Return Fire (PlayStation)

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Reichart Kurt von Wolfsheild wrote Fire Power in 1987, and in an interview with Amiga Resource he stated 'I believe in playing games with people, not with computers,' showing a keen interest in developing multiplayer games. The sequel to 'Fire Power', 'Return Fire', came out for the 3DO in 1995, and was ported to PlayStation and Windows the following year. It is based on the same 'capture the flag' mechanics with the same emphasis on multiplayer as 'Fire Power', but expands the playable vehicles with helicopters, jeeps, and armored support vehicles, and adds a bunch of levels.
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Facts

    2022-11-15
  • 13716 
    This game runs at 60 FPS, dropping to 30 FPS when there is too much going on.
  • 2022-11-19
  • 13729 
    The soundtrack is a bunch of classics:
    • Richard Wagner: 'Ride of the Valkyries' (1870)
    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: 'Flight on the Bumblebee' (1900)
    • Gustav Holst: 'Mars' (1917)
    and others.
  • 2022-11-21
  • 13733 
    The splitscreen multiplayer runs with the same frame rate as the single player.
  • 2022-11-23
  • 13739 
    According to the manual for the unreleased Sega Saturn version, you can refuel ground vehicles at fuel depots (the round containers) and restock ammo at ammo depots (don't know what they look like). 'Don't sit still too long while refueling or reloading. Enemy drones will find you on their RADAR and attack'
  • 2022-11-24
  • 13747 
    Apparently, ammo depots are *tents*.

Quotes

  • 13731 
    Reichart Kurt von Wolfsheild (creator): I believe in playing games with people, not with computers. (From COMPUTE!'s Amiga Resource June 1989)

Log entries

    2013-12-08
  • 3227 
    Yes, Fire Power II for the PlayStation seems cool - the frame rate is good. Completed the tutorial level, 'The Cakewalk'.
  • 3228 
    Completed one of(?) the second levels, 'Powder Puff'.
  • 3229 
    Completed another levels, 'Will's Agony'.
  • 3230 
    I just blew up a lot of buildings and ran over the fleeing survivors with my tank, resulting in the Fire Power-esque 'splat' sound. Satisfied with my work, I pressed 'Start' to pause the game. And then ... a message from Department of the Army - United States of America: 'DON'T PLAY IT, DO IT. BE ALL YOU CAN BE... 1(800)USA-ARMY'. Based on what I just played .... *shudder*
  • 3231 
    Completed level 'Curl Up and Die'.
  • 3233 
    Completed all stage 2 levels.
  • 2017-12-26
  • 8272 
    I played a long and slightly boring level. The first couple of levels are not that interesting due to the lack of opposition.
  • 2022-01-06
  • 12541 
    This also seems to work on the newest MiSTer PSX core.
  • 2022-11-13
  • 13704 
    I played a few levels on the MiSTer.
  • 2022-11-20
  • 13730 
    I played two rounds with Erik in versus mode. This game is so much fun!
  • 2022-11-21
  • 13736 
    Completed all the level 3 missions.
  • 2022-11-23
  • 13737 
    I played a quick mission before work. I'm now getting attacked by enemy choppers. The Armored Support Vehicle (ASV) handles the choppers without problems, and is also good for ground attacks, but I need to figure out how to stop the choppers once and for all, because they make short work of my Jeeps.
  • 13738 
    According to Encyclopedia Gamia, the enemy drones only spawn when your vehicle is stationary. I should try to verify this.
  • 2022-11-24
  • 13746 
    I played another mission before work, and tested out the Jeep's triangle ability to inflate its tires and sail on deep water. I also learned how to shoot down enemy drones with my tank, which is a big help. I looked for the ammo depot, but couldn't find it.

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