A Quick Look At Virtua Cop 2, I intend this series to be - as the name suggests - a sort of whistle-stop investigation of titles lots of people may already be familiar with, but that others may never have experienced. Indeed, many people will be very familiar with Alien Front Online, and I'd hazard a guess that the vast majority of those folk would be Dreamcast owners hailing from the good ol' US of A. This is because Alien Front Online didn't receive a PAL or NTSC-J release, and even if it had been launched in the UK I very much suspect that the 'Online' part of the title would have been dropped just like it was from PAL versions of Outtrigger, Daytona and Unreal Tournament. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Just what is Alien Front Online? Let's have a little look...
Sports Jam and Sega GT fame), Alien Front Online is an arena shooter similar to the aforementioned Outtrigger, but one that also shares gameplay similarities with stuff like Virtual On, Heavy Metal Geomatrix and Spawn. You are given control of either the defending forces of Earth or the invading forces of the titular aliens (also known as the Triclops), who are hell bent on taking over the surface of our precious blue and green homeworld. You do this by assuming control of either a traditional tank (of which several varieties are available), or an extra terrestrial equivalent (hovercraft and walkers) and then setting out into your chosen arena to destroy all trace of your adversary. I've really only played as the defending human forces (what can I say - I'm patriotic) and the missions in the single player mode are split into two flavours; a campaign with branching story paths and an arcade mode where roaming around the various arenas and blasting all the enemies before the timer runs out is the order of the day.
As with many multiplayer games for the Dreamcast, there have been rumblings that Alien Front Online may be coming back online in the near future so there is that to look forward to if you own a
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Alien Front Online at Sega Retro
Alien Front Online at Wikipedia