Desert Strike - Return to the Gulfa game by Electronic Arts, Mike Posehn, and Visual Concepts
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If you ever played with those little plastic army men, you'll enjoy Desert Strike by Electronic Arts. Unlike the few military strategy games available, this helicopter game requires more action than originally thought -- that is if you want to survive four hellacious missions.
You survey the terrain from above your chopper, and then maneuver in any direction. You launch Hellfire Missiles, release Hydra Missiles, and fire Chain Guns. You have limited ammunition, so keep hunting fa ammo crates. Your fuel supply is also scarce, but that's findable too. To aid your missions, your chopper has a detailed map that pinpoints approximate locations of enemy targets, fuel, ammo, and landing sites.
Don't Fire 'Til You See the Whites of Their Eyes
The screen in Desert Strike scrolls 360 degrees. However, you can only see a small portion of the landscape at a time. Luckily, enemies won't acknowledge your presence until you're almost on top of them, which works to your advantage. You can literally fly rings around them.
- In Scenario 1, armor is hiding in the northern hangar of the north air base.
- To destroy the heavily-armed military bases in Scenario 1, use hit-and-run tactics. Launch Hellfire Missiles at watchtowers and AAA's positioned around the perimeter of the base Then retreat, repair your copter, and return to finish the job.
There are four scenarios in Desert Strike, and all of them are pretty difficult. You'll start by trying to find a lost intelligence agent, as you decimate the enemy's air capabilities. In Mission Two you must rescue political prisoners and P.O.W.s, plus locate and destroy S.C.U.D. missile launchers. In Mission Three, your job is to rescue U.N. inspectors then destroy some biological weapon plants. If you get that far, the locations of enemy ICBMs will appear on your mission map.
However, you've got to the sand. As you know, age of sand in the Middle East.
- To save gas, travel north and south over the water. You don't use any gas when you are over water.
- In Scenario 1 you need to capture the enemy commanders, not kill them! If you kill them, you'll get a slap on the wrist from your superiors and you'll be sent back to the beginning of the level.
When I play this game, I end up humming "The Ride of the Valkyries". You know, the song playing while helicopters blast the Vietnam beaches in the movie "Apocalypse Now." This game will remind you of that famous scene... plenty of action and explosions. There's even enough military strategy to keep junior generals happy. Desert Strike may be capitalizing on an unfortunate event of this past year, but it's such a well-made video game that you probably won't mind.
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