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Atari 50
Written by  :  Thekwane Black (34)
Written on  :  Jan 25, 2009
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

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We don't need no water let the.........burn!

The Good

I have always enjoyed the Call of Duty series which left the Medal of Honor series in the dirt. This game has introduced a new moral aspect into the war game scenario and brings the true brutalities to the player. Frying a Japanese soldier with a flame thrower actually becomes quite disturbing after awhile and you actually begin to feel sorry for the poor buggers. This is what happened to them in many an instant in the Pacific war. Of course the Soviet Red Army was Brutal during there push into Germany territory, (which we see in the game play when throwing Molotov cocktails) after all the Germans had slaughtered over 20 million of them by this stage, so you definitely see a bit of payback, that's why half the German population fled to the American side, but enough of that.

What I really enjoyed seeing was the use of Tiger II tanks used in defense and ambush, and the way they move backwards when hit once by anti-tank weaponry, very authentic stuff, well researched in this instance.

The Bad

Being an enthusiast when it comes to World War 2 weaponry and equipment I found it a bit disappointing seeing burnt out Tiger II tanks in Stalingrad when they weren't even dream t of at that stage in the war, also the 4 engine bombers depicted in huge quantities, only a few condor bombers were used by the Germans the majority were 2 engined bombers..

The games use of unlimited allied support gets a bit much when your mates get shot up there is a constant flow of re-reinforcements and if you don't advance up the enemy is constantly re-in forced from nowhere.

There is a cheesy stage where you fly as a gunner in a plane, it seems unrealistic and spoils and otherwise realistic game, It also smacks of Pacific Assault, copy cat storyline where you also fly a plane, and also fight on Makin Atoll.

The Bottom Line

If you are a fan of WW2 first person game then this is a must, the realism and effects are very good.

However I do feel that the WW2 theme has now been totally exhausted unless someone is brave enough to decide to make a German perspective first person game, during the Blitzkrieg era

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