Welcome to WarZone3, and advanced 3D tank combat simulation game.
Your objective in WarZone3 is to battle your way through as many
missions as possible. There is a short briefing before each mission,
which outlines the mission's objectives, provides operational
background, and gives warning as to the amount and type of resistance
you can expect to face. During combat, you can check the top right
hand corner of the screen for your currrent mission completion
criteria. Upon successfull completion of a mission, you will be
debriefed, given statistics about your performance, and then prep'ed
for your next mission.
Pay close attention to you mission briefings, these occur before
you are sent out on your mission, and they will highlight your
mission objectives. Failure to complete you mission successfully
will end your game. The mission briefing stage will also notify
you of any special combat conditions that you need to be aware
of during your mission (ie the presence of friendly tanks in the
area, special mission objectives on radar, visibility reports
The missions take place over three distinct combat areas (levels).
You must work your way through each level before progressing to
the next. The first level is 'Urban Decay' and you must start
here if this is your first time playing WarZone3. This level consists
of 10 missions, and upon successfull completion of these, the
next level will be unlocked, and you will be allowed to progress
on to new missions. You will also be given a level access password
(check your mission de-briefing at the end of the 10 mission).
You can use this level access password to continue from the same
point, the next time you visit the website and play WarZone3.
After you have chosen a starting level, you will then be asked
to select a tank to use. There are 3 different tanks for you to
choose from, each with it's own characteristics and appearance.
Below is a brief summary of each different type of tank.
This is a lightest of all the tanks available to you, it
has a very high top speed and excellent acceleration capabilites,
but suffers from relatively light armour. It's cannon is
relatively small, and therefore may require more hits to
take out larger or heavily armoured targets, but it is very
quick to reload, and therefore has the highest rate of fire
of all the tanks. If speed is more important to you than
brute force, then this tank may be the most suitable for
Infantry Support Tank
This is a good "all-rounder" with medium armour
and canon power, and average acceleration and top speed.
Easy to handle, this versatile tank can be very effective
under a variety of combat conditions.
Main Battle Tank
This is the largest tank available
to you. It has the thickest armour and most powerful canon,
which make it ideal under intensive combat situations. However,
it does suffer from long weapon reload times, poor acceleration
and top speed, and somewhat sluggish controls. Perhaps most
ideally suited for players who prefer to stand their ground
and let their canons do all the work.
Game Controls :
Maneuvering your tank is pretty straightforward, use the arrow
keys to steer and drive the tank. Use the 't' and 'e' keys to
rotate your gun turret clockwise and counter clockwise respectively.
Pressing the 'r' key will cause your gun turret to re-center itself
automatically. Use the [space bar] bar to fire your weapon. Your
weapon will automatically reload itself after firing a round.
Press 'c' to change the camera distance.
Press [Esc] at any time to open the 'Options Menu' (this also
pauses the game). Within the Options menu, you can alter the graphic
detail (to improve performance on slower machines), toggle the
sound on/off, amongst other things.
During gameplay, the bottom half of the screen will display information
about your tank (bottom left) and a radar (bottom right). For
information about your radar see the section below. The bottom
left hand corner of the screen displays information about your
tank in the form of power meters. This provides data about your
tank's armour (when this reaches zero, your tank will be destroyed
and your game will end), your tank's canon (indicates whether
your canon is reloading or not, a full bar indicates readyiness
to fire), your tank's current speed, as well as the status of
any power-ups that may be in effect (if a temporary power-up is
in effect, the power bar indicates the time to expiration). Additionally,
on some missions, you may be ordered to defend key positions from
enemy attack. During these types of missions, a power bar labeled
'objective' will indicate how close that objective is too being
destroyed (and thus mission failure).
During combat, you will see a radar panel in the bottom right
hand corner of the screen.This will enable you to locate enemies
and allys, and navigate around obstacles etc.. Items depicted
on the radar screen can be identified by the following scheme
buildings, civilian vehicles, trees etc..
available 'power up'
Sometimes a destroyed enemy tank will leave behind a power-up.
Collecting these power-ups will increase the effectiveness of
your tank, and improve your chances of success. Power-ups appear
on your radar as a blue 'P' shape, and on the main display as
a spinning blue 'P' (bobbing up and down). Collect these power-ups
by driving your tank into them. Some power-ups are effective over
a limited period of time (a timer appear will appear in the bottom
left hand corner of the screen indicating how long the power-up
has before expiring). Below is a brief summary of some of the
power-ups you may encounter in the game :
Instantly repairs some or all of your damaged armour.
Armour Piercing Shells
Temporarily replaces all your ammunition with armour piercing
shells. Each of these shots will destroy any target with
a single hit, regardless of it's size or armour strength.
Temporarily makes your tank impervious
to enemy shots.
Temporarily makes your canon
reload twice as fast, effectively doubling your rate of fire.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to quickly
fire a shot behind you, turning both your tank and your turret
simultaneously in the same direction will allow you to aim behind
yourself much faster.
Make use of your separately rotatable turret. Rotating your turret
perpendicular to your tank's direction will enable you to fire
at targets while 'side stepping' their return fire.
Take your target's movement direction and speed into account
when aiming shots at them. Particularly for long range targets,
aiming towards their direction of movement will increase your
chance of a hit.