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Defcon 5

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
72
3.9
3DO
...
4.0
SEGA Saturn
...
2.7
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Description

In the far future, conflict is at an all-time low and outdated defence bases are being vacated and replaced with automated software. You play as an engineer sent to update one such base. Just after uploading the automating code, the base is suddenly invaded by unknown assailants from the air and ground. You must rely on your wits and the defence software to fend them off.

The main game takes place in a first-person view inside the complex. Trams connect the maze-like living areas to a handful of manned turrets outside. You must shuttle between shooting down waves of fighters in the turrets, and scouring the base levels for card keys during the down time.

A third consideration is the "Virtual Operating System" controlling all major base functions. You use this interface to repair damage from attacks, monitor intruders, and place robot sentries to guard key passages. As you find more access keys, you can increase the software's efficiency to the point that you can command turrets remotely, or set them to auto-attack with a high degree of success.

As defending the base becomes more automated and efficient, you have more time to search the levels for keys. Your ultimate goal is to find the clearance to self-destruct the base, defend your escape shuttle, and get out alive.

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Defcon 5 PlayStation Health bonus
Defcon 5 PlayStation Blue generators
Defcon 5 PlayStation Controls configuration
Defcon 5 DOS Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Defcon 5: Peace has a Price" -- Tag-lined title
  • "デフコン5" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

NowGamer PlayStation Jan 23, 1996 8.8 out of 10 88
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jan, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71
IGN PlayStation Nov 21, 1996 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1996 3 out of 5 60
neXGam SEGA Saturn 1995 4.9 out of 10 49
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 2 out of 5 40
PC Player (Germany) DOS May, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Power Play DOS May, 1996 27 out of 100 27

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