Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising was developed by the same company that released the Delta Force Black Hawk Down title earlier this year - Novalogic. It can be said the Joint Ops has attempted to cash in on the success of the Battlefield franchise. Joint Operations has been touted to be a Battlefield 1942/Vietnam killer amongst the online gaming community since it's release, but how does it stack up against the competitors?
Since Joint Ops is strictly for online play, gamers wanting engaging single player campaigns will need to look elsewhere. There are training missions though, to gather experience before heading out to the world of online play, like lambs to the slaughter. The training missions are a great tool to cut your teeth on - moving about the map, familiarising yourself with the many weapons available and mastering some of the vehicle controls.
Set in Indonesia, there are approximately 30 maps available and they include dense jungle, small villages, rice paddies and beaches. The draw distance in maps is immense with your total line of sight expanding to a full kilometre. This alone is a great feature because the maps are so huge and can cover many square kilometres. Environmental effects can also come into play during missions; a day/night cycle adds a different element in comparison to other shooters of this ilk. For example, if the sunrise is behind you whilst converging on a position, a stealth advantage is most noticeable as you creep up on enemies before they even know that you are there.
The multiplayer modes include co-op, team deathmatch, team king of the hill and 'advance and secure'. Similar to the Conquest mode in the Battlefield titles, you must seize and control various points on the map to win the game.
The vehicles also seemed to be a lot easier to control in comparison to Battlefield. There are no tanks available for either opposing forces, but there are APCs available, fully loaded to the hilt with comrades and ammunition. While they are easier to drive, they don't offer the same realistic feel as vehicles in Battlefield. But the helicopters are where it's at for this title, offering many hours of enjoyment with the easy flight controls and superior firepower.
Logging onto the Novalogic servers, NovaWorld, with the in-game browser is extremely easy and in no time you will be mixing it with the best of them, world-wide. Lag is minimal during gameplay, which is quite surprising considering that maps can contain up to 150 players.
In short, this is how Battlefield Vietnam should have been. Large maps, great detail for terrain and characters, draw distance and easier vehicle controls make this title an excellent addition to any FPS gamer's collection of favourite titles.
Score CardVisuals: Draw distance and terrain is excellent
Audio: Bullets pinging and explosions rock your speakers... good stuff!
Gameplay: Single player campaigns would have been preferred
Publisher: Electronic Arts