Conflict: Desert Storm II - PC

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Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Combat Game: Infantry
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Gotham Games Soft. Co.: Gotham Games
Publishers: Sold Out (GB)
SCi (GB)
Released: 19 Sept 2003 (GB)
11 Jun 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
No Accessories: No Accessories


Again set in the hostile environment of the Gulf War, Desert Storm II takes players a further 300 kilometers behind enemy lines in a squad-based game in which players are charged with tackling some of the most critical missions of the conflict. Your objective is to eliminate chemical warfare and rid Kuwait of the elite Republican Guard.

Undoubtedly more challenging than the original, your campaign is pivotal to the events of the war. Your journey takes you through deadly Kuwait in which you must strategically command a squad of fellow troops through ten extensive missions before reaching the game’s climax.

As a game, Desert Storm II is very smart and sophisticated, boasting convincing AI that affords human-like behaviour from both your allies and foes. Much of your adventure is spent sneaking around, and it’s here that you’ll be able to appreciate just how clever this game is.

On the other hand, full-on shoot-outs are less tasking, but by no means easy. Armed to the teeth, you and your squad must do your best to avoid being shot by the myriad troops of the Republican Guard. Gameplay is well balanced between these two different playing styles, and keeps the player motivated to continue throughout the adventure.

Desert Storm II’s visuals are also very impressive, offering solid and detailed environments and a variety of spectacular effects and explosions. It looks crisp, clean and there are also some very subtle touches that make all the difference. It’s a game ideally suited to the PC format, with mouse and keyboard control offering the best control method for a game of this type.

Another hit for SCi, Desert Storm II places itself alongside Rainbow Six and SWAT in the strategy-shooter hall of fame.