MissionForce: CyberStorm is more than your traditional, run-of-the-mill turn based strategy game. Based on the Earthsiege universe, it throws you into the role of a Unitech soldier. Unitech is a major corporation that has built its foundation around mining throughout the planet. Everything was going well until the evil Cybrids, an organic and technologically advanced race, came around and started to disrupt and destroy facilities of the corporation. It's up to you to stop the invasion by hopping into your Herc, a massive mechanized robot/vehicle, and control the individual pilots of these craft, the %Bioderms. Unfortunately, the %Bioderms have started to rebel due to religious disbelieves and you'll have to pull and rally them together. At the same time, you'll have to get to the bottom of just what the Cybrids want and what their freakish genetic experiments have to do with you and Unitech. This is not your typical, ordinary storyline for a turn based strategy game. It's quite good and written brilliantly.
And then there's the game itself. There are nine missions in all and you get to pick and choose which ones you want to complete first. Each mission is rich with the main subjects being mining missions; defending or destroying Unitech or a Cybrid facility, and basic all out assault operations. While in the various missions, you'll earn money for doing things. For example, if you mine something that you were supposed to, then you will get paid. You can also get paid for destroying any Cybrid creation, building, etc. Earning money is very important in that you'll have to upgrade your Herc. Money will allow you to upgrade your weaponry and defensive armor classes, improve leg and arm movements, equip tracking and all sorts of radar devices, etc. It is very imperative that you gain enough money per mission because in order to survive in the later missions, you'll need to be fully upgraded. When you combine all this with the epic storyline, you've got yourself an immersing single player game.
There is also multiplayer support thrown in for extra measure. You can play on a network, a dial-up modem game or a direct link cable game. You're able to go head to head with a friend, wage war in a deathmatch to the finish or play a cooperative game. If you've only got 2 people or are playing a head to head game, you may want to turn on Cybrid interference to get a truly epic war going.
MissionForce: CyberStorm is a great game that any turn based strategy game fan should not be without. People looking for an action packed, real time strategy game should look elsewhere and if you're not a big fan of organic testing held together with strong science fictional themes, you probably won't like this game. But to everyone else, go ahead and give it a try.
Graphics: The birds-eye view hex-based environments look great. Everything is textured nicely and the individual Herc and Cybrid characters and machines are done quite well.
Sound: All of the weapon and explosion effects sound great. There is also a pretty epic soundtrack, which was done nicely.
Enjoyment: Training Bioderms, great mission objectives and environments, inspired story elements and upgrading your Hercs makes MissionForce: CyberStorm an immersing and very enjoyable game.
Replay Value: The single player game will have you hooked for a while and when you're done with that, you can try some of the mutliplayer options out. There are better multiplayer games out there, but the ones found here extend the life a bit.
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Cyberstorm 2: Corporate Wars, MechCommander Gold, MechCommander 2, Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand, Metal Fatigue, Warcraft 2, Magic & Mayhem (a.k.a. Duel: The Mage Wars), No Man's Land
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