Risk: Global Domination

Format: PS2

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Age Restrictions: 7+
09 July 2004

Using the same hands-on military planning found in the original Risk board game, players now see battles come to life in vivid 3D environments, get advice from historic military leaders, and earn medals and special dice for strategic accomplishments...

Ah... long summers at your grandparents playing board games in the conservatory. That's what Risk means to me. And now Atari have brought the game to the console market, finally.

One of my fondest memories of university (or at least one of my printable fondest memories) was sitting in the computer labs playing Risk on the Apple Macs. This new version is infinitely better in almost every aspect.

The one major disappointment is the length of the turn times. With the Apple Mac version you could finish your moves fairly swiftly. Here, it takes an age. So, playing against a human opponent can be rather dull.

The game is challenging, requiring a mix of luck and tactical planning and there are customisable elements that were not available with the original board game. These include Mission Risk, Capital Risk, and many others. You can also play against other opponents online.

If you love the board game, then this is just as much fun. Although it might be an idea to try before you buy - you don't want to risk being disappointed.

Ray Thompson

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