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Millennium Soldier: Expendable (known as Expendable in the U.S.A. and Seitai Heiki Expendable in Japan) is the title of a shoot 'em up video game that was released by British developer Rage Software for Microsoft Windows in 1998, the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, and the PlayStation in 2000. It is in the format of a modern arcade game. The player starts with 7 "credits" and can continue until running out of credits. A second player can join the game at any time by pressing start.

Like most top-down run and gun videogames, it has collectable upgrades and weapons, and features common aspects like bosses and levels, familiar with most games of this type.

Millennium Soldier: Expendable supports Environment-Mapped Bump Mapping, a DirectX 6 feature first supported by the Matrox Millennium G400.[1]

Gameplay

Weapons available

  • Blaster (default)-a gun with infinite ammunition, but slow firing rate.
  • Machine gun-fires several bursts of bullets in a few short seconds.
  • Bomb-thrown ahead by pressing R2, causing considerable damage. Weak on range.
  • Pulse shot-a shining green blast with a short range, but deals more damage than default blaster.
  • Spread shot-fires a number of shots spread out in a wide range, but consumes a lot of ammunition if spreading range is high. Range depends on ammunition count of weapon.
  • Rainbow-coloured laser-
  • Flamethrower-
  • Homing Missile
  • Rocket-
  • Shotgun

Plot

Millennium Soldier tales place sometime in the future, where most of the galaxy was conquered by a hostile alien race. To combat the aliens, scientists had developed a "Millennium Soldier" project (hence the title) through cloning two super-soldiers (hence, Player 1 and Player 2) to battle the aliens.

Development

Reception

 Millennium Soldier: Expendable
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 62% (25 reviews)[1] (DC)

69% (8 reviews)[2] (PC)
55% (8 reviews)[3] (PS1)

Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 7.0/10[4] (DC)
GameSpot 7.0/10[5] (DC)

6.5/10[6] (PS1)

IGN 7.3/10[7] (DC)

6.0/10[8] (PS1)

Trivia

  • Millennium Soldier: Expendable is originally an arcade game. Because of its success using the ATI graphics engine, it was formatted to PC to go along with ATI graphics boards. Basically, ATI was showing off their graphics with this game.

Notes

  1. Millennium Soldier: Expendable Dreamcast Reviews. GameRankings. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  2. Millennium Soldier: Expendable PC Reviews. GameRankings. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  3. Millennium Soldier: Expendable PlayStation Reviews. GameRankings. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  4. "Millennium Soldier: Expendable Dreamcast Review". Computer and Video Games. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=2131. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  5. Mielke, James (1999-07-02). "Millennium Soldier: Expendable Dreamcast Review". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/dreamcast/action/expendable/review.html. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. Provo, Frank (2000-05-24). "Millennium Soldier: Expendable PlayStation Review". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/ps/action/expendable/review.html. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  7. Dunham, Jeremy (1999-09-08). "Millennium Soldier: Expendable Dreamcast Review". IGN. http://dreamcast.ign.com/articles/161/161946p1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  8. Zdyrko, David (2000-05-01). "Millennium Soldier: Expendable PlayStation Review". IGN. http://psx.ign.com/articles/164/164425p1.html. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 

External links

Millennium Soldier: Expendable on MobyGames


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