Delta Force - Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre First Impressions

NovaLogic and Rebellion are teaming up again to deliver a new chapter in the Black Hawk Down series to the PlayStation 2.

SOCOM and those Navy Seals may rule on the PlayStation 2 when it comes to military-themed shooters, but NovaLogic and developer Rebellion would like to reintroduce you to Delta Force. Or, more accurately, Delta Force - Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre, a follow-up to last year's Black Hawk Down that will once again let you take control of the Army's elite commando unit.

Delta Force goes back into action with Team Sabre, the follow-up to last year's Black Hawk Down.

Team Sabre is loosely based on the PC expansion of the same name, but make no mistake--this is a complete stand-alone game for the PlayStaion 2 that will feature a full-length single-player campaign and an extensive multiplayer suite. The campaign's not really tied into the events around Black Hawk Down, though it will feature some of the characters introduced in that game. This time, though, you've got to go to Iran to battle a rogue general who is jacking up oil prices around the world, as well as Colombia, where you must take on some drug lords. That means that the 11-mission single-player campaign will let you fight in both jungle and desert, for a nice change of pace.

Based on feedback from Black Hawk Down, Novalogic has made a number of gameplay tweaks that should please fans of the first game. Weapon accuracy has been remodeled, so now the game will take into account your stance. If you're running around, you're going to be less accurate than if you're crouching or lying prone on the ground. Moreover, you'll have a bit of character customization, as you can earn points that you can use to upgrade your character's abilities. Higher accuracy means that it's easier to hit targets, for instance, and you can also boost your endurance and dexterity. These improvements will also carry over to your teammates, who will be smarter in Team Sabre than before. There's always a tricky balance whenever you deal with computer-controlled teammates. If they're too good, they'll prevent you from having all the fun, but if they're too stupid, they're a burden. Now, teammates do a smarter job of keeping up with you and supporting you.

Teammates are also handy for a couple of other reasons. If you're running low on ammo or health, you can request them to patch you up or hand you more bullets. Each teammate can do this only once, though, so you can't use it as a crutch forever, and if a teammate dies, you lose his healing and supplies abilities. And if you need to feel like a team leader, you can command your team to move to certain points, flank the enemy, or regroup on your position.

Of course, you'll have a huge arsenal of weapons and equipment at your disposal, all drawn from real-world arsenals. You have a variety of assault rifles, grenades, binoculars and assault vision, antitank rockets, and more. It doesn't look like you can recover enemy weapons from the ground, but you can come across various armories in a mission that not only refill your ammo load but also let you adjust your weapon loadout.

It wouldn't be Black Hawk Down without, well, a Black Hawk down.

Multiplayer will have the meat of the gameplay, though, as online battles are incredibly popular and highly replayable. Novalogic's servers will support up to 32 players in a match, an impressive number for a PS2 game, though if you host a server yourself, you'll be limited to eight players. The slew of multiplayer modes include deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, team king of the hill, renegade and team renegade (hold a flag for a certain amount of time), and sabotage, which requires your team to transport and explode a bomb in the other team's base. On top of that, a cooperative mode will let you battle alongside another player in a six-mission campaign. These maps will be tougher than the single-player version, which makes sense.

It's a bit surprising that Team Sabre is so far along in development. Though the two companies announced the game this week, plans are to ship it in the first week of November. That'll be good news for shooter fans on the PS2, and it just goes to show that Delta Force doesn't waste any time.

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36 comments
BOONYAO
BOONYAO

I think i'll pick this up. I never got BHD for any of the consoles, but ive been playing BHD online since the early beta days. It is probably one of my favoritel online games even though there are MUCH better games out there. I use to play this on the PC non-stop.. it really was a great experience. I don't think it will match my PC experience but i can't wait for Team Sabre to come out for the PS2.

sou11ess
sou11ess

for those who never played this game may suck, but for me , i have bemm playing this for so longo , i m sure will be great!!

kjwet
kjwet

This game sucks monkey BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

samerdj1
samerdj1

yes evil gil they wrote this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but this game it's hardcore :) but i am professional in this games

EvilGil
EvilGil

did they say it had ONLINE co-op play??? or did i read wrong??

DMBChicago
DMBChicago

Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre looks awesome, I love that it's only $29.99...and I get MP. Sa-weeeeeeet!!!!!

dragonlan931
dragonlan931

i dont know...it has alot to live up to considering the fact that it was on the computer a few years back...when they came out with the origional black hawk down for the PS2 i was hoping a little sharper graphics (considering the graphics we can make now than a while back) but instead they made the levels more logical and fuller....which is good..but could have done better

AndreSiqueira
AndreSiqueira

I don't care for graphics.. If I were looking for it, I would buy a Xbox 360... 32 people online on PS2 is something remarkable.. And the sound of this game is really cool. So, if the next instalment of SOCOM will be cool, so will be this one too..

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Delta force always had preffered gameplay over graphics. But After all these technological development they could have created decent graphics atleast when they are going for a PS2 exclusive.

Willerbee
Willerbee

This Game looks WACK!!!!!!!!!!

Rud92
Rud92

Looks Like CrAp

d4xz
d4xz

this game only for blind peopels! graphics SUX! and game 2!

masterofTS
masterofTS

I'm more stoked for SOCOM: Combined Assault. That game will own!

AndreSiqueira
AndreSiqueira

It looks like the end of life of the PS2 will be glorious! The Delta Force is the most fun and exciting war game for online game play, I rather this one than SOCOM, which is very impressive too.. Looks like they're using the same engine, with a fews improvements.. For me, it is simply perfect, 'cause the draw distance from the previous game was awesome. If it comes with a decent cooperative play, will be perfect.. And seriously, if they'd managed the 32 players at the game before, I'm quite sure they'll have success in this new stuff either. Would be interesting if we could use some vehicles at the online play..

_Sam_
_Sam_

looks like every other war game

sinxgb
sinxgb

i'm sorry...but this game just looks like total ****

slim_jim7007
slim_jim7007

xMIAxKillaCrank.....have u played it? i liked the first 1....32 players online ruled it was a fun game until my ps2's online stopped for no reason...mayb sum of u remember public_enemy420? Well neways im getting a 360 so i wont b getting this 1 but if iwas getting ps3 i would definitely look into this....by the way......who cares if u cant pick up enemy weps when there r weapon caches everywhere.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

Looks promising. The screenshots look pretty amazing for ps2. If they had done this 1-2 years ago it would probably have done so well that it would probably have made people think differently about sony's online play. To bad though, because it looks like this game won't do that well due to the fact that next gen sony/nintendo come the same month as it and xbox 360 is already out.

comelstr
comelstr

yea i liked the first one

Honcho316
Honcho316

Well, if previous PS2 military-style FPSers are any indication (aside from SOCOM) this game looks like its shaping up to be the suckiest piece of suck that ever did suck. I hate when you can't pick up enemy weapons.

-KinGz-
-KinGz-

quote:Puiumami Pff... let me tell you this: Give your PS:2 to your 8 year old next door neighbour, get your PS:3 fund and go buy yourself an Xbox 360... and you won't need these fugly graphics... PS: Black Hawk Down on the Xbox is better looking let me sing u a song....: FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANBOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. dude I'm neither a sony,ms or nintendo fan, but ur comments are as childish as that 8years old neighbor who is actually helping you with ur homework.

Puiumami
Puiumami

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carnie06
carnie06

First one was horrible, better graphics then this...yep...this should be a good game...lmao

gamefreakwill
gamefreakwill

This better not be like the BLack Hawk Down that sucked up my PC