Ground Control II
Operation Exodus

Format: PC
Massive Entertainment/Sierra

5 348542 188075
Age Restrictions: 12+
25 June 2004

The year is 2741 AD. The democratic and freedom caring Northern Star Alliance (NSA) is being hard pressed by the warmongeirng Terran Empire. The war has recently entered a new stage; a brutal and deadly ground war, as the Empire has managed to land their first troopships on the last NSA controlled planet - Morningstar Prime. Captain Jacob Angelus, a battle-hardened officer in the NSA armed forces, finds himself becoming the central figure in the war against the Terran Empire. The situation is desperate and for the NSA destiny is at hand; its only hope lies in an ancient legend...

Ground Control II: Operation Exodus is a pretty impressive real-time action-strategy game that dumps you in the middle of a futuristic battlefield where only brilliant tactics will prevail. Set roughly 300 years after the events of the previous game in the series, Operation Exodus looks beautiful and plays extremely well.

One of the nice touches in this game is the line-of-site gameplay. You can only see the enemy when they are close to you, which makes for harder, more enjoyable, tacticle play - not to mention making it more realistic.

Not only do you get to battle against other humans, but the introduction of the mean aliens known as Virons helps to add another interesting angle to this game.

The only real hinderance is the camera, which can be rotated in all directions, but remains at a fixed level above the ground. This means that as your troops move through unlevel terrain the camera adjusts itself so that it always stays the same distance from the ground. This can be a real pain when you are fighting on a steep environment or areas like bridges - as the camera moves all over the place.

If you are fan of this genre of games, then you are going to love Operation Exodus. All in all, this is a fantastic game that only suffers from minor bugs.

Ray Thompson

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