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"Operation Armored Liberty " is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by Majesco Games. It is an action game based on the earlier "Super Battletank" title. In the United States, the game received a rating of "T" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for teenage years and above due to its violent content.
Armoured Liberty reflects the current events of the Iraq War prior to Saddam Hussein's death. In it, players control a large tank and complete tactical simulations using Coalition forces. It is the player's objective to secure areas like Basara and engage Saddam Hussein's war machines in real time. The gameplay is simple and offers little by the way of difficulty. Only half of the screen is used for actual gameplay as the rest is occupied by numerous graphical buttons and switches which only serve as decoration as opposed to function. The player will mostly drive around the desert areas in search of hostile forces and eliminate them by firing turrets and mortars in the enemy's direction. There is some difficulty by the way of aiming. Due to the game's poor collision detection, it seems that centring is key to eliminating enemies. I found myself needing to perfectly centre the on screen crosshair against the enemy vehicle to successfully hit shots. This flaw made the game unnecessarily difficult.
The graphics are presented from a first person view which looks out onto the battlefield. The images are very small and difficult to see due to the large decorative display which surrounds the gameplay screen. The desert location is often repetitive and only features rows of sand and stone. The vehicle detailing is acceptable in that I was able to differentiate between a tank and a helicopter but they are very generic drawings which weren't purposely built for the game. The soundtrack is also simple with cannon and other sound effects following the player throughout. The quality of these effects is not high and all of the sounds seemed to blend in with one another as time went on.
Overall, Armoured Liberty is not a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. While it does reflect current events I found the gameplay to be flawed in its design and this was further hindered by poor audio and video. It is not something I personally enjoyed playing.
Liberate the people of Iraq and bring stability to the Gulf region. Command the military's top armored vehicle, the M1A1 Abrams Battle tank. Defend yourself against Soviet-based T-72s, mobile SCUD launchers and an array of Iraqi helicopter gunships.