Thunderstrike: Operation Phoenix Image

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  • Summary: A deadly new adversary has struck at all the principal nations, paralyzing the world. The world's allied forces immediately call for a global summit, merging their weapons resources and technologies into a clandestine project entitled Operation Phoenix. [Eidos Interactive]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. 80
    Casual twitch gamers may be turned off by the flying learning curve and amount of strategizing required to complete each mission, but you can’t deny the hedonistic thrill of buzzing over a desolate desert landscape and letting loose!
  2. The real problem is that the game won’t hold your attention for longer than a weekend, which is unfortunate.
  3. Players looking for a detailed flight simulation will enjoy Thunderstrike's tactical gameplay, but fans of visceral action will find its strike-and-hide gameplay requirements a bit too rigid.
  4. If you are a helicopter sim fan and like games that are frustratingly difficult then pick up this game. Otherwise, either stay away or at your own discretion rent it because there are way better games out there.
  5. A game that suffers from “could have been great“ syndrome. The weapons are cool and the missions are exciting, but the controls ruined everything.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Later sorties throw so much annoying crap at you—too many enemies who pop out of nowhere, too many mission objectives. [Jan 2002, p.222]
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Why does the game look like crap? [Jan 2002, p.141]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. BigTiny
    Sep 9, 2004
    Hard..but excellent...good graphics and weapons.
  2. TravisB.
    Dec 12, 2002
    A very challenging game and threateningly addictive. A few hints about rescuing hostages and surviving ambushes would be nice.
  3. AndreaL.
    Jan 9, 2002
    Finish this in the Hard level, if you can!
  4. MikeG.
    Feb 24, 2003
    It's a good effort to try and combine action and fun while still staying true to the genre which is one of it's major problems. It's a good effort to try and combine action and fun while still staying true to the genre which is one of it's major problems. It's trying to please everyone at once. I did however, enjoy playing this game but only because there just isn't enough competition out there. One thing that i would like to complain about though, is how annoying and irratating it is trying to shoot them bloody soldiers on the ground. Why didn't Eidos put them on the target system as well? Answers on a postcard. Expand
  5. TimS.
    Aug 19, 2002
    Not as bad as the reviews have made it seem.
  6. MattC.
    Jan 28, 2002
    Definitely cool but super hard.

Awards & Rankings

#83 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001