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Desert Strike -- Electronic Arts

A ruthless madman has invaded a small neighboring country and taken it over. As a member of the U.S. armed forces, you must put down this attacker and defend the smaller country--and the oil it posesses. Based on the Gulf War, this realistic simulation game has four campaigns, each with several missions. Desert Strike, by Electronic Arts, is for play on the Sega Genesis.

Ferrari Man
The Genesis really needs some more games like this. This action/simulation game is as realistic as they get. I was very impressed with the graphic detail as well as the play control. Bravo, Electronic Arts, you've struck oil (no pun intended). Unfortunatly, the Desert Storm reference slightly dates the game, but... who cares? I wouldn't mind seeing a sequal... How about it?

Challenging is the word that comes to mind when I play this game. The control of the helicopter in this game is superb. The ground targets aren't just standing around waiting for you to kill them--they are armed and dangerous. Electronic Arts did an excellent job on this game. The graphics are great, and the sound effects are so awesome that you don't even notice the lack of music. The graphics are finely detailed, plus the gameplay is comfortable and precise. This is a must get for all Genesis owners.

Wow! This is what a Genesis game should be. Excellent play control, it has the feel of a real helicopter. I like the premise, too. You're fighting with a lone Apache helicopter against a whole slew of enemy types on the ground, with limited fuel, armour, and weapons to complete your mission. The skill level is a real challenge, but not enough to frustrate which I feel adds to the longterm playability of this title. A definite must for all Genesis players who like action/simulation games! I also like the Choplifter style of saving MIAs.

Desert Strike brings a whole new level of realism to the Genesis. The graphics are awesome and the sound effects are very realistic. Although there is no music during the play scenes, you don't really miss it. My only misgiving is that the scenery gets somewhat monotonous. Unless combat simulation is your thing, "Desert Strike" has the potential to become worn out after being played through only a few times. I must say, on the whole, however, the game is very well done. Two thumbs up.

>>>>> 90.5/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.5 4.5 5.0 4.5
Sound 4.0 4.0 5.0 4.0
Gameplay/Control 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Longevity/Playability 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
Overall 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.5
Total 23.0 21.5 24.0 22.0

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 2 (06-07/92)