Delta Force 2
|a game by||NovaLogic|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.5/10 - 4 votes|
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The Delta Force is the Army’s group of top-secret elite Special Forces soldiers trained to infiltrate and eliminate terrorist bases and eradicate hostage situations in any environment around the world. In Novalogic’s Delta Force 2, you play the role of a Delta Force soldier equipped with a limited arsenal of weapons with a multitude of various missions from which to choose. If you ever played the original Delta Force, you will be in for much more of the same great gameplay with new missions and some added weapons.
Gameplay, Controls, Interface
After your mission briefing, you will most likely find yourself parachuting into a location near your mission objective. Unless you are spotted, you can choose to take a stealth approach by staying low and out of sight, sneaking up on terrorist guards and taking them out with a silent weapon such as your knife or silencer. If you prefer to go in guns blazing, you can start picking off terrorists as you parachute to the ground but you must be careful, because if you are hit by one or two bullets, you are dead and your mission is over! In a typical hostage rescue mission you will need to slowly sneak up on the terrorists' hideout taking out one enemy at a time, all the time trying not to be spotted. You know your cover is blown when you hear bullets hitting the ground near you and see tracers flying through the air. At this point you must either find cover fast or quickly figure out who is shooting at you and kill them before they kill you. Entering buildings is also very challenging because the combat is up close and personal but clearing a room of bad guys by throwing in a grenade before you enter is probably a good idea. Most missions have no time limit so you can take your time to meticulously eliminate each enemy soldier as you go. This is a good idea because if you miss one, you will most likely get shot and have to start the mission over.
There are 19 different single missions and two campaigns containing 12-14 missions each. Some are at night using night vision goggles and some will require you to swim and even shoot terrorists underwater! There is a wide assortment of weapons to choose from but you can only take one primary weapon, one secondary weapon, a sidearm, and some auxiliary gear with you on any one mission. Auxiliary gear can consist of a camouflage suit, SCUBA gear, a Kevlar vest, a Military Surveillance Camera, or a box of extra ammo. The Kevlar vest gives you better resistance to small arms fire and you can set up the Camera and view it when you are in a different location.
I found that in the single player game, the best chance for success is to use a weapon that has a scope on it because you can kill a large percentage of the enemy while at a distance in sniper mode. Without a scope, you have to get up close and personal and it is very difficult to succeed since a single shot will usually end your mission. There is no way to save your game during a mission so if you die, you must start again from the beginning.
The AI reacts well to assaults at times: when you start firing at an enemy encampment, you can hear panicking shouts and see soldiers scattering. Other times, the AI has got some serious problems: after the initial attack, many of the enemy soldiers will just stand at their post, while you pick off each one from a distance. I would also see some enemy soldiers running in place feverously trying to run through a wall.
As with most Novalogic games, free Internet play is available on Novaworld. Up to 50 players can compete in a wide variety of multiplayer games. The Cooperative play allows you to replay the game’s single player missions but with human teammates. Flagball, a variation of Capture the Flag, begins with one flag in the middle of the playing field where up to four different teams try to grab it and return it to their base to score one point. Other multiplayer games include Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill and Team King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy, and Attack and Defend. The best thing about Novaworld is the ease of connecting and getting into an online game. Games can also be set up via a LAN (IPX) network for up to 16 players. Delta Force 2 also includes a microphone headset inside the box for their Voice-Over-Net feature. During multiplayer games, you can talk to other players. This comes in handy for team games such as Capture the Flag and is fairly simple to hook up as long as you have a full duplex sound card.
Delta Force 2 uses Novalogic’s Voxel Space 32 graphics engine. It works well for this type of game because there is a lot of long distance shooting and in the Voxel Space environment, there are huge outdoor surroundings without the mandatory fog effect over long distances. The drawback to Novalogic’s graphics engine is blocky graphics but after playing for awhile, you will probably forget about this. By far the best feature is the wide assortment of environments you will see. Green grassy fields, desert landscapes, harbors with ships, buildings and towers, snow covered terrain, and rolling tree covered hills are all featured. Weather effects are also very cool. It could be foggy, raining or snowing, or be a beautiful summer day. You can crawl through tall grass, canyons, and around trees and other objects and swim underwater virtually undetected.
Here is where Delta Force 2 really stands out. The sound of bullets hitting the ground near you and whizzing past your ears is enough to make you twitch in your chair. All of the gun sounds are realistic and the far off shouting of enemy soldiers conveys the panic they are in as you kill them off one by one. There is no in-game background music.
Windows 95/98/NT, Pentium/Celeron 400 MHz or equivalent, 64 MB memory, Quad speed CD-ROM, SVGA video card, and mouse. Delta Force 2 and the Voxel Space 32 graphics engine support hardware graphics acceleration only for 32-bit color capable video cards. This means any gamers who have any of the current 3dfx graphics cards will not be able to use 3D acceleration and must play in software only mode. This very important fact will immediately alienate a very large percentage of prospective buyers of Delta Force 2.
Delta Force 2 is a worthy successor to the original game. It is one of those addictive games that you will find yourself playing late into the night assuring yourself that you're going to play "just one more mission!" This is accomplished by the incredible variety of missions and the immersion created by excellent audio, acceptable graphics, and a wide variety of environments that will keep you playing this game for a long time. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a video card capable of displaying 32-bit color in 3D mode, you will probably be very disappointed to know that there is no 3D support for your computer.