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World in Conflict Soviet Assault
The original World in Conflict was well received. About the only complaint was the absence of a Russian campaign, and in fact, the Russians were playing the role of a soulless bad guy. Developers have decided to correct that mistake by adding an expansion. For those of us who didn't even care to buy the original WiC because of the lack of a Russian campaign (if you got a hunch by now, it is probably correct) this sounded like a good idea. How did it turn out? Well, the feelings are mixed.
Soviet Assault is apparently available as both an extension pack and a standalone
game with the original WiC integrated. Having never played the original and not knowing
what was added, I was nonetheless surprised to find myself suspecting that it was
not a lot. The first and foremost clue would be that the Russian campaign is much
shorter than the American campaign. It is also significantly less impressive. This
is felt especially well since the Russian missions are stuffed in between the American
ones. One could feel the dramatic thought process behind the story of the American
campaign. The same could not be said for the Russians -
Still, there are a lot of fun tools available to the Russian side and the initial Russian strike through the Berlin wall is an impressive event to behold.
The gameplay is balanced and fairly fast paced, although the presence of AI-
Once the single player campaign is over there is always multiplayer and co-
Visually, ViC was meant to be an eye candy, and no screenshots can ever do this game justice because the main eye candy is in the effects rather than the setting. The area attacks turn your screen into a colourful mix of fire and flying debris. This does not get tiring.
The actors did their job well. The writers did too if their job was to make the characters sound tough without there being too much sense to what those characters actually say. The tacky and strange dialogue during cutscenes will surprise someone who tries to pay attention, but the rest of us should be able to swallow. The instructions given are clear. Sounds of battle is what matters the most anyway, and these don't disappoint.
20 bucks for the expansion pack in today's age is normal. The Russian missions could have been better, but all the pretty explosions will probably make you forget about the flaws anyway.
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