Here's a bit of a shocker. A French game, that is good. And a first-person shooter at that. With decent voice-acting. It’s not trying to be wackily funny, it doesn’t have bright colours and actually represents a half-decent alternative io Medal Of Honor.
Alternative being the key word here. Because Ironstorm is set in an alternate version of history, where in 1964 the 1 st World War is still raging, now against the Russio-Mongol empire. This means a number of things. First, that while East Germany is still part of the enemy, the West is on your side, thereby removing the gaming cliche that all Germans are evil Nazis. Second, that there are a lot of trenches about, providing a neat replacement for the usual corridormania of most shooters.
The presentation, setting, storyline and characters have a definite comic book feel to them (more 2000AD than Beano), while the immersion factor benefits from a properly realised, if slightly off-the-wall, world. You start off in a compound where soldiers go about their business, cooks slave in the kitchen and the wounded stain the infirmary floor crimson. There are also TV terminals where you can watch subtitled broadcast propaganda from the enemy.
A clever and almost unnoticeable loading system makes each level seem huge, and while this can cause you to get lost at times, it gives you the illusion that you’re free to roam about. Then you’re out in the proper battlefield, caught in an intense firefight among crumbling buildings and you start thinking this could be something truly great.
The problem is that those open fields constitute a small portion of the game, and you’re soon thrust into endless successions of trenches, with nothing but brown walls and the occasional concrete bunker. Just because you can see the sky overhead doesn’t mean you’re not running through corridors. Fortunately, the environments get much better when you get to the German cities in later levels. The Al lets the game down with enemies that do little but run back and forth - a failing lazily compensated with their unerring accuracy. One thing the game does well though is explosions, from mortar fire to rocket launchers. Not only does the screen shake, but the sound is so good you’ll hide under the desk to avoid falling plaster from the ceiling.
One further oddity is that you can play the game in third-person. It’s odd because it’s actually a distorted and useless perspective, with the camera pushed into a strange, almost fish-eye lens effect.
It might not be up to Medal Of Honor's standards, but this is still a solid first-person shooter with a charm and appeal all of its own.
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Are you ready for hour after hour of strategic warmongering? Does the thought of building up units and moving around a hex grid make you goofy? Tired of watching as lifeless icons flash damage numbers? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then Iron Storm has just hit the beach and staked its claim to the title of Best War Simulation on a Console System.The detailed campaigns and cinematic battle sequences are awe-inspiring and will have you glued to your Saturn. A very worthy purchase indeed.
Iron Storm is Working Designs' first release for the Saturn system, and begins the company's thrust into the 32-bit market.This strategy game takes you back to World War II and allows you to control the destiny of the world! You can choose between Japan, America or Germany to command or play set battles. Historically accurate and graphically stunning, Iron Storm is one game Saturn owners won't want to miss. I'll have a review of this massive game next month, but rest assured, you won't be disappointed if you pick it up before then.
For some reason, it takes years for war simulations to appear for any given platform, while some systems never receive one at all. So when a good one comes along, it's definitely cause for celebration.
Saturn owners are in for a treat as one of the hottest war sims in Japan makes its way here, courtesy of Working Designs. Iron Storm is set during World War II and tries to stay historically accurate, up to a point, even though you can alter history.You can play set battles or take on a whole campaign as either Germany, Japan or the United States.
You move your units around standard hexagon maps and watch graphically stunning scenes of battle which you can skip if you get tired of them (but that won't happen any time soon). As soon as a reviewable copy comes my way, you'll find out if this is the mother of all battles or just a small skirmish. Judging by what's on view here though, this is definitely something to look forward to. Oh by the way, for every copy of IS sold, 50 cents will be donated to the Holocaust Museum.
Iron Storm is an amazing first or third person shooter. No, I didn't write that wrong, you actually have the ability to switch between first person and third person views. Not only is it extremely helpful in the game, it's just a fun feature to play with. This game combines the best of a shooter and an adventure/strategy game.
The controls are easy to learn and laid out well on the keyboard. And of course you have the ability to change key configurations to work best for you. The character moves realistically and is actually limited by the environment. Water and mud slow the movements of your character and the surface you are running on plays into the way the character moves.
The sound is what really makes this game stand out. The rain sounds very realistic, as do all the weapons and other environmental sounds. Wood floors creak as you walk on them and you can hear rocks move as you run over them. The ambient sounds in the background stand out as you start to play, but soon become subtle background noise that helps immerse you in the game.
The graphics are not the best I have ever seen, but they are very good. This game has very realistic violence but mild gore. The blood is not extremely graphic, but it is very realistic in the way it hits walls and shows up on enemies, much like Soldier of Fortune. What amazed me was how the enemy characters actually get smarter as you fight them. If there are two characters standing together and you shoot one, the other runs and hides and then tries to pick you off. It definitely makes the game more challenging and realistic.
In the arena of shooter games, Iron Storm is definitely near the top of this year's list. The multiplayer is not outstanding but it is entertaining. The story is what really what makes Iron Storm rock! While the gameplay is difficult and levels are challenging and sometimes a little confusing, stick with it and you will be pleased with how much your overall game playing skills improve. This is an excellent choice to add to your Christmas list, if you can wait that long.