The Space Race was a lie. In the late 1950's, a meteor shower pummeled the Bering Straits. In the debris, American and Soviet scientists simultaneously discovered an off-world bio-metal that they could fabricate into amazing vehicles and weapons. They quickly gathered up and depleted all of the material that had fallen to Earth, and both sides were left wanting more.
This began the REAL Space Race...
Battlezone is a critically acclaimed remake (for Microsoft Windows) of Atari's arcade game of the same name. Aside from the name and presence of tanks, this game bears little resemblance to the original. Activision remade it into unique combination of first-person shooter and real-time strategy. Battlezone is played like many popular real-time strategies, but the main difference here is that you control everything on the battlefield from the cockpit of your own tank in amazing 3D environment. Starting with a bio-metal recycler (the most basic construction unit), you construct vehicles to scavenge scraps of bio-metal, build base defenses, and construct new base vehicles capable of building more advanced structures and vehicles. You control your units via very intuitive interface. By using just a few number keys on the keyboard, you easily manage all aspects of command; whether it's building units, structures, or ordering an attack, you hardly ever need to take your eyes off the action. Under your command is variety of units including fast scout crafts, well-armored tanks, deadly bombers, minelayers, mobile artillery and more. Weaponry includes mortars, cannons, missiles, mines, dampening field generator, devastating Thumper Device (which launches a Richter-heavy groundquake over the morphable terrain) and others.
Singleplayer consist of 30 missions and there is a Map Editor that comes with the game. Battlezone also has a unique multiplayer with two different modes that can be played: Strategy and standard Deathmatch. Strategy mode (which gives you the same type of control as in the single-player game) provides a distinct experience each time out because there are so many approaches each opponent can take. Battlezone successfully bridges the gap between the two genres, combining both the complexity and planning angles of RTS games, as well as the immediacy of a first person shooter.
Where to get it: http://battlezone1.freeforums.org/