We Just Played World in Conflict: Soviet Assault

[UPDATE 6 March, 2009: As mentioned in the comments section, Soviet Assault will be made available for separate purchase for those who already own the original game, as well as packed in as the Complete Edition, which will contain both the original World in Conflict and also the Soviet Assault...

[UPDATE 6 March, 2009: As mentioned in the comments section, Soviet Assault will be made available for separate purchase for those who already own the original game, as well as packed in as the Complete Edition, which will contain both the original World in Conflict and also the Soviet Assault expansion.]

Before we dive into our play session of World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, a quick history lesson:

2007's World in Conflict was an outstanding game took a very risky step with real-time strategy games, but once the game came out and everyone played it, people found themselves asking, "Why didn't someone do this before?" What World in Conflict actually did was combine the fast pace of real-time strategy games with the class-based, team-based, action of games like Battlefield 2. See, Battlefield 2 was a military team-based shooter where you would choose to play as a certain "class" of character, like a medic, an assault trooper, a sniper, and so on, and you teamed up with other players online who also chose different classes, then moved as a team (assuming no one was being a jackass) to capture key "control points" on the map before the opposing team, which was also composed of players who chose different classes, could snap up all the control points first.


The original World in Conflict from 2007.

World in Conflict basically took the same basic team-based, competitive concept and brought it to real-time strategy games; instead of playing a medic or a sniper, you might control only a tank platoon or a squad of attack choppers. Basically, when you played as a team, your whole team was like a traditional real-time strategy army with mixed forces (infantry, ground armor, artillery, air cavalry), but since you controlled only one squad, you were free to micromanage the heck out of them and focus on causing as much mayhem and destruction as possible with the game's tactical aids, like the almighty nuclear warhead. (World in Conflict was set in a fictitious war between the USA and the Soviet Union during the 1980s--the real Cold War never escalated to actual battlefield conflict, but in WIC, the simmering rivalry between the two nations becomes an actual war.)


The Russkies are coming in Soviet Assault.

This brings us to World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, an expansion for WIC that was originally planned for consoles, but is, for now, currently planned only for release on PC. Soviet Assault adds the actual Soviet faction as playable units and includes a whole bunch of new toys to play with, including Soviet armor, air vehicles, and units, as well as new tactical aids which you can see in action in this recent trailer. The Soviet units and new tac aids will be available in multiplayer, and will also be featured in the modified campaign. As you may have heard, Soviet Assault will be released as an all-in-one package that includes both the original game and also the expansion (so you won't need to dig out your old copy if you can't find it).


"Mr. Gorbachev...TEAR DOWN THIS WALL! Wait, what are all those tanks doing there?"

The single-player campaign in Soviet Assault will feature a handful of new campaign missions that you'll play from the perspective of the Soviets. The missions will actually be inserted in between the campaign missions of the original game where they're intended to make contextual sense (rather than a completely separate Soviet campaign). Missions will be broken up by in-engine cinematic cutscenes that show key characters discussing their missions and rallying the troops along the background story of the full campaign.


Expect to see plenty of stuff getting blown up in Soviet Assault.

The early campaign mission we played started off as a night ops mission in the highly contested area of West Berlin, Germany, which is currently staked out by American forces. As the Soviets, your first mission requires you to attack the American encampment, first by sending in stealthy infantry to quietly neutralize guards on foot so that you can take out a handful of antiair guns, then come rolling in with tanks. Ironically, the much-lauded 1989 teardown of the Berlin Wall does still happen in the 1980s in World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, but not as a result of joyous freedom-lovers taking a few swings with a symbolic sledgehammer, but in a hail of Soviet tank fire as your tank crews blast the wall in an explosive fusillade. We pushed forward with our tanks to help capture Berlin and begin the Russian invasion in earnest. In all cases, the powerful and quick camera controls of World in Conflict remain intact in Soviet Assault and let you quickly zoom and pan around the action to get the best view of what has just, or what is about to, burst into flames.

Soviet Assault's handful of single-player campaigns seem interesting, but like with the original World in Conflict, we assume that multiplayer will be where it's at. The expansion (which will be both sold separately, and also packed with the original game as World in Conflict: Complete Edition) is scheduled to ship later this year.

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killingbran
killingbran

how to you find the file that has the cheatcode list thing

hawkeye-nine
hawkeye-nine

more more we need more more unit and bigger maps so far its the best

Virage1337
Virage1337

Gelugon_baat Posted Mar 10, 2009 4:03 am GMT To DarthEthong467 chevydriver1123: Yes, I expect a price for one game, rather than a higher price for two games. Most developers prefer to bundle expansions this way nowadays (much to the dismay of publishers), as this reduces unforeseen hurdles. I still recall the hordes of patches for the expansions for Neverwinter Nights and its sequel, many of them having to do with reconciling problems with harmonizing the new stuff with stuff already installed on players' PCs. Relic showed it can be done with Opposing Fronts, so Massive Entertainment would be wise to take a leaf from that. To dddddddo: A good story and a competitive-gameplay oriented game almost always involve the theme of conflict. War is an easy to use theme, due to its inherent affiliation with conflict. If you hate war, you are better off playing games like Puzzle Fighters and other offerings from SNK and Capcom. If you are one who abhors violence of any kind war being hugely involved in such you can always play games by PopCap. Just not Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank and its ilk, of course. P.S. I don't understand why people want to give Hyperion_1400 demerits for stating a fact to implicitly point out a previous user's ignorance. Is it because of his/her potentially scandalous avatar pic of a certain Love Hina anime character? If that is the case, I think there are many more avatar pics out there with much poorer taste, such as those people who use "Don't Fall Down Stairs" animated GIFs. P.P.S. I think there is a certain person who is dumping demerits on everyone in this column. I am not entirely certain of his/her motives, but I think this person has an issue with WIC not coming to the consoles. you talk a lot :S

