Fancy blowing hell out of a whole army single-handedly? That’s why videogames were invented, wasn’t it? In that case, look no further than Mass Destruction, which is (not surprisingly) about destruction. Lots of it. Masses of it in fact.
The storyline runs something like this: a rebellious army has invaded, or rebelled, or something like that, and it’s your job to spearhead the re-invasion force and take back what is rightfully… erm, someone else’s. Actually, although they say ‘spearhead’, you never actually get any support, so presumably this is just a way of attempting to explain why the enemy has a huge army containing thousands of troops, aircraft and vehicles, and you have… a tank. To be fair, you actually have a choice of three, although you can’t switch between them during the game.
Visually and gameplay-wise, Mass Destruction is very reminiscent of that classic combat game Return Fire, in that you view the action from above and slightly to the side. Your task is broken up into campaigns and then sub-divided again into missions. Some of these cannot be accessed on the lower difficulty levels, giving a little incentive to try your luck on the more difficult settings.
Each mission has various objectives based on a specific scenario, however, pretty much all the aims could be summarised in one of the following ways: blow something up, pick something up, and don’t blow something up. It’s that simple.
You’ll be opposed by a wide variety of enemy vehicles, ranging from infantry through to various tanks, boats and up to airborne targets, such as helicopters, bombers and jets. In between the massive explosions you may just catch the very atmospheric and pacey music which perfectly complements the action.
In addition to your primary objectives, which must be completed in order to finish the mission, you may also receive secondary objectives, and also bonus objectives. The strange thing with the bonus objectives is that you aren’t told what they are until you’ve done them! Fortunately, they pretty-much always involve destroying something, so all you need do is blow up everything!
Mass Destruction is an awful lot of fun to begin with, but will probably lose much of its attraction as time goes on, primarily as a result of the simplicity of the missions. But then the simple, destructive gameplay is what makes this game so much fun in the first place. To be fair though, Mass Destruction doesn’t claim to be an intellectual game – I mean, look at the title!
If you like your games loud, violent, and explosive, then look no further than Mass Destruction. It may not be intellectually taxing, but it’s damn good fun!