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We talked about Generals so many times

That I am starting to write a review in a few mixed feelings. They wrote here, they wrote, and here the release crept unnoticed … A strange feeling. It seems – everything is already known about the game, the multiplayer beta is played to holes; and, at the same time, it is not clear what to expect from the full version. But indeed it turned out to be quite different from what we were waiting for – even after the beta …

For those who do not know: in the distant future, the terrorist organization Global Liberation Army (which proudly sounds like “World Army of Liberation” in Russian) will unleash a full-scale war with China, which, albeit under red flags, loves nuclear weapons, but very good and civilized. China, of course, will show a fig to the villains, but they will answer with a bigger fig — they will capture Baikonur and launch a rocket, loaded to the top with all sorts of filth from the nearest sewage system. From the sharp smell will die out the whole city. Of course, after the manifestation of such rudeness and lack of culture, American cowboys would tear off their star-striped seats from the chairs and, having done away with taking Baghdad (they took the whole three days, the poor!), They will march victoriously through the GLA territory.That’s all. Yes, this is the whole plot of Generals. Not a prehistory, but a plot. From start to finish. Stacked in four sentences. Four. In other words, it is virtually nonexistent. Generals professes a very different philosophy.EA Pacific distanced themselves as much as possible from the products of colleagues from Westwood and Blizzard , creating just that “modern global warfare”, about which they talked so much …

Just war. Modern war. And the player is just a warlord. For him, everything is decided by politicians and the situation on the battlefield.He does not need motives – he must act. Therefore, each mission is a separate story in this fictional war. We are simply informed that, they say, the bad guys have captured the chemical plant and will now begin to jam the fish in the important water artery of the country. The squadron of Chinese MIGs is already in the air, and in a spectacular script video it attacks the ill-fated complex, but … American stingers in the service of GLA work better than the red-flag aces. Immediately the troops are sent to the mountains to clear the way. Finally, stingers glow in the fire. Again, a beautiful movie – and the plant takes off into the air. All forgotten – ahead of the next task, with no less chic videos.And so 23 times. Seven times for China, eight for GLA,

General Difference

Since we are talking about missions, it is worth getting a few more complimentary words from the store. If we take a single separately, then all the grand changes in the gameplay that we talked about so much in the last issue (heading” In the center of attention “), will be hardly noticeable here or – which is more likely – not so pronounced. But the missions themselves … Perhaps there was no such assortment in the genre.Tasks like “shitting a hut and show your neighbor where his fence passes” is a minority. Very diverse. Highly. Both the tasks themselves and the situation … Chinese troops are retreating up the river. The only way to escape is to blow up the dam. Here the huge wall is slowly covered with cracks, then falling apart into pieces, and in an instant an unstoppable powerful stream rushes down the river bed, washing away fishing villages and enemy troops. But upstream is another enemy base. The water level in the upper channel is rapidly falling – the troops are preparing for the crossing. Protect the base will have a completely different side …

Or: the UN mission is working in Kazakhstan. Her convoys always pass through one small town.What is not a reason to ambush and rob the “infidels”? One convoy, the other … the account is replenished. But arrogant civilians take away prey … Nothing, we will teach! On the territory of the city American troops are being dragged.But the spiritual leader ordered to collect 40 thousand bucks, not 20! We’ll have to shoot down a couple more American transport aircraft.Everything collected? We wash off! .. In general, of course, the most original missions went to GLA. Only the mayhem of the city “civilians” is worth something! Or test chemical weapons on “brothers” who surrendered to the Chinese …

Differences between the three sides of each other (after all, look at the previous number) were also evident in the campaigns. China has a massive slaughter. GLA – continuous attacks, the fight against traitors and all sorts of bullying of civilians. The United States is a high-tech battle, patriotic rides of Hummer units to the city to save three pilots (direct quotation from Black Hawk Down ) and many, many carpet bombings.

The saddest thing about the Generals single is its size. These magnificent clips, slow-motion shots, stylish editing techniques (black and white satellite imagery smoothly turns into a color image) – just not enough. They are just a little, catastrophically small. Seven missions – well, where does it fit? Just starting to catch the buzz, playing for one side – like you, it’s all over, it’s time to fight for the other. The dramatic change of scenery and the contrast of impressions poisoned me all

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