Title: Spec Ops Ranger Elite   Developer: Runecraft   Type: Action Shooter
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Spec Ops Ranger Elite
"The sequel to Stealth Patrol, this third person shooter sees the troops step out once again looking for trouble, taking on Terrorism, and nuclear destruction. "
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PSone REVIEW:
 
The concept of the game is to complete the missions given to you. Each mission has multiple phases. After completing all the phases for that mission, gameplay will advance to the next level. The gamer will first be briefed on the background of the mission and the phase objectives. Now it is time to choose a character. The gamer will select two characters from a pool of five. Depending on the mission, pick and choose your partner carefully. Rangers are human too and have different strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind, each have their own specialty and corresponding weapons. The Sniper Ranger has a Sniper Rifle, the Machine-gunner is equipped with a machine gun, a rifleman has a rifle, you get the picture.

Just like Stealth Patrol, the gamer plays as a US Army Ranger, controlling one Ranger in a third person view while commanding another. The gamer can toggle between the two Rangers utilizing their specialties and command the backup soldier to “move up”, “follow”, “bite me”, etc. The backup guy is pretty useless and boring if you don’t use him. Two-player mode utilizes a split-screen setup and in my opinion is more entertaining to play than single-player mode and you don’t have to worry about controlling the backup. Your real buddy will be playing the backup soldier.

All the Rangers have their own inventory of goodies and carry Satcom Radios to communicate with each other. For a low budget game, weapons and gadgets were plentiful. I liked the fact that there was a wide selection including; night goggles, binoculars, tripwire mines, grenades, and an arsenal of guns. There is not much to say about controls, they are simple and easy to use but options are few.

No holding back here, the graphics are not pretty. They are blocky and pixilated. The views are limited, and enemies can sneak up on you quite easily and usually do it from behind, ouch!!. The view can be somewhat improved using the scopes and stuff but this will in deed slow down gameplay. The characters are very standard looking and I found the backgrounds and objects lacking detail and just down right blah!!

The music is civilized but very limited. It is repetitive and can get old real quick. I just turned the sound down to alleviate the annoyance. The sound effects are decent but seemed to be washed out to some extent.

FEATURES:
 
New tactical missions feature International Foreign Policy hotspots

Each chillingly realistic environment staged in different foreign lands

Specialized troops load out for one player or two player split-screen battles

An arsenal of weaponry onslaught

OPTIONS:
 
• 1 Disk(s)
• CD Media
• 2 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
• Up to 2 Players (without Multi-tap)
• 2 way split screen multi-player option
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
• Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility

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Review SUMMARY and SCORE
Loretta Mattie  "The bottom line is, you get what you pay for. This is a bare-bones game with poor graphics and sound. I suppose the developer’s intentions were good trying to produce a somewhat decent game for the poor man. The only positive feedback I can offer is there is a decent selection of weapons and gadgets and the playability was adequate, attempting to give a little sense of realism.

I really tried hard not to rip this game, but I can only tell the truth and nothing but the truth. Over and out!!"
Graphics  11/20
Playability  31/50
Sound  7/10
Lastability  12/20
61%
This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
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REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:

OUR PLEDGE:

We promise that we have fully played 'Spec Ops Ranger Elite' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.

SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)

00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.

60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.

70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.

80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.

90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:

It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.

A more detailed breakdown of this guide can be read here.


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