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Delta Force: Land Warrior (Windows)

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Written by  :  kbmb (399)
Written on  :  Jan 06, 2003
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Summary

Ahh...a shooting gallery sim?

The Good

The game's engine is pretty neat. I left my mouse button on the "up" arrow and went to a friend's house for most of the day. When I came back, my guy was still wandering through the area. The little indicator said he'd traveled 24 kilometers so far.

Some of the levels were interesting...the Sphinx, jungles, dropping into an enemy encampment from parachute.

Sometimes you get allies who help you.

Hey, shooting guys from a mile away is fun!

Something this game boasts is "one hit and you die" realism. Well, that is true...you'll die in one or two hits, just like in real life.

The Bad

Ahhh the difficulty. Too damned easy. The "one hit you die" realism applies to the bad guys as well, and almost every single level, you just sit on top of a mountain, look through your sniper scope and pick'em off like shooting gallery targets. Sometimes they'll shoot back at you, but THEY don't have sniper rifles, DO THEY? Mwa haw haw!

It's just too easy. And the game seemed to have some serious issues with indoor areas. Outdoors, the game ran smooth as silk. Go inside and suddenly the frame rate drops down to a tenth of what it was. Close-quarters combat was much harder than outdoors, but usually a toss of a grenade would clear away any bad guys who give you trouble.

Yawn...well...really, the engine is good otherwise, but the fact is, almost every single level invovles you picking them off. It's too easy, too boring.

Sometimes you get allies, but they die so who cares?

Multiplayer was fun in Delta Force 2, because it was fun to play the sniper then...but you could turn those bullet-streamer thingies off. In Delta Force 3, I couldn't figure out how to do this. Nothing gives a sniper's location away easier than a long line pointing directly to him. Blagh.

The Bottom Line

Looking for a shooting gallery sim? That's about all this game is. You generally have objectives or waypoints to make your way to, but most of the time you'll stand up on your mountain and get rid of the resistance.

The game can be fun, though. There's some satisfaction in blowing away targets a mile away.

Multiplayer is fun as long as nobody is a sniper.