April 9, 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Rating Players Price
14/6/2002SCIIn-House1-2$99.95

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The troops look detailed enough.
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. Fundamental to its success were the activities of the Elite Special Forces; small teams of highly trained soldiers tasked with infiltrating enemy territory to neutralise key targets

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You'd better take out that enemy.
Conflict: Desert Storm lets you take charge of the best known and most feared special operations forces in the world: the Elite British SAS or the US Delta Force squads. Comprising a team of the toughest and most highly skilled soldiers in their field, each squad contains a dedicated team leader, a heavy weapons and demolitions expert, a specialist in infiltration and electronics and a deadly sniper. Based on actual events during the Gulf War, Conflict: Desert Storm places you in the midst of real war environments. Highly covert missions take you through hostile environments where only your expertise in stealth, tactics and firepower will ensure success and the safety of your squad.

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The 2-player mode will be great fun.
The majority of this game takes place in the 3rd person perspective. Hopefully the development team will include a 1st person mode for targeting the enemies, particularly in the sniper mode where precision is critical. SCI are also promising seamless movement between indoor and outdoor sections of the game while the experience gained in one mission will carry into the next mission. The graphics are impressive enough with plenty of smoke, heat haze and shadows in evidence while the development team is promising in depth AI for the enemy soldiers and fellow team members.

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Not too detailed, but it looks nice.
A game based on real events is bound to have a variety of realistic weapons and Conflict: Desert Storm is no exception. Some of the weapons on offer include the standard issue M16A2 Assault Rifle, Silenced SIG P228 Pistol, M67 Fragmentation grenade, LAW 66 Anti-Tank rocket and trusty standard issue combat knife. The first mission places you near the Kuwait/Iraq border where US soldiers were attacked the previous day. Your takes is to find and bring out the survivors. Movement is through the left analogue stick while the right analogue stick is used to look around and aim your weapon. During the missions you can use the D-Pad to select the controlled soldier. Each soldier has his own speciality, which will be vital in different sections of the game.

To top it all off SCI are planning on including a 2-player co-operative mode in the game while should provide spectacular entertainment as long as the game engine holds up well enough with no slowdown. Expect a release for this exciting title around mid-2002.