Reviews and Problems with Act of War: Direct Action
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Act of War: Direct Action
6 September 2006
Excerpt: The current situation is quite grim, oil supplies are rapidly running out, demand is increasing, and prices are out of control. Powerful oil companies, and world governments, along with terrorists, are fighting to control the precious energy reserves, before its all gone.
Excerpt: In an effort to make my reviews more educational, allow me to introduce the phrase of the day: “stratégie temps réel.” That’s French for “real-time strategy.” So now when your friends ask you what you’re doing on-line, instead of saying “reading about computer games” or “downloading porn,” you can...
Excerpt: They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If this is true, the developers at Eugen must really like the Command & Conquer franchise, because Act of War: Direct Action looks and sounds just like Command & Conquer: Generals .
Summary: Act of War: Direct Action is one of the better real-time strategy games that I have played in a while. The game has a decent back story to accommodate the good and well-balanced gameplay which reminds me of the good old days when I first started playing the original Command & Conquer.
Excerpt: Act of War: Direct Action is a real-time strategy game that takes as its premise the notion that a shadowy Consortium, a secret group of petroleum company owners, is manipulating the price of oil (Americans pay $7 for a gallon of gas!) through terrorist attacks and military actions.
Excerpt: If you've been craving a quality RPS game - with beautiful graphics, good story, and great gameplay - Act of War might be for you. This detailed and intricate strategy game uses many of the established norms in terms of features, but mixes them up well enough that they're still fun to play without...
Summary: you are immediately brought into the action of the game. A debate between two rival oil corporations is shown on your screen and you quickly begin to realize the situation at hand. This simple, yet effective tactic immediately immerses the player into the game before they are even playing.
Conclusion: There’s plenty of opportunity to drop the hammer on the opposition with massive demonstrations of firepower. The 3D engine powering Act of War renders big and small explosions with equal aplomb and there was only once instance of graphical stuttering to the action.
Excerpt: A mix of live action and honest to good real time strategy, Act of War could fall apart on so many levels however simply refuses to. For anyone who didn’t get what I meant there, it’s a good game.
Conclusion: Act of War: Direct Action is one of the more polished real-time strategy games we've seen in a while. Nothing in the game is revolutionary, but the game does a good job of telling its story and keeps the player coming back for more.