Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
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Developer(s) NovaLogic
Climax Group (Xbox Version)
Rebellion Developments (PS2 Version)
Publisher(s) NovaLogic
Designer(s) NovaLogic
Platform(s) Windows
PlayStation 2
Mac OS X
Xbox
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA March 23, 2003
  • EU March 28, 2003
Mac OS X
  • NA July 2004
PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • NA July 26, 2005
  • EU September 2, 2005
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is a first-person shooter video game set in the early 1990s during the Unified Task Force peacekeeping operation in Somalia. The missions take place primarily in the southern Jubba Valley and the capital Mogadishu. The game was developed by NovaLogic. It was released for Microsoft Windows on March 23, 2003; for Mac OS X in July 2004; and for PlayStation 2 and Xbox on July 26, 2005. It is the 6th game of the Delta Force series.

Characters[edit]

The player begins the game as a soldier with Task Force Ranger, commanding 3 team members: Huck, Mother, and Preacher. They take part in the Unified Task Force peacekeeping operation during the Somali Civil War. Following the third mission, the player assumes the role of the same soldier. He/she is assigned to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, taking part in Operation Gothic Serpent, a military operation conducted during the Battle of Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. During the latter section of the game, the player will still play as that soldier, but is now sent to the 3rd Ranger Battalion and the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force.

Gameplay[edit]

The first few missions in the game are designed to make the player accustomed with the different types of weapons, their usage, enemy AI, terrain types, and combat techniques. The majority of the missions involve convoy protection, providing security for ration distributions, destroying weapon stockpiles, taking prisoners, and rescuing hostages.

Other versions[edit]

The Windows and PlayStation 2 versions of the game have an expansion set called Team Sabre, which features two additional campaigns. One involves missions to shut down a drug cartel in Colombia, and the other involves missions against a paramilitary rebel group in Iran.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 76.15%[1]
(Xbox) 63.69%[2]
(PS2) 56.17%[3]
Metacritic (PC) 77/100[4]
(Xbox) 61/100[5]
(PS2) 58/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge (PC) 7/10[7]
(PS2) 4/10[8]
Eurogamer 7/10[9]
Game Informer 6.75/10[10]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[11]
Game Revolution D+[12]
GameSpot 5.7/10[13]
(PC) 5.6/10[14]
GameSpy (PC) 4/5 stars[15]
2.5/5 stars[16][17]
GameTrailers 7.2/10[18]
GameZone (Xbox) 6.9/10[19]
(PS2) 6/10[20]
IGN (PC) 8.9/10[21]
(Xbox) 6.8/10[22]
(PS2) 5.5/10[23]
Official Xbox Magazine 6.2/10[24]
PC Gamer US 79%[25]
PlayStation Magazine 5.5/10[26]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 3.5/5 stars[27]
Detroit Free Press 2/4 stars[28]

The game was met with positive to very mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 76.15% and 77 out of 100 for the PC version;[1][4] 63.69% and 61 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[2][5] and 56.17% and 58 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version.[3][6]

Maxim gave the game a score of eight out of ten, first saying of the PC version, "While it would be impossible for the game to mimic the raw emotion and chaos that defined this mission-turned-disaster in real life, the graphics are the best we’ve seen on a battlefield";[29] and then of the PS2 and Xbox versions, "Drink in your fill of military realism in crowded, confusing war zones where you can drown in rivers, kill civilians, and partake in friendly fire—just like we did—before heading to boot camp to apologize. If that's not enough carnage, you can also engage in 32-player (50 on Xbox Live) online deathmatch missions, which is technically twice the bloody chaos of Halo 2. See, foreign policy can be fun!"[30] The Cincinnati Enquirer gave the PC version a score of three-and-a-half stars out of five and stated, "If you can forgive the game's lighter approach - one that emphasizes action instead of strategy - then you'll enjoy Black Hawk Down."[27] However, Detroit Free Press gave the Xbox version two stars out of four, quipping, "Diehard military combat fans might want to rent this one just to partake in the giant chaotic skirmishes."[28] The Sydney Morning Herald gave both the PS2 and Xbox versions two-and-a-half stars out of five, stating, "The solo campaign lacks the pizzazz of other military shooters, but decent multiplayer options prevent it from feeling pilotless."[31]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ a b "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Edge staff (May 2003). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PC)". Edge (123): 101. 
  8. ^ Edge staff (August 2005). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PS2)". Edge (152): 97. 
  9. ^ Taylor, Martin (April 4, 2003). "Delta Force - Black Hawk Down (PC)". Eurogamer. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Kato, Matthew (October 2005). "Delta Force Black Hawk Down (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (150): 128. Archived from the original on May 28, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (April 14, 2003). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on December 22, 2004. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
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  13. ^ Colayco, Bob (August 4, 2005). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Review (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  14. ^ Osborne, Scott (March 25, 2003). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ Accardo, Sal (April 1, 2003). "GameSpy: Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
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  18. ^ "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - XBox Review". GameTrailers. August 4, 2005. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (August 14, 2005). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ Wrentmore, John (August 15, 2005). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Review - PlayStation 2". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ Sulic, Ivan (March 18, 2003). "[Delta Force] Black Hawk Down Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  22. ^ Clayman, David (July 28, 2006). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  23. ^ Sulic, Ivan (July 28, 2005). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down". Official Xbox Magazine: 100. October 2005. 
  25. ^ McNamara, Tom (June 2003). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down". PC Gamer: 64. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Review: Delta Force: Black Hawk Down". PSM: 94. November 2005. 
  27. ^ a b Saltzman, Marc (April 29, 2003). "Combat title swaps strategy for action". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  28. ^ a b Huschka, Ryan (August 28, 2005). "'Delta Force: Black Hawk Down' (Xbox)". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on September 17, 2005. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  29. ^ Boyce, Ryan (March 25, 2003). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PC)". Maxim. Archived from the original on April 4, 2003. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  30. ^ Cunningham, Sean (July 26, 2005). "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PS2, Xbox)". Maxim. Archived from the original on March 2, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  31. ^ Fish, Eliot (September 3, 2005). "Killing vroom". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 

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