Conflict: Denied Ops First Look

Eidos shows off an early work-in-progress version of its upcoming Pivotal-developed shooter.

During a recent meeting with Eidos we were afforded our first look at Conflict: Denied Ops, a first-person shooter currently in development at Pivotal Games. We weren't permitted to play the game on this occasion, but we were invited to watch an Eidos representative play through the first level, titled Santa Cecilia Monastery.

Conflict Denied: Ops takes place in and around Venezuela, where, in the game's version of events, the government has been overthrown by a corrupt regime and a civil war is raging. Team America offers to intervene, the regime objects and threatens nuclear-flavored reprisals, and so the US intervention is carried out in secret by two members of the CIA's "special activities" division. That's where you come in. You'll be playing as two undercover soldiers--a sniper and a machine gun specialist--whom you can switch between at any time during solo play, or whom are tailor made for cooperative play with a friend.

Objectives will appear on screen at all times, so there's no danger of you getting lost.

During our explosive tour of the war-torn monastery, it became clear that one of the most important strategies in Conflict: Denied Ops will be to have one character providing cover fire and attracting enemies' attention while the other flanks them. The game has purportedly been designed with accessibility in mind, and will feature a control scheme that should be easy for newcomers to the first-person shooter genre to pick up. Switching between characters will be as easy as pushing a button, and using the two left shoulder buttons you'll be able to issue simple orders to your colleague. The left trigger will tell him to follow you or move to where you're looking depending on whether you hold it or tap it, and the left bumper will be used to target enemies or areas that you want your teammate to concentrate his fire on. Furthermore, if you send your colleague toward any object that he can interact with, he will do so automatically, whether it be opening a door or hacking into an enemy communication system.

Given that weapons are kind of a big deal in first-person shooters, you might be concerned to hear that there are no alternate weapons for your specialized characters to pick up as you play the game. Fear not, though, because at the end of each mission you'll be awarded upgrades and/or new weapons for your arsenal. After beating the first level, for example, your machine gun guy will get a grenade launcher, and your sniper will gain a gun camera that makes it easier to shoot from behind cover as well as a shotgun to deal with enemies who get a little too close for comfort. Both characters can also perform melee attacks, incidentally.

There's no health bar, but you'll know when you're in trouble .

You'll have the ability to commandeer vehicles in Conflict: Denied Ops as well, although the only one that we got to see during our demo was a small tank. The vehicle's 73mm cannon proved more than up to the job of showing off how destructible the game's environments are, and also made short work of enemy tanks and helicopters toward the end of our session. We're told that all of the vehicles in Conflict: Denied Ops will be designed with cooperative play in mind, so, for example, when using the tank while playing with a friend, one of you will be responsible for driving while the other mans the turret.

In addition to the story-driven mode, Conflict: Denied Ops will feature competitive multiplayer content of some description, but Eidos isn't revealing any details on it at this time. We look forward to bringing you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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77 comments
ukogmickey
ukogmickey

Right guys ill be honest with ya`s, I were proper disgusted with the demo, very very dissappointed, I have also played the other conflicts and the last one Global Storm I really did play it to death online as there was only 4 player Co-Op with most of the usual characters too, It was awesome and if any of you played it you will know coz all loved it but that were on PS2. I was dead eager when I heard of this new one so checked the demo and hated it but I just couldnt help myself but going to buy it today (release day ) and guess what yeah the first mission is a little tacky but that Demo is not even a 3rd of the full mission so it does get a bit better, then as you start getting further into the game the get much much longer and harder and it really is quite addictive and graphics wise its good but If I remember rightly the conflicts have always been awesome gameplay which to be honest I would prefer as long as they had half decent graphics. Like for exaple I started the first mission and towards the end I were thinking Im taking this back tomorrow and getting something different. Now ive got about half way im loving it and really finding that it is highly addictive, Cant wait to do C0-op online but I do admit they really should have kept the same charachters and also 4 player. I just hope now they bring out Global Storm as a Original Download coz I will buy that straight away and they really dont intrest me but that was wicked. Definitly worth having because of the Co-Op and it really is good further through the game, could of been a lot better but still good. They could of made this game massive if they got it spot on. Also very very little options in game too, there is none really just the basic controller layout and stuff, But ladies and Gentlemen the is a downloadable package option so they obviosly have a lot of that in mind, Ill keep peeps updated and answer any questions regarding this game, feel free. P.S Plz dont judge this game off the Demo coz I admit they just dont know how to sell very well thats all.

brandao25
brandao25

I downloded te demo from PS Store and the graphics didn't impress at all =(. If you play the demo, just look in the begining how ugly do mountains look ....

