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Act of War: Direct Action (Windows)

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Back of Keep Case - Windows (Germany):

    Act of War: Direct Action

    ist ein hochrealistisches, in der nahen Zukunft spielendes Echtzeit-Strategiespiel vor dem Hintergrund eines Konfliktes, der unsere Welt für immer zu verändern droht. Übernehmen Sie das Kommando über die Taskforce Talon, einer Eingreiftruppe die Städte auf der ganzen Welt gegen Terror beschützt. Erleben Sie einen dramatischen Hi-Tech-Thriller, der in Zusammenarbeit mit dem 14-fachen New-York-Times-Bestseller-Autoren und ehemaligen Air Force Captain Dale Brown entwickelt wurde. Mit den ultimativen Waffen, Fahrzeugen und Geheimdienstquellen der heutigen Zeit erleben Sie den Krieg von Morgen wie noch nie zuvor in einem Spiel!

    Ein globaler Konflikt, der sich über sechs brandheiße Krisenherde erstreckt (Libyen, London, San Francisco, Ägypten, Russland und Wahsington D.C.), die mithilfe von Satellitenbildern und Luftaufnahmen genauestes nachgebildet wurden.

    Ressourcen-Management in Act of War spiegelt die Probleme und Aufgaben heutiger Armeen wieder. Geld, Ausrüstung und Zeit spielen eine kritische Rolle bei Ihren Entscheidungen auf dem Schlachtfeld und bei der Wahl einer Strategie. Verschaffen Sie sich Einkünfte durch die Ausbeutung natürlicher Ressourcen und durch feindliche Kriegsgefangene.

    Militärische Authentizität. Militäreinheiten sowohl der heutigen Zeit als auch aus der nahen Zukunft werden wirklichkeitsgetreu wiedergegeben: Tarnfahrzeuge, Transport- und Kampfvehikel, die mit den tödlichsten und modernsten Technologien ausgestattet sind, die den Armeen heutzutage zur Verfügung stehen oder bereits in Entwicklung sind.

    Vielfältige Mehrspieleroptionen mit Spielvermittlung, Chat-Lobbies, Ranglisten, Orden und Rängen, die Ihre Online-Erfahrung und Ihr Können widerspiegeln, sowie mit vielfältigen Übungsmodi.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107504) on Mar 16, 2010.

Back of Box - Windows (United States):
    The world has changed... Without warning, without mercy, terrorist factions strike on the streets of America. Today's headlines foreshadow a frightening new reality in this real-time strategy experience.

    Tomorrow's War Is NOW

    \\ Command highly realistic modern military units
    \\ Power-packed combination of high-end cinema, video effects and live action
    \\ Intense multiplayer operations for up to eight players
    \\ Real urban combat including POW captures and landscape destruction
    \\ Gripping storyline by NY Times bestselling author, Dale Brown

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107504) on Mar 16, 2010.

Inside Covers of Box - Windows (United States):
    TASK FORCE TALON\\
    \\__Highly skilled rapid-response anti-terrorist unit... utilizes classified weapons technology... specializes in high-risk missions__

    THE CONSORTIUM\\
    \\__Backroom conspirators driving global fear... manipulators of world events... financial backing for terrorist groups... the money behind the chaos__

    U.S: ARMY\\
    \\__Established worldwide force... current priority: defend U.S. homeland against increasing terror attacks... current enemies: unknown__

    “One of the Top Ten PC Games to Watch in 2005”
    - Game Informer Online

    LIVE NEWS
    The city in in total chaos. Waves of terrorists are swarming everywhere, seizing control of communications buildings and other buildings.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107504) on Mar 16, 2010.

Atari press release (January 15, 2005):

    Atari's Act of War: Direct Action Blurs the Lines Between Films, Novels and Video Games

    BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 14, 2005-- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) today announced that Act of War: Direct Action(TM), a near-future, geopolitical techno-thriller for PC, will have a story created and written by New York Times best-selling author Dale Brown and will feature nearly one hour of original, live-action feature film footage produced by SWAT Films/Beyond FX to vividly present the story.

