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Improved enemy targeting! Photo-realistic environments! More enemies than ever before! Bigger explosions! Smart battlefields - AI reacts to player's behavior!Amazon.com Nuclear Strike is the superior sequel to the popular helicopter action game Soviet Strike. The graphics are better, the interactive environments are richer, and the addition of new vehicles adds varied gameplay to an already standout series. Flying a massively powerful attack chopper is still at the core of the game, but during some missions you'll be able to control tanks or even Harrier jump jets, which are a complete blast to fly. The mission objectives are varied, and, fortunately for action fans, there are plenty of enemies to destroy. If you get tired of taking on the bad guys, there are also buildings and other ground targets worth destroying. With so much to blast, you'll likely suffer trigger finger from the nonstop assault. While fast action is always fun, players looking for an action game that requires any amount of strategic thought will likely want to look elsewhere. --T. Byrl BakerPros:Lots of vehicles to command Plenty of targets for nonstop action Cons:Some slowdown when the screen gets crowded Blowing things up gets old after a while Product description Improved enemy targeting!Photo-realistic environments!More enemies than ever before!Bigger explosions!Smart battlefields - AI reacts to player's behavior!Control more than 10 different attack vehicles! Review For the better part of the 1990s, Electronic Arts has been pumping out games in its "Strike" series almost as frequently as its sports titles. Is there that big of a demand? Do the people just like overhead-perspective helicopter games? Do the developers have executives' children hostage? I mean, sheesh, how in God's name has this mediocre series endured such a long run? This isn't to say there haven't been one or two good entries in the series, but for the most part, the Strike series has had a lot of forgettable installments (I challenge you to try and name more than two off the top of your head - just try). Now Electronic Arts is releasing Nuclear Strike for the PlayStation, a follow-up to last year's sorry Soviet Strike. Surprisingly, the game is the best Strike title yet, but that isn't really saying much. The premise of Nuclear Strike (like all other Strike games) is simple; you fly around a variety of terrains looking to blow stuff up. That's it. Also, you actually get to pilot a few vehicles that aren't helicopters. Along with the array of choppers that this version has, you also get to take control of some harriers, tanks, and hovercrafts. It's still the same premise (search, shoot, and rescue), but at least there is a little variety to Nuclear Strike's levels, which take you through a variety of lovely locales. Nuclear Strike plays well, but then again, you don't really do much except explore a broad area looking for stuff to shoot. Getting the hang of your vehicle is simple enough, once you figure out which buttons go with which weapons, but you will definitely find yourself consulting the map every few minutes. With so much terrain to explore the game would be much easier if the radar screen were widened. As it is in the finished game, you can't actually tell where you are going at any given time; instead you can only see hostages, enemies, and power-ups in the immediate area. The onscreen targeting, something that was supposed to be improved in this version, is also quite flawed, and it is likely that you will be aiming at something and miss it a good 20 percent of the time. The things lacking the most (and that feel quite dated) are the game's graphics and sound, which still haven't changed much from the game's 16-bit incarnations. Everything is 3D, but the overhead perspective makes everything - from your vehicle, to the enemies, to the explosions - look a bit flat. The sound is pretty forgettable as well, with a droning soundtrack and lifeless sound effects. What saves the game presentationwise are the between-level full motion video sequences. Edited together in a unique way, they tell the game's clic
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