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World In Conflict: Soviet Assault (PC)

World In Conflict: Soviet Assault (PC)


Massive Entertainment released World In Conflict late 2007 and it was an instant success with the gaming community. It comprised great graphics with an intuitive RTS mechanic and was great fun to play. Recently they released an expansion pack for the game which takes the original content, adds 6 new levels and gives a new perspective to sections of the storyline.

The game offers some marvelous tactical gameplay which puts you in control a plethora of tanks, aircraft, troops and artillery with the ability to call in a variety of airstrikes and explosive attacks directly onto the battlefield.

For those who haven’t played the original World in Conflict there is no better time to pick up the Complete Edition with the original content and expansion missions in one bundle. Those who have the original and just want to see the new levels can pick up Soviet Assault on its own for $20. Under the new structuring, the campaign starts with a Soviet Mission which initiates the story and details the Soviet plight before the second mission when they launch a counter attack on Seattle, Washington. From this point onwards you play as the USA forces which were in the original pack until the next Soviet mission (number four now in the campaign). These new soviet missions are interwoven between the original mission campaign and show a different viewpoint on the story. You follow a group of Soviet characters as they try to establish a strong hold in Norway and then end up dealing with what happens with the fallout at Cascade Falls.

Part of the charm of this game is the strong focus on the narrative which makes the tale so memorable and compelling. The new missions feature some very strong sequences as the player protects a convoy with assault choppers and then sends destruction upon NATO forces with artillery tanks. There really is an immense amount of opportunity for players to engage in more of the exciting, graphically rich environmental RTS warfare we all enjoyed a few years ago.

There are plenty of chances to use air strikes and long range artillery barrages to level the playing field and the firebombs are amazing to watch as foliage burns and smoke erupts across the landscape. The focus is still high in regards to strategy implementation and the game has lost none of its charm which goes to prove that if you release a title with great gameplay that it can carry across for many years. The capable engine helps matters significantly as it remains one of the most dynamic and scalable strategy engines I have seen.

Between these missions you also get more in game cutscenes as the Soviet characters squabble over events built around the narrative core of the original. The battles are just as impressive as ever with epic explosions, smoke trails and shock waves adding creating a dramatic war platform for gamers to enjoy. The maps are also epic in nature and they give you a view far into the distance with a fully customisable camera. You can watch the battles from a position high in the sky or up close and personal from meters above the battlefield. The audio changes in intensity to reflect the current camera position with the sounds muffling in nature from a high view above the carnage to sharp punctuated whizzes and pops from up close. The audio is as impressive as the engine, with some stunning ambient effects mixing in with the explosion of cannon shell and artillery barrages.

Everything considered however, many fans will have been expecting more from the expansion especially when we take into account the time that has passed. To be realistic however, part of the delay could be related to Massive Development being sent into the wild when Activision and Blizzard merged. It wasn’t until Ubisoft bought Massive at the end of 2008 that things started to progress again. There is even a version of this game planned now for the hi definition consoles which will be interesting.

Technically Soviet Assault would be more accurately described as a patch or addon as there isn’t a single thing which alters the core gameplay mechanic and if you have played the original game for considerable time then the cost of these 6 new levels might not be worth the outlay. It is well presented and lovingly designed and the missions are relatively time consuming by design but it is going to be a personal choice as to whether 6 new missions are worth $20.

Those of you who game with the Steam client will need to know that if you buy the Soviet Assault add on then you need to have already bought the original title, Steam are not selling the complete edition as yet so a purchase of both Steam clients is required.

Soviet Assault is a good release from Massive Entertainment and I had fun replaying the original title again to see the new content. The six new missions are well developed and add an interesting twist to the narrative with some more strong characterisations from the Soviet side of the fence. The only downside is that if you have played the original game extensively and have no desire to see it again then you are either stuck into playing the whole thing over again or using a MAP level command to access them directly.

This is the best deal for those of you who have never played the original as you get access to the full original game with the extra missions weaved into the narrative. If you are one of those people then make sure you pick this up, preferably sooner rather than later because it is one of the great all time PC strategy titles.



Marvelous game and it still shines. New additions are worthy.
Still one of the best looking RTS games available.
Very impressive across the board.
An extra six missions isn’t really a massive amount of play time.
If they had released this with double the content it would have scored much higher. Being forced to replay the original to see the new content may annoy some.

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