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

Ummmm ... this game DOES NOT FEATURE 4-PLAYER CO-OP?!?!?! how the hell can the first FOUR conflict games on the PREVIOUS generation of consoles feature 4 player co-op and the next-gen DOES NOT...?!? This Game is terrible. My xbox has 4 F-ing controllers How does this console continue to provide games with less gameplay, shorter single-player, less features and less functionality? I'd rather have nintendo 64 graphics and bring those things back

dragonman46534
dragonman46534

you guys cant compare all those games to this because for one,, all of them games listed below (excluding halo) dont have co-op campaign and cool tanks and other stuff that are part of multi player, Halo is the only game that utilizes it well, and even though unreal 3 has veichles, you cant use the cool ones in multi player online. Now i know that there are enough fps out there, but there isnt exactly enough quality ones out there,, destructible enviroments is another things all of the games down below lack,, i think its pretty cool that you can blow a little hole so you can see where the enemies are and snipe them. I dont know how fluid the game play is though,, ill just have to wait for more previews, but im definatley hyped about this game,, this will satisfy me enough till mercenaries 2 comes out,, me and my friends will have fun with this forsure.

powerframe8
powerframe8

rather would buy army of two. or haze. both released in the same time frame.

progamemania
progamemania

i'm a long time fan of the conflict series, so i am so happy. what i wish though is that it were a 3rd person shooter so it might stand a chance. i do agree a little with id_xbox_360 , coz with all these great fps's the conflict might won't diliver much.... but maybe if it were a 3rdps i will

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

when there is BIoShock , Call of duty 4 , Crysis , Halo 3 ,..... there is no empty room for this game.

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

when there is BIoShock , Call of duty 4 , Crysis , Halo 3 ,..... there is no empty room for this game.

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

when there is BIoShock , Call of duty 4 , Crysis , Halo 3 ,..... there is no empty room for this game.

mad_tyger
mad_tyger

As long as it has online co-op!

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

Its hard to get excited about another FPS. At least bioshock tried to take the genre somewhere new. I think it's gonna be a long time before i'll buy another FPS. Sigh.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

I don't like the idea of them making it a FPS game. The Conflict series have always been great as third-person shooters and I'd like them to at least include the option of playing it in third person view.

Smoolander
Smoolander

Woo hoo. The announcement of another generic FPS. I can't wait.

Mujambo
Mujambo

FPS is getting quite popular for the ps3. I agree though, we should see some other genres. I hadn't heard of this game till I read this, but I think I'll be plenty full of FPS with CoD4, Haze, Resistance, Rainbow 6...

u_poop
u_poop

i wish the ps3 would not bother with these types of games, it should have mo rpgs

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

with the Advent of COD4 next month and Operation Flashpoint next year, theres no way im gonna bother with this, im just gonna stick with R6 Vegaes and GRAW2 for now

ddashboy242
ddashboy242

Im getting this game................. PS.............Imma FPS junkie

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Talking of 3rd Person Shooters, check out the stage video of 'Dark Sector'

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Games developers have always complained about having the hardware & technology available which would enable them to get the most out of their software, well..that time has arrived!! so what do they do? simply make yet more sub-standard sh$te! The problem isnt the Power of your console or the Technology available, its the grey matter between the ears some develpment companies! "NinjaMunkey01" Apparently Ubisoft are in the progress of making another R6 game that should be available late next year : )

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

Shifty7 is right. While I want games like Haze and drakes fortune I would like some more tactical shooters. this dosent look that tactical though. I want another Rainbow six game to come out!

