Somewhere in the future a hostile alien race conquers most of the galaxy. To battle aliens scientists had developed the “Millennium Soldier” project by cloning two super-soldiers. Armed with blasters they will battle scores of monsters, robots and boss aliens to save us and get a well-earned reward.
The game itself is very entertaining – its one of those good old shoot-em-ups that you remember and boy do they make a good show for themselves! The classic scheme of “go forward, destroy, get some new toys, kill some more” works perfectly, like always, even after a few hours of playing it's still fun to watch all of those explosions and slaughter. During your quest of annihilation you will find some extra weapons that will help you keep yourself together and enemies in parts. Most of these weapons are classic, but in game a like this it's a plus, not a minus. Overall it's a great peace of a game that you will have fun playing – alone or with a friend!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence, Animated Blood and Gore.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2009-09-13 07:40:40 by Ois:
With almost no story to speak of, and an intro/ending that is simply going for humour. Expendable is nothing more than an arcade shooter. Pure simple mindless carnage and blowing stuff up. In fact, there is not much more to say than if you like arcade shooters, it's well worth the $6 for a couple of hours entertainment.
Graphically, it has aged very well. Colourful landscapesread more and explosions are constant, though a few areas are traditional muddy brown and the game is mostly low poly, for a 1999 title it remains quite pretty. It is sometimes hard to tell one item from another, but you'll run through enemies quick enough it's not a worry and key items will re-spawn if you need them.
In game cut-scenes show various happenings, that open new paths and in some cases, deform the terrain a little. These are usually triggered by checkpoints, and are a neat little extra.
Musically, there is not much there aside from the generic techno action-beat, but the sound of weapons firing and enemies battle-cry and exploding has sufficient oomph to it.
Finally, there is a two player option. It's worth at least one person controlling via a gamepad, rather both on the keyboard.
Both players are governed by arcade cabinet rules; credits, lives and continues. But you can save the game after every level.
However, there are two very large negatives that do need a mention.
1) Occasionally, your guy will get stuck in the geometry. This usually happens with the door-like floating impassable walls you encounter. It's best to avoid them unless you have sufficient keys to make them vanish (and this is made obvious on how to do so in the first few levels).
At this option, there is no real solution but to die and/or restart the level. The 17 levels themselves are fairly short to speedrun, so thankfully it does not take much to return to where you were.
2) The camera system. The guy handles like a car, and turns relative to how he is facing, rather the camera. This itself is easy to grasp, however the camera itself is not.
Rather than choosing one particular style, it jumps between locked down and unmoving, following your guy 3rd person and changing it's angle as you move. There is no warning, and suddenly it can jump from one to the other. Unless your familiar with this type of camera/games it's going to prove highly annoying until you learn to handle the quirks.
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Posted on 2009-09-19 18:08:31 by RowdyRob:
This type of game is not typical of the GOG library, being a bit (okay, a LOT) more mindless than most other GOG offerings. Therefore, make no mistake that this is an arcade-style shoot-em-up in the vein of the "Ikari Warriors" or "Gaultlet Legacy" arcade games you used to pump quarters into back in the day.
The object is pretty simple: blastread more the bad guys, pick up power-ups, and proceed to the end of the level, and face off with a few "bosses" along the way.
The graphics are serviceably great, holding up very well considering the game's age. This game would look right at home on the Playstation 2 or similar console. The 3D third-person perspective works, and I have yet to run into any major camera-positioning issues.
The real problem with this game is the controls. Your character has separate controls for moving and shooting (and even strafing). You can move in one direction while firing in another, making the controls a bit hard to adjust to at first. The best solution is to have a dual-analog (or digital) joystick controller with several buttons. Playing by keyboard is very difficult.
Overall, though, for the price GOG is asking, this is well worth the price for the amount of arcade-style fun you'll have with "The Expendables." Face it, if this was an actual coin-op machine, you'd have probably pumped more coins into this one than you'll spend downloading the GOG version!
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Posted on 2009-09-11 10:56:58 by pavelski:
Rage always had good hand to action games, shooters or other genre games (but focused on fast action); both Incoming's, Mobile Forces, and what we are now interested most, Expendable.
Story, well, is almost non-existing. Another alien invasion and savior of the universe, bla bla bla... but I don't consider it as disadvantage. If this kind arcade shooter is enjoyable (Expandableread more is, very!) I simply don't care about story. I wan't explosions, many aliens to smash on walls and lot's of guns and ammo!
Main game objective in all missions is to walk through levels and kill anything what is moving, well almost. Sometimes you need to rescue some survivors. There is plenty weapons to collect, if you gather wapons of same type you get more ammo and weapon became more powerfull. Goood way to kill bosses faster, which are at end of level.
As you walk many funny things can happen like crashing plane, pillars falling over road etc.
Sounds are done very nicelly, explosions, gun noises or alien's sound, all on good level. Techno-style background music fits well to game also. Controls are easy to learn and easy to master.
Nice future in game is cooperative with 2 players on same screen.
When you play game you fell like on your own home arcade mashine!
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