    "SWAT Films theatrical interpretation of Dale Brown's intense story gives Act of War: Direct Action(TM) a dramatic sense of authenticity and creates a truly immersive entertainment experience," said Bob Welch, Executive Producer for Atari's Beverly studio. "By bringing together a novelist, filmmakers and game developers, Act of War: Direct Action(TM) is more than the sum of its parts."

    "Producing nearly an hour of live-action film, as well as special effects for Atari's Act of War: Direct Action(TM) was an exciting creative challenge," said Daniel LeBlanc, Executive Producer, SWAT Films. "Our team had to produce film content to tell the game's story in the traditional between-levels format while also sharing with players what was going on behind the scenes with voiceover and shorter film clips streamed to players mid-game. The goal was to draw them in with the story and let the game blow them away and there's no doubt we've done just that."

    The film production element of Act of War: Direct Action(TM) was shot over two weeks and featured a cast of 10 principal actors and hundreds of extras. The film footage will be blended with scenes created by the in-game engine to tell the story of Jason Richter and Task Force Talon as they discover a web of intrigue and terrorism that spans the globe from Moscow to Washington, D.C. Act of War: Direct Action(TM) is due for release on PC in March 2005.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107504) on Mar 16, 2010.

www.atari.com:
    Overview:
    Ripped from today's headlines, Act of War: Direct Action™ is a frightening tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. This real-time strategy experience puts you squarely in control of counterterrorist forces and delivers a first look at tomorrow's war.

    The Situation
    A crippling energy crisis. Terrorist attacks. Massive strikes. Global instability.

    The Enemy
    A shadowy Consortium of back-room conspirators determined to throw the world into utter chaos using widespread terror tactics.

    The Heroes
    A new "direct action" operation known as Task Force TALON to counter massive military assaults, rescue hostages, conduct classified spy missions, take prisoners and stop an unpredictable enemy bent on toppling the world's governments.

    Features:

    • Command highly realistic modern military units
    • Experience unique gameplay through a seamless convergence of movie-quality cinematics, and live action
    • Skirmish with up to eight players in a variety of intense multiplayer operations
    • Face the realities of real urban combat as you defend the streets of London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
    • Capture enemy soldiers, rescue hostages, and occupy or destroy buildings.
    • Live out a gripping storyline from best-selling technothriller author Dale Brown

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 21, 2008.

Back of Box - Windows (UK):

    Act of War: Direct Action

    is a highly realistic, near future real-time strategy game, set against the backdrop of a conflict that threatens to permanently change the face of our world. Created in conjunction with US Air Force captain (ret) Dale Brown, author of 14 New York Times best-sellers, this techno-thriller game puts you in control of Task Force Talon, a direct action team put together to defend cities around the globe. With the ultimate in authentic modern day weaponry, vehicles and intelligence at your disposal, no other game puts you in better control of tomorrow's war!

    A global conflict spanning six red-hot war zones - Libya, London, San Francisco, Egypt, Russia, and Washington D.C., all accurately modelled from satellite aerial photographs.

    Resource management in Act of War reflects the resource and supply issues faced by any contemporary fighting force. Money, equipment and time all factor in to your battlefield decisions and strategy. Create revenue from the exploiting strategic natural resources and by capturing enemy prisoners of war.

    Military authenticity. Both contemporary and near future military units are represented to scale, including stealth, combat and transport vehicles utilizing the most lethal cutting edge technology available to today's and tomorrow's military forces.

    Exhaustive multiplayer options with match-making, chat lobbies, competition ladders, medals and ranks that indicate your online experience and expertise, as well as exhaustive practice modes.

    Contributed by Knyght (645) on Dec 15, 2005.

www.atari.fr (French):

    descriptif



    LA NOUVELLE REFERENCE DU RTS DEBARQUE SUR PC!!

