CGRundertow SOVIET STRIKE for PlayStation Video Game Review

CGRundertow SOVIET STRIKE for PlayStation Video Game Review


Are you ready to make the Evil Empire shudder
in its un-American boots like the terrorist bastards they are? Well, my hawkish friends,
have I found a game for you. The 1996 continuation of the Strike series published by EA was not
only the first Strike game available for post-cartridge systems, it was a smooth transition for the
isometric helicopter shoot-em-up. It was also full of mid-90s style attempts at making FMVs
look good, and rode out the coattails of the stereotypical video game portrayal of the
Soviets seven years after the wall was torn down. This is Soviet Strike from Electronic
Arts for the Playstation, a game that shines in its sophisticated design and challenging
sequence of missions. International terrorists have found the opportunity to seize six areas
of the former Soviet Union, and they aren’t going anywhere soon. But to their chagrin,
the Apache attack helicopter is back, and it’s armored to the teeth with the classic
machine gun and missile combination that make it the choice for a full-scale assault on
the many terrorist bases that are scattered around each level. As it was in the 16-bit
days, Soviet Strike’s levels are full of missions for you to accomplish, some within a certain
amount of time, all needed to be completed with a finite amount of armor, fuel, and ammunition.
But don’t worry, as per usual, the game’s difficulty is totally manageable…if your
work history includes CIA operative. Soviet Strike is not just any shooter you’ll see
at a video arcade, and it takes skill and good timing to carry out its missions quickly
and effectively. Your enemies are now smarter, and aren’t just standing around all the time.
They have duties to carry out in order to bring themselves a little closer to world
domination, and will be patrolling certain areas, as well as waiting to ambush you if
you should stray too far into a terrorist compound. In order to really give the insurgent
scum a run for their money, you must learn how to maneuver your Apache attack helicopter
to the best of your ability. Its speed and quick response to the use of your D-pad is
not a mistake in design, its meant for you to use against surface-to-air batteries, tanks,
and footsoldiers with RPGs. I’ll often hit a target with a Hellfire missile, then fade
away like Wilt Chamberlain as I pound it with machine gun fire. Soviet Strike will scream
into your ear now more than ever, too, and its presentation smacks of nostalgia like
The X Files and Ecto Cooler. Receive status updates from HQ when the warning appears on
your screen by pressing Start, and you’ll get the latest on your POW mission straight
from the prison camp. Fly over an enemy encampment and they’ll scream really stereotypical phrases
at you. As for the visual quality, Soviet Strike has aged like two percent milk, but
you can tell that people were impressed in 1996. It’s almost like flying over a pixelated,
3D map of any Command and Conquer game, preferably Red Alert. Soviet Strike is a 32-bit look
back at challenging video games before the turn of the millennium, and this romp through
Eastern Europe can still provide for a challenge today. So get out there and blast away, soldier.

42 Comments on "CGRundertow SOVIET STRIKE for PlayStation Video Game Review"


  1. damn, i missed out on this game big time. Why did my PSX never play this games CD…. Thanks Undertow. I will check this out

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  2. Is there a similar game where the Soviets are the good guys? The communist inside of me just had to ask.

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  3. Wow. I just saw this game today in the store. Look at the back cover, but decided not to buy it. I was wrong! I want this! I'll go buy it tomorrow. Thanks, CGR!

    P.S.
    I love the 90's!

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  4. I find myself playing more old games these days.. Games like Syphon Filter still hold up in gameplay and fun.

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  5. Soviet Strike was the first game I got for the PS1 when I was six. I had so much fun with this back in the day. Still have it.

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  6. Whenever I look up a game I'm thinking of getting or even just wanting more information on that's on PSN your channel comes up first. It seems like you've reviewed almost the whole PSN library collectively.

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  7. 1:13 Wait!
    "Crimea"
    "Somewhere in Southern Russia"
    It sounds a lot different now than it did in 1996, doesn't it?

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  8. This game was so much fun! I remember my cousin used to make fun of the cheesy FMVs while he was playing, lol

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  9. I’ve been playing through the entire strike series recently. I’ve completed everything from Desert Strike and I’m finally on the last level of Soviet Strike. Nothing has prepared me for how hard as balls this game is. You need to memorise every single map and radar position.

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