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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.


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Act of War: Direct Action Windows Story mode lets you launch any of the singleplayer missions or to start the campaign
Act of War: Direct Action Windows Checking the result of a mini-nuke hitting the target
Act of War: Direct Action Windows Outpost

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Alternate Titles

  • "Act of War: Шок и Трепет" -- Russian spelling
  • "Act of War: Direct Action - Tomorrow's War Is NOW" -- Steam tag-line

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Critic Reviews

Krawall Gaming Network Mar 31, 2005 88 out of 100 88
PC Powerplay Apr, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Pelit Apr, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Gamigo Mar 29, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network May 05, 2005 86 out of 100 86
GameZone Mar 30, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Watcher Apr 25, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85 Aug 02, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Chronicles Apr 25, 2005 7.7 out of 10 77
Thunderbolt Games May 05, 2005 7 out of 10 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 (177590) added Act of War: Direct Action (Windows) on May 10, 2005