S2: Silent Storm
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Silent Storm is a 3D turn-based tactical combat game. Set in 1943 during World War II, Silent Storm plays much like Jagged Alliance 2, with some very noticeable differences, such a true 3D world, completely destructible environments, ragdoll physics, and lack of 4X (eXpand, eXploit, eXplore, eXterminate) elements.
You can lead a squad of the Axis or the Allies as you play through 24 missions and random encounters, unfolding a sinister plot that would threaten both sides of the war.
75 weapons are available to you as you fight through nonlinear missions that range from quiet villages in snowy Russia to secret underground enemy bases. There are six professions to choose from: Sniper, Scout, Soldier, Grenadier, Medic and Engineer, each with their own advancement tree, where you assign perks to as they level up.
- Операция Silent Storm - Russian spelling
- 沉默小組1943 - Chinese spelling (traditional)
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Average score: 83% (based on 45 ratings)
Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 46 ratings with 4 reviews)
The game engine supports an awesome array of tactical options, including destructible environments, detailed movement types and stances, multiple aiming levels, detection of enemies via auditory and visual queues, and a huge assortment of guns. The audio and visuals are also superb, and the interface is nearly perfection.
I'll just quote myself from a reply I posted on a message board:
"So why did panzerkleins ruin the game so much? Haven't played it, just wondering."
- The variety of tactics that you can use is miniscule when compared to regular soldiers. All the tactical depth offered by the engine ends up being pointless. You actually end up with "less game" than you had to start with, and feel totally let down.
- They kill anything that isn't also a Panzerklein.
- They appear very early in the game.
- They make the game totally easy.
- If all the infantile humor in the game weren't bad enough, they just *had* to insert sci-fi elements into a WWII historical game. Imagine if David Schwimmer were mysteriously transported to Mars at some point in Band of Brothers. That's what it's like.
- #1 again for emphasis.
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The Bottom Line
The game will leave you frantic and wishing for what could have been. I'd recommend the game if you're the type who likes to purchase game demos.
Windows · by SharkD (425) · 2015
The graphics are great. All of the locations are 3D modeled, as are all of the characters. You get free use of the camera and can zoom in or out pretty much to your heart's content. The settings are varied and each village you enter gets a slightly different feel, though there is some repetition (see below). The RPG elements are well incorporated without being over the top or a distraction from the gameplay. Characters gain levels in the traditional manner, but also increase in the skills that they use frequently independently of their levels. This lets you create focused characters or jack-of-all-trades. It's seamlessly incorporated, so much so that you don't even notice your characters' advancement until an icon informs you. The gameplay in this game is great. It's just what you'd expect from a turn-based tactical game. The entirely destructible environment adds some depth to the traditional way these games play. Almost all of every level will get played out in turns, though when there are absolutely no enemies present, the game does switch to real-time. This is helpful for after you waste everyone and you want to collect the loot. It is my opinion that complaints in other reviews about the length of enemy turns are exaggerated. Most turn-based games have long turn latencies, it's just part of the genre. Another strength of this game is that, unlike Jagged Alliance, it's purely action. There's no economy or army raising or whatnot. I think this does much to unclutter the game and make it a pure tactical turn-based action. The quantity of weapons of the game is an interesting addition. thankfully, it's doesn't make a huge different which gun you use for each situation, whether it's sniping, machine guns, or pistols. It adds a ton of style to the game, however. The weapon sounds are varied and very cool. Again, this adds a ton of style to the game as well. I don't think EACH weapon has a unique noise, but it's enough so that clearly each gun doesn't sound the same.
Voice acting is shabby at points. Some of the accents are so clearly contrived that it becomes obnoxious to hear them. The score is very repetitive, but it's got a very "in the background" feel, so while you'll likely memorize it within a couple of hours of playing, you'll certainly never be pulling your hair out in annoyance. The environments can get pretty repetitive as well. Many of the settings are "country villages" that are contain exterior areas and buildings. This is not really a weakness of the game, however, since it would be difficult to conceive of places that a group of special forces soldiers would go that DIDN"T have some buildings and some roads. Thankfully, while the overall environments can get boring, none of the buildings themselves are repeated. Each looks distinct.
The Bottom Line
Overall, the strengths of this game far outweigh the weaknesses. The graphics, sound, gameplay, and variety of weapons make for a great tactical action game. I enjoyed this game even more than jagged alliance 2. The RPG elements and mission execution are seamlessly integrated. If you are a fan of tactical turned-based squad action games, I highly recommend this game. It's a great example of the strengths and enjoyability of this genre.
Windows · by Marty Bonus (39) · 2004
Tactical turn-based strategy. Ragdoll physics. Destructable environment. A plethora of weapons and perks and classes...I believe this game is one of the best games released this year, if not one of the best games to come out in the last five years.
Silent Storm takes place in 1943, World War II. You play as the Axis or the Allies as you battle through storyline-based missions and random encounters in the style of such classics as X-Com and Jagged Alliance 2. Those of you who played those squad-based classics will feel right at home in Silent Storm.
