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January 13 2007
Conflict: Denied Ops - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
22/2/2008AtariEidosPivotal Games
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-22$99.95
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Characters look pretty impressive.
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The game includes plenty of blood.

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Time to stomp those enemies.
Pivotal games may not be a household name but for action fans their Conflict series should be well known. It was one of the first games to introduce squad based gameplay and brought a freshness to war based titles. Conflict: Denied Ops is actually the 5th title in the series and the first to be released on next-gen consoles, including the Playstation 3.

When the US government needs to act, but can not afford to be associated with the operation, deniable operatives are dispatched. Members of the unit must bear no identity; no objects, papers or clothing that could associate them with the government. Their task is to do anything necessary, no matter how ruthless, to dissolve the threat. Conflict: Denied Ops puts players in control of two of these merciless operatives, Graves and Lang, each of them highly specialized in both weapons and military tactics.

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Using the sniper rifle on enemies.
Conflict: Denied Ops takes place in 10 different hotspots around the world including locations in Africa, Asia and Europe. There have been two big changes made to this game over previous titles in the series. The first is that the game is now a First Person Shooter rather then the Third Person Shooter setups of previous titles. The other big change is that rather then a squad of four characters to control, you now only have two to look after. It is also possible to play 2-player split screen or even 2-player online if you don't want to play through the game solo. As you play through the game you will be able to switch between the two characters with the touch of a button, while the AI will control the second character should you be playing alone although it will still be important that you issue commands such as moving to different locations, laying suppressing fire or completing set objectives. It will also be possible to call in air strikes, take control of armed vehicles or upgrade weapons throughout the game.

While ammunition will be unlimited for weapons such as the Sniper Rifle and Machine guns, grenades such as frag and smoke will be limited so you won't be able to run around blowing things up with unlimited grenades. Interestingly if you get killed in battle you will be able to switch to the second character and then 'revive' the soldier that has been killed.

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Unleashing the heavy weapons.
Graphically, Conflict: Denied Ops doesn't quite inspire too much confidence from the surrounding screenshots, but the video footage we've seen is a little better. What you can't appreciate is the destruction that takes place throughout the levels which could set the game apart from many other shooters. We also hope that the frame rate holds pretty solid.

From what we have seen of this game in action - which admittedly isn't as much as we'd like - this looks like a solid shooter. Sure the visuals aren't the best we've seen, and perhaps the gameplay isn't anything too new but it does have potential. Previous games in the series were solid and we expect this game to follow a similar path. Expect a release in the coming months through Atari Australia.