“ On the morning of 2nd August 1990, 300,000 Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait, an action that would culminate in the Gulf War. After diplomatic efforts failed, the opposing Coalition Forces responded by preparing offensive operations, codenamed ¿Desert Storm¿. Desert Storm delivered a decisive victory, one that was achieved through meticulous planning, superb training and daring execution. „
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Im going to review the PS2 version of this game as it was not available on the Dooyoo catelogue.
This was one of the truly great war games, it was the pinnicle of variation gaming. Developed by Sci and Pivotal games it revolutionised all aspects of war gaming and started a hugely successful 'Conflict' franchise that spanned over 5 games. At backwards glance it still looks very simple looking and it obviously did not utilise everything the PS2 could achieve. but like the early PS1 games it improved over the franchise.
Conflict Global storm (CGS) is set in the gulf war (I assume you know the history)...you get the choice to play as a 4 man special forces team either as part of the British SAS or American Delta Force (this game was developed by americans so the SAS all have either ridiculous cockney accents or completed blue blood posh accents !. You get to play 15 missions over 3 campaigns and the missions range form simple search and rescue to assaulting enemy air bases or scud launch sites.
You can play in 1st or 3rd person persepctive, it was the first game to give you the choice, and can play on Easy-Hard difficulty. You can switch uasge and perspective across the 4 man team which consist of team leader infentaryan and medic Bradley, close quarter combat and explosive engineer Jones, heavy gun and anti armour big guy Connor and the sniper foley (who was my favourite), each man has his own weapons inventory, but you can always find and pick up enemy weapons that have been magically left around by the enemy, such as encampments or weapon stashes. You start off with just bradley and over a couple of missions you find your comrades in various jails and free them allowing you to control them one by one and this is a good way of acclimatising you to multi character play. You also get to use a bradley tank and and an armoured jeep with a 50 cal machine gun, you can also use an anti aircraft gun and machine gun positions. Unfortunately the movement of the characters is rather bitty and mechanical and the enemy AI is rather dim, soldiers run around like headless chickens and if you see a tank simple stand well back and far away and take it out, you can outrange them !!
As I said the graphics are simple looking, look into the distance and there is just blackness, allot of PS2 games did this as they didnt have maping capability only rolling play. But they are fairly realistic looking. The cutscenes arnt very good an the music is annoying. You do hav a little blood but it is basic looking.
The ingame soundtrack is quite good and can be quite sinister in places adding to the atmosphere
Conflict Desert Storm, as the title suggests this game is set during operation Desert Storm in the gulf war. This game has taken a completely unoriginal war theme and turned it into something special. Conflict Desert Storm mixes fun and realism which is a refreshing change from other ‘serious’ tactical shooters. The game is very simple, but don’t get me wrong this is by no means a bad thing, you play a special forces squad leader called Sgt. Bradley. You lead you’re squad consisting of a sniper (Foley), an infiltration expert (Jones) and the heavy weapons expert (Connors) on many dangerous missions (fifteen to be exact). From the hot Kuwaiti desert to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, you’ll wage war and wreak havoc upon the unsuspecting Iraqi military. The best feature of the game is its incredible AI. Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the enemy soldiers, I’m talking about your own squad. Their intelligence is so realistic I actually feel sorry for the Iraqi’s. Not only do they take you’re orders correctly they also have the ability to think for themselves. They can select the right weapon for the right situation and even maintain their own health without you having to nanny them. There’s no need to worry about you’re squad in Conflict Desert Storm, they can take good care of themselves. Providing you’ve told them what to do and positioned them correctly you can create ambushes, you can surround the enemy and perform many other maneuvers. In some cases you can sit back, relax and let them do the work. However in most parts of the game you’ll have to contribute considerably to the mission and provide you’re squad with an intelligent and resourceful Commander. This is a great game so pick up you’re M16 and pack you’re Bergen because we’re about to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and guess what…we’re all out of gum. Graphics The graph
