Reviews and Problems with Act of War: Direct Action
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Act of War: Direct Action
Game Over Online
20 April 2015
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: 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.
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.
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: OK, it's time to go get me a chicken pot pie, or something. (Or a therapist. -Ed)
Pros: Graphic engine is tasty: units complement and support each other on the battlefield like a baked potato and sour cream, huge maps, like 18-inch pizza huge;
Cons: Cut scene video is silly, like a tip jar on the counter at McDonalds, sheer size of maps makes it hard to locate your units on the mini-map: like the entrees at a snooty French restaurant; multiplayer, like white bread, is run of the mill.
Excerpt: It was inevitable. Command & Conquer Generals was such an inexplicably successful title for the PC that copycats were sure to follow, and as far as I can tell, Act of War is the first blatant Generals clone to show up on the market.