Itakel
Itakel

it looks impressive. May be I will buy it

Bambii12633
Bambii12633

So they are just going to add new units to the soviets.

angelust34
angelust34

FOR THE MOTHERLAND-I cant wait till gets out

angelust34
angelust34

I am gonna buy a new gamer comp. especially for this game-I LOVE IT, since I only have laptop.

asian_man
asian_man

Yay, finally get to use the soviets in the campaign, shame all the units perform the same way though, could have made it like company of heroes by making certain units from a faction stronger and others weaker. Still, another money raiser for Ubisoft, shame on you activision.

kutcher
kutcher

Wow guys, you don't need to buy the original edition again. You can either get the complete version (like a Gold version which includes the original and soviet assault) or you can get just soviet assault. If you don't believe me, check the forums at www.massgate.net

juliecms
juliecms

oh my god yes!!! the original kicked soooooooooooo much ass.

Quandry
Quandry

It adds new breath to a old game. Should be fun.

sub-raid
sub-raid

Now that's a game i'll get it as soon as it comes out.

foodme
foodme

sounds cool ill be getting it

hunkallicious
hunkallicious

ubisoft bought massive. good for ubi to doing so, massive was also responsible for ground control 2, another excellent RTS

Crenam
Crenam

The time delay was due to the fact that Activision owned Massive. Blizzard and Activision merged and discontinued WiC before they sold Massive. Can't remember who bought Massive but they eventually decided to go ahead with Soviet Assualt.

tony145623
tony145623

Has to be a great campaign dosent look like theres enough new to call it a really good expansion otherwise, I cant immdieatly think of any steps that would take WIC in a better direction but still with all the time taken there must be some more new stuff than I've seen so far.

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

The original game was awesome indeed, so this will probably just as good, but sadly I was hoping to play a console version, will I ever see it? I dont play PC anymore so ill have to wait.

dashowmaker
dashowmaker

yea and theres nothing really to add unless you add different tanks the soviets have or someting, the original really covers all the bases i think. as far as the tac aids go, i could care less if there are any new ones because i never get tired of the originals

Shadow_Fax87
Shadow_Fax87

Yeah, jack is right.... And the incendiary bomb is basically the fuel air bomb that the soviets use instead of the daisy cutter.... What's up with that?

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Umm... ok, so only to those who've played this before (like me), is GameSpot high or something? All new soviet units in multiplayer and new tac aids? What in the world are they talking about? The only one in that trailer I haven't seen before is "Incendiary Bomb," otherwise all others were already available. Same thing with the Soviet units (which are really the exact same as the U.S. units for the game's purpose, just with a different look/name)--the only difference is you can play with them in the SINGLE player campaign. In other words, there's a grand total of zero new units, and maybe 1 new tactical aid. Otherwise it's just new maps and single player missions. Not trying to be a party pooper, but I'm a little disappointed (and not sure why this has taken forever to come out).

Artosa
Artosa

Im gonna gut some capitalist pigs

instinctgamer54
instinctgamer54

nice, i always loved wic, but i wonder is this an expansion pack or a new follow up to the first one?

eviloard
eviloard

need more command points

TheReaper180
TheReaper180

Probably the same as every other PC game.

AndrewP
AndrewP

Good eyes, gentlemen. This post has been updated.

lafigueroa
lafigueroa

For those of you that might have missed it, owners of the original game can purchase download the expansion itself from MassGate when it comes out

Priz23
Priz23

I loved the original story of WiC and the multiplayer was great. BUT as said before, I am not going to pay $50 for the original all over again plus the expansion. But then again, I'm on a huge RTS kick this year... got DoW2, Empire: Total War, Supreme Commander, and C&C3 on my computer right now.... haha geeze...

dddddddo
dddddddo

NO! Not another war again! :(((

Quandry
Quandry

They should have a direct to dl on there website that would alleviate any burden people have with already owning the original.

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

I agree with chevydriver, I don't want to pay extra for a game I already have! But when you think about it, they almost have to package it this way. The multiplayer part of the expansion will be free, so the singleplayer isn't gonna cost very much.

chevydriver1123
chevydriver1123

Here is my problem with the way its packaged; I have my original copy of WIC still installed and I don't think it's right to only sell it with the original copy unless it will be very low priced IE $19.99 - 29.99.

Hyperion_1400
Hyperion_1400

Which was made by the exact same company that made WiC...

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

You know there actually was a game like World in Conflict released before, it was Ground Control

Penalty_of_Hero
Penalty_of_Hero

It's to bad that they doesn't release this for the consoles. But it's up to Massive if they want to sell games or not, because I think that World in Conflict was probably one of the games with super high review score that didn't sell many games. * I don't know the numbers but there're some general formula such as. Release a game with multiplayer and it will sell X copies extra, release it with co-op it will sell X copies extra and with console releases the number of copies sold is really much.

MegaWang
MegaWang

Played through the original once, amazing game, might just have to play this as well.

Wings_008
Wings_008

man you cant imagine how relieved i am to know that it will include the original game in the package

Norstar24
Norstar24

I hope this game is as intense as the first one.

zorkax
zorkax

Looks awesome! Can't wait to play!

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I can't wait for it to go gold!