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BEHIND EVERY WAR IS A TRUTH YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO KNOW
Release Date: 15 Apr 2011
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About the Game

BEHIND EVERY WAR IS A TRUTH YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO KNOW … The year is 2025 and the world is shaken by numerous conflicts over the control of dwindling natural resources. The hunger of rival warlords and dictators of mainly underdeveloped countries for advanced and highly effective weapon systems appears insatiable and the profits of the arms industry have reached new heights.

As highly advanced weapon systems, made in the USA, are sighted on various battlegrounds in Third World countries, the US government decides to send in an ISA agent, Cpt. Myra Lee, to find out how political enemies are acquiring arms that are under strict embargo.

Myra is sent to Mogadishu, where American made weapons have allegedly been employed in combat by Somali military forces against rebel units. In Somalia, Myra meets Cpt. Aron Alvarez, a hard-boiled close combat specialist of US Army's 1st SFOD-Delta, whose squadron is assigned to assassinate Somalia’s dictator. Myra and Aron begin working together only to discover that that the seriousness of the whole affair reaches much deeper than just the illegal trade of US weapon systems.

A special unit under the codename SHADOW HARVEST is formed within the ISA to reveal the truth. Cpt. Myra Lee and Cpt. Aron Alvarez are made partners in the operational core of this special unit and their investigations lead them to various places all over the world.

  • Based on the operations of the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA), with missions ranging from gathering critical intelligence data to covert direct action operations. The existence of the ISA has never been officially confirmed by the US government.
  • Two completely different characters; each with very specific and fully fleshed out sets of skills, preferences and abilities. Cooperatively complete covert operations. Players may switch between each character at any time, using either Aron's combat abilities or Myra's stealth skills to solve the