World in Conflict Updated Impressions - It's Done

Sierra and Massive have announced that their World War III strategy game is done. They've also announced that it will include Alec Baldwin and Whitesnake.

The major development out of Sierra Gamer's Week regarding World in Conflict is that this highly anticipated World War III strategy game is finally complete and in the process of duplication in preparation for its September 18 release date. That, and Sierra finally made official what we already knew: Academy Award-nominated actor Alec Baldwin is indeed the narrator of the game, which is about a Soviet invasion of America during a fictional third world war that erupts in the fall of 1989. We also learned that the game's soundtrack will include the hair metal band Whitesnake, in addition to Tears for Fears.

With the game complete, Sierra and Massive Entertainment let us play the opening levels of the single-player campaign, which begins with the Soviet invasion of Seattle. The invasion force, which was hidden in a fleet of civilian container ships, lands in the middle of downtown Seattle where heavily outnumbered National Guardsmen must attempt to delay action in a fight to buy time for civilians to retreat. During this mission, you must command a small force of Bradley-armored personnel carriers as you attempt to scout the waterfront and then proceed to rescue pockets of surrounded guardsmen. Then it's off to secure the parking lot of the Kingdom to open up a landing zone for helicopters and battle your way out of the city. The downtown Seattle in the game is relatively faithful to the real thing.

The second mission is set in the suburbs east of Seattle where you must hold the Soviet invasion at one of the floating bridges that cross Lake Washington. This mission involves a lot of fortifying as you dig in, but you must also race across the suburbs to rescue a general's family, as well as use air strikes and artillery to take out high-value facilities, such as gas stations or electrical plants the Soviets use. Additionally, you'll use a repair vehicle to get some disabled antiaircraft vehicles up and running. The end of the mission sees the bridge destroyed by air strike to slow the Soviet onslaught.

We finished with a glimpse of the third mission, which was set in fictional Pine Valley, Washington, on the Pacific Coast. Soviet airborne forces have seized the town, which you must liberate and then fortify against oncoming armored forces. This is a mission that we've seen on earlier occasions, and the map used for this mission is essentially identical to the one played in the recent multiplayer beta tests. Indeed, quite a number of the maps that we've seen in the single-player campaign serve double duty as multiplayer maps as well.

The one thing that we noted about all the missions is just how quickly they throw you into the action. There isn't a long lull as in many real-time strategy games because you don't have to worry about sending out workers to slowly gather resources that you'll use to build a base and then an army. Instead, you instantly start with a handful of units and are thrown into the fray. As soon as you accomplish one objective, another one opens up, and the action propels you forward. Because the story focuses on three main characters, there's a lot of character development and dialogue throughout, as well as between, missions. We've only seen about half of the single-player campaign at this point, and many of the key story moments have been purposely kept to the missions that we haven't seen, but we're curious to see where all this is going. The storytelling seems to be of a much more intelligent nature than in most games, where characters are merely caricatures. Instead, in World in Conflict, one particularly oafish character might generate sympathy from you because his story isn't merely black and white, but one that's full of moral shades of gray.

The game ships in a few weeks, so we won't have to wait long for answers. World in Conflict remains one of the most exciting, cinematic, and refreshingly original real-time strategy games that we've seen in a long time. We're looking forward to its release.

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rockatanski
rockatanski

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travboy13
travboy13

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wizard101750
wizard101750

vasot, the only reason for that is because no one can imagine the US invading anyone to conquer them, while the WW2 Germans+Japanese, and Cold war russians are beliveable invaders. Plus the US got its good military rep from always helping the little guy for a good cause. Oh and Rock, I'm sorry for your brothers loss as I'm also in the military(United States Marine Corps), but about your Iraqi campaign, no I wouldnt play it because its not even believable unless your a moron. I truley take offense to being called a murderer. We do our job to the best of our ability, and in Iraq's case, the enemy dresses like civilians and in the middle of a firefight of people dressed like civilians, then someone dressed the same runs across the street, what would you think he is, and trust me if you think you wouldnt shoot then youve never made a decision under fire. We would never purposley kill civilians. If we did then why wouldnt we just carpet bomb cities, simple, because we value civilian life. Oh and if you just control 1 Iraqi platoon, the game would end to fast ;). Oh and stop with the propaganda crap, WW2 games dont make people hate germans and Japanese, and Vietnam games dont make people hate vietnese. They are just good wars to make video games about them, and personally I think having 2 of the worlds best armies of 1989 go at it is a great idea, also the Russians were the ones threatening to over run Europe and not the US...

rockatanski
rockatanski

I'm gettin the feeling that this debate is starting to go in circles anyway. I suppose I've made my point and should not fuel this anymore. Enjoy the game guys. I'll just wait for another RTS to come out that will hopefully look and play as good as this one.

kingrich06
kingrich06

US & China would have been 2 good choices where the "What If". Politics aside, I cant picture any other countries where you can use most of the latest modern combat equipment.

