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The French ambassador Pierre Simon and his family are travelling from Saint Petersburg to Paris aboard the Blue Harvest, a military NATO-developed train, when it is hijacked by terrorists known as the Knights of the Apocalypse. Negotiations yield no result and the only hope is lieutenant Jack Morton, part of the original escort, who manages to sneak back on the train. His job is to take back control of the armoured train, stop the terrorists from deploying a nuclear weapon and rescue the hostages.

Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn is played as a third-person shooter, but also introduces stealth elements, puzzle-solving and driving sequences with the train. The different compartments of the train form the levels. Next to regular movement, Jack can dash and use a search function that allows him to peek around corners and into rooms. Morton is in touch with the headquarters and also collects information about the organization on his way. The game uses an intelligent targeting system where the cross-hair changes colour based on the viewing angle. Shooting from a difficult position will do little damage, while open shots have a larger chance of hitting enemies.


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Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn PlayStation Introduction sequence: the Blue Harvest train
Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn PlayStation Standing on top of the train.
Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn PlayStation Inside the train

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Alternate Titles

  • "Chase the Express: El expreso de la muerte" -- Spanish title
  • "Chase the Express" -- Japanese/German/UK/French title

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Video Games Aug, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Mar, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Playstation Sep, 2000 79 out of 100 79
Gamer's Pulse Aug 09, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Super Play (Sweden) Aug, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Power Unlimited Oct, 2000 6 out of 10 60 Oct 05, 2000 11 out of 20 55
GameSpot Jun 12, 2000 5.3 out of 10 53
Game Revolution Jun 01, 2000 C 50
IGN Jun 20, 2000 4.8 out of 10 48


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Blue Harvest

The futuristic external shape of the armored train "Blue Harvest," -- and its speed of several hundred kilometers per hour compared with normal trains -- make it fairly obvious that Blue Harvest is imagined as a maglev (magnetic levitation) train. In other words, Blue Harvest is supposed to be a militarized version of something like Japan's several shinkansen (新幹線) "bullet trains," France's TGV which is an abbreviation of train à grande vitesse (high speed train), or the new commuter maglevs that are now being run by Amtrak®.


The terrorist group in the game was called "The Army of the New Revelation" during development.

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Sciere (740916) added Covert Ops: Nuclear Dawn (PlayStation) on Feb 16, 2008