Conflict: Desert Storm

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Conflict: Desert Storm
Conflict1box.jpg
Developer(s) Pivotal Games
Synergenix (Mobile)
Publisher(s)
Producer(s) Nick Cook
Composer(s) Jon Vincent
Series Conflict
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Mobile phone
Release Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • EU: 13 September 2002
  • NA: 30 September 2002
GameCube
  • EU: 17 April 2003
  • NA: 22 April 2003
Mobile
  • EU: 20 August 2005
Genre(s) Tactical shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Conflict: Desert Storm is a tactical shooter video game developed by Pivotal Games and published by SCi Games and Gotham Games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Mobile phones (the latter of which was developed by Synergenix and published by Kayak Interactive). It is the first installment in the Conflict series.

Gameplay[edit]

The player takes control of a four-man squad of special forces soldiers, either in the British Armed Forces 22 SAS Regiment or the United States Army Delta Force. Each soldier in the squad has a unique specialty, such as demolitions, sniper rifles, machine guns, and assault rifles. To complete each mission successfully, the player must utilize the skills of each squad member, such as using their demolitions expert to destroy bridges, their heavy weapons specialist to destroy tanks, etc. Prior to beginning a campaign, the player can run through the basic training portion of the game, which will cover the use of weapons, as well being trained in the use of artillery and airstrikes, along with basic medical skills and squad maneuvers. The game includes a player-controllable Humvee and M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The multiplayer allows players to complete the campaign cooperatively. The PlayStation 2 version allows for 2-player co-op while the Xbox and GameCube versions allow for 2-4 player co-op. The Windows version does not support co-op.

Plot[edit]

Iraq launches an invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. During an attempt to destroy one of the bridges crossing the Iraq-Kuwait border, sniper Paul Foley is captured, while his other team member is killed. The next morning, John Bradley, a rifleman, is sent in alone to rescue Foley and complete the original mission of destroying the bridge.

Shortly after landing, Bradley comes into a firefight with a small force of mechanized infantry. Shortly after rescuing Foley, Bradley completes the mission of destroying the bridge, thus slowing the Iraqi forces advance. From there, the squad carries out various missions, such as rescuing the Emir of Kuwait, engaging Iraqi forces in the Battle of Khafji, destroying Iraqi SCUD missile systems, rescuing prisoners of war from Baghdad, and leading an advance element of U.S. cavalry in a fight with the Tawalkana Division of the Iraqi Republican Guard.

Also the player guards a scientist on a mission to disarm a nuclear ICBM in Neukov and later infiltrates an old Crusader fort to find the Supreme Commander of the Iraqi Army, General Aziz and kill him to end the war. The game ends with Emir thanking the U.N. coalition for repelling the Iraqi invaders and liberating Kuwait, towards the end with Bradley and his squad being praised by a military officer for their excellent battlefield performances, and being rotated out for rest and relaxation.

US Delta Force/British SAS/Alpha Two

  • Sergeant John Bradley - Team Leader/Rifleman
  • Corporal Paul Foley - Sniper/Medic
  • Corporal Mick Connors - Heavy Weapons Specialist
  • Corporal David Jones - Combat Engineer/Medic

Other Characters

  • Dr. Franklin - Nuclear Scientist
  • Reserves of US Delta Force/British SAS
  • Master Sergeant Johnson - Senior Drill Instructor
  • Emir Jaber III
  • General Aziz
  • Master Sergeant Franks - Senior Drill Instructor
  • Master Sergeant Boothe - Senior Drill Instructor

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC mobile PC PS2 Xbox
Edge N/A N/A 7/10[1] 7/10[1] 7/10[1]
EGM 5.83/10[2] N/A N/A N/A N/A
Eurogamer 6/10[3] N/A 8/10[4] N/A N/A
Famitsu N/A N/A N/A 28/40[5] N/A
Game Informer 6/10[6] N/A N/A N/A 6/10[7]
GamePro 3/5 stars[8] N/A N/A N/A 3.5/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution N/A N/A N/A C[10] C+[11]
GameSpot 5.1/10[12] 5.2/10[13] 4.8/10[14] 4.5/10[15] 4.8/10[16]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[17] N/A N/A 3/5 stars[18] N/A
IGN 7.7/10[19] N/A N/A 5.5/10[20] 7.7/10[21]
Nintendo Power 3/5[22] N/A N/A N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A N/A 1.5/5 stars[23] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A N/A N/A 6.6/10[24]
PC Gamer (US) N/A N/A 51%[25] N/A N/A
The Village Voice 6/10[26] N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 69%[27] 52%[28] 66%[29] 70%[30] 76%[31]
Metacritic 62/100[32] N/A 56/100[33] 55/100[34] 65/100[35]

By July 2006, the PlayStation 2 version of Conflict: Desert Storm had sold 800,000 copies and earned $24 million in the United States. Next Generation ranked it as the 76th highest-selling game launched for the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube between January 2000 and July 2006 in that country. Combined sales of the Conflict series reached 1.3 million units in the United States by July 2006.[36]

The game received "mixed" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[32][33][34][35] In Japan, where the PlayStation 2 version was ported for release under the name Conflict Delta: Wangan Sensō 1991 (コンフリクト・デルタ 湾岸戦争 1991, Konfurikuto Deruta Wangan Sensō 1991, lit. "Conflict Delta: The 1991 Gulf War") and published by Capcom on December 18, 2003,[citation needed] Famitsu gave it a score of all four sevens for a total of 28 out of 40.[5]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ EGM staff (June 2003). "Conflict: Desert Storm (GC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 167. p. 130. 
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  5. ^ a b IGN staff (17 December 2003). "Gaming Life in Japan". IGN. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Brogger, Kristian (May 2003). "Conflict: Desert Storm (GC)". Game Informer. No. 121. p. 87. Archived from the original on 8 June 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Brogger, Kristian (November 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm (Xbox)". Game Informer. No. 115. p. 144. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Fennec Fox (22 April 2003). "Conflict: Desert Storm Review for GameCube on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 12 February 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (3 October 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 6 February 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Gee, Brian (October 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Gee, Brian (October 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm - Xbox Review". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on 8 April 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (30 April 2003). "Conflict: Desert Storm Review (GC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Score, Avery (8 July 2005). "Conflict: Desert Storm Review (Mobile)". GameSpot. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (25 October 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
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  17. ^ Fischer, Russ (26 April 2003). "GameSpy: Conflict: Desert Storm (GCN)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 1 December 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  18. ^ Pavlacka, Adam (26 October 2002). "GameSpy: Conflict: Desert Storm (PS2)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 12 November 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
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  21. ^ Boulding, Aaron (26 September 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "Conflict: Desert Storm". Nintendo Power. Vol. 169. June 2003. p. 138. 
  23. ^ Rybicki, Joe (December 2002). "Conflict: Desert Storm". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. p. 158. Archived from the original on 29 June 2004. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  24. ^ "Conflict: Desert Storm". Official Xbox Magazine. November 2002. p. 136. 
  25. ^ "Conflict: Desert Storm". PC Gamer. January 2003. p. 110. 
  26. ^ Catucci, Nick (27 May 2003). "Desert of the Unreal". The Village Voice. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  27. ^ "Conflict: Desert Storm for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
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  33. ^ a b "Conflict: Desert Storm for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  34. ^ a b "Conflict: Desert Storm for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  35. ^ a b "Conflict: Desert Storm for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  36. ^ Campbell, Colin; Keiser, Joe (July 29, 2006). "The Top 100 Games of the 21st Century". Next Generation. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. 

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