ics are the solid foundation of a game, you can have the most immersive plot and a game more realistic than real life, but without decent graphics nobody will buy it. Fortunately in Conflict Desert Storm the graphics aren’t a problem. The only bad thing about them is that they’re very basic in some places. Its hard to explain but there is definitely a lack of objects in the environments. The colours are also very bland, lots of browns and yellows. The characters are a bit cartoony in a way. Not only from the way they look which is small and fat but from the way they react to bullets. The enemy soldiers seem to fly up in the air and then land back down like a piece of paper does, very slowly. However, you and the squad look very realistic which is a good thing. The attention to detail is slim, there are a few things dotted about the levels like mops and buckets for example but here could have been more. Perhaps I am expecting too much after having played games like Metal Gear Solid 2which has possibly too much detail. There are plenty of lockers and tables but these things should come as standard in a modern videogame. There isn’t much interaction with the environment aside from picking weapons and ammunition up as well as destroying the occasional fuel barrel but hats about it. Overall, not too bad, a bit simple perhaps but this by no means makes the game a bad one. 15/20 Sound The gunshots leave a lot to be desired but that’s about the only let down in terms of sound. They sound too soft, a realistic gunshot is a short and sharp crack but unless you’re really bothered by this kind of thing it shouldn’t annoy you. The other effects are good, including explosions, ricochets and voiceovers. The running and walking effects are surprisingly good. Believe it or not but if movement effects are done badly then it really will bug you, a lot. The vehicle sounds are also quite spectacu
lar, everything, from the sound of an engine to the slow grind of a tanks tracks as it moves past. There is also a good soundtrack to go with the game. It doesn’t provide tension but instead adds to the pace of the game and changes to match the mood. The great soundtrack and brilliant sound effects of Conflict Desert Storm are definitely one of its main assets! 18/20 Gameplay Conflict Desert Storm is a squad based tactical shooter. However, much of the tactical stuff that you see in other games such as the Tom Clancy games has been taken out. One of these things is the pre-mission set up, love it or hate it, the pre-mission setup takes ages and if you don’t get it right then you’ll suffer as a result. In Conflict Desert Storm there is no hassle, the mission objectives are challenging but simple. The missions range from hostage rescue, recovery operations and seek and destroy missions which are usually associated with destroying Scud launchers. Despite the simplicity of this game you will still have to think fast and keep on you’re toes throughout. Its by no means an easy game and you have to think before you do something rather than run in all guns blazing. This game really brings out the special forces Commander in all of us. The AI of you’re squad is very impressive so they can take care of themselves and providing you position them correctly than can carry out a number of useful maneuvers. Sometimes you can find yourself in a tight spot when the hunted become the hunted. For instance, when you’re hunting Iraqi troops or Scud launchers and suddenly a tank and a couple of platoons of republican guard (Well trained soldiers, loyal to Saddam). When this happens you’ll have to keep cool and lay down some serious firepower in their direction. As the fifteen missions get increasingly harder this will happen more often, a lot more often than you’d like, good job there̵
7;s a huge arsenal of weapons at you’re disposal. These include M16’s with grenade launcher attachments, rocket launchers, AK47’s, Hecklers (a type of sub machine gun), sniper rifles, handheld grenade’s, mounted machine guns and lots more. You will be very thankful for the variety of weapons as different weapons suit different situations; this will give you a tactical edge over the enemy. Conflict Desert Storm also gives you the option of being able to swap weapons with you’re squad during missions. You can also take their weapons after their dead but if they do die you can revive them with a medkit from you’re inventory. However, this option is only available for a short amount of time, once their gone beyond a certain point their dead and there’s nothing you can do about it. In this game, like many other tactical shooters, you have the ability to play every character. You do this by simply switching character in the mission. This is useful if you want to arrange them in a certain way. During the game you and you’re highly skilled special forces squad will be able to ride in vehicles as well as destroy them. There are many new things in this game that we haven’t seen in other tactical shooters, this is just one of them. There is also a training section in Conflict Desert Storm if you consider yourself to be a bit of a novice. The training is very thorough and will prepare you well for what’s in store. Altogether the gameplay is fast paced and its not hindered by loading times or lots of cutscenes. The action is tactical but there is a big element of the gun ho approach as well which means the game will appeal to a wide audience. This is a dynamic tactical shooter that has elements of intense action. This is a new type of war game, its so realistic you can even smell the smoke. 25/25 Lifespan There are fifteen missions in the game as well as multiplayer and a t
