Conflict Desert Storm
|a game by||Pivotal Games|
|Editor Rating:||5.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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Timeliness is one of the few things this squad-based shooter gets right--you just know someone wants to live out the war in Iraq from the safety of the sofa. But I wouldn't blink if U.N. weapons inspectors unearthed a cache of Conflict discs buried in the bowels of Baghdad. The U.S. Delta Force puts up such a piss-poor fight in this game, playing through it might actually boost the Republican Guard's morale. Uncle Sam's boys can't shoot straight, even with auto-aim, and the Iraqis are unstoppable bullet-sponges with extrasensory perception.
CRISPIN: Yep, that Gomer Pyle--caliber A.I.--both in your squad of four controllable troopers and within the enemy Iraqi ranks--almost makes me wish this PS2 port had wound up MIA. I've seen some bad guys teleport through objects. I've seen others just stand in the sand, waiting to get gunned down while their buds pursue me with lethal gung-ho gusto. And my fellow Delta operatives...sheesh. I felt as if I had to hold their hands and guide them everywhere. This ain't summer camp, guys--seek some damn cover!
And regardless of our gripes, we have to admit we had a good time going to war together. The two- to four-player splitscreen mode, available for all missions, let us bypass the wonky teammate A.I. by giving us each a trooper to control. I liked how we could all ride in the same vehicle, heal each other, and swap weapons, especially once we figured out that Mark made the best sniper. Of course, we had a lot of laughs the developers didn't intend.