Beyond the Law: The Third Wave Image

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  • Summary: Ruthless mobsters gather in New York City to orchestrate and initiate the first of three waves of crime and corruption designed to paralyze our nation. First they strike with bribery, blackmail and blood tinged corruption. Debts are recalled in the shadows of abandoned shipyards while unsuspecting citizens suddenly become victims of human trafficking. Using prostitution, money laundering and drug cartels the second wave is only a subtle prelude of what's to come. The most deadly of all, the Third Wave is the ultimate threat that could annihilate our Nation's capital. Our police force is under their control. Intervention beyond the law is the only way to fight back to save our country. As commander, you must choose from 50 members of an elite group of paramilitary specialists and lead them on a series of 20 missions. Deploy your squad and direct each of them independently. Utilizing sniper, ballistic, tactical, and technical experts, you will operate in total secrecy to stop the mob dead in it's tracks. [Magnum Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
  1. The concept of stopping the mob instead of some ancient civilization, railroad, or third world country is something different for a strategy game. But the mob just doesn’t seem like the mob during most of the game. You could easily replace the mob with ancient warrior of a great civilization and the game would play the same.
  2. 57
    The concept is all there, but some features, such as funds management, background story and sounds, are only half-baked and appear as if the developers lost interest in completing the title.
  3. 50
    The Third Wave doesn't manage to achieve consistent entertainment, though, and is challenging for generally the wrong reasons.
  4. I should probably have undergone some therapy before writing this review, as the game left me frustrated beyond belief.
  5. The graphics are about on par with everything else in the game. The resolution is locked at 800x600, and even if you ignore the blockiness of the graphics the small levels are bland and uninteresting and the cutscenes smack of stock-footage amateurism.
  6. 36
    It’s not a terribly good team-based strategy – in fact, only if you’re a team-based strategy freak should you pick up this title, as it offers very limited gameplay and extremely limited enjoyment as you struggle through the ongoing clobbering that Magnum Games likes to call missions.
  7. 30
    Compared to Commandos and even knockoffs like Desperados and Prisoners, it's primitive and feeble, like an old Mafia boss that's out of touch and can't see the G-men bearing in on him.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. TomR.
    Apr 28, 2004
    I enjoy RTS games & this one had a contemporary hook that I couldn't resist. In "Beyond the Law", you command a squad of paramilitary experts in missions to infiltrate mob strongholds in & around New York City .. Your objective, put down the mob & stop a plot to nuke the U.S Capitol Many of the same features that you'd find in other RTS games. But it's the storyline that pulled me in .. The cut scenes setting up each new mission were intense and gave the game an edgy, gritty feel. A "whole-lot-of-game" for not much money ($20) Expand
  2. JM
    Apr 26, 2004
    I played for hours for only $19.99. Great deal, lots of interesting twists. Choose playing Mafia-it's more challenging.
  3. VincentB.
    Apr 28, 2004
    Stop the Mob - Save America! Excellent twist on the RTS genre. Only $19 .. Have been playing for hours - so I certainly got my money's worth. Standard RTS gameplay, awesome cut scenes, great storyline .. Thumbs Up! Expand

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