raining section. Conflict Desert Storm has an average Lifespan for a tactical shooter. You will enjoy many hours of fun and adrenaline soaked action. The multiplayer is fairly impressive, this is another new feature for tactical shooters. There are no Internet multiplayer options unlike in the tactical shooter soon to be released, SOCOM US NAVY SEALS. Overall, not massive but certainly not small either so slam that disk into you’re PS2 and prepare yourself for a good week’s gaming. 19/25 Originality Conflict Desert Storm employs a whole new approach to this type of game. Instead of serious, down to Earth action with complicated pre-mission setups there’s an element of fun as well. For instance, the slightly cartoony approach to the characters and the option to go in all guns blazing instead of having to plan everything before you do it. Unlike in most tactical shooters there isn’t a ten step approach to killing someone, you just go with you’re instinct most of the time. There is also the ability to use vehicles which, as far as I know, has never been done before in a tactical shooter. The AI is very impressive as well. Altogether, an original approach to something that’s been done before. 8/10 Overall Overall, this is a great game. The graphics are a bit plain but apart from that everything’s perfect. It’s a whole new approach to a tactical, squad-based game. Its fast, its addictive and it’ll make a fine addition to you’re PS2 collection. SOCOM US NAVY SEALS will most definitely surpass Conflict Desert Storm but it won’t be on the shelves for a while yet so you might as well enjoy this game in the mean time. A brilliant game if you’re into tactics and a brilliant game if you’re not! 85%
The Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait on 2nd August 1990 to appease their megalomaniac leader?s thirst for power and land. The UN Security Council passed resolutions ruling that the invading forces must withdraw immediately to their own territory or face military action. Time being of the essence, - as it would take time for the coalition to amass, equip and mobilise enough forces to evict the Iraqis, the special forces units of the British (SAS) and American (Delta Force) are quickly sent into Kuwait. Their job is to harass the Iraqis and prepare the way for the land forces. In other words, they were sent in to do what they do best! And so the fun begins... ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Conflict Desert Storm is based upon the Gulf War conflict, but more specifically so about the types of missions that spec ops teams would have performed. The game consists of some 15 missions that are split into campaign stages. Types of missions that you will encounter range from search and destroy (scud launchers and armour units) to infiltration (enemy camps) to hostage rescue to hunting down the naughty Iraqi leaders. Missions are set at varying times of the day and also during various seasons of the year. You will operate in the scorching daytime heat the cold night time and the freezing winter. (I don?t remember snow when I lived in Saudi though!) To complete the missions you will lead a 4 man team (yourself and 3 team mates) who all have their own specialist skills. You play Sgt. John Bradley (rifleman/medic). The rest of your team consists of Cpl. Paul (Eagle eye) Foley (sniper), Cpl. Mick Connors (heavy weapons/anti-tank) and Cpl. David Jones (combat engineer/medic/recon). Each team member has their own specialist weapons and ammo issued at the beginning of each mission, but on a few missions you carry over your equipment from the previous mission. Weapons that you will use: Bradley: assault rifle with grenade launcher, silenced automatic pist
ol, knife, smoke grenade, fragmentation grenade, binoculars and medi-pac. Foley: sniper rifle, automatic pistol, knife, smoke grenade, fragmentation grenade and medi-pac. Connors: heavy machine gun, anti-tank rocket launcher, smoke grenade, fragmentation grenade and medi-pac. Jones: mp5 with silencer, anti-tank mines, c4 explosives, knife, fragmentation grenades, smoke grenades and medi-pac. As well as the standard issue weapons that you get at the beginning of each mission, you will find enemy weapons caches stashed in various locations throughout the missions. These are usually in an enemy encampment. When you come across a weapons cache you can pick any of the weapons/ammo up and add it to your inventory. Any man can pick up any weapon and that will help him to increase his skills and experience. During several missions you will get some specialist equipment to help you complete the mission. These include a Bradley light tank equipped with cannon and rockets, radios to call in artillery strikes, laser pointers for air strikes and an armoured jeep with 50 calibre heavy machine gun and rocket launcher. All of the