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Vasteel -- Working Designs

Vasteel is the name of a galaxy in the far reaches of space. The Emperor has died and his sons fight for the throne with ATAC's--giant robotic war machines. Players can choose to be either of the sons fighting for the throne. This lengthy war simulation is now available for the Turbo Duo CD.

Ferrari Man
Most often I do not like to sit and spend long hours with simulation games, but Vasteel is an exception. With the many action scenes tied in with the sim, it is not only fast, but captivating. The game also has an incredible amount of voice. For example when you check information on any of the many characters, an incredible voice starts up telling you about the mech! Little touches like these really make this game a winner. The whole package is topped off by an excellent soundtrack. Vasteel is a Duo owner must have.

By all means one of the greatest and most involving war simulations ever! Well-drawn graphics are used for the battles and cinematic displays. The voice and music--which at first seems out of place (because its jazz)--quickly grows on you. The playability during the battle scenes is very good. This game is bound to last a very long time considering it took three hours to finish one battle. Overall this is one of the best war simulators I have ever played.

This is the best wargame ala video game I have ever played. This game is not easy; I felt it was a real challenge. This is what I liked about it. You play your strategy out in multiple campaigns and in different environments. The simulation takes place on a standard hex-type map, but when you fight your opponent it goes into 45 degree, real-time action for hand to hand battles. The music took a bit to get into, but it really makes the game. Excellent.

Vasteel is a very involving and challenging war simulation. I like that players, instead of statistics, have some control over the outcome of the battles. An agile player can conquer a city even with a low power standing tank. Excellent.

>>>>> 85.5/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.0 4.5 4.0 3.5
Sound 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0
Gameplay/Control 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.5
Longevity/Playability 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.0
Overall 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
Total 22.5 21.5 21.0 20.0

Originally appeared Vol 2, Iss 3 (08-10/93)