Conclusion: Someone who hasn’t played many third-person shooter or stealth games in the last 15 years will probably find things to like about Shadow Harvest , and the two styles do in essence make two games in one so that’s arguably value for money.
Summary: Forty dollars is a lot of money for a bland shooter with only one mode of play. At that price, one could expect a multiplayer mode, or a longer campaign, or anything to put a little bit of meat around the bone.
Excerpt: Upon receiving a review copy of Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops, I was presented with two new "firsts". One was the knowledge that Shadow Harvest existed at all (was anyone aware of this before it popped up on Steam?) and the other was the fact that the publisher had attached a "Letter to the reviewer".
Summary: “Jimmy Carter? What in the world could Jimmy Carter have to do with this?” I asked myself incredulously as the introductory screen flashed in front of me. Certainly I had grown accustomed to famous, thought-provoking inspirational quotes from former Presidents and military leaders through time after...
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Excerpt: Once in a while, a game drops out of nowhere, and captures the heart of gamers. Such seemed to be the case with Shadow Harvest, I had not seen much of the press releases or advertising, and suddenly, it arrived on my desk.
Summary: Searching through the collected speeches of Jimmy Carter probably isn't the best way to scrounge up an inspirational quote to use on the splash screen of a shooter. So seeing a line from the former President kicking off third-person shoot-'em-up Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops is rather disconcerting.
Pros: Commando-swapping concept is an interesting one, Great African-style music in parts of some levels
Cons: Linear levels and clumsy controls, especially when taking cover, Brain-dead enemies, Save checkpoints spread much too far apart, Choppy, blurry visuals, Grating voice acting and bland sound effects