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

What is all this going on about how it's over with the Soviets and how the cold war is over and that is why the game is for whatever, 'wrong'? World war II has been over for decades but they still make games about it. Plus even to have a game at all there HAS to be an outcome different than reality. Otherwise there is no game to it. The allies win, end of story. It's entire premise of these war games is that history could have taken a different path given XYZ. I'm sorry that some people have problems that come from personal experiences and losses in real war that may make them uncomfortable. This is not to be made light of but is something that should be used as an opportunity to empathize with others. Many arab Americans get frustrated by all the video games and shows like 24 that commonly portray arabs as terrorists. Just like it would upset Christans if there were games that portrayed Christians as rednecks who often become serial killers or blow up abortion clinics. What rockatanski is talking about is something that is a fundimental belief that these games perpetuate a stereo type that is unhealthy. But then again, as I said about WW 2, how many Germans probably do not enjoy so many military games that have dialog like "Kill those bloddy German bastards!!" The cold war will always be a source of game material. So will the Iraq, Korean, WW 1 and 2 and then hypothetical future wars. It's just the nature of the genre.

gibson-les-rick
gibson-les-rick

what are u on about rockatanski?it's a game, and i'm sorry for your brother ,but this is not the place for that

rockatanski
rockatanski

If you really think it helps you, I am 24 years old and from Australia. The reason why I am a bit uncomfortable with this game is that my brother was killed 8 months ago in Iraq, fighting for our western "freedom". He was on his 2nd tour at the time and was gonna be home soon. He was born in Russia and lived in the US for 11 years. He was 28. I pick on this game because of the reasons I have explained below so I won't bother repeating them. But if you want a sum up of it, it is simple. Russia and America have solved their problems of the "Cold War" a long time ago. If there is a new problem, then let's hear it because I certainly haven't heard of one lately. This game is using the country of Russia as a scapegoat to promote American propaganda against Russia even though it is designed to be some kind of idiotic "what if?" scenario. Finally, if it ships with a very freeform campaign and script editor, I will make it my mission to create a real "invasion" campaign that no-one will forget too soon. I am also calm and fair and I won't make any more childish comments if they are bothering you.

Vasot
Vasot

- First i have to say that i have big respect to the creators of Ground Control - Second as about this game i am really tired about the Good Americans - Bad Russians kind of Universe stories (Red Alert kind of Universe) It is just getting old and it promotes a kind of propaganda... - I hope the gameplay is just like Ground Control and the game Single player objectives to be unique with plenty of twists and not just kill the enemy base to win

travboy13
travboy13

If it was a good game then yes i would play it and i would love you for making a game that shows that we are not truly the beautiful country that always spares inocents. We try but when worse comes to worse inocent people become another stat on the casualty charts. And like i have said before I dont judge games based on politics based on the simple fact that they are just games. If perhaps it was a documentary film or a game based on actual events, it might hit my emotions a little harder but i would still play it. "World in conflict" has no relevence to what actualy happened in the cold war, it is just a story that developers dreamed up to follow there gameplay ideas. I agree with you in the matter of influence being powerfull but i believe that influence is made by performing actions in the real world and that is what shapes modern politics. I haven't played a game yet or know anybody that's state of mind was altered by a video game but i will admit that there are a few, and by a few i mean a very small amount of people that will hate russians more because of this game but you could get the same effect with people that have read a book that talks crap about any culture. Also if this is the only game you have decided to pick on then....... why this one. There are so many other games that promote a lot worse than fighting a fake war with the russians. By the way I do live at home because i am a junior in high school. I take care of myself because my family doesnt give a S**t. I would also like to know how old you are. You must be young based on the way you act.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Trav, this is the only game that I have talked "crap" about. Politics are important because it's what creates the world we live in today. If you don't care about that, then that's up to you. I care, cos I believe that influence is the most powerful means to reach a persons beliefs that affect their lives, especially teenagers that play computer games. The games industry is bigger than hollywood now and it's getting bigger and MORE influential than ever, therefore a perfect medium for propaganda such as this awesome looking game. As for the rest of your comments, they made no sense to me, so I don't know how to reply to it. But can I just ask you this.. If this game shipped with a campaign editor and I made a campaign about living in Iraq and all of a sudden American tanks and choppers started to come over the dunes and slaughter everything in sight, would you play it then? The campaign will be based on a group of soldiers trying to fend off this invasion of course, and yes - you will be playing this Iraqi platoon. Would you play it then? If you answer yes, then explain why. Otherwise, keep swearing and keep drinking your soda and yelling at your mother to hurry up with your dinner.

