3 interesting diverse shooters here. Which will it be: Amok, Assualt Rigs or Blam! Machinehead? Pick one and list your reasons why below. If you haven't played any of them, you can still vote by looking at the gameplay footage.
AMOK is good and easily the most approachable of the three games featured. The grimmy cyberpunk aesthetics is neat and the game has a fairly smooth framerate. The Jesper Kyd soundtrack is decently distinctive and atmosphere but not something I'd listen outside the game. The key to making the game a smooth sailing is to find the secret underwater level so that you can stock up on powerups and weapons and not have to worry about losing ammo later in the games. . Doesn't have any distinctive flash of brilliances but no big obvious problem either.
Blam! Machine Head is pretty cool and underrated I feel. The Doom-style levels can be pretty clever and with thrilling atunts when figured out. I also the graphics are Pretty Good and have aged surprisingly well due to the good animation and surrealist ashetics, and Nathan McCree's dark trance/breakbeat soundtrack is fantastic. However, the levels have some annoying "Gotcha!" moments and unclear mechanics,(the fucking clouds) and the hovercraft's physics are often glitchy, coming to a standstill when climbing a ramp.
Assault Rigs I have on PS1 and while the smooth framerate, quirky VR aesthetics and unusual focus on platforming and puzzles is initially intriguing, I think the game wears out its welcome pretty quickly, mostly due to said paltforming focus.
Like, in a standard platformer, like if a platform climbs juuuust before you can step on it, your character can just jump on the platform and be done with it. In Assault Rigs, you can't do that since you're playing as a big tank, and more often than is comfortable, trying to get on that platform will result in your inertia heavy, digital-controlled tank falling in the void to repeat the tedious process all over again. This is the only one I haven't completed so maybe it could click later.
So yeah, AMOK is cool. Machine Head is pretty but an acquited tastes and Assault Rigs is meh. Not much love for 3D vehicle shooters it seems, though!
AMOK is certainly one of the hidden exclusive gems. It was a game that I remember almost buying as a kid but I recall at the time I neeeeded to have a home version of Area 51 and opted for that instead.
But as mentioned above, I love the aesthetic of it. The music and overall feel.
The game is also impressive for its use of polygons.
Its only down side would the draw distance but at that time it was kind of par for the course.