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October 24, 2003
Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
5/12/2003AtariParadigm Entertainment1$89.95

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Ethen hangs around.
Mission Impossible: Operation Surma sees the return of Ethan Hunt as one of the most famous spies in the entertainment industry. This is a stealth-action game is filled with the latest weapons, hi-tech gadgets and a wide variety of disguises to sneak past the enemies unnoticed. Ethan and his IMF team travel to exotic locations around the world in an effort to thwart the diabolical Surma Corporation’s attempts at global domination. You’ll need to depend on stealth, exploration and teamwork to achieve time critical objectives. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save the free world from certain doom!

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Taking a hostage...
Simon Algo has taken over an eastern European country and built a conglomerate of high tech companies used for researching and developing all kinds of modern weaponry, including the Ice Worm Virus Case. Using the Ice Worm, Algo has become extremely powerful and apart from having infiltrated the IMF, he is starting to cause a serious threat for peace in the region. Ethan Hunt’s mission is to gather information of SURMA’s structure, defuse Algo’s plans, destroy all his facilities, eliminate Algo and his aides, while in the same time keeping the technology from leaking out into the wrong hands.

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Ethen hangs around.
While the storyline is standard spy fare, the gameplay appears to be shaping up quite nicely. With the primary focus on stealth style game-play, Mission Impossible distinguishes itself from other stealth games with more hand-to-hand combat capability along with ranged combat and action oriented puzzles and sequences. According to the developers the game is 55% stealth, 25% ranged combat and 20% action puzzles. Hopefully this holds true as it seems like a good mix especially with games like Splinter Cell having a similar makeup and playing so well.

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Stealth in the dark.
Mission Impossible: Operation Surma provides the player with a strong feeling of being an IMF agent by emphasizing stealth, time pressure, mission goals, high tech gadgets and team work with fellow agents. These gadgets include classic IMF-style gadgets such as scanners, inner-ear communicators and mind- blowing IMF disguises. THe missions will take place in a vide variety of locations in exotic locations including the Middle East, Rome and Eastern Europe.

One obvious disappontment with this game is that the developers haven't been able to secure the use of Tom Cruise, star of the two Mission Impossible movies, with a third movie rumoured for release in 2005. Still, Paradigm Entertainment seem to have included all the right ingredients to be create something special. Expect a release in December 2003.