This game only really comes alive in multiplayer as you destroy all of some poor Guy's cities and turn them into a glowing pile of thermonuclear waste and ash. The plodding slowness of the ICBM's to reach their target will make you groan with impatience and yet the sheer amount of things that need to be micromanaged will make you feel almost badgered. It all goes towards the tense atmosphere it manages to create.. The simple retro graphics are also great and also help to distract you from looking back on the film in a sort of 'Flight of the Navigator' way. (Let's face it, this foreboding map and the 'Control Room' thing that looked like NASA were the coolest things about it)
The audio is bang on .. but I have headphones on for teamspeak so that woman's anguished screams are just too creepy .. if you could just turn her and her coughing off it would be a plus.
Oi Introversion! I will give you a better review when I get the email about how you've all started work on Darwinia 2. <-- Apparently this is the sad state of gaming journalism these days. Shame, but gotta move with the times.
Here is my quote for the website, metacritic, steampage, box .. I hope they use it as it took me a while to come up with ..
'DEFCON It's like digital Chess, if Chess had loads more moves and thermonuclear weapons.' Gaz
Overall .. good game.