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World in Conflict - Xbox 360 & PC

by Steven Williamson on 5 July 2007, 09:00

Tags: Vivendi Universal Interactive (NYSE:VIV), Strategy

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Four character classes

World in Conflict will present a chillingly authentic Cold War scenario where the Berlin Wall never fell. Created by Cold War authority and best-selling author Larry Bond, the story begins in 1989 as the Soviets, fearing certain collapse, boldly advance into Europe. NATO responds in force only to be met on a second front - a full-fledged invasion of the American homeland. Players take on the role of field commander, leading the era's most powerful military machines in the campaign to retake America's cities and suburbs.

Players will be able to choose to play as Infantry, Armor, Support Forces, or Aerial specialists; multiplayer teams will need to master each role for maximum effectiveness.

In case you weren't present at yesterday’s briefing, I want to stress again that in order for us to succeed, we have to cooperate. Remember to focus on your own individual role and to support your comrades at all times. Here are some basic hints that are crucial to bear in mind:

(1) Infantry
While the infantry employ some of the most advanced weapons in the world, you have to remember that they take damage easily. The armor and air roles can supply you with armored transport, but you also have your own troop transports to utilize. The flexibility supplied by the transports is essential when capturing command points.

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(2) Armor
With unparalleled defense, the armor role is powerful in both offense and defense. Tanks hold command points well and can destroy all kinds of ground units. Even though they can cover up with smoke screens, armor is vulnerable to air attacks. However, with support from helicopters or anti-air units, the armor role is a force to count on.

(3) Air
Helicopters are vital to conquer the enemy. The medium and heavy attack helicopters can deliver a firm blow to the enemy, no matter their size. But they also need defense against anti-air units, which the armor role provides perfectly.

(4) Support
The support role is the most dynamic of the four roles, with many different fields of expertise. Aside of the mobile artillery and the anti-air units, support officers can repair other vehicles and place demolition charges. The support role is undeniably an important presence on the battlefield.