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Battlezone, released in 1980, the first popular video game to feature 3D graphics, was a technological breakthrough at a time when simple 2D games like Space Invaders were the norm. The player controls a tank, in first-person perspective, on a mechanized battlefield against enemy forces equipped with tanks and guided missiles. It is the direct ancestor of every First-Person Shooter, and the US Army even commissioned a customized variant to train its tank troops. Surviving consoles of the game are still very popular with collectors today.
For the 1998 game and its sequel loosely based on this, click here.
1980 version provides examples of:
- Everything Trying to Kill You
- First-Person Shooter
- Public Domain Soundtrack: The 1812 Overture would play if you achieved the high score.
- Urban Legend of Zelda: A couple of them about being able to get closer to the mountains / volcano in the background, plus one about a mothership showing up if you shot enough UFOs.
- Ur Example
- Vector Game