other missions have to be done with the standard equipment and whatever you can find! During the game, your mens? experience and skill may improve, which may lead to promotions and awards. This all depends on how well your men perform during the mission. At the end of the mission you will be faced with a stats page for each of your men which basically gives you a run down on your kill rate, accuracy with your weapon, times wounded/killed, experience, skills, medals and rank. There are a few other stats but the ones that I have listed are the main ones. The game itself is graphically sound on all fronts and the sound effects are spot on for realism. In-game music is another story though and after a few minutes of it you will most likely turn it off as it is rubbish! The music is supposed to be a dramatic
military type sound but is very annoying at best. Character movement is fluent enough and there?s only the odd glitch that may drive you crazy when it happens. The glitch occurs when you run into a wall or the likes as you have difficulty getting away from the wall. Other than that there are no problems to talk of. Controls are easy enough to learn, and are totally customisable. Controlling your men is a simple process of a few key combinations and movement/fire controls are all simple key commands, but you are wise to adjust to ones that are comfortable to you. You can play in 1st person perspective, 3rd person perspective or both. I personally prefer to use 3rd person for movement and 1st person for shooting as it?s a lot easier that way, but each to their own! To play Conflict Desert Storm you will need a computer that has the following specs, but preferably higher ones: CPU: 450Mhz (1000Mhz is preferred) RAM: 128 Mb (128 Mb preferred) HDD: 930Mb (that?s the install size) OS: Win 98/2000/ME or XP Graphics: 3D card with 32Mb (GeForce) With those specs you will be able to play the game, but how well I won?t say. The better the specs of your PC, the better the game will play and the more you will enjoy playing it! Installation is smooth enough and should take no more than 5 minutes from start to finish. The game is 930Mb in size so it?s quite large. Once installed, an icon for the game will be created on your desktop, which you just click and it will start the game (game cd in the drive at the time though!!!!). Each time that you start the game a small window will appear which will let you start the game, exit or play with the graphical settings. Set up your graphical preferences and then click on the Ok button to start the game. After the 1st start you don?t need to play about with the graphics again ? unless you have problems. Once the game is started, you have another menu. This menu gives you
the option to start a single player game, start a multiplayer game, change some sound and the control options or exit the game. With that all out of the way, you can then start your game. Before you start into the full blown single player campaign, I would advise you to familiarise yourself with the command and movements which can be done by playing the training mission. The training mission will teach you how to move about, negotiate obstacles, use weapons and command your team. Once you?re happy that you can play the game well, it?s time to start the proper game (or multiplayer game). Now that you?re into the game, all that I can say is ?Have fun!?. There are the usual ?easy?, ?medium? and ?hard? difficulty setting that you can play the game in. Depending on which difficulty setting that you choose will limit the rank that you can reach, the medals that you can win and the skill/experience level that you can achieve during the game. I would advise all to try ?easy? first of all, but then go and have a good go at the game again using the ?medium? difficulty setting and then finally the ?hard? setting. You actually won?t get bored of the game that way. The user manual is pretty good and will help you out loads, so I would have a good look at it from time to time. Price wise, Conflict Desert Storm costs £29.99 from the likes of Game, PC World and the likes. It?s rated as 15+, so if you?re under 15, you?re not supposed to play the game. Saying that though, there are no swear words used in the game, no gore (very little!) and only blood when you shoot someone. It?s not on the same scale as the likes of Soldier of Fortune for gore in the slightest folks and a rating of 11 would have been more realistic in my opinion. You can find out more about the game from its makers: Pivotal Games ? http://www.pivotalgames.com SCI Games ? http://www.scigames.co.uk Conflict ? http://www.conflict.com Overall Conflict deser
t Storm is an imaginative game that?s realistic and very addictive. A lot of hard work has gone into getting the game right and it?s worked a treat. Bugs are virtually non-existent, if there are any and sound effects are excellent. The main let down is the enemy?s AI at times as they sometimes act like a bunch of suicidal lemmings ? .. But then again, we are talking about the Iraqis! Anyway, that?s enough banter from me, so go out and try the game for yourself & most of all ?. Have fun!!!!! Many thanks. Tom