Delta Force 2

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Delta Force 2
Delta Force 2 Coverart.png
Developer(s)NovaLogic
Publisher(s)NovaLogic
Producer(s)Wes Eckhart
Designer(s)Steve McNally
Programmer(s)Daniele Gaetano
Artist(s)Keith Rust
Rod Parong
Composer(s)Tom Hays
Eric Kuehnl
EngineVoxel Space
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: November 3, 1999[1]
  • PAL: February 25, 2000
Genre(s)Tactical first-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Delta Force 2 is a tactical first-person shooter video game developed by NovaLogic and released in 1999. It is the second game in the Delta Force series and was followed by Delta Force: Land Warrior one year later. The game was re-released in 2009 on Steam.

Gameplay[edit]

First-person view while lying prone on top of a truck.

The player assumes the role of a Delta Force operative who takes part in missions across the globe. The action takes place in vast outdoor environments and combat distances reach up to several hundred meters. The game has an emphasis on realism, with human enemies and the player alike being very vulnerable to damage from weapons, and projectiles being subject to wind conditions.

Missions consist of a series of objectives while navigation points indicate what to do, the player is free to approach the targets as he sees fit. Objectives typically involve eliminating all hostile presence in a specific location, rescuing hostages, or destroying enemy vehicles and facilities. Many missions feature allied Delta Force teams which follow commands predefined by the mission design, and who can also be issued orders by the player. The player can view the positions of nearby enemies and friendly units through the use of a minimap on their HUD.

Game engine[edit]

The game continues to use NovaLogic's proprietary Voxel Space engine from its earlier games, including the original Delta Force and the Comanche series of helicopter combat simulators, known for its ability to render vast landscapes. This updated version of the engine is dubbed Voxel Space 32, as it is optimised for 32-bit graphics cards and does not support 16-bit cards anymore. All terrain is visualised by voxels while any characters, vehicles, structures or other details are polygonal. Unlike its predecessor, Delta Force 2 supports hardware acceleration. A new feature in Delta Force 2's version of the engine are stretched voxels which allow to simulate high grass, capable of masking characters at any distance.

A view of the voxel terrain taken while parachuting.

Mission editor[edit]

The game includes a mission editor which allows the user to place objects, enemies, and objectives in one of the game's existing landscapes.

Reception[edit]

The game received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator GameRankings.[2] Computer Gaming World's Brett Todd the game for "abysmal graphics", non-existent sound effects and a lack of background information on the missions. He also criticised the need to carefully scan the screen for small enemies in the distance as well as the game's poor performance, forcing the player to play on a small resolution even on high-end hardware and further worsening the trouble with spotting enemies. He praised the mission design and multiplayer mode for up to 50 players, however.[6] GameSpot's Michael E. Ryan was more enthusiastic. He particularly praised the mission design, calling it "generally excellent" and noting that the missions are usually "realistic and believable", with some exceptions more inspired by action films. He also praised the game's multiplayer mode and the sound design.[10] Eric Bratcher of NextGen said of the game, "Not quite as tense or pretty as Rainbow Six, this is still a great game for Green Beret wanna-bes."[12]

The game received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[15] indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN staff (November 3, 1999). "News Briefs". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on March 3, 2000. Retrieved June 7, 2021. Delta Force 2 Ships: Delta Force 2 has shipped, and should be in stores any moment now.
  2. ^ a b "Delta Force 2 for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  3. ^ Baize, Anthony. "Delta Force 2 - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Chick, Tom (November 18, 1999). "Delta Force 2". Gamecenter. CNET. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Mayer, Robert (November 6, 1999). "Delta Force 2". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Strategy Plus, Inc. Archived from the original on July 10, 2003. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Todd, Brett (February 2000). "Threat Eliminated (Delta Force 2 and Spec Ops II: Green Berets Review)" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 187. Ziff Davis. pp. 96–97. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Brown, Tom "Squirrel" (February 26, 2000). "Delta Force 2". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Olafson, Peter (2000). "Delta Force 2 Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on September 30, 2004. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Lance (December 1999). "Delta Force 2 Review". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Ryan, Michael E. (November 9, 1999). "Delta Force 2 Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on October 6, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Saltzman, Marc (November 23, 1999). "Delta Force 2". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Bratcher, Eric (February 2000). "Delta Force 2". NextGen. No. 62. Imagine Media. p. 101. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Smith, Rob (January 2000). "Delta Force 2". PC Accelerator. No. 17. Imagine Media. p. 86. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Goble, Gordon (February 2000). "Delta Force 2". PC Gamer. Vol. 7, no. 2. Imagine Media. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  15. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Silver". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009.
  16. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Informa. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017.

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