Airstrike 3D
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Saturday, 02 October 2004

A couple of years ago a game called Desert Strike were released to the public. Your were a helicopter pilot performing missions during the Gulf War. AirStrike 3D is a modern version of Desert Strike.


AirStrike 3D features a pretty advanced and beautiful 3D engine, the explosions are very nice rendered and everything is peachy, so far. However after just playing a couple of minutes the game chrash, or actually it get stuck in an infinite loop so the whole computer chrashed. After a bit of configuring we tried the game again, to no gain. The game did the same thing again however much earlier than before.

Disappointed but fearing that it might be our own computer that made the game so instable we installed it on another computer. The computer we first ran the game on used Windows XP and the one we installed it later on used Windows 98. The Divogames support site recommend updating display drivers for most problems relating to the game, this might work for some users but it didnít for us.

We didnít even get the game to run, just a blank screen and then it was time to use the now familiar shortcut CTRL+ALT+DEL. We have not been able to test the game fully because of it many instabilities and flaws. What I however noticed is that the game lacks a bit of story, there are no presentation why you are even flying the helicopter and what you are trying to achieve.

Another thing AirStrike 3D does all automatically during the installation is the install a couple of sweet icons on your desktop without asking. Actually this is perhaps the most annoying thing that can happen, and personally I hate when software does things that you didnít ask it to do.

What bothers me with this game is that this could have been a great game. I mean it, if the game hadnít been so unstable and if it hadnít created icons it would have been great. Right now AirStrike 3D deserves some points for the 3D engine and the effects which is beautiful, but thatís all. I canít justify any higher score than 3 until the flaws described above are corrected, itís a shame on a game that had the potential to be something great.


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Website for game:
Win 95/98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game:

Pentium II 300 mhz

Tested on:
Pentium III Mobile 850 mhz, 384 mb RAM, Windows XP Pentium II 333 mhz 64 mb Ram, Windows 98


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