War; open armed conflict between two or more parties, nations or states (i.e. a lot of people running around killing each other).
Zone; a region, area, or section characterised by some distinctive feature or quality (i.e. a lot of people running around killing each other).
So a 'Warzone' is an area where people run around killing each other. Sounds great - just like the ZERO office!
This particular Warzone is set in 1999, and your country is in a right royal mess. Not in the sort of 'high interest rates/crap Test Team' sort of mess. To deal with this little problem you (and a chum if you're in that 'games-players do have friends, honest' two player mode) have been assigned to lead a strike unit into the captured zone to wreak revenge on the evil invaders.
However, the rest of your team have gone and got themselves killed, leaving you and your optional chum to run away... sorry, to carry on the fight alone (or together - these two player games can get jolly confusing at times).
To get to the end of Warzone you'll need to complete eight levels of very violent mayhem. Enemies vary from the 'fall over if you sneeze on them' poofters to the 'hard as nails and protected by concrete bunkers' brand of muthas.
As if that wasn't enough there are also tanks, helicopters and even armoured trains to take out along the way. Thankfully, there's the usual batch of super weapons, power-ups and woefully inadequate first aid kits to help you in your struggle against instant death.
Death; the permanent end of all functions of life in an organism or some of its cellular components.
Paul: Most reviews these days seem to include the phrase "Basically, what we have here is a..." Normally this is in the conclusion, but to save you from undue stress we'll get it out of the way here and now.
Basically what we have here is an arcadey shoot 'em up very much in the style of Commando and Ikari Warriors. It's all been updated and state of the art-ified but you'll have seen it all before.
There are two ways of looking at this. The first way: 'What a blinkin' waste of time. If I Want to play a game like this I can get Ikari Warriors on a compilation. Come on Core - we want one of your wacky original games.'
The second way: 'What a flippin' excellent game. These arcade shoot 'em ups are the bread and butter of computer games. They're addictive, playable and above all fun, fun, fun. Warzone is a lot better than a lot of arcade conversions - in fact it's better than a lot of arcade games. I love it.'
So, in the words of the Milltown Brothers: "Which way should I jump? Okay, so at first I thought "hmmmm..." Then I started playing it and that made all the difference.
The scrolling, animation and colour are all of a high standard, but it's the play that wins the day (in a rhyming sort of way). This is particularly true of the two player version, but even for one player the action is tough and just keeps on going.
There is a slight problem with the scrolling - you can be shot by things that aren't in view - but hell, who said war was fair anyway?
Basically, what we have here... hell, I've already said that! Unbasically Warzone is an excellent arcadey shoot 'em up. It may not win many converts amongst hardened adventurers or flight sim buffs, but then that's not what it's set out to do. For those who like to vent their spleen on a high speed shoot 'em up this is a treat in store.