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Strategy/action game set in WW2

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      17.04.2005 19:08
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      ---Overview--- Set in 1941 you control a group of four men and you have to guide them through enemy ground to undertake covert missions. Based around the special forces of World War 2 it has many authentic features such as weapons, vehicles and uniforms. ---Price--- Well your probably not going to find it new now, but its widely available in second-hand stores for around £5. ---Graphics--- Dated now, but quite workable. They manage to create the right atmosphere of the war time era. A bit boxy in areas and the are quite a few glitches with men falling into out of bound areas, walking thorugh walls and falling off the game landscape. Overall though they are solid and allow the game to be played efficiently ---Music--- Good soundtrack with a film like feeling, sound effects are decent enough although too loud and too quiet at times. A bit more ambient background music would have been welcome too although it manages to do weather sounds well. ---Controls--- There are too many commands in the game and too few buttons on the Dreamcast which makes controlling the characters complex at times. If you can get hold of a keyboard and mouse for the console do it as it makes it so much easier. (You can pick them up for about £5). ---Playability--- The missions are very well planned out, with a briefing, kit out and troop selection before proceeding. They get progressively harder although the odd one or too seem a bit too easy toward the end. Snipering is fun (in a sick way) as is coordinating your troops later, however they frequently tend to not carry out orders fully (this is not down to a built in human emotion AI, but to the fact that the computer will lead your men the wrong way and end up leading them to their deaths which is all too annoying at times as well as being amusing too). ---Conclusion--- If you still own a Dreamcast and are still buying games for it and like World War 2 strategy games this is the one for you. Frustrating at moments, but ultimately rewarding its not too American orientated like Medal of Honour. The longevity of the game is good, but I personally would have prefered a few more levels to round the game off with a bang.

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      23.11.2001 20:56
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      Hidden and Dangerous is a World War Two strategy come role playing game in which you can control a small unit of allied soldiers. There are 6 operation spanning Italy, Norway, Yugoslavia, Germany with a number of missions in each. About 24 missions all together. You can set the difficulty as easy, medium or hard. It is a challenge even on the easy setting. At the start of your missions you have to pick you team of 1 to 4 men, each one has various shooting, stealth, strength, reactions and endurance, But to be honest, I don't think this makes a difference in the game. Once you have the team you can watch a briefing set out on a model outlining the order of attack. You do not have to follow these, You can go in all guns blazing if you wish. It may be best to watch the briefing so you will know which weapons will be best for each mission. You choose these before you start. There are all the authentic WW2 weapons on offer. Sten Guns, Flare guns, Colt 1911, Johnson rifle, Lee enfield sniper rifle, Dynamite and much more. Bu you can only carry so much, And you can pick up the weapons from fallen allies and Germans. You can control each man separately or as a team and you can give orders and set tasks for each man and watch them carry them out. The missions include destroying shipping equipment on the Danube, Steal uniforms and a boat, Use a tank to blow up a river lock, Storm a partizan bunker, Attack large mansions and capture Germans, Destroy a power station, Search a sinking German destroyer, escort scientist to safety and many more. All the missions are well detailed and some have a large playing area. There are night and day missions set in all weathers. Some are easy but some seem very hard to finish and can be annoying as you die over and over again. There are some problems with the game, One is there seems to be some slowdown on certain missions and when using vehicles. The last few missions seem to easy a s though the came was rushed to get it finished. Overall it is a very good game on the Dreamcast and a must for WW2 fans.

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        24.08.2001 18:55
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        This is an action/strategy game set in WW2. You control a unit of allied troops and have to complete missions against Nazi's in order to finish the game. In each mission you can use between 1 and 4 men. You also choose what equipment each man carries. There's a lot there including explosives, binoculars, and of course different guns (machine gun, sniper rifle, pistol, etc). If you're feeling lazy you can just select auto choose and equipment will be selected for you. However, as equipment is so important once you become familiar with the game you'll want to choose your own. Once in the game you can swap items amongst your men, and you can take anything left on enemy soldiers that you've killed. If one of your men is killed you can take his gear too. You may also find weapons, etc, in the mission so you always have a chance to increase your arsenal. Of course you can only carry a limited amount so you often have to make hard decisions about what to take. You can take direct control of any man or you can programme the men to perform different tasks (eg crawl towards a barn and lob a grenade). I usually do both, like programming them to cross a bridge and then taking control for more delicate tasks). You can use the mouse, keyboard, or joystick to control the men. I recommend learning to use the joystick as you then have total control without ever looking away from the screen. The controls are a combination of button pushes. It seems difficult at first but you soon get used to it. The missions vary in difficulty. Some are quite easy and can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes but the majority are difficult and you will need several attempts before you complete them. And it's not just a matter of finishing the mission. You also need to conserve as much equipment as possible. Often you find that, even though you have finished a mission, because you have lost so much equipment or 1 of your men has been killed , you'll want to do the mission again. A mission may involve infiltrating an enemy camp and destroying a storeroom, or finding and releasing hostages, capturing a leader, etc, but whatever it is you always need to plan your tactics and use initiative when deciding the best way forward. The graphics in H&D really are excellent. From the high quality buildings and vehicles to the enemy soldiers running towards you. You can even see enemy soldiers when they're so far away that they are only tiny specks. If you view them through your rifle site you can zoom in (they'll now show clearly) and shoot them. This can be tricky as they tend to disperse when they hear gunfire. The sound and music, although fairly simple, are put to good use and really do create a dark, deadly, WW2 atmosphere. A lot of the game is silent and the music will usually only start when something unexpected is about to happen. So when it starts your heartbeat really does shoot up!! You never know what to expect ... a unit of enemy soldiers suddenly appearing perhaps, or discovering that you've just walked into a field full of land mines. There are many ways to complete each mission (you decide which is the best way forward) and with the superb graphics and good sound this game is hugely playable and should last you a lot longer than most other games. There are a few problems with this game. When a lot is happening on the screen (like when you're fighting enemies and a couple of tanks appear) things can slow down quite considerably. Also, your soldiers aren't always too clever. You may find that one of your men is shooting continuously at an enemy (wasting valuable bullets) that he will never hit (because he's behind a wall for instance). And the speech is repeated a lot. When a soldier is hit he'll always say "Aagghhh ... my leg" and when the enemy sees you he always says "Englander!!!!, Englander!!!, ...) Despi te these problems I think H&D is an excellent game and one of the best on the Dreamcast.

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