Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising
|Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising|
Paul M. Fox
|Engine||Black Hawk engine (modified)|
|Mode(s)||MMO, co-op, multiplayer|
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising is a 2004 first-person shooter computer game from Novalogic that focuses almost entirely on its expansive online multiplayer mode. Set in Indonesia in the near future, Joint Operations takes the player to a country on the verge of disintegration. Regional independence movements have acquired advanced weaponry as the nation's military splits into competing factions. Escalating violence threatens innocent civilians and Western economic interests. Developed using the Black Hawk Down engine, Joint Operations promises superior rendering technology and an enhanced 3rd generation multiplayer experience.
On November 17, 2004, Novalogic released an expansion pack, Joint Operations: Escalation which added new maps, weapons, and vehicles to the original game. The expansion pack was not a stand alone release and required the original game be installed first prior to use. On October 10, 2005, Novalogic released both titles as a compilation set called Joint Operations: Combined Arms which made it possible to buy both games in a single boxed product. On August 18, 2009, NovaLogic released Joint Ops: Combined Arms Gold which contained both titles along with concept art, the soundtrack, and more.
Although the game contains a series of single player training missions and operations accessible under the main page option "Missions", most players utilize the game's multiplayer option to compete online under the main page option "Novaworld" which connects the player to Novalogic's online gaming environment, Novaworld. Each Joint Operations server at Novaworld has the potential to hold up to 150 players, based on server bandwidth capacity, making the game a Massive Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter. Although a number of these servers are run by Novalogic, anyone with a PC and sufficient internet bandwidth can host a server, with a player limit of up to 64 people. Many independent servers exist, hosted by individuals or groups of players who form clans.
In the multiplayer setting, the game has five modes, which dictate how gameplay proceeds on any given map:
- Coop: All players are on the Joint Operations side and fight against a rebel artificial intelligence team.
- Advance and Secure: Both teams try to capture and hold all the bases on the maps before time runs out.
- Team King of the Hill: The teams try to occupy a small zone on the map for ten minutes to win.
- Deathmatch: A kill limit is imposed, and all players operate independently seeking to kill other players to reach that goal before the clock runs out.
- Team Deathmatch: A kill limit is imposed, and both teams try to kill players on the opposing team to reach that goal before the clock runs out.
- Joint Ops features tons of drivable vehicles. Use land, sea, and air vehicles to attack the enemy. You can pilot helicopters, command boats, and drive fast attack vehicles with your team on board, firing on the move. Use LCACs (Landing Craft Air Cushioned) or Chinook helicopters to transport teammates and vehicles from island to island or across expansive terrain.
- Choose from a vast amount of weapons to defeat the enemy.
- You can play as a team online through NovaWorld, NovaLogic's online gaming service, or have a LAN party.
- Play as a member of the Joint Operations team or the Rebels team with a different choice of weapons depending on what team you join!
Joint Operations (Blue Team)
The Joint Operations Task Force is an international assistance force that is under the command of the fictional "Coalition of Nations", which was formed before 1999, made up of elite special operations personnel from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Australia and Indonesia. The Task Force was previously employed in peacekeeping operations in East Timor. After requests from the Indonesian government, the Task Force was sent to the country as part of Operation Typhoon Rising, to stop the rebellion and re-establish government control over rebel-controlled territories.
Rebels (Red Team)
The Indonesian Separatist Movement grew out of the 1998 Indonesian Revolution which saw the downfall of Indonesian President Suharto. The rebels fight for varied reasons in their desire to attain independence of certain provinces, as well as to protect their people against the government. The instruction manual for the game states that the Rebels feel that they been the victims of unfair and inhumane treatment at the hands of the Indonesian military and government. Joint Operations forces were sent to Indonesia to combat the rebel threat after three bombs were detonated by the Rebels, with one destroying part of a school, one destroying a government building in Jakarta, and one that nearly killed the Indonesian president. Recently, factions of the military started to join the movement resulting in the rebels taking control of several military bases and capturing large numbers of weapons and vehicles.
Joint Operations: Escalation
On November 17, 2004, Novalogic released an expansion pack, Joint Operations: Escalation. The expansion pack was not a stand alone release and required the original game be installed first prior to use. Escalation introduced new maps, weapons, and vehicles to the original game while focusing on an escalation of the conflict in Indonesia to the rest of Southeast Asia. Players had the option to use parachutes to jump out of helicopters or from elevated map locations. The parachute deployed automatically after a player had fallen long enough to reach terminal velocity. The parachute could be steered, but with a response slower than normal movement. After a player landed, the parachute was expended and no longer operable unless the player went to an armory to pick up a new one. Players also had the option of carrying body armor. The body armor would not deflect rounds, but spread out their kinetic energy, reducing the penetrative force. Similar to the parachute, body armor added weight which slowed a player's speed on foot. To counter this, players also had the option of choosing what type of bullets they could use. FMJ (Full Metal Jacket) bullets were for general use. SP (Soft Point) bullets caused more damage to enemies but could be greatly reduced by body armor. Consequently, AP (Armor Piercing) bullets could pierce body armor but did not cause as much damage as the former choices. Other new items included attack choppers, motorcycles, anti-vehicle mines and guided anti-tank missile launchers.
IGN editor Tom McNamara rated Joint Operations: Escalation at 8.3 overall ("impressive").
Joint Operations: Combined Arms
On October 10, 2005, Novalogic released both Typhoon Rising and Escalation as a compilation set called Joint Operations: Combined Arms which made it possible to buy both games in a single boxed product. This was done as a marketing move by the game manufacturer and there is no difference in game play between a player who owns Joint Operations: Combined Arms and a player who owns both Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising and Joint Operations: Escalation.
Joint Ops: Combined Arms Gold
On August 18, 2009 Novalogic released Joint Ops: Combined Arms Gold which bundled "Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising", and its expansion pack "Joint Operations: Escalation" to make it a convenient install. It also came with the game's soundtrack, concept art, and more. It also allows you to three months of gold service on the Novaworld Community.
|Joint Operations Reviews|
Joint Operations received positive reviews due to its huge online gameplay and graphics engine.