to the game? No. There are many interesting things in this game. In some missions, including killing your enemies you also have to steer thanks. In other missions you have to take a aircraft from one spot to the other.
Hangar helps you
In the middle of the ocean, you have your own hangar. This one helps you with fuel and ammo. You get money by rescue people. So you can also buy ammo for bigger weapons. Remember that you need to land by using the G key.
The right side of the hangar is for the rescued people. Remember to wait a litle when you have landed, to get the people off your helicopter. On the left side of the hangar ship, you can get fuel. In this game you use your fuel when you fly. On this side, you can also add the ammo that you need. You have 3 types of weapons that you can buy.
Action and Very fun from start to end
SO, who is this game for? I think that this is for the ones loving action. There are almost no minus points to this game. Maybe if I should point out something, then it must be how to rescue the people. It does feels a bit silly to actually have to shoot one of the buildings to rescue people, so that they can run out from their buildings to your helicopter. The game developers should just add so that they can automaticly walk once you have landed outside of a building. But this is not a big minus, its just a dot to prick on.
Remember that this game is best played with a Joystick, but you can also use mouse. This is a fully open world game, from 1995. And you can control differen vehicles in some missions also. Mostly the story is really up to how you actually do your mission. You can fly as much as you want. You can shoot down every tree or buildings just for fun or you can just follow the linear story line. Great thing!
Zeewolf 2 Final Score
Final Verdict of Zeewolf 2 Wild Justice
The gameplay itself is also very fluid. Especially on an Amiga with 68020 or higher cpu. You can play it on a 1MB Amiga 500, but this 3D engine got many effects to it. Yes, even when you fire towards the ocean, the game have wave effects. If you do have time this weekend. I urge you to try it. With WHDload installed, it's even more fun. Just run and play from any Amiga HD. Zeewolf 2 Wild Justice is a full packed action game that will always be in my heart. The graphics might look a bit outdated, but now in 2017 it seems like retro graphics is even starting to get popularity again. The 3D effects are simple in this game, but for what you get they are fantastic. Especially the little extra details like burning trees and the water splash effect if you shoot at the water. This game got so much personality, even if it is just a shooter. Your mission is to save people though! And this game balance every mission pretty good I must say.
Publisher: Pinnacle Worldwide, Developer: Binary Asylum and Published in 1995. Note: This is the sequel to Zeewolf game. Also. Also a note worth mentioning. This is an Amiga only game and its a really good one also! Requirement: OCS or ECS Amiga, but Amiga with 68020 or higher is recommended.