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Game #898
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Return Fire    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Multiplayer shooter

Rating: 8.8 (705 votes)

Return Fire box cover

Return Fire screenshot
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
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Silent Software
Publisher: GT Interactive
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: GT Interactive
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Return Fire 2, https://web.archive.org/web/20060813111402/http://www.returnfire2.com
If you like this game, try: Return Fire 2, Skychase, Robosport for Windows

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