Joint Task Force is the real-time strategy (RTS) game where you command the frontline forces in tomorrow's most hazardous conflicts. Lead twenty dramatic missions in explosive war-zones including the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Balkans.
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Very Positive (64 reviews) - 87% of the 64 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 12, 2006

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Joint Task Force is the real-time strategy (RTS) game where you command the frontline forces in tomorrow's most hazardous conflicts. Lead twenty dramatic missions in explosive war-zones including the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Balkans.
Experience the evolution of warfare firsthand as you bring superior tactics and military technology to bear against dangerous and unconventional forces. No game has been so gritty or immediate.
Use the principle of combined arms to your maximum advantage. All battlefield units - including infantry, tanks, artillery, reconnaissance and helicopters - are strongest when used together. Your men's lives depend on your level-headed strategy.
  • Elaborate story line, 5 campaigns and 1 tutorial
  • Manipulate media and civilians
  • Invest in your heroes; take them to the next mission
  • News channel which provides background information and live coverage of battle
  • Satellite recon at your disposal
  • Several terrain types: Desert, Winter Valley, Rocky Mountain, Jungle and Cave
  • Realistic physics for units and buildings
  • Dynamic weather with effect on game flow
  • Destructable terrain objects
  • Multiplayer modes include: Domination, Deathmatch and Cooperative mode
  • Campaign playable in multiplayer
  • Multiplayer modes will be able to handle 8 players over LAN and internet. With a brand new multiplayer mode.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Win XP / Win XP 64 bit / Windows 2000, Intel P4 2 GHz / AMD Athlon XP2000+, 512 Mb RAM, 2,5 Gb uncompressed space / 4 Gb of free space on drive C: during installation, NVidia GeForce 4 128 Mb / Ati Radeon 9500 128 Mb, DirectX compatible soundcard, 10 Mbit for LAN / 56K for Internet, Mouse and keyboard
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I have been playing a lot of RTS games lately and Ifound JTF quite pleseant and entertaining.

-Modern Warfare alike (90's) based game, no futuristic ♥♥♥♥.
-Entertaining, nothing else.
-Average US units available, you can actually use most of the units laying arround such as cars, pickups etc.
-Destroyable Buildings.
-Fully LAN support. ☺ A+

-Short Campaing
-PhysisX bugs
-Limited units available
-Mediocre AI, game has no way to form groups or units (set them into formation) and they are a lil bit stupid.
-Discountinued Online support.
-Lousy cinematics.

So in a short term, if you are a realistic Warfare RTS guy you must play at least the campaign, anything else avoid this game.
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2013
Joint Task Force is a real-time strategy game from HD Publishing.

In Joint Task Force, you don't get to build a base unlike any other RTS out there, but instead you have to secure a landing zone to deploy your heavy forces. Light forces such as infantry can be deployed directly near your officers via helicopters. Vehicles will need soldiers/crews to operate, and their effectiveness will increase if the right crew mount them. Soldiers that operate a vehicles can also be killed even if their vehicles still intact, which makes capturing enemy vehicles possible. Officers can also call in an airstrike or cruise missile strike.

The graphics are great and awesome for an old game and the effects are very good. This is the first strategy game where I see ragdoll effect is featured. Unit collision is also a big matter here, as unlike most RTS game out there, vehicles and tanks almost cannot collide with one another. Even on very low graphics setting, somehow the game still looks good.

The downside of the game is, the skirmish game is somewhat boring, as the AI is quite stupid. The skirmish setting are also bugged, as there are some setting that makes you win or lose instantly when the game not even started. Multiplayer are also dead I think. I haven't been able to play multiplayer.

Joint Task Force has great potential to be a great game, overall the campaign can still give you some hours of playtime. I recommend this.

Rating 6/10
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
Some parts of the review is more than likely how to get the game working.

This game is completely abandoned since Sierra Entertainment company went away. If your looking for online multiplayer do not bother as the servers are gone. Clicking "Internet" multiplayer will just freeze the game. Happily LAN still works.

