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.
User reviews: Positive (18 reviews)
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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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
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-----------This is my review account, because the low playtime.
+ physics system
+ dynamic weather effects
+ detailed vehicles
- graphically weak cutscenes

+ dynamic missions,
+ unexpected turns
+ weather
- and time of day changes
- news

+ explosions crisp
+ realistic weapon sounds
- unit comments barely distinguishable

+ regular autosaves
+ all parties equally strong
+ game speed depends on the player

Mission Design:
+ battlegrounds expand
+ surprising plan amendments
+ video overlays
- Idle times

+ responds to remote attacks
+ attacks targeted first weak units
- defensively in single player mode

+ normal infantry mutate into heroes
+ heroes choice before the inserts
+ special abilities
- much micromanagement

+ continuous story
+ shady main character
- only a few cutscenes

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 25 hours
+ comprehensive campaign
+ long missions

Multiplayer: Not Tested

I do not like losing. Neither a race nor a match - not even a single, unimportant infantrymen. Therefore I make no base building strategy games always a little nervous, because I can not even replicate units easily. In Joint Task Force, I have yet to limited resources - once they're gone, it is vinegar with the supplies. But if I proceed here deliberately, I also do not need to. Because with clever tactics to get through each mission without losing a single man. But I'll take the fiddly part micromanagement gladly accept. Joint Task Force is a small pearl in real-time tactical genre.

Score: 78 / 100

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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This game is very fun! I recommend this game for rts fans that want a game that gives a feel for real modern combat strategy.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Shot a dude with Rifle.
He then flew up and took out one of my Attack Helicopters.
10/10 would fly again
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.3 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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2012
Joint Task Force is a bit like the Commandos games as you have to be careful with the units you have at hand.
Now you can during certain missions call in new units, but most of the time you're on your own with limited units.
And the game also has that any vehicle, that has had its crew killed or been abandoned, can be piloted by any of your units, but for maximum effectivness it is best to have a vehicle crew pilot them.
Another important aspect of the game is that you're constantly under the watchful eye of news reporters that inform the world of your progress, killing civilians will lower the support for you and thus means less funding for calling in reinforcements.
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5 of 19 people (26%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2013
This game sucks ♥♥♥♥
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