|Genre(s)||Vehicular combat, first-person shooter|
Redline is a 1999 post-apocalyptic combination first-person shooter/car combat game for Windows. It was developed by Beyond Games and published by Accolade. In Europe, the game is known as Redline - Gang Warfare: 2066. It is a spiritual successor to the Atari Lynx video game BattleWheels. The game was noted for its ability to enter or exit vehicles during combat at anytime; thus, combining the genres of car combat and first-person shooting. This was the last game Accolade published before being acquired by Infogrames.
In early 1995, a new version of the 1993 Atari Lynx handheld video game BattleWheels was announced. It was intended to be released on both PC and the Atari Jaguar in late 1995; however, developer Beyond Games was busy with the fighting game Ultra Vortek, and eventually the Atari Jaguar became a commercial failure, being discontinued in early 1996. Beyond Games shifted its BattleWheels project to be primarily a PC game, and also decided to change the name of the game to Redline in 1997. It was initially going to be released at the end of 1997; however, the date got pushed back numerous times. The game was finally released in March 1999.
The game blended the two genres also found in its predecessor, car combat and first-person shooting. It contained a linear single-player storyline, which consisted of the aftermath of an apocalypse, caused by wealthy corporations (Insiders) that were angered and financially damaged by the general public's (Outsiders) use of free orgone energy. The protagonist was an unnamed silent Outsider, whom would battle both Insiders and other gangs while increasing his reputation in a like-minded gang called The Company. Redline included support to be played online using the MPlayer.com and Heat.net online services. It was available for play on their demo version even before the game was released. After those companies shut down, servers were moved to GameSpy Arcade.
Shortly after release, the publisher, Accolade, had been bought out by Infogrames. Due to the previous delays and also the new internal mergers, post-release support for Redline ceased after only one small official patch was released; thus, there was no way to edit or mod the game. Due to this, unlike other '90s PC games, only a small fan community has existed for the title.
A PlayStation version of the game was planned to be more action-intensive than the Windows version, but was eventually cancelled. Afterwards, a sequel/spinoff named Redline Arena was planned for the Dreamcast, but that too was cancelled. Elements from that project got worked into the PlayStation 2 game Motor Mayhem. Tommo purchased the rights to Redline and digitally published it through its Retroism brand in 2015; thus, the game was re-released on Steam and GOG.com, albeit unchanged from the original release.
|PC Gamer (US)||81%|
The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings. Most reviewers praised the graphics and premise; however, they were divided on the gameplay itself (the blending of car combat and first-person shooting). Next Generation rated the game two stars out of five, and called it "a title that's a misfire all around. Combining two different types of gameplay into one game is a terrific idea, but someone should have mentioned that welding a mediocre first-person shooter onto a mediocre car-combat game is not the way to make the whole better than the sum of its parts." In contrast, Computer Gaming World rated the game three and a half stars out of five, and stated that "While other games have tried to mix vehicular and on-foot combat and done it badly (think Necrodome), Redline does a better job of blending the two into a flashy, fast-paced package."
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