TacOps4: TF Gallagher 6 Demo
This afternoon on my lunch break I discovered a very old game from 2002 called TacOps4. TacOps4 is distributed by Battlefront and has a demo on their site which is patched and runs fine on Windows machines.
I like this game.
It looks awful and probably looked awful in 2002 but it has some real depth to the engine (a number of OOBs in difft theaters, an editor, a huge weapons and unit database and a simplicity to the combat that helped me immerse myself into the game quickly.
Let me begin by saying you should skip the tutorial and try one of the larger scenarios. The screenshots I am using are from the TF Gallagher 6 scenario. The tutorial is so small with little room to think tactically that I almost turned the game off. Thankfully, I opened up something larger and I am still battling it out.
This scenario is two hours long and represents a real challenge to hold back this massive armored formation coming at me. I've got air support, plenty of artillery and over 30 M1s. I am dueling with T80s and hordes of Soviet AFVs. The Soviets have air support and lots of rocket launchers.
|An hour later the Soviets have pushed my forces back significantly. The little red flame marks represent units that have been eliminated on both sides. The terrain is simple to read which makes it easy to make tactical decisions.|
As I said I like this game and might just purchase it (for $25). It has a ton of depth which for me outweighs the graphics presentation. Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm is obviously head and shoulders above this but the ability to expand my thinking beyond the European theater in this game is very interesting to me. Will keep you posted and let you know who won this contest. Right now it is swinging towards OPFOR.
To download the demo please click here.