Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Review

Time to team up with Delta Force to rescue a downed Black Hawk is this shooter.

Review by Darren Cartledge
Published 30th September 2003

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

  • Developer: NovaLogic
  • Publisher: NovaLogic
  • Release Date: 28th March 2003

NovaLogic's fifth release of its popular Delta Force Franchise has been eagerly awaited by gamers and after having been put back several time's fans of the series will be pleased to know Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is well worth the wait.

Firstly it should be known that Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is based on real life events that occurred in Somalia during 1993. The game loosely follows the missions of the 10th mountain regiment and the Task force Ranger, although some missions are entirely fictitious. It's not however in anyway connected to the film of the same title so don't expect anything along the lines of the movie.

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down plays very well. You are given the option to play from third or first person perspectives. In either view the game runs well, even on fairly low spec machines. The game plays amazingly and it's quite different to the other Delta Force games and at times delivers intense combat. In most missions you are given a squad of soldiers that follow your lead and provide covering fire when necessary. You also have the opportunity to issue troops under your command with orders such as room clearances.

During some missions you will be required to travel to various locations in vehicles but whilst you can not actually control the vehicles you can use the on board weapons such as the "Mini-gun" on the Black Hawk helicopters.

Enemy troops A.I is pretty good, you will often notice enemy troops taking cover behind buildings and then suddenly rushing out to take you by surprise. Unlike many games recently enemies don't seem to be distance based. They seem to come at you no matter how far away you are as long as you are visible to them. The game also lets you use strategies that actually work, for instance if you throw a smoke grenade for cover while moving position's enemies will not be able to see you. The only flaw in the games A.I that we noticed was that of our squad members. Although at times they offered us support in sticky situations a lot of the time they would stand out in the open facing the opposite direction of the enemy.

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down is highly detailed, don't be able to find ammo or equipment lying around the mission maps. You get what you can carry before your mission begins so you should use it sparingly and accuracy is highly important.

Another great detail of the gameplay is the ability to call on medics if your team mates are injured. If a member of your squad is seriously injured a "Black Hawk" helicopter and medic will be dispatched to your location if possible, when it arrives it will land nearby and you will be required to guard it until the medic can drag your fallen comrade on board.

The game features a multiplayer mode via Novalogic's NovaWorld or via a LAN. Game types available in the multiplayer mode include Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Team King of the Hill, Search and Destroy and Attack and Defend.

Graphics wise Black Hawk Down is solid, playable and non-playable characters are highly detailed and well animated. Equipment and vehicles are also highly detailed as is the character reloading animation.

There are some very nice graphical touches all the way through out the game such as helicopter blades blowing dust across your line of sight. Environments are also nicely detailed. Sand will puff up when bullets strike the surface and there are also a lot of detailed touches throughout the missions such as graffiti and rust.

Sound really immerses you into the action of the missions. Voice acting is of the highest quality and features a real feel of urgency that would be present on any battlefield. Vehicle and weapon sounds are also of the highest quality and add to the overall authenticity of the game.

Review Score: 9.2/10

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