Combine a Role Playing Game with a combat title and you have what we are
currently reviewing, Hidden & Dangerous 2. Following the exploits of a small
team of British SAS Special Air Servicemen, you will take your team into hot
spots around the world where conflict is taking place to sort out whoever
needs seeing to.
To give you an idea of who the SAS are;
they are the best of the best. Superbly trained to go and do what other highly
skilled soldiers cannot, they are the masters of weaponry, technology and
tactics. They go behind enemy lines to cause subversion from within by going
for the throat of the foe to cause havoc that will have ongoing effects down
the line to the ordinary troops.
When the first incarnation of Hidden & Dangerous came out, players were
impressed with the range of options they had as this was a fairly new genre
covering gameplay that other developers had not touched before. Naturally with
such an ambitious title, there were a number of shortfalls that it encountered
at the time, this title addresses some of these and creates new ones in it's
wake. A successful sequel? We think so and believe that you will too.
One of the hardest things to remember with
this game is that it does combine that role playing element so players must be
careful to be sure that you equip your men correctly as there are no second
chances once you are out in the field and the stats that the computer is
compiling against their performance will affect the number of skill points
that you have to disperse amongst the various abilities that they have to
augment. These are broken into separate distinct categories that you can
choose to upgrade when your men have the experience behind them. They are:
Health, Strength, Endurance, Shooting, Stealth, First Aid, and Lock Picking.
You choose the equipment that your men get,
taking into account their skills in order to best prepare them for the fight
ahead. One thing I did note was that the shooting skill section did not
differentiate between heavy and light weaponry which I found odd.