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Review of Thunder Strike Operation Phoenix

Your mission (if you dare to accept it), is to defeat the evil terrorists that are wreaking havoc on the world. It is a global state of emergency and time to fight back; we shall not live in fear…dammit! Now is the time to pull out the big guns, secret weapons, and whatever else you have up your sleeve. The code name is “Operation Phoenix”. The goal is to bring peace back into the world.

The player needs to first pick a campaign. There are four to choose from; Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Alaska. Each campaign has multiple missions with objectives. After picking a campaign, the player will be taken to the briefing room. Here you will learn about your objectives. The first mission in Eastern Europe requires destroying a radar base and a communication tower. Sounds easy enough right? Well it would be if the chopper cooperated. I will get into that later. Anyway, even if you fail a mission gameplay will let you go onto the next mission. What’s up with that? I guess the true challenge is controlling that badass chopper and seeing where the heck your going, the visibility is wicked at times.

The chopper is equipped with the latest technologies and weapons like night vision capability, radars, missiles, machine guns, and bombs. Flying the chopper requires some coordination. It can be done from 1st or 3rd person view. Both Analog sticks need to be used simultaneously to get this bird airborne. The left stick is the Cyclic, which moves the chopper forward and backwards. The right stick is the collective, which ascends or descends the chopper also moves it left to right. If you can get the hang of this, gameplay should be a piece of cake! Well, I might be exaggerating just a bit, the game does require strategy..the rest is blowing the hell out of your enemies…that is the fun stuff. There is one big DOWNER…if you screw up the mission, you will be put back to the beginning, starting with the mission briefing, good grief!!

The graphics are not bad but could use some work. The scenery seems realistic enough setting the tone for gameplay. The color scheme is very neutral utilizing a lot of earth tones (tans and browns). The weather and time of day also varies. The mountains are covered with green grass and dirt patches. The skies are blue. This is all well and nice but the downfall was the visibility. It was hard to see at night, during snow or rain showers. I guess this makes the game a little realistic but it sucks if you cant see anything. I did like crashing the chopper though…it looked pretty cool when exploding on impact. The missiles also have a red tail following them as they are cruising to their targets. Once they hit, you will see a nice cloud of fire and smoke.

The audio has an arcade appeal. The sound effects are typical and do a nice job of setting the tone and getting the player into the groove. The player can also listen to the briefings and will be warned when danger is approaching.

OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Thunder Strike Operation Phoenix' 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.

This review was written by Loretta Mattie © Absolute PlayStation


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THUNDER STRIKE OPERATION PHOENIX

79/100

Review Summary:

"Thunder Strike Operation Phoenix has substance. There are plenty of cool missions to conquer and they are challenging too. The chopper also has some nice capabilities and a decent arsenal. But if you are looking for a pick up and play game, this is not your ticket. Controlling the chopper takes practice, coordination, and determination. Personally, this is too much effort for my taste but some may like it. I also did not like the fact that once you die, you are taken back to the beginning and believe me, you will die a few times before getting the hang of things.

Overall, I liked the basis behind gameplay but I did not like the controls and starting from scratch every time I fatally screwed up. I would recommend renting before buying. "

Score Breakdown:

Graphics  14/20
Playability  43/50
Sound  7/10
Lastability  15/20

Our Recommendation:

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

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THUNDER STRIKE OPERATION PHOENIX

Thunder Strike Operation Phoenix was created by Core and is a Strategy Shooter game.

THUNDER STRIKE OPERATION PHOENIX FEATURES:

Crush hostile terrorists air and ground forces in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe

Customize your chopper with hell fire missiles, heat bombs, sniper scopes, chain guns, and much more

Destroy bridges, rescue hostages, attack oil rigs, and confront the enemy in over 25 missions

THUNDER STRIKE OPERATION PHOENIX OPTIONS:

• DVD Media
• 100 KBytes required on Memory card per save (min)
• Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap2)
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Buttons
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Analog Sticks
• Uses Dual Shock2 Pad Vibration facility

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