    Développé par Eugen Systems, studio de développement basé à Paris, Act Of War: Direct Action va redéfinir le monde du RTS!
    Dans un futur proche, dans un contexte politique tendu, la guerre pour le contrôle des énergies fossiles fait rage.
    Découvrez la guerre moderne avec Act Of War!

    charactéristiques



    • Un moteur 3D d'une puissance inouie, au niveau de détail jamais vu pour un jeu de stratégie: un niveau graphique digne d'un FPS appliqué à un jeu de stratégie
    • Gestion des ombres portées en temps réel, environment mapping, dynamic lighting et bien plus!
    • Un scénario haletant écrit par Dale Brown, auteur américain à succès de technothrillers
    • Un très grand panel de troupes et unités recréées à l'échelle: chars M1A1Abrams, hélicoptères AH64 Apache, bombardiers B2, chasseurs F15 Eagle, ainsi que de nombreuses unités high tech issues de la recherche militaire en cours!
    • Développez vos bases, construisez, développez vos technologies...et gérez vos ressources!
    • Le "Brouillard de Guerre" réinventé! Utilisez les bâtiments pour dissimuler vos troupes à l'adversaire, profitez de la gestion de la ligne de vision top niveau de Act Of War pour cacher vos mouvements de troupes et surprenez l'ennemi!
    • Un contrôle de vos fantassins exceptionnel: investissez des bâtiments, prenez des positions, installez des snipers, crééz des embuscades, et bien plus!
    • Capturez les troupes ennemies pour gagner du cash!
    • Un niveau de gestion digne des meilleurs jeux tactiques appliqué à ce RTS hors normes!
    • Destruction massive en ville: de nombreuses villes américaines et étrangères recréées fidèlement pour l'occasion... entièrement destructibles! La guerre urbaine que vous menez entraînera-t-elle la destruction du Capitole?
    • 3 Camps jouables en mode skirmish et multijoueurs, avec leurs propres technologies et unités

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Sep 26, 2005.

Press Release:

    ATARI SHIPS ACT OF WAR: DIRECT ACTION(TM)



    Date: March 15, 2005

    Stunning Graphical Advancements in

    Real-Time Strategy Gameplay Benchmark the Next Generation of Interactive Entertainment

    BEVERLY, Mass., March 15 -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today announced that Act of War: Direct Action(TM), a near-future, techno-thriller for personal computer, featuring a story created by New York Times best-selling author Dale Brown has shipped to retailers nationwide.
    "Atari is excited to see this innovative game make its debut on retail shelves nationwide," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atari. "This is an opportunity for Atari to answer the call from consumers worldwide who want more from their interactive entertainment experience."

      Media Reaction:

    • "Act of War is a next-gen RTS, but it doesn't ignore the history of the genre. It's an evolution more than anything else." -- CBSNEWS.com
    • "One of the Top Ten PC Games To Watch in 2005." -- Game Informer Online
    • "Gorgeous in-your-face modern combat simulation that features brilliant cut scenes and an amazing story." -- Gamedaily.com
    Act of War: Direct Action(TM) is a graphically stunning and frighteningly plausible tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. Through a techno-thriller story constructed by military expert and author Dale Brown, this real-time strategy experience puts players squarely in control of counterterrorist forces to defend cities of the world. As commander of a newly formed anti-terror military unit known as the Talon Task Force, players will need to recruit combat units, develop technologies, manage finite resources, and deploy their forces against a cunning and ruthless terror network.
    Developed by Eugen Systems with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Dale Brown, New York Times best-selling author and expert on US military, global conflict and future military technology, Act of War: Direct Action(TM) is available now for personal computer at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price $49.99.
    For more information please visit: http://www.atari.com/actofwar.
    About Dale Brown
    Dale Brown is the author of more than 15 New York Times bestsellers, including Plan of Attack (available in January 2005), his most recent novel starring his intrepid hero, Patrick McLanahan. His next book, Act of War (due out in June 2005), launches an unforgettable new series lead by a young new hero named Jason Richter. This surefire thriller combines geopolitics, terrorism, and plenty of action as it takes readers deep into the new world of intelligence-focused warfare like never before. A former U. S. Air Force captain, Brown can often be found flying his own plane over the skies of Nevada. He lives near Lake Tahoe. To learn more about Dale Brown and his books, visit his web site at: http://www.dalebrown.info.
    About Atari
    New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive®, Unreal® Tournament 2004, and Unreal® Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Dragon Ball Z® and RollerCoaster Tycoon®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.
    All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on Jul 23, 2005.

