Tactical Ops Assault on Terror PC CD-ROM
Published by Sold Out Software
Developed by Kamehan Studios
Release Date: Out Now
Tactical Ops began life as a free download for Unreal Tournament and ended up (after some polishing of course) as a retail product that cost £19.99. Essentially Tactical Ops is a Counter-Strike style game with the Special Forces being pitted against the Terrorists with both sides attempting to outwit each other. The Terrorists for instance will plant a bomb that the Special Forces then have to find and diffuse before it's too late. The game can be played offline against AI bots but the chances are that you'll want to play against human opposition and the game supports LAN and Internet play.
Of course in terms of graphics it's exactly the same as Unreal Tournament and I'm glad to say that the game engine has aged well. Weapon and character models still look good and the maps still look as detailed as most games on the market. There are a few nice touches such as leaving your footprints in the snow which can be used to track your whereabouts, or for you to track other people's whereabouts. The dynamic lighting effects, whilst perhaps are not the state of the art anymore, are still effective and add to the tension. Anything resembling a modern PC is going to make this game fly and high resolutions and frame rates are achievable for almost all gamers.
Tactical Ops is absolutely fine for deaf gamers. The objectives are all given in text and communication with your team-mates can be done quickly by holding down the G button and selecting the order/request with the mouse. All the orders given to you will appear on the screen in text also. Of course there is no notification of an unsighted approaching enemy, that a hearing gamer would hear, but otherwise there are no problems.
Tactical Ops Assault On Terror is basically a good game but if you play modern releases such as Battlefield 2 then you might find what's on offer here a little tame by comparison. If you own Unreal Tournament you might also be interested to learn that you can download a mod (which is around 200MB) that essentially gives you the same game. That said though for just under £5 you can't really go wrong with the game.
Overall Game Rating: 3.5/5
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It's still quite a good game that will run well on low-end PC's but it does look and feel dated when compared to recent releases.