CES '08: Conflict: Denied Ops Hands-on

Conflict: Denied Ops will let you guide two elite commandos through a variety of world settings.

LAS VEGAS--Conflict: Denied Ops is a game that sort of feels a bit like Eidos' version of EA's Army of Two, only without all the crazy double-teaming moves. Still, when you have a military-themed shooter that lets you switch instantly between two protagonists as they run-and-gun through the bad guys, it can't help but bring up comparisons.

This is a game that feels like it's inspired by the headlines. There's a military coup in Venezuela, where the first mission takes place. Then toss in Russian nukes and African blood diamonds to round out the story. As such, expect to see a lot of different locales.

You play as two CIA operatives sent in to deal with this entire mess. In the game, you can switch between either agent at any time by simply tapping a button. One operative is a heavy weapons specialist and carries a light machine gun and other appropriate gear, while the other is the sniper and carries lighter weapons. There's a context-senstive command system that lets you give orders to the other character quickly. Point at enemies and you can tell them to attack; point at a location and you can give an order to go there, or, if playing with an Xbox 360 controller, hold down the left trigger to get your buddy to fall back to your side.

With just a few minutes of practice you can get a hang for all of these controls and start to use them creatively. If under heavy fire, switch the to the recon guy and give the heavy weapons guy orders to lay down suppressive fire. While the bad guys' heads are down, you can sneak around and flank them. If you're gunned down, you have a couple of options. You can call for help from your buddy, and he may be able to fight his way over and revive you. The easier route is to simply switch to them and then revive the fallen character by yourself.

Given that there are two characters, two-player cooperative multiplayer is a no-brainer. The console versions also support four-player co-op. You can also play 16-player deathmatch and team deathmatch matches. There's also a custom mode called conquest. Conflict: Denied Ops will ship for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on February 12.

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Discussion

21 comments
JDaleMoney
JDaleMoney

Given that there are two characters, two-player cooperative multiplayer is a no-brainer. The console versions also support four-player co-op. WTF there is only 2 PEOPLE!!! how can you have 4 player co op

zeke2040
zeke2040

well i hope its good, cause i've been hearing alot of mixed review's... i guess i'll rent it frist then maybe get it... but for sure i'm getting army of two... it look mad sweet, i hope it doesn't get delayed anymore... and i hope they fix all the glitches

Thrall-3-20
Thrall-3-20

Conflict games... I only played those as long as I had 3 friends to play with.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

this game is ruined and its a disgrace to gaming. Ya good idea...we'll take out 4 player co-op...the only reason ppl played the first 4...and make it 2 player!!! its like going back in time..on the next GEN...because less features and less functionality is better! because 360 is only able to handle 2 controllers?! (all retarded sarcasm) This game should not be allowed to come out...and EVERYONE working on it needs to be removed from the industry

wheater
wheater

I watched a movie for this game on LIVE and the graphics looked horrible. I just hope this game is better in the game-play area.

aka1986
aka1986

if there is no splitscreen, it aint worth a rent. the series is ruined, desert storm 2 and global storm were great splitscreen times.

ryan-man
ryan-man

Saw the trailer on xbox live, GOOD GOD what the hell was that, you can't convince people to buy your product with that trailer. Get army of 2 or bf bad company instead coz this is not worth your hard earned money. p.s. seriously ugly

grimybrit
grimybrit

I'm getting this and Army of Two!

Redhairboy491
Redhairboy491

Actully Army of Two is coming out after this game, so itd be more army of twos like conflict. Either way, im waiting for reviews and any of my friends reaction before i buy either.

mrjimbop_basic
mrjimbop_basic

Conflict games are always underrated. They always have good graphics, and an easy and good gameplay structure. I am a pretty serious gamer who tries not to play games that simply are not good. However, Conflict games are always fun and are a great 3 to 4 player game. If you have not played Global Terror, you should. Watch the end, and you will be pissed there is not a sequel to it.

mrjimbop_basic
mrjimbop_basic

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Pete5506
Pete5506

This is going to end bad

Mike0193
Mike0193

doesn't seem too interesting... with army of two coming, this game really seems like nothing. i'll have to see more about it to know if i'd want it. I will surely get army of two ^_^ !

veggie530
veggie530

Oh, God...this is gonna be as bad as the first Desert Storm one... they didn't mention any good things about this game at all. That is a horrible, horrible sign in a preview.

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

all of the CES previews suck on IGN too. only prototype gets any attention. Why don't they give an opinion about the games? Either they all suck or the previewers are lazy

pidow
pidow

I have to read and see more.

childe_roland
childe_roland

That was a pretty lackluster preview, all facts, no hype... Not a good sign.

Glitchhawk
Glitchhawk

this game seems alright. ill prolly o