Atari PC Catalog 2005:

    A first look at
    tomorrow's war



    Get ready to face the unthinkable.
    Deadly terrorist attacks in the heart of America.
    A world gripped with fear.


    This chillingly realistic
    story of international intrigue and geopolitical conflict by bestselling author Dale Brown delivers intuitive RTS gameplay
    at its best.


    "The world is changing to the point where terrifying world events portend a frightening view of the future"
    - Dale Brown

    Contributed by Riamus (8121) on Jul 09, 2005.

Advertisement in PC Games, March 2005 (German):

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    /////////// "Act of War sieht nicht nur fantastisch aus, sondern spielt sich auch so." PC Games 12/04 //////////
    ///////////// ""Command & Conquer" war gestern, heute ist "Act of War"" VGA 11/2004 ///////////////////////



    "WO C&C GENERÄLE AUFHÖRT, FÄNGT ACT OF WAR AN"

    PC GAMES 11/2004



    Mission-Briefing:


    Wenn morgen ein Krieg ausbrechen würde, wären die Folgen tödlicher als jemals zuvor. Städte auf der gesamten Welt gehen in Flammen auf, die Erde steht am Abgrund. In Act of War: Direct Action werden Sie mit diesem Szenario konfrontiert. Schlagen Sie zurück und kämpfen Sie um die Freiheit. Dabei greifen Sie auf ein Arsenal modernster Waffensysteme und eine Flotte authentischer Militärvehikel zurück. Und da im Krieg die Wahrheit zuerst stirbt, haben Sie Zugriff auf Geheiminformationen des CIA und weltweiter Nachrichtennetzwerke. Erleben Sie den Krieg von morgen so hautnah wie in keinem anderen Echtzeitstrategiespiel.

    www.atari.com/actofwar



    RED FRIDAY: 18. MÄRZ 2005


    Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on May 28, 2005.

www.atari.com.au:
    Ripped from today's headlines Act of War is a frightening and believable tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. Through a techno-thriller story constructed by best-selling author Dale Brown, this real-time strategy experience puts you squarely in control of counterterrorist forces to defend cities of the world. It's the first look at tomorrow's war. You command units of a newly formed anti-terror military unit known as the Talon Task Force. During missions, you will recruit combat units, develop technologies, manage finite resources, and deploy your forces. Cinematic sequences, intelligence reports and in-game events reported through 'real' communication channels (such as news feeds or satellite links with command officers) propel the story forward. Highly realistic modern military technology, recognizable world cities such as Washington D.C., London, and San Francisco, and a story by best-selling author Dale Brown all contribute to the authenticity of the Act of War experience. Capture enemy soldiers. Rescue hostages and civilians within cities under siege. Experience the first look at tomorrow's war. No place is safe!

    FEATURES

  • CHILLING AND BELIEVABLE STORYLINE - Storyline and game universe created in close cooperation with Dale Brown, 15 times NY Times best-selling author and expert on US military, global conflict and future military technology.

  • EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT - Zoom down to street level on the urban battlefields of San Francisco, Washington DC, London and Moscow; all highly detailed, realistic, and fully destructible. With a game-play where success is partly determined by your ability to medevac your own wounded soldiers and take enemies prisoner

  • MILITARY AUTHENTICITY - First RTS to combine a reality universe with simple, elegant game play. The game uses highly detailed representations of existing and experimental military technology, all to scale

  • Strong focus on exceptional production values (audio, cinematics, story, technology)

  • Full 3D with ability to zoom in to see the action up-front for full immersion into the action.

  • Level of detail in character animations and textures only seen in FPS games to date.
  • Extensive multiplayer options and single-player skirmish mode for infinite replayability.

  • Contributed by Xoleras (66247) on May 12, 2005.