Almost everything about this game I absolutely love. It has its faults, of course, which I'll get to in a moment, but the great things about this game certainly outweigh the bad. The best part about this game, undoubtedly, is the destructable environment. And this ain't just your "shoot the barrel to blow open x door" type stuff. Nearly everything is destructable, from doors to windows to walls to vehicles to towers, and very little of it is scripted destruction. Bullets will punch actual holes in wooden walls, grenades will blow actual holes in the floor. Roofs will cave in if there's no enough support, stairway railings can be broken, whether by bullets or a falling body. And to top all that off, this game features some excellent ragdoll physics. Deaths aren't just animated sequences anymore. You shoot a guy at the top of the stairs and he might come tumbling down it. Or get up close and go full-auto at him and watch him flail backwards. An explosion will send bodies flying. Take out a soldier from a sniper rifle, hitting his arm, and he'll spin around as he dies. None of it is predictable, none of it is scripted animation, and it adds more to the game than any squad-based game I've played.
Not to mention how the desctructable enviornment actually aids you. Door locked? Don't have any lockpicks? Blow it open! Know there's a hidden cellar below you? Blow the floor apart and jump down. It also affects you negatively. For instance, one of the very first level as the Axis features a battle in a small village with two or three houses. I snuck my sniper onto the top floor and he was using a balcony as a sniping spot. As the battle heated up, more and more bullets were flying at him, and eventually the balcony took too many hits and collapsed, sending my sniper to the ground where he really got assaulted. There were occasions where I knew there was an enemy hiding behind the door, so I blew it open with a machine gun, killing the dude behind it and obliterating the door and the wall in the back of the room. There were some other, more hilarious moment, such as this time I shot a soldier with my sniper from a great distance away. The bullet went straight through his head and blew out a very small part of the wall behind him, and the force of the bullet wedged the soldier's head inside the hole. Later on, the platform the soldier was standing on was destroyed, and so he was suspended in the air by his head which was stuck in the hole!
As you exercise your skills, you gain levels and perks, which just make the game all that much cooler. The type of perks you can get depend on which of the five or six classes you can choose from are. Engineers get bonuses to lockpicking, mechanics, etc., while a sniper can gain the ability to get a critical hit 25% of the time (or 100% at a very high level). Your scout can get sneaking and assassination perks, etc.
Weapons aplenty! Whatever soldiers you kill will drop what weapons they were using, along with their grenades and amunition. You can bring these back with you to base for later use, or use them right on the battlefield. Personally, I get annoyed when I see a rifle lying there on the ground but I'm not allowed to use it for some reason.
Levels range from village battles to farmlands, to snowy wasteland, to mansions, enemy bases, and more. Every level has so many different strategic options to it, depending on what class(es) you're playing. I played with one soldier of every class, and utilized their abilities every way I could. I would pair my scout and my assault guy together, sending in my scout to sneak into the house, kill who he could silently, and having my assault guy take out everyone else -- those that might have spotted the scout. I used my grenadier to blow open doors my engineer couldn't lockpick, or to just annihilate a group of soldiers at once. I placed my sniper high atop buildings and elevated areas to take out soldiers too far away to do anything about it, and paired with him was my doctor who doubled as a slightly less effective sniper. Some levels could take more than an hour to beat, but when I played, I was so immersed by it all that the time went by just too quickly.
There are, however, some things about this game that aren't great. Such as the AI, I suppose. We haven't reached a point in gaming evolution in which the AI is smart enough to really give you a run for your money, but dammit, we should be striving for that. The AI in this game isn't terrible, really. They'll take cover, they'll run when they know they're outgunned, but they never form tactical groups or anything like that unless it's a scripted part. After a level or two it becomes pretty predictable.
There is a very large flaw about the destructable levels, and that's that often times you'll have to recover a "critical clue" somewhere in the level, and if that clue happens to be in a part of the level that you blew all to hell, it's impossible to get it and you'll have no choice but to restart the level. That seriously hurts the game, as half the fun just destroying the level!
About three quarters into the game there is a very large transition in which a certain element comes into play. The panzerkleins. Big mech-like suits that are pretty cool at first, but quickly lose their appeal, I think. Suddenly you must change all your tactics for the remaining 25% of the game, as no longer are you fighting just regular soldiers, and no longer will you be able to use most of your guns. Instead the game turns into a panzerklein vs. panzerklein game. It is fun in many ways, but the panzerkleins are very slow, and you really don't have a choice but to use them. You can still go on foot, but to do so is very difficult and in my opinion not worth it.
Some of the mechanics of the stat system are awkward, to put it lightly. It would appear that you gain skill in certain areas by doing certain things (i.e. sneaking exercizes your stealth skill, sniping exercizes your sniper skill), but the amount in which it gains seems to vary from level to level. I remember one particular level in which I gained a level up almost every time I ended my turn, even if I didn't do a damn thing, whereas another level I didn't gain a single level when I pushed my soldiers to their limits. Also, the "familiarity" of weapons is pretty strange. For every point of familiarity your soldier has with a weapon, he gains +2% accuracy...however, the second you remove the weapon from your primary weapon slot, it drops back down to 0. It would appear all your soldiers have ADHD and no short-term memory.
Also, the game forces you to run anti-aliasizing, which looks fantastic on high-end machines, but really forces lower-end machines to sit on the sidelines.
The Bottom Line
This is one of the best games I've played in a very long time. The strategy, the destruction, the ragdolls...almost everything about this game is everything I've wanted in a game for a very long time.
Windows · by kbmb (415) · 2003
- Computer Gaming World
- March 2005 (Issue #249) – Best Use of a Game Engine of the Year
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