Return Fire was basically the 3DO's best game, and one of the most fun multiplayer action games ever. You and either a computer player or one of your friends are given control of a bunker equipped with military vehicles and perhaps a base. The goal of the game is very simple: To capture your opponent's flag. |
You have four vehicles. First up is the Tank. Fast moving and equipped with a rotating turret, it's firepower is unfortunately fairly low compared to some of the others. Next is the Rocket Launcher. Far more powerful but let down by poor maneuverability and slow speed. It has a nice special ability whereby it can drop mines, perfect for destroying bridges and defending the flag. You also get the Helicopter, with missiles and bullets – Quick, but unfortunately can get quickly destroyed by enemy turret fire. Finally, there is the Jeep. Very fast and easy to drive after you've got the hang of it, but its weaponry is pitiful: just some grenades. However, this is the ONLY vehicle that can actually pick up the flag so you have to have one.
In single player mode, this game is unfortunately rather boring. But playing splitscreen, the game improves immensely, as you scheme to beat your "friend", who will no doubt be an enemy after a few sessions of Return Fire. The only criticism I can think of is that it lacks is a map editor, Internet multiplayer options & 3D graphics. All three were seen in Return Fire 2 that I also highly recommend. If you can find this game on CD somehow, you might like the nice classical music they use to set the scene. Also check out the superior sequel Return Fire 2 on this site if you like the game.
Reviewed by: EddyB43