word that will strike fear into many people’s heart. Ask your granddad
on the subject and you will be treated to an hour-long debate on how kids
these days are ungrateful little gits and how he fought for us! When the
annual England Vs Germany football match comes round, the usual
anti-German feeling starts up. Well Take2 have given us a game that lets
us take it out on the Germans when we get thrashed 5:0!
Hidden and Dangerous is set during the Second World War. You lead a crack group of SAS soldiers and can lead 4 into any mission and chose your team from a possible 40 members. At the beginning of each campaign you will be treated to a very complicated interface identical to the PC version where you have to choose your team and weapons. However, you don't have a mouse and simply pressing the “Auto set up” button seems to be the easy way out!
we eventually get onto the game itself. First, let me make one thing
completely clear, this is a strategy game, so none of that charging in
guns blazing Quake style! This is a game where you will have to think
tactically and work efficiently. You will be treated to a briefing in full
3D at the beginning of each mission telling you exactly what you have to
but then you have to get down to the dirty stuff! You can choose between
first person or third person perspective views. You can control any team
member while the Dreamcast will take control of the other three soldiers.
first mission eases you into the game, but you won’t be fighting the
Germans the first few times you play this! Instead you will be fighting
the controls! On the PC version you had a keyboard and mouse to help you
out. Somehow Take2 have managed to implement all the controls using your
Dreamcast controller. It takes a few hours to figure out exactly what
you’re doing. For instance, if you want a man to run, you hold the
“l” trigger and press start. Then you press “Y” to go forward!
However, why it seems complicated at first, once you have mastered it you
will realise what a great job Take2 have done. It is actually quite simple
once you get round the learning part.
Graphically, Hidden and Dangerous JUST makes it as a Dreamcast game. For example, the first mission is so smooth you won’t believe it. You have to take the bridge in the rain and slowly move your way through neutralising Germans with cover from your snipers. But as the levels get bigger and more graphic intense the game can go at a snails pace. One particular level sees you driving an armoured vehicle. It goes so slow its untrue. To my horror, when I jumped out the vehicle, I found it was quicker walking, yet if you do that you die!
PC version had a lot of bugs and Hidden and Dangerous on the Dreamcast is
no exception. You find yourself sneaking up behind a German with your team
covering you from all directions. You lie down on the floor ready to roll
out from a corner and…wait…where’s my man? Dam…he fell through the
floor! He is dead! No fair! Then there will be times when you are running
along with your team and suddenly one of your computer-controlled soldiers
decides to go off in a different route. Yet you don't realise this until
you hear heavy machine gun fire when he has lead the Germans right to your
one thing that makes Hidden and Dangerous unique is its strategy, because
it actually works. In C:C Red Alert I positioned tanks in certain areas
hoping to ambush the enemy when they went down a road, except my tanks
just wandered off. Well in Hidden and Dangerous nothing is more
pleasurable than placing your sniper on a hill telling him to “hold
fire” and positioning your other men to lie down. Then you give the
order to “move Out” and you see how your three men run, kneel, shoot,
run kneel, shoot while having cover from your unseen sniper on the hill.
Another great gaming moment. The satisfaction is brilliant when you see
all the dead Germans lying on the floor in an operation that took you 10
minutes to plan but only 30 seconds to pull off.
Range of missions is immense because every mission is unique. Sometimes it will be attack a force, clear out trenches, take a prisoner, rescue prisoners, blow up a base or simply hold your position. When completing a mission you look forward to seeing the next one. My particular favourite is a mission where your team is placed in an open field. You have to hold your position until the aeroplane lands at the runway. However, you are under attack from all sides and your team frantically tries to give cover fire while you make it to the plane. A great rush of adrenaline.
in all there are about 40 vehicles for you to control. From cars to boats
to planes. Some vehicles have guns mounted on them. Placing your team in
say a truck will have two members of your team in front while the other
two covering the back shooting at enemies. The AI is actually quite good
even though we have already discussed some problems. When firing at the
enemy, they will cruel making it harder and his team will run to back him
up. Even though your own team can make stupid mistakes they also do
fantastic things. The amount of times I was walking down a corridor little
realising that a German was positioned at the top of the stairs ready to
fire, only to hear the gunfire from my team mates taking him out. It
actually feels like a team effort.
The sound is good too. Personally I've never been in a war zone, but when a flurry of bullets heads your way you can hear them whip past your ears. Then your team fires back and a full gun battle is in process. It feels like the beginning scene from “Saving Private Ryan”. The music comes in certain places and really adds to the atmosphere. You have your usual weapons like in most war games today. Grenades, types of machine-guns, flares. Its all there and each have there unique sound. You will find yourself knowing exactly what machine gun is being fired at you because of the pitch of sound.
difficulty of Hidden and Dangerous is perfect. It has an excellent
learning curve and you will always be replying missions thinking, “did I
have to do that, could I of not done it this way?” The replay value is
high. Overall, not a bad game at all, it has its new annoying bugs and the
control system takes time. But it is so easy to forgive all this when you
pull off a great move that even the SAS themselves would be proud of. If
you’re into war and like strategy then this is defiantly the game for
you. Even if you’re not, then this is still worth a look.
“A Game worthy of your time. Great sound and gameplay with few annoying bugs. A strategy War shooter that lets you relive the war. This game is Hidden And very Dangerous to your health! Many sleepless nights will be down to this game.”
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