World in Conflict Reader Review
World in Conflict is the first PC game that has come along in a long time that has prompted me to dust off my wallet and take a chance on it.
At first I was put off by some of the reviews I had read. They all complimented the multiplayer aspect but said little about the campaign mode.
I am glad it didnt put me off for long.
The game focuses on what could have happened if Russia invaded the U.S during the Cold War.
The campaign runs along at a frantic pace, with objectives and enemy movement changing by the minute. You might have to secure an area one moment, then "Ivan" (as the Russians are called by the U.S commander) pushes the combat somewhere else, and you are suddenly left with the decisions of what reinforcements shall I call for?, how will I get there? and what air support is available?, to name but a few.
The graphics are stunning for the most part, although I do feel that the soldier models in the cut scenes let that overall quality down a little. Realistic lighting, detailed units and weather effects more than make up for this however.
Sound is suitably war like, with crushing explosions and gunfire spattering the ground. The radio chatter also adds some atmosphere to the proceedings. Hearing a fellow A.I controlled soldier losing his nerve and almost in hysterics certainly makes for more tension as you see his area over-run with red on the mini map.
The physics and particle effects are my favorite part however. You get a real feeling of impact and debris when you order an airstrike, or decimate an area with a tactical nuke. Smoke fills the air, fragments of buildings rain down, its amazing and still impresses me hours and hours after first seeing it.
It plays like many an RTS, with the same strong and weak points most of them share. It does do things with more style than I have seen in other games.
So if, like me you were thinking of leaving this game on the shelf as you had little interest in multiplayer, please reconsider, as you really are missing out on something special.
I have given this an eight, as what it does, it does very well, and it advances the RTS genre in a positive direction in my opinion. In many ways though, it is still more of the same, just with the carnage and presentation ramped up. I also thought that it was a shame that you couldnt play as the Russians and see the other side of the conflict.
8 / 10