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Old August 8th, 2005, 04:51 PM
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Re-enact Somalia conflict

John Gaudiosi
Washington Post
Aug. 8, 2005 12:00 AM

Although war may be hell, it's heaven for video-game publishers who have cashed in with games based on World War II, Vietnam and other recent conflicts.

With Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, NovaLogic turns back the clock to 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia - the setting for the bestselling book by Mark Bowden and Ridley Scott's movie. It re-creates the fighting that ended with two U.S. helicopters downed and 18 American commandos dead.

There's no way to prevent the choppers from crashing toward the end of the game, nor can you pull a Rambo and kill all of the warlords single-handedly. What you can do is lead a squad of soldiers through the narrow streets of Mogadishu in gritty, dangerous urban warfare. The game's story line also allows players to engage in combat situations as a Delta Force special-ops soldier, a Mountain Division soldier, an AH-64 specialist and one of the Rangers in the downed choppers.

The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions amount to two different games. The Xbox game features better visuals and online game play (for up to 50 players), but it's essentially a conversion of the 2003 PC game. The PS2 game, however, was developed specifically for the console, introducing such weapons as a sniper rifle and allowing players to improve marksmanship, dexterity, endurance and leadership with their performance in the field. Both versions offer first-person perspective action, squad-based game play and combat on foot and in vehicles such as Hummers and AH-64 helicopter gunships.

The single-player campaign is engaging enough, but in both versions the stronger online game play offers more replay value in its seven diverse game modes.

Details: PlayStation 2, Xbox, $50.
Now THIS I find very offensive. I don't believe that they should take a real life event in which people died and make a GAME out of it! I wouldn't mind if they took some of the basic events, and put them in another context, but this is just utterly disrespectful.

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Old August 9th, 2005, 01:56 AM
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Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one to find this sick and twisted (and not in a good way). Thanks posting this though, Dair.

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Old August 9th, 2005, 02:45 AM
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Huh. I cannot believe that they would make a game of a situation where real, living, breathing people lost their lives. It doesn't even make me mad. It saddens me.*sigh and shakes head*

Thanks for posting.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 02:59 AM
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Do you guys realize how many video games are based on wars such as WWII? Dozens. I'm not saying this is a great thing, but it doesn't offend me any less than the others just because the conflict was more recent. People have been making money off of war games for a long time. And as far as video games go, these are not the most offensive to me by a long shot. Ever hear of Grand Theft Auto? Now that is offensive.

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Old August 9th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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All war games sadden me a bit because because turning real suffering into a game isn't right at all. But, you are right. This isn't the first and it won't be the last.

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Old October 11th, 2005, 09:38 AM
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I have to say this doesn't bother me. Like someone said they have been making games about war since consoles where invented.
I also think in the case of Black Hawk Down it is important to make people aware of the events (just like the film did) i'm still finding too many people unaware of the real events.
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