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. A desperate US government, fearful of losing its supply of affordable energy, has allowed the NSA to form a special unit, Team talon, to confront terrorism all over the globe, including on US soil...
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 tell them that you’re learning a foreign language, and they’re sure to be impressed.
Excerpt: More often than not, the purpose of the single player campaign in strategy games is to serve as a trainer for multiplayer play. When there is a story it is usually an afterthought, an excuse to somehow tie the disparate campaign missions together. This is not the case with Act of War, however. The game turns the typical RTS model upside down as the story is the star in the game.
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. The game is a lot of fun and anyone who's a fan of strategy and action games or who enjoy military thriller stories will love this game.
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. As commander of the elite Task Force Talon, you must put a stop to the Consortium's sinister plans. If you fail in your mission the world will be a different and horrific place to live.
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 . The same style of borderline tacky FMV cut-scenes are used here, complete with no-named thespians that develop into recognizable characters over the course of the game. The in-game graphics are also very similar to those found in Generals .
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 shaking things up too much. Be sure to read our full review for the inside details on what makes this game work, and what makes it worth your time.
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. (Granted I had turned the settings down a bit.
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.
Summary: It's hard to believe that in 2005, someone somewhere had the audacity to make a real-time strategy game stuffed with live action cutscenes. It's even harder to believe that it works. Yet with Act of War: Direct Action, Atari and developer Eugen Systems have managed to turn convention on its head.
Pros: Excellent real-time strategy gameplay, Beautiful, gorgeous graphics, Effective live action cutscenes, Great production values, Intriguing plot
Cons: There can be a lot to micromanage at times, Some bad acting and accents at times, The story leaves too many unanswered questions