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Codename: Eagle (Windows)

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Written by  :  Joel Segerbäck (575)
Written on  :  Dec 26, 2003
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Summary

Wonderful multiplayer game but could be better ...

The Good

Multiplayer. The Multiplayer mode is wonderful and really can't get very much better (but getting reduced lag in internet play ... which is due to bad netcode). There's airplanes, bombers, tanks, jeeps, trucks, bikes, torpedo boats, ships, zeppelins and helicopters - all ready to do whatever you want to do with them - some vehicles can even be used by two players (driver/pilot and gunner). The game has enormous maps with bases, buildings, walls, mountains, lakes, anti aircraft guns, artillery etc This game isn't the usual WWII game either (which you might understand, as it is some kind of alternate World War One setting ...), and really ... there isn't anything more wonderful than killing your enemies with an WWI-tank or bombing him away with an old nice bomber.

The Bad

The single player mode ain't that interesting ... mostly extremely bad voice acting, no real briefing (which means, you don't really know what you should do --- you get a few objectives and not much more), the enemies ain't that smart (although i've seen worse) and you can't crouch (which i believe has been a FPS standard since System Shock or Duke Nukem 3D?). The building textures are (which is understandable as the game engine has to render quite big maps) extremely low-res and although there is plenty of buildings only a few of them may be entered and weapon sounds are mostly pretty lame (where the revolver sounds like fireworks ...) ...

The Bottom Line

As the (not really official, but made by the same developers and made in the same style ...) precursor of Battlefield 1942 I would recommend it to all BF-fans out there. It's a great game for LAN events but it can get quite laggy on the Internet. The graphics are not very good by todays standards (and weren't the best when the game was released either), but it's functional. As the multiplayer mode has a lot of vehicles and weapons it is extremely fun as long as you have someone to play against, but the single player mode could certainly be better.