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Armored Fist

DOS - 1994

Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United Kingdom, United States (1994)
Germany (1995)
Genre Action, Simulation
Theme Tank, Vehicular Combat Simulator
Publisher NovaLogic Ltd., NovaLogic, Inc., Softgold Computerspiele GmbH
Developer NovaLogic, Inc.
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.70
4.4 / 5 - 25 votes

Description of Armored Fist

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The underrated cousin of NovaLogic's more popular Comanche: Maximum Overkill and its sequels, Armored Fist is a fun tank simulation that tries to woo both the arcade and simulation fans, and ended up attracting neither camp.

In the words of veteran wargamer M.E. Brooks, "...The most realistic graphics ever done for an armored simulation could not disguise the semi-arcade nature of the gameplay. Yet, in many cases, it doesn't matter -- playing as either the Americans or the Russians, the intense graphics often overcome the limited realism."

Mr. Brooks' synopsis succinctly summarizes the game. While die-hard fans of tank sims will be disappointed with the unrealistic physics model and the almost total disregard for historical accuracy, casual gamers will enjoy the amazing graphics that was revolutionary for its time, which has a high hardware requirement (something that fortunately won't be a problem anymore for Pentium-class computers today).

Weather patterns, including nighttime and passing clouds, are depicted in breathtaking detail, and it is obvious that NovaLogic has greatly refined the Comanche engine to yield less pixellation and more detail. Drive close to the lake, and you will begin to see your tank's reflections in the rippling water. I don't usually like to describe graphics in a game because it is often not integral to gameplay, but Armored Fist is a rare case of graphics that truly enhances the playing experience.

Besides the limited realism, the game does have a few weaknesses that get in the way of total immersion. The terrain, similar to the one in Comanche, does not warp the way the Earth does. This means that you can come to an "invisible wall" when you reach the game's terrain limits. This definitely shatters the illusion, but fortunately the terrain is many square miles larger than Comanche, and you will have too many enemy units to worry about to have time for a leisure stroll.

The gauges you see in the cockpit are also more decorative than usable, although a few gauges, such as the fuel indicator, must be monitored frequently. Enemy units also sometimes engage in strange, stupid behavior, such as behaving like sitting ducks waiting to be shot down.

Despite all its quirks and historical accuracy, though, Armored Fist is a Top Dog. As veteran wargamer M. E. Brooks said above, the game's "intense graphics often overcome the limited realism." Casual gamers and fans of 3D action games will enjoy this one.

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john adams 2022-07-25 0 point

how to play use dosbox go to music setup
1 set music sound
then type fist to start the game
need to do this for game to RUN

I love DOSBOX 2019-02-01 1 point

Nagyon jó játék!!!
Talán az kicsit baj,hogy nagyon pixeles a terület!
De hát istenem 1994????
Szuper játék????

GTX1070 2017-11-09 7 points

I discovered some undocumented commands (I am the ultimate authority on this game!!! I even think the campaign screenshot, where they're all won, is one I posted about 15 years ago, lol!!):
Ctrl + Alt + Q Quits the game without saving (In case you're losing and want to maintain a pristine record.)
Ctrl + Alt + C Adds color to the "Spin Map" on your various tank views.

Here's a serious undocumented cheat (East Side Only):
In a T-80, there's NO RELOAD TIME if you toggle between machine guns and the main gun. You can wipe out a West Side company sized element in minutes.

sacho2004 2016-02-20 0 point

It cannot run. PLEASE HELP MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

J-money 2015-07-04 1 point DOS version

This was my first 3d game, still one of my favorites

L3d 2014-01-09 -12 points DOS version

WTH im on this ubuntu lapie ,frkn shit out over facts that demo,s back in the days werent all that massive on my coconut,s monkey cd i ALLWAYS HAD WITH my pc=gamer edition wich i can remember BUT it had doom levels on thur ,love it AB-SO-LUTELY.

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