Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. An entire shopping list of weapons are at the player's disposal. From the simple 9 mm handgun, to the sophisticated laser guidance bombing system and antitank weaponry, you will have more than you could ever need for finishing what Saddam Hussein started.
  2. The Gulf War, and modern warfare, is a tough topic to tackle and sadly this game just doesn’t go far enough to explore the war or the opportunities of a unique team system. A missed opportunity.
  3. 71
    It isn't "Counter-Strike," but it is a good way to waste an evening or two.
  4. Though the game does have its high points, a fair collection of flaws and technical shortcomings hold the game back from being anything but a second rate game for only diehards of the genre.
  5. It would earn a recommendation if there weren't a superior military shooter ["SOCOM"] hitting the market at the same time. [Nov 2002, p.50]
  6. 55
    If "SOCOM" weren't out there offering a similar experience, with tighter design, a greater variety of mission concepts, and online multiplayer, it would be easier to recommend.
  7. The dead-average quality of Desert Storm’s gameplay doesn’t help make the cause for realistic-to-a-fault military sims any easier to abdicate.
  8. This version isn't quite as intriguing as the conflict on the Xbox thanks to the shoddier look and only two-player multiplayer.
  9. Fails in almost every department, from graphics to gameplay and everything in between.
  10. It's not worth a second look by any but the most battle-hungry war fan. [Dec 2002, p.158]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    Conflict Desert Storm is a team based military shooter set, as the title suggests, in the Gulf War of the 1990's. Each mission sees the player(s) put in charge of four soldiers that each possesses different skill sets (heavy weapons expert, explosives expert etc) and sent out to carry out given mission objectives such as rescuing hostages or destroying the enemies’ military equipment.

    The game allows the player to switch between third and first person views at will with the former providing an auto-aim function and the later allowing for more precise crosshair control. Aside from a few issues with moving your characters aim when near walls or other objects the controls are generally precise and easy to learn.

    Commanding your AI compatriots is fairly straightforward and orders such as 'take cover' or 'fire on an enemy' can be given with the press of one button. Should you wish you can even take direct control over any squad member in order to utilise their skill set yourself. Being released in 2002 the game has obviously dated in some areas. The graphics are a far cry from games in the Call of Duty or Battlefield series and the AI of the enemies can be very poor. On occasions it is possible to shoot an enemy to find that his friend, standing barely 10 metres away, is still facing the wrong way completely unaware of your presence.

    One element that hasn't dated however is the option to play the entire game in co-op mode with a friend via split screen. Many of todays heavily scripted FPS games fail to provide this option and anyone that enjoyed Call of Duty's Spec Ops missions will certainly find something to enjoy here.

    Strangely the Conflict series gradually went downhill from here with the later Vietnam and Denied Ops entries being almost completely unplayable but this first entry in the series remains an engaging team based shooter.
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  2. Jun 7, 2012
    Quite a lot of fun in both single and multiplayer. The voice acting is atrocious, the models are low quality, and some of the levels are very difficult, but the game as a whole has a very nice blend of arcade gameplay alongside a realistic setting that make you feel like some sort of Western superman blazing your way through the mindless automatons of a third world dictatorship.
    The very basic inventory and item system adds a lot to the game, the music isn't too repetitive, the sounds (especially gunfire) are good, and the level progression is engaging.
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  3. May 21, 2011
    a very good game especially in 2 player you can do a lot of team work and that makes it a very enjoyable co op game to play. i enjoyed playing every mission and i enjoyed sequels as well Full Review »