Publisher: Strategy First
Publisher 2: G2 Games
Developer: Gameyus Interactive
Intl - 05/25/2007
N Amer - 07/17/2007
Enemy Engaged 2 Review
PC games nowadays are having a hard time appealing to the masses. Casual gamers are leaning towards playing World of Warcraft and are often play their favorite Sims title to death. Meanwhile, hardcore niche games are struggling to gain a lot of attention on the PC side of things. Enemy Engaged 2, a helicopter simulator, falls in line with the latter of the two.
Let’s begin with the basics; Enemy Engaged 2 is a hardcore sim - gamers looking for something else should move on. If players love the more technical side of controlling a helicopter, then Enemy Engaged 2 will be a sweet spot for them. Oddly enough, the game starts off with a painful installation that tested my patience. The next time I started up the game, it asked for me to do it all over again – something I didn’t want to do in the first place.
The gameplay for EE2 is old-fashioned but easy to pick up and play. It plays at a snails pace and I can never imagine helicopter pilots dreaming of their lives being this dull. Though, I do bet that helicopter pilots wish for the career EE2 presented – long and full of missions. The campaign plays out in real-time with each mission having an expiration time before the AI accepts the mission on their own and completes it. Players are encouraged to rush through and finish the missions – at the expense of potentially completing all the objectives.
Regarding the campaign, the mission interface isn’t user-friendly. It took me a few tries before I realized what I was doing due it being clunky. I ended up screwing up in the first few missions due to the lack of an intuitive guide to aide me through the game. As for the storyline, the gamer is thrown into hypothetical wars such as a second Korean War, the liberation of China, and a few others.
The entertainment value of the combat is minimal. Control over the helicopters is simple but with constant glitches, such as clipping and frame rate problems that I ran into, the game wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. It’s unacceptable for a game to ship with this many bugs that I encountered. But alas, the developers put a lot of emphasis on the campaign. The campaign continues along with or without the player when they are selecting their missions. This may be enough to draw simulation fans into purchasing EE2 – the feeling of a living and breathing war.
The graphics are terrible and at some points they resemble the first generation of PlayStation 1 titles. The landscapes are ridged and offer no visual experience of flying a real helicopter. The presentation is ugly and menus are boring to shuffle through. Ground textures are blurry and the scenery leaves a lot to be desired. Outside of the helicopters themselves, the graphics are overall poor.
The multiplayer maps aren’t any smaller than the single-player maps. It may be impressive that the maps are big but there’s nothing really to them. One thing that is impressive, at least in my eyes, is that the bridges are destructible. There’s nothing better than shooting down bridges with missiles with a helicopter. But with the larger maps, one-on-one matches are even less entertaining.
With all things being considered, there is a good game in Enemy Engaged 2 deep down inside the belly of the beast. It is Windows Vista compatible, so it has one thing going for it. On the other hand, the two joysticks I have were not recognized by the game. Enemy Engaged is a below average game that should cater to only the smallest percentage of simulation fans.
|Review Scoring Details for Enemy Engaged 2|
Glitches hold this back from being playable for me.
Environments aren’t even close to where they should be.
The audio work is all rudimentary. Nothing leaped through the speakers and grabbed my attention.
The procedure of setting up and installing the game is a pain.
Experience of flying a helicopter is rare in video games.
The multiplayer is lackluster and offers no form of excitement.
Enemy Engaged 2 is a title that falls far below expectations.
Enemy Engaged 2 isn’t exactly the most engaging game for the PC
Reviewer: Dakota Grabowski
Review Date: 07/26/2007