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  • Summary: It's a race against time as a member of the elite Delta Force. A terrorist overlord threatens the world with a nuclear device, and you, along with other elite fighting units, must hunt him down. From the hostile streets of the Middle East to the landmarks of a major European city, your missions require a mix of all-out assault with stealth infiltration. Prevent disaster in single-player mode or wreak havoc online in multiplayer modes. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 45
  2. Negative: 11 out of 45
  1. One of the best values when considering that it fully supports Live and System Link play, has HD graphics support, and one of the best audio tracks ever laid down in a video game.
  2. The lack of detail and setup options may annoy the hardcore FPS fans, but the arcade approach will appease most players.
  3. While it doesn't have the style of "Halo" or the myriad of gameplay choices like "Splinter Cell," Shadow Ops is a decent throwback to simpler shooter times when running and gunning was all that is to be expected. [Aug 2004, p.77]
  4. A linear approach to design and the tired reliance on ubiquitously placed exploding barrels will raise red flags for some, but I'm always down for an intense march through a shooting gallery. [July 2004, p.73]
  5. While the action is intense the first time you take control, this coolness becomes a novelty after a while. The missions are real basic and offer little flavor once you've played through the first few levels.
  6. An average single-player game with competent but not brilliant multiplayer modes tacked onto the side. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  7. Frustrating, boring, and poorly executed, this is a game that is destined for the dustbin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. JONR
    Jun 10, 2004
    This game has great EVERYTHING!
  2. GunnarH.
    Aug 10, 2004
    I awaited this games arrival with much anticipation, and I did NOT get disappointed!!
  3. NuNRG
    Nov 18, 2004
    Definitely an under appreciated FPS. The graphics may not set a standard for the genre, however, it does have its moments. The sound effects and music is among the best in an xbox game easily on the same level found in the recently released Halo 2. The aiming cursor feels very tight making it easy to aim in on targets. The control scheme setup rivals that of Halo's and in a few ways actually improves upon it. The left-trigger is used to zoom in making it easier and feel more natural than pushing in the R3 (very nice) Weapons change is done via the d-pad with each weapon assigned to a direction press for four weapons carrying at once vice two from Halo (an improvement) You can lob or roll a grenade with the black/white buttons (another improvement) Xbox live and link play support (oh yeah) and a fairly decent story to carry you through the game making Red Mercury a very solid purchase. Expand
  4. Shadow
    Jul 2, 2004
    This game starts out very well with a real sense of war like in Full Spectrum Warrior. After the first few levels it becomes a Medol of Honor 1 clone as it has you running through factories and labs taking any sense of war away from it. It looks like the developers put everything into the first levels to get you hooked then they got lazy. As far as graphics and sound go, the sound is amazing at first then it kind of dumbs down as there is no real war after the first few levels. The graphics are better than some people are saying, at least during parts of the game. I would have to say they look like they are in between Ghost Recon's and R63's. A solid rental, but be warned, the only fun part of the game is the first few levels! Expand
  5. SamJ.
    May 13, 2007
    Good game, but damn guys, how bout some checkpoints?? im what some might call a hardcore fps fan (like all i play is shooters) easy is too easy, medium is challenging enough, but no save points! hard is insane! difficulty levels are not balanced! a good weekender, but dont buy it, there is never ANYONE online anyway. Expand
  6. GaryC.
    Jun 20, 2004
    The single player mode is quite fun to play,although it should have had more save points,better ai and the graphics could have been better.the game plays very much like sof2 but is better.live players should avoid though as the multiplayer is terrible. Expand
  7. JustinOpinion
    Jun 17, 2004
    If you plan to buy this game for online play be warned - it is absolutely horrible. It lacks all the features you take for granted in good games like Rainbow Six 3, Castle Wolfenstein, CounterStrike and Soldier Of Fortune II. 1. When I view my friends list, all it shows is who is online not what they are playing. I have to click on each and every name to see what game they are playing. Try this when you have 20+ friends online and see how quickly this becomes annoying. 2. When you join a game you can't tell how many people are on each team. You have to join a team go to the players list to figure out if the teams are too uneven. 3. Its only 4 on 4 gameplay. Maybe I'm spoiled with 6 on 6 gameplay, but then it also lags - on servers I know can hold 12 in other games. Totally unacceptable. 4. Numerous times I have fired a full clip to zero rounds only to be unable to then reload my weapon. Swell. 5. Mininmum re-spawn points. Spawn killing that happened in Ghost Recon can make a comeback here in this game. 6. Everybody wears the same uniform. For instance if you choose be the close combat specialist you wear a SWAT type uniform and so does the gamer on the other team. The only way you can tell earch apart is when the retical on the weapon turns to red. So try stalking a gamer, finally catch up with them only to realize that you are on the same team. Really lame. 7. The game only comes with 12 or so maps. No big deal except they decided to split them up between the different game modes. So in VIP mode there are only 3 maps you can play. How fast is that going to get old? What kind of technical challenge is it for me to be able to decide which map I want to play using which game mode? If you we're looking for a summer game to play instead your other games that might be getting a little stale - THIS ISN'T IT. Justin Opinion. Expand

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