Return Fire



Damn! What the hell is going on here? A good game on the 3DO? You better believe it. As a matter of fact, for a number of years Return Fire was the only real reason to be even vaguely in the vicinity of that whore-beast of a format that was the 3DO (that was, until the PlayStation version of the game appeared in 1996).
It's also ironic, in a way, that one of the finest hours of a machine that was consistently touted as a technological messiah is nothing but a simple, action / shooting overhead strategy game.
The single aim of Return Fire is to locate and seize the opponent army's 'flag', and return it to your base. There are 4 different kinds of machines at your disposal: a tank, an armoured 'A.S.V' vehicle, a helicopter, and a small jeep. Each of the first three present a different set of offensive attributes, while the quick but non-offensive jeep is solely for transporting a flag.
And there you have it. It's an absolutely hilarious 2-player versus game, and herein lies the game's only deficit: the one-player missions are a complete waste of time.
The control system might take a second or two to get to grips with, but the game rapidly becomes a cutthroat orgy of tact, skill, decoys, tricks and traps. Blowing up supply routes, moving your own flag to a near-unaccessible area, mining the entrance to the opponent's base... Anything goes.
A true one-off from small-timers 'Silent Software'; a massive surprise that almost immediately became a cult classic. The soundtrack playlist (below) is also a great pull. It is entirely composed of iconic classical themes that suit the action to a T.

Return Fire Theme: “Dies Irae - Requiem” by Guiseppe Verdi
Tank Theme: “Mars: Bringer of War - The Planets” by Gustav Holst
A. S. V. Theme: “In the Hall of the Mountain King - Peer Gynt” by Edvard Grieg
Helicopter Theme: “The Ride of the Valkyries - The Valkyrie” by Richard Wagner
Jeep Theme: “The Flight of the Bumble-Bee” by Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Flag Discovery Theme: “Hallelujah Chorus - The Messiah” by George Frideric Handel
Flag Acquisition Theme: “Finale - William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini

Return Fire

Format 3DO
Released 14 July 1995
Publisher Studio 3DO
Product ID FZ-SJ6751
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
Official Japanese release of the cult 3DO favourite.
A surprisingly rare version - if you're just looking to play it, you might be better off tracking down a US or European edition - they're much cheaper.

CD case, 3DO CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.


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