diablos_gun666
diablos_gun666

its a sci fi game ffs who cares if it means theres an imagnary war between russia and america in battlefield 2142 the east of the world fort the rest of the world and no1 complained about that

travboy13
travboy13

How many games do you go around talking crap about just because of the politics. Or maybe it is just the fact that you got a thing for the russians. Did you have a problem with "conflict desert storm" too. Did killing iraqies bother you or did you just not give a s**t. Is it because they are our enemys. Well the russians used to be our enemys and if anything this game could be possed as a history lesson about what could have happened if things did go sour. And if you have such a f***ing problem with games that make our allies look like enemys then quit playing world war two games that make the germans look evil, not that i give a s**t. The reason I curse is because i am pissed and i dont care about games that kill americans because it is filled with morons like you!!!

rockatanski
rockatanski

You don't have to accept my point at all. Did you notice some of the comments that were deleted on this thread last week? There was a guy calling Russians "commie bastards" and saying that he 'hates Russia" and can't wait for this game so he could give them a whipping. If killing Russian's in this game is what is intended, then how on earth can you say that it is not? When did I say in any of my points that kids are going to become homicidal and go on a Russian killing spree? I only said that I believe it will make the kids hate Russians and see them as villains in the world today. As for your comment about me being "disturbed" about the Russians being "mistreated" in this game, hell yeah I am. What would you do if the Americans were "mistreated" in a game? Have you ever thought about that or are you just another young patriot that loves the President of the US and thinks that everything is good.. AS for Call of Duty 2, boy you said it. That was awesome and perfect because -- World War 2 was real and it happened and the US and Russia were allies. But Russia has never invaded America have they? So what the hell is this now? Believe me, I won't buy this game and I am not a Russian either. But I bet you right now, that if a Russian campaign doesn't come with this release, then you can forget about the SALES of this game in that country. Oh, and by the way trav, no need to swear mate, it only makes you look angry as well.

travboy13
travboy13

Ok, so I guess we could start with this is just a game. I dont think it really matters wether you think it is going to effect our dear children of america and turn them in to insane russian killing machines because that is obviosly not what this game was intended for and even if it was how many kids do you know that played "freedom fighters" and went all hommicidal on the russians. Hold on let me think of all the kids i know..........um.........well son of a b**ch i cant think of any. And if you are truly disturbed about how russians are being mistreated in this game then dont f***ing play it. SO now you might want to cry about how there aren't any game that give the russians any credit. Well then i will reffer you to call of duty two. the russians were just plain bad asses. So go waste your time with that game insteed of trying to make a point that doesnt even matter!!!

rockatanski
rockatanski

What does this game have to do with hate? It makes Russia the enemy and it also makes them look like crap compared to the US. If that won't make a few Russian gamers out there a bit upset, then I don't know what will. This game will promote the kids of America to hate the Russians. The worst part is that the game is gonna be awesome. What a waste of great programming. Do you guys remember that game "Freedom fighters"? Same thing happened there, only they didn't promote that game as much as they are this one. So, I guess it's time for armchair war again. Maybe China will be next on the propaganda target list of US game programmers.

shadow_hosi
shadow_hosi

what does this game have to do with hate? its a 'what if' story, like in red alert/ red alert2 'what if the cold wat turned into open war?' its just an interesting story, and seeing as it didnt happen i dont see how it means we hate russia, even though we arent 'friends' we arent 'enemies'

acej2000
acej2000

I'm glad pedro is stuck in his bedroom rather than being a political advisor

louis_smith
louis_smith

I reaslly like this game..it takes away from your typical Middle East type stragety and WWII games. Its all fictional tho. I PRAY that this dosent start anything elese besides what is inthe game...

