Conclusion: Jutland is aimed with precise accuracy at naval enthusiasts. That audience can be hard to please but should embrace this product with joy. Version 1.006 still raises questions about the game’s AI and gunnery accuracy.
Pros: Superb graphics; interesting scenarios and campaigns; fine replay value; accurate and detailed ships; improved interface; robust editor
Cons: Mediocre terrain graphics; restrictive copy protection; questionable AI
Excerpt: DEFCON isn't about winning. After all, no one really wins in global thermonuclear war; mainly people just die. Inspired by films such as WarGames and Dr. Strangelove DEFCON 's premise is simple: nuke the rest of the world before it nukes you.
Excerpt: DEFCON was always going to be an easy sell for Introversion. You just can't beat 'Global Thermonuclear War' as a concept, particularly when it's a multiplayer game. I mean, who doesn't want to launch a few nukes at their mates?
Excerpt: DEFCON is a war game from British developer Introverson Software, the guys who created Uplink and Darwinia. In DEFCON, you have a dehumanized 1980s vector graphics computer-themed world map, a varied arsenal of nuclear weapons, and one objective: to kill as many foreign citizens as possible!
Conclusion: It's no bad thing that Defcon has managed to skirt around that potential minefield however, as otherwise we'd be missing out on one of the best independently developed titles to reach any desktop in years.
Excerpt: Computer-room four star generals should be pleased with the latest real time offerings on hand for PC players. Company of Heroes , Supreme Commander , and the continuing adventures and re-releases in the Command and Conquer series all provide hope for the waning innovation in PC strategy.
Conclusion: DEFCON is clearly on its way to becoming a classic title. Not only does it tackle a thorny geopolitical issue with deft seriousness, but does so in a way that makes the game as enjoyable as it is shocking.
Pros: Riveting gameplay; clever use of audio; good replay value; plenty of set-up options.