Excerpt: Realism in gaming is something of a double edged sword. On the one hand you want your explosions to billow and flame as convincingly as possible, and your ragdoll physics to really emote as enemies crash through plate glass windows, but on the other hand reality can be pretty dull. Sports and racing sims are one thing, but the new found fascination in making real-time strategy games with only real-world vehicles and units is pretty baffling.
Conclusion: Top game moment: Realizing that a risky engagement with a tank could be avoided with a delicious cruise missile. Overall JTF is a very interesting, complex and strategic RTS that bridges the strategy gap between all out action RTS games and turn based strategy fests. The ability to drive everything and anything combined with the detailed levels and highly flexible units makes it a very realistic experience for an RTS and it's not far off being the modern-warfare version...
Excerpt: Modern military combat is a popular subject, and what self-respecting strategy gamer doesn't want to play with the latest and greatest tanks and weaponry? That's the idea behind Joint Task Force, a strategy game that envisions a world where the answer to many of the world's ills are an M1 Abrams tank and a company of US Army Rangers. Unfortunately, we know that such operations can end in a quagmire in the real world, and Joint Task Force suffers from some similar issues.
Pros: Beautiful graphics bring modern warfare to life, fun multiplayer modes that are a departure from standard modes
Cons: Combat requires intense micromanagement and lots of reloading to get it right, pacing feels off, as you spend less time fighting and more time sitting around, artificial intelligence and pathfinding need to go back to school, frame rate struggles at times to keep up
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound: Joint Task Force is brought to us by newcomer Most Wanted Entertainment, and industry stalwart Vivendi Games/Sierra. This RTS title is along the lines of Sudden Strike , in that you start with most, if not all your resources, but it is set in the 21st century with real-life weapons and material.
Excerpt: This past year was considered one of the best in memory in the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genre. From the excellent Company of Heroes to the innovative Spellforce 2, RTS games were here both in quantity and quality. As the genre became more crowded than it was before, more and more games decided to just use a single gimmick or trick to sell their product; other than this small detail, many games could all be seen as basically the same thing.
Summary: Joint Task Force's multiplayer online
modes are mostly free and consist of three different factions: JTF,
Dictator and terrorist forces. There are several different modes including
standard games where you have to wipe out both opposing forces, plus Death
Match, Domination, Battle Royale modes. You can also set your own rules
using the customization menus, which makes for a robust, deep set of
Excerpt: Joint Task Force, an introduction The fight against terrorism has unfortunately been one of the major concerns of the twenty-first century. Even though we are less than a decade into the century there have already been terrorist atrocities that have left an ugly scar on this century. It’s no surprise then that the fight against terrorism has become a popular theme for the game industry.
Excerpt: Command & Conquer, Age of Empires, Starcraft... The number of real-time strategy games to grace the PC is nothing short of staggering, although the gradual decay of the genre has seen a slight drop in the number of new franchises to take a bout at the genre over recent years. Following the fairly successful revival of the Age of Empires series, we are now seeing a revival in the genre.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Despite suffering a few faults, JTF is a fun and accessible war RTS which improves as the game progresses. Lacking in resource management it more than makes up for this with strategic planning which is a trade-off that works to its advantage.