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Act of War: Direct Action (Windows)

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In the near future, America is in crisis... In the midst of a worldwide energy crisis that has pushed gasoline prices to over $7 per gallon, worldwide economy is in a tailspin. Terrorists have taken advantage of this instability and inflicting heavy losses.

The US Army, with the task of ensuring homeland security, has created a new direct action operations group known as Task Force TALON. Armed with the latest technology and tactics, and lead by the controversial Brigadier General Jason Richter, TFT will perform whatever missions necessary to restore order.

In their way are the terrorists, elaborately financed and backed by a group only known as "the Consortium". Who is the Consortium, and why are they doing what they are doing? And most importantly, can Task Force TALON stop them?

Act of War: Direct Action is a modern real-time strategy game based on the novel and background by Dale Brown, noted techno-thriller author. You will command Task Force TALON in its battles against terrorists across America, from the oil fields of Texas to Streets of San Francisco. From deserts of Middle East to cities like London and Washington D.C., TFT is the most versatile direct action force ever created. But will it be enough to turn the tide?

Resource in this game is money, but unlike other RTS games, money can be generated in many ways. If you are in an oil-rich area, build an oil derrick and protect it, and watch $$$ roll in. Capturing and holding prisoners also generates $$$. What's better, when you try to take back Washington D.C. (or any other city) from the terrorists you get to raid banks and treasury buildings for even more $$$!

Buildings play an important role in AoW, as you can send infantry units into the buildings to hold them against all comers. With a couple anti-tank teams inside a bunch of buildings, and nothing will get through... Unless they decided to spend the time to blast your building(s) into rubble, or send in their own assault teams to clear you out. The environment is fully destructible.


Act of War: Direct Action Windows Calling in an air-strike to clear the coastal defenses
Act of War: Direct Action Windows US forces in San Francisco seemed to have suffer great casualties, and your TFT special units will hopefully change the tide on the battlefield as you takeover the control of an allied base
Act of War: Direct Action Windows Heliport secured, but the enemy escaped (you can zoom in the battlefield to a pretty close range)
Act of War: Direct Action Windows After securing the beach perimeter, you can deploy your base and start prepping to deal with the rest of enemy inland forces

Alternate Titles

  • "Tomorrow's War is NOW" -- English title with tagline (Steam release)
  • "Act of War: Шок и Трепет" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Resurrection of a true RTS MAT (66445) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars

The Press Says

PlayDevil Jun 15, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game industry News (GiN) 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Captain Mar 30, 2005 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Mar 21, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Strategy Informer Apr 25, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Apr 25, 2005 82 out of 100 82 (UK) Mar 10, 2005 8 out of 10 80 Aug 02, 2005 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Mar 28, 2005 77 out of 100 77
GameSpy Mar 18, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Dale Brown, noted techno-thriller author, came up with the backstory for this game. The main character, as well as Task Force Talon, will be featured in several of his future novels. A tie-in novel was released in May 2005.

If the name sounds familiar to gamers, Dale Brown's Flight of the Old Dog was the basis for Megafortress, a futuristic B-52 bomber sim from 360 Pacific way back when.


  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #4 Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)

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MAT (66445) added Act of War: Direct Action (Windows) on May 10, 2005