You need to download a physx driver from Nvidia in order to get this game working. Steam should have added this file as download with the game. Too bad the Developers are gone.

Some people buying this game have no clue how to make the game working without reading the forums.
It works for both AMD and Nvidia Graphic card users.

Beware, you might need to turn off "Hardware Cursor" in option menu if you are getting crashes.

It has a good singleplayer campaign, but you might not like the ending. I can't really recommend this game due to it being an abandonware game. The game is very balance between the factions.

There is a bug in "Vigilant Arms" mission where if you destroy the artilleries before the map expands, you cannot complete the secondary mission. Spotting the artillery for F117 to automatically to bomb them. The secondary mission I do believe should have been activated during the start of the mission(bug). When the map expands the secondary mission activates. So destroying them early stops you from completing the mission.

There is no secrets or unlocks in the game. If you are a big real time strategy fan you should get this game, unless you don't want to be bothered to get this game working. If you are not a fan of real time strategy, I cannot recommend it unless you can get it to work. If there was a neutral option in steam review I would have selected that option. The game currently works on Windows 8.
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2014
This is an enjoyable beer and pretzels tactical warfare game that has some polish to it. While some of the scenarios drag on after a bit, they are mostly fun to play and there are several ways to tackle most goals and objectives without being led by the nose through scripted events.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
I love this game. It's still kind of topical, but I don't play it for the politics. The graphics are nice, the missions are fun, and there's a lot of replayability because if something doesn't work, back up a little and try a different approach. Sometimes the AI is a bit wonky, especially when in vehicles, but overall the controls are smooth and intuitive. I like that you have to pay attention to how much money you have and that you can't rely on just endlessly churning out or requisitioining equipment, supplies, and soldiers.. It makes you play smart with what you have.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2013
For anyone who loves military RTS games I would highly recomend this game
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
67.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2012
I can honestly say this game is a hidden gem if your an RTS/ RTT fan.

First the bad, well some very annoying path-finding issues. The performance could be better, and there are animation glitches. (however it is more than stable, and FPS don't fluctuate that much)

Now the good, the story is rather generic, but done rather well.
The graphics are pretty good, and to this day some of the best models of the (AH-64 Apache, and AV-8b Harrier) I have seen in an RTS/RTT.

Campaign is a decent length despite having only 1 faction, there is like 21 or so missions.

The gameplay is arguably some of my favorite in a Real Time Tactical game (which this is more that, than it is an RTS, there is no base-building) The options are many and nice. Can actually do some awesome guerrilla style warfare in this game. (Also it is slower-paced)

Sound is good, Music is better than most RTS/RTT games set in this time period.

For $10, I recommend it. If it goes on sale, there is no excuse not to try it.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Joint Task Force
Developer: Most Wanted Entertainment
Publisher: HD Publishing
Genre: Real Time Strategy

General Impression
JST is a story driven real time strategy game that has aged very well. From both an aesthetic and gameplay perspective. Honestly, I found it hard to believe this is a 10-year old game already. The missions are complex and feature enough diversity to keep the game interesting at all times. The AI is decent, taking into consideration that this is a 2006 RTS. Difficulty settings are well adjusted, even though I recommend you play it at hard from the get-go. I thoroughly enjoy strategy titles in which I have no base management to deal with and can focus directly on the battleground. In JST you have a requisition budget that is quite finite, so you have to be careful about overspending on reinforcements and airstrikes.

Strong Points
+ Good looking graphics that stood the test of time.
+ Mission composition along with terrain and unit diversity.
+ No base management.

Weak Points
- No Steam Trading Cards or Achievements.

