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.
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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.