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  • Summary: Race against time and terrorism as a member of the elite Delta Force in this all-out first person shooter. From the hostile streets of the middle-east, where danger can come from any direction, to the landmarks of a major European city. Your duty is to hunt down a terrorist overlord carryingRace against time and terrorism as a member of the elite Delta Force in this all-out first person shooter. From the hostile streets of the middle-east, where danger can come from any direction, to the landmarks of a major European city. Your duty is to hunt down a terrorist overlord carrying a nuclear device before untold disaster is unleashed. The most realistic, immersive, shell-shocked battlefield experience ever. Modes include: plant the bomb, VIP escort, capture the flag and more. Take a seat in military vehicles to speed your way to victory (also available in multiplayer mode). Mix all-out assault with stealth infiltration in your mission to prevent disaster. Incredible plot that sees YOU on the trail of lethal terrorists. Join forces with other elite fighting units from the USA and Europe. Makes use of enhanced Unreal engine technology for unparalleled graphical realism. Places and sounds modeled on real-world locations for total immersion. Hollywood production values ? music, sound and scanning technology as used by the biggest blockbusters. Motion capture moves provided by ex-Special Forces operatives. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. With so many competing FPS games on the market, Red Mercury falls sadly below par..."Splinter Cell" meets "Serious Sam." Not too bad. Not very good. [Dec 2004, p.90]
  2. 70
    Yes, it has some glaring AI problems, some repetitive and overly simplistic gameplay aspects. And yeah, one of the final cut-scenes, where our hero lands on a speeding train, is about as PlayStation One graphics as it gets.
  3. One of the few shining edges Shadow Ops has is in the audio department. Taking full advantage of the now widely used THX sound scheme, the game convincingly places you in an aural war zone.
  4. It's basic, it's clichéd, it's blokey... oh, and it's expensive and short, but Shadow Ops: Red Mercury is still a hoot. If you're after a brainless gun-fest with plenty of blowing-up, give it a few months and see if you can pick it up on the cheap. [PC Zone]
  5. It’s just a 12 to 14 hour example of untapped potential and a lot of things we’ve seen before.
  6. An average single-player game with competent but not brilliant multiplayer modes tacked onto the side. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  7. There's nothing here gameplay-wise that's new or original, or even competitive, given the season...The lag in online bouts is atrocious. [Holiday 2004, p.34]

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Score distribution:
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  1. SamF.
    Apr 19, 2006
    8
    In the gaming World where First person shooter are in abundance, many people give a game a bad review because of just a few flaws. This can In the gaming World where First person shooter are in abundance, many people give a game a bad review because of just a few flaws. This can be the difference of it's Success or Failure. Shadow Ops:Red Mercury is your basic FPS Where you must Stop a Backpack Nuke from getting in the wrong hands and being used. Your Met with Fierce aggression and many perhaps too many enemies that pop out of nowhere at times. But this games Cinematic feels keeps you immersed in the action ducking to find cover and figure out where the hostiles are. You Team does a good job of helping take out some of the Enemies but you feel out numbered 5-1 at times. Your firefights are immense with exploding drums and grenades making it feel your in the middle of a real mission. This is No Call of Duty, But the action is intense. With Details such as breakable and movable objects thrown in the Game Comes alive with action. With all these Postives there is one major drawback which is no Quick saves along the way. So if you die during a mission you must start that level over. This can get frustrating but makes you proceed with caution next time which brings me to another negative, the enemies spawn in exact same areas, so its not hard to know whats coming and from where next time you play the level. This is no Blood or gore such as in Far Cry Or Doom3 But a pretty immersive FPS That will entertain the casual player for hours . Expand
  2. DiatrexV.
    Jul 29, 2006
    6
    Shadow ops is an ok game but it could have been much better, like the saving game system. The story needs more structure and its really scripted.