Welcome back to the Gulf War for those of you who missed it the first time. Conflict Desert Storm lets players take the roles of either the US or British special forces going deep into Iraq during the Persian Gulf crisis.
Conflict is a weird kettle of fish and for the most part carries out it's intended purpose rather well with a number of neat little innovations with regard to weapon selection and ammo types. Weapon changes are initiated with a simple combination of the triangle and D-Pad. It is in this same manner that you can select the type of fire that your weapon is going to operate in.
The game is carried out in a third person perspective and is animated fairly well, although the main character does strike some rather odd postures at times. Your character moves at a steady enough pace however sometimes the camera does get a tad caught behind him making your field of vision slightly obscured.
As the action takes place at various locales around Iraq the majority of your landscape textures are those of rocks and sand. For the most part it does all these quite well, though I was a bit off put by how the character models look out of place as they are, for the most part, very well defined, but the rest of the game looked rather bland and incongruous.
The title is well thought out and implemented and the various missions will keep players interested. On top of looking after your main character, an interesting twist is that you are looking after 3 other squad members as well who gain experience over time spent in combat so it's not worth frittering away your men thinking they are expendable as the very nature of the game makes them more valuable, especially if those other players are your buddies in real life playing co-operative mode with you!
Conflict Desert Storm sounds fantastic as well, drawing players further into the game with realistic sounds from all directions assaulting the senses. All the little things have been thought of with regards to audio and it would have to be one of the most well thought out titles with regard to sound that I have heard in some time.
As previously mentioned you can choose to play as the British or USA forces and the game will reflect that accurately with your men talking with that particular accent. Whilst in populated areas of Iraq, the sounds of prayer can be overheard in the evening and night effects such as crickets help suck you into the game's atmosphere. Even working parts of heavy machine guns have been incorporated into the game!