FXLambo
FXLambo

This game is great, i just wish the matches lasted longer.

Iranian_Guy
Iranian_Guy

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rockatanski
rockatanski

Wow, you hate Russia? Have you ever been there? Or have you even left Texas yet? CNN and FOX are lying to you. One day you may understand. Until then, buy this game and build up your hate.

42omle
42omle

What really annoys me is the game doesn't take advantage of my dual-core processor - i get the same low framerate on the nuke drops because of (what appears to be) the lack of processing power. I get around 10 fps on the nuke drops with a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB Ram, and an Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 At least, I THINK it's because the game isn't multi-threaded.

Gargantrithor
Gargantrithor

At war with Russia? THEIR arrogance? Are you serious?

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

rockatanski we ARE at war with Russia at the moment. Currently it's still similar to the Cold War, but things could get pretty out of hand if Russia continue to with their arrogance. I hate Russia...

thesuckerkiller
thesuckerkiller

Europe is allready in World in conflict as NATO... saw that during the beta

jazilla
jazilla

man. this might be the best demo i have ever played. the game looks fantastic and has a great pace. I can't wait to play the full version.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Maybe you're right. Let's just pretend that we're at war so when it happens, we'll be ready. Geez. I suppose the expansion pack is gonna have China and Iraq and eventually the rest of Europe. It's the world we live in I guess..

ChocoKat
ChocoKat

Rockatanski, you're naive to think Russia and the United States are allies.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Everything about this game is simply stunning and brilliant. Apart form the politics... Russia invading America in a fictional war? I won't buy it for that reason alone. Russia and America are allies now. Why bring the stupid cold war past back again?

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

it's like ground control 2 but better looking and different units

gamer082009
gamer082009

I played the demo and it's absolutely amazing...this is by-far the best RTS game I've ever played, even better than Company of Heroes (in my opinion). I loved COH but this game takes the prize. All the way from explosions, superb graphics, unbelievable sound...and astonishing detail. That's not even mentioning multiplayer either...which is a load of fun to play. All in all, this game is a must have for any RTS fan out there! Can't wait to play the full game; )

skywarp001
skywarp001

the jet wash from the jets is sic, but i think they need to noch up the game sound

defyg3
defyg3

I been playing the demo non-stop since I got it Friday. This game is so awesome. I have a pretty fast rig, (1.8mhz opteron (oc 2.1ghz), 2 gig of ram, radeon x1950 and it runs clean. Until the nukes hit. Then it slows down. But the nukes are a sight to see. The smoke and all the effects of this game rock. Especially when you zoom in to see your units, you can see the level of detail. Definatly will be buying this game upon release.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

A solid 80-85% game, based on the demo. IMHO not a Supreme Commander or Company of Heroes/Warhammer 40,000 beater, but solid. Would say it's more of an action game than an RTS and a little too fast for my liking. I like strategy existing in strategy games - call me silly if you want! :)

argulkurzak
argulkurzak

demo is great, this game is one of the best rts's i've played in my life.

mcafeevsd
mcafeevsd

Nothing like killing red commie bastards!

OseanLight
OseanLight

THIS GAME IS SICK! Not to be mean to gamespot but it says it takes an hour to download but if you go to the WIC site you can get it in 20 min. Its beautiful!

commander1122
commander1122

This game has ROCK SINGLE PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!woooot....just finish the demo!!!! great ^_^ single player

Dino024
Dino024

Im trying to find the down load loacation but i cant, any help would be nice...

bhaskarchatta
bhaskarchatta

Good one can't wait for this long... Downloading the Demo just right now...

Timothyrs
Timothyrs

Sweet!!! Can't wait :) looks good too.

monkeytoes61
monkeytoes61

I live in Seattle, so I'm pretty psyched to defend it from the Russian onslaught.

1q3er5
1q3er5

This game is gonna own but those two bands in the game ruin my mood. i dont give a flying FL(ck if the bands where around during the cold war or whatever. I want some metal like deftones!

wis3boi
wis3boi

Can't wait to blast away Seattle :P

lnenad
lnenad

Is there a Russian campaign ?

Sultano94
Sultano94

This game does really look great. I have but one question, does anyone know where I can find the system requirements for this awesome game? If you know just post another comment here with the information. Thanks!