Operation Winback - N64

Also known as: WinBack: Covert Operations

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Also for: PS2
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Koei Soft. Co.: VIE
Publishers: VIE (GB)
Released: 7 Jul 2000 (GB)
Ratings: 11+, ESRB Teen 13+ (T)
Accessories: Rumble Pack, Controller Pak


Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation was one of the most successful titles of the 1990’s. It spawned a whole race of stealth-em-up games. New for 2000 is the latest title in the genre, Operation Winback. After being attacked by a hi-Tec weapons satellite, you have approximately three hours before the next strike. You take on the role of Jean-Luc (not Picard) Cougar, a member of S.C.A.T (Strategic Covert Actions Team). It’s your responsibility to regain control of the satellite, currently controlled terrorist group, Crying Lions, and restore the peace.

Before you start Operation Winback it is advisable to make a detour into the game’s tutorial, boot camp. Here, you will learn how to gain full control of your character, as well as learning strategic stealth manoeuvres. Once you feel confident enough to take on the onslaught of Crying Lions terrorists, you can begin the game proper. You have a plethora of offensive weapons and defensive tools to choose from, but use them wisely; no resource is inexhaustible.

Other game modes include team battles and 4-player death matches, in which you must seek out your opponents, obliterate them, and avoid having the same thing happen to you. All in all, Operation Winback proves to be a good learning experience if you’re a policeman. If you’re not a man of the law, you will enjoy this nevertheless.