Act of War: Direct Action Preview (PC)
Although not set for release until March, Act of War is nearing completion and is looking great. As soon as you start the game you will take note of the impressive presentation. The story is conveyed through well produced news broadcasts and some in-game voice chatter. The story itself is worthy of a Tom Clancy novel, and will likely be filled with plenty of twists, turns, and intrigue.
Sound in the game is excellently produced. Sound effects in particular are spectacular. The sound of hovering helicopters, bombs dropping, and gunfire all sound great. Most importantly, the sound effects serve to enhance the intense action onscreen. Voice acting in the game is good, if not a little cheesy. Overall, you canít help but be impressed by the sky-high production values.
The gameplay is both familiar and unique. Contrary to most RTS games, there is no resource gathering, per-se. You will have a base from which you can build units and buildings, but you do not send out drones to gather resources. However, you do have one resource: money. One of the best ways to get money is to capture enemy soldiers as POWs after you have defeated them. This game isn't like other games where you send out your soldiers on suicide missions; you neither have the money nor time to constantly replace troops. Thus, there are plenty of ways to preserve your troops for a long time.
Overall, it seems like Act of War: Direct Action will be one to look out for in the coming months. High production values and original gameplay ideas will likely make this an RTS to remember. If you want to get a sneak peak, check out our download section for the demo. You wonít regret it.