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.