T72 Balkans on Fire! PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Red Ant
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
April 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.0


T72 Balkans on Fire!

Set in the civil war that took place in Yugoslavia back around 1995, this tank sim is full of thrills and spills that take place on a fairly modern battlefield. Playing the role of a Russian tank commander you will need to get down and dirty in this title that should please most war enthusiasts. 

T72 looks great with some good looking explosion effects and a physics engine that does a great job of making you feel like you are really in one of the tanks that you will be in charge of during the game. Driving a tank is never a smooth ride (yeah, like I have really done that!) and the tracks seems to really work their way over the rugged terrain that is part of the war torn countryside during this terrible conflict. 

For those of you wondering if you are just going to be the commander of the tank during this game rest assured you are going to be able to play all the positions on the tank and will be able to do gunning, driving and yes, the commanding position. With the attention to detail being so evident in this game, there is no loading position in the tank as that is taken care of automatically. 

Enthusiasts will be able to pick out the tanks that they are fighting or viewing as great care has been taken to ensure that all vehicles are as real to life as possible. Accuracy of your shots also count to a great extent as this is not a simple one shot, one kill type battle. As in real life, rounds can bounce or glance off the armoured hull of the tank, but if you aim just right, you can put one right through that bad boy. 

Your enemy is not stupid either with the AI making sure to aim with great accuracy and also take evasive action against your ambush. Battles take place over a series of missions that are held together with a compelling storyline that gives ample reason for you being in a particular place at any given time. The tanks react to hits as you would expect, with critical hits leaving your tank a lump of unmoving metal that is abandoned by your counterparts in your vehicle. Rough driving over uncertain terrain will also leave you high and dry, and there isnít any flipping of overturned tanks either! 

You can view the battle from inside and outside the tank. Particle and environmental effects are visible as you roll through a living environment where trees and other object will move and sway about. Dust plumes from your tracks and explosions and fire burn with a menace. Audio also does justice to the title with realistic explosions and vehicle noise coming from your tank and other objects. 

The only issue with the game is letting the AI drive constantly under your command for the simple reason that it will go straight from one point to the next and attempts to simply roll over anything in its path. Unfortunately I noted on a few occasions, these included very visible obstacles that the tank should have been able to work its way around quite easily. Itís just something to be aware of, so every now and then duck into the driverís seat to make sure you are going where you need to and avoid those tank traps that are strewn through the field. 

T72 is a well put together game with not much wrong with it. Solid and fast paced gameplay will be keeping gamers happy throughout with furious battles to be fought over every hill. Missions even on the easy level prove challenging and satisfying to get through. All things said and done, this is a game that will prove most pleasing to enthusiasts. 

 






 
 



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