v8nnwilder
v8nnwilder

Errrr.... Well personally I'm getting tired of FPS games... After Jericho and Haze I'm not going to get another FPS for a while... A very long "while" actually. Besides this game looks and sound like the same of everything out there... Nothing new and worth a second thought. Besides there are so many other titles out there that I want to have a go at first. But hey let's wait and see when it comes out what the final product is about...

u_poop
u_poop

ps3 should forget about multi platform shooters :D

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I am a 360 owner but do like the PS3 and stumbled across this preview accidently (so please dont have a go at me), the PS3 needs games with much more substance than this to do it any justice at all, its a great machine but its ashame that developers just take the 'Easy Option' of trying to ram sub-standard FPS's down our throats, they'll learn when it doesnt sell very well or gets terrible reviews, The bar has been raised to such a high level that games developers need to use a little more imagination etc to get over it, look what Valve have done with Team Fortress 2, some might call it silly, i call it Original and fresh.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Eidos need to realise that the public arnt gonna put up with the 'Generic' FPS anymore, If yer gonna make a FPS it needs to be something special, with a little imagination and originality. Look what Ubisoft did with R6 Vegas, they took a FPS and threw in 3rd person aspects to dramatic affects, wot youve then got is one of the most played (online) FPS anywhwere, and its almost 2 years old. Get the point??!!!

denaz
denaz

I'm getting a bit over this genre of game, but will still give it a go, by the looks it could shape up to be pretty fun! That bloodspray looks great:)

gogetagun
gogetagun

There better FPS games than this one damm !! great job Eidos STOP doing it

whododoodoo
whododoodoo

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Shifty7
Shifty7

Yeah. FPS is everywhere but the world needs more tactical shooters. But at least there will be some multiplayer (co-op and online I hope.)

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

Good job on screwing up a good thing Eidos. Psssst if you didnt know Eidos there are like a bazillion FPS games out there and people dont really need a new one. Go back to 3rd person, tactical.

jasonmasico
jasonmasico

They totally ruined the Conflict series.

rainbowsix11
rainbowsix11

The only thing to be excited about in this one is the possibility of fully destructible environments.

KingBahamut
KingBahamut

Unimpressed, it seems rather unoriginal and curently has no announced innovative or original elements

Shifty7
Shifty7

Amen man. I miss the old Brothers that would save you from terriosts

Killidan77
Killidan77

What happned to the original four from the conflict series??? I want to see Bradley, Jones, Connors, and Sherman (RIP Foley)

menzialey
menzialey

Four words: Bradley, Foley, Connors, Jones

conflict_rules
conflict_rules

a lot is changed and I'm afraid it just aint a conflict game anymore

DredWulf
DredWulf

I only liked the older conflicts with friends especially the original...but now they just dumbed it down...a lot.

DonMega187
DonMega187

GARBAGE u cant pick up weapons wtf?!?!

shasam712
shasam712

I loved the older conflict games, but now it's an FPS and they've halved the man power? Sounds a bit odd to me, I am not as excited for this as I was.

Tylerdurdn71
Tylerdurdn71

I agree , its looks like an older pc game. hope they tweak the game play and weapon options before game release

sdauz
sdauz

man u cant choose ur weapons, come on that sucks - a FPS is only as good as the guns...all good FPS (inculding decent ones) have choice of which guns to choose...seriously...customisation sounds good, but i wish it were like crysis customisation ...on the fly.

gcps2master
gcps2master

Yeah, it just looks like an FPS army of two, but its crap that u only get a machine gun guy and a sniper, seems its still stuck in last gen...

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

This next gen version of conflict doesn't look good enough. If they are repeating the same gameplay as last gen I would not even touch it.

pidow
pidow

This might be a good one........Only time will tell.

Lifeshifter
Lifeshifter

Could be interesting, looks kinda cool so far so i'll wait for more updates as time passes

uberjannie
uberjannie

wooohooo. its coming for PC as well.. but im sure they are stripping away the coop part.. as usual...

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Story is total turd, looks very uninspired to me. I shall stick to the plethora of good shooters that are already out or soon to be released.