2001 is not a good year. Drug cartels control San Francisco and New York. A vile criminal returns from the grave. The Iraqis are on our side. About the only bright spot in this turn-of-the-century scenario is that it takes place in Urban Strike, a top-notch helicopter-combat game.
The newest member of Electronic Arts's chopper squadron, Urban Strike takes the lead position. Like its predecessors, the game flies you into a hella-cious air war against well- armed, ferocious foes.
ProTip: Don't leave your heart in San Francisco, Mission 4. Find the 1-Up near a beach.
First Desert. Then Jungle. Now Urban. Any questions about this Strike's battleground? You fly and die through ten massive Missions (with six to nine Campaigns each) in famous cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Las Vegas.
The deadly fighting, both airborne and ground based, calls for advanced pilot training. Urban requires heady game play as well as prodigious thumb-pumping. You fly two helicopters and drive a ground-assault vehicle via a M-overhead view against enemy aircraft, tank's, and gun emplacements. Additionally, you exit the chopper for search-and-destroy infantry shooting action.
- Red sparks signify that bullets and rockets are damaging a target.
- In Mission 5, New York, shoot structures on top of sky-scrapers to find supplies.
The controls in all fighting modes are generally right on, 'but the helicopter puts the joypad through the most rigorous workout. Excellent new chopper moves enable you to lay down awesome fire-power. Jinking slides the 'copter laterally, and rotating spins it 360 degrees. However, as with the previous games, flight control depends on the condition of your Genesis directional pad, and lining up precision shots can take forever.
The whirlybird graphics have more ups than downs. Even though the overhead view appears flat at times, the aircraft always look cool as they smoothly wheel and deal destruction. Once again, tiny snipers dog your flight path, but the detail in their movements is great.
The famous Strike sounds are still sweet. Helicopter sounds, gunfire, and explosions do their duty, while a techno-funk music track rocks the house!
If you dig fighting action and strategy from a helicopter's point of view, Urban Strike is excellent. The Strike team strikes again!
- When you're oh foot in Mission 2, ten MR9 shots and one missile destroy one Jet
- Sneak'up on guards slowly, and they won't shoot.
- Each civilian you save and unload at base repairs your Armor by 100.
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- Machine: Genesis
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts.
Once again, a crazy is threatening the U.S. and logically, the President sends in a single helicopter pilot to deal with the problem. Kill millions of screaming enemy soldiers, and blow up stuff real good. Oh yeah, get healed by Elvis in Vegas, too!
- Machine: Genesis;
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts; The Edge
Now it's the year 2001, and once again the world is threatened by a madman. The kink here is that this time he's not some drug lord or desert dictator. This time he's a media smoothie named H.R. Malone, and the country most directly threatened is the good old Usa. Once again the government decides to send in a single helicopter to deal with the situation - guess who's the pilot?
The original Desert Strike was great. Jungle Strike was every bit as cool - in fact it was pretty much the same game, it just took about twice as long to get through. Well, it's time for round three, and Urban Strike is also a heck of a ride - flying through the streets, dodging missiles, keeping track of where all that precious fuel and ammo are, and most important, blowing up lots of stuff real good! Ka - Blam!
The trouble is that the game is over a lot faster than last time, and by now, face it: if you took all three carts, plugged 'em in one at a time and played a stage from each in random order, I doubt you could tell them apart without looking at the labels. This latest installment does throw in a few missions that get you out of the chopper and into enemy complexes on foot. However, the graphics and animation in these sections, though good, are a cut below the rest of the game, and the missions themselves are more of the same 'run here, shoot there' thing you had above ground in the chopper. It's different, but it doesn't add much.
Don't get me wrong - Urban Strike easily hits the standard set by previous Strike titles and that's more kick than most other games around, but at six levels it's over kind of quick. I have to admit that Urban Strike leaves me hungry for more, and looking around for something new to satisfy my gaming appetite.
Electronic Arts is ready to fly its hard hitting helicopter combat game from the Desert and the Jungle into the city -- Urban Strike!
The game will be set in 2006 -- 12 years have passed since Jungle Strike. You'll fly for the United Nations, and your futuristic allies will include some former enemies: Iraqis, Iranians, and Nicaraguans. The game will feature 13 levels in locations across North America, such as New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
Genesis pilots will be able to fly two choppers, wheel in an armored personnel carrier, and exit vehicles for infantry action. Don't worry -- you won't have to control one of those teeny-weeny sprites (ten pixels high, remember?). According to EA, your character will be at least three times as big.
The main aircraft will fly and fight faster. The other helicopter will be heavily armored, with a 20-person capacity.
Urban Strike -- you'll fly, you'll die, you'll likely cry. At least let's hope that's life flyin' choppers in the big city.