Rating 9/10

This review was submitted for SUPER Giveaways.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2011
Kind of intriguing. A twist on the usual strategy game elements. base building is no longer recquired, and you have a selection of "hero" units at your disposal that can call in reinforcements. Basic units such as rangers or medics, even tanks and humvees, can level up and become "promoted" to a hero unit. Each hero unit has specific abilities based around their original class. For instance, the marksman(sniper) unit can upgrade into a veteran Sniper, giving him abilities like stealth, and the ability to recquisition units like scout helicopters and humvees. As said, it's intriguing and worth a look. There is a demo in the steam store, and if not, you can download the demo from Trust me, even though the voice acting is a little iffy at times, you can't judge based on cutscenes and chatter. it's the gameplay that counts and thats what this game has.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
A gem in the ocean, that's pretty much wrap up about the game.

To be honest, at first, when I see it, I don't think this is a good game. Just another war game, I think. But, I try it anyways, and has so much fun playing it in my surprised. It has so many things that ulike any RTS game, you don't have base, for start, just field of operation, you will plan your move around your officer. That means you need to move a lot.

Physic is pretty good in this game, the explosion seems somewhat sastified. The music is so-so thought. The bad thing is no one still playing this game in multiplayer.

This game offer so much for you for a change, you should try it out, I'm sure you will enjoy it.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
if the water looks bad: options > water: low
if moving on the level lagging, turn off (or on/off) the hardware cursor
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26.5 hrs
Posted: June 16
Lots of potential buried under poor design decisions. I remember when this first came out way back when, I was really excited for it and then incredibly disappointed by the ending. That feeling more or less holds up now - the first couple of missions are great, with a cool "international peacekeepers" concept that's pretty unique, but then the story very quickly departs from that and becomes a convoluted mess that never makes any sense and ends on a sequel hook cliffhanger with no real explanation of anything that's going on. The game was a bomb and a sequel never got made, so the story ends up feeling like complete nonsense. It feels like the game went through several rewrites and the different plots ended up being sloppily patched together to make missions fit in the end.

Speaking of missions, they become unbearably boring and articifially difficult about halfway through, making the game an overlong slog that's absolutely full of padding. The unit variety makes tic-tac-toe seem deep, with every unit in the game introduced within the first few missions, and the AI spamming forces of roughly 80% anti-aircraft units in the late game in order to render all of your air support completely useless (and thereby upping the difficulty considerably, since not only do you effectively lose air support, but the enemy's AA is also great anti-infantry and decent anti-armor.) This is made even worse by the terrible AI - poor pathfinding is more or less expected in RTS games, but Joint Task Force has painfully bad and often harmful pathfinding, with units running themselves into repeatedly into obstacles and getting stuck or directly into the enemy and getting destroyed, even when a shorter, simpler, and safer route is available. Combined with the fact that your units will often refuse to perform automatic reactions like they're supposed to, such as firing on nearby enemies or healing injured allies, and the game just becomes a micromanagement nightmare that's not worth the effort.
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Sgt. Dweebus
27.3 hrs
Posted: June 15
One of the best Squad Combat strategy games I ever played, such a terrible shame it ends on a cliffhanger and there was never a sequel.

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0.2 hrs
Posted: May 28
This game is completely non functional. Does not run at ALL.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: April 12
This is a great game. I have had this game since 2006 when it cam out and have made custom maps with the great ingame editor. I wish they would make another JTF with this great game engine [of course beef it up a bit] ;-).
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17.5 hrs
Posted: March 1
Game that i've been playing when i was alot younger.
Game is great for that times when it was made.

My score for this game is:
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Anax of Rhodes
0.3 hrs
Posted: March 1
Game runs fine until you have to move the mouse. Then the screen freezes for a second.

I'm sorry, but that's totally unacceptable.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: January 31
I have had the game on Disc for YEARS and just got it again on Steam. Over all for its time a GREAT game for Solo and LAN, but... BE WARNED THERE IS NOT REMAINING MULTIPLAYER!!!! THE MP SERVERS ARE GONE. So if you want to get this to game with friends over the internet you need to look for another option like CoH and others

EDIT: Please note the lack or IP direct or Multiplayer is the ONLY reason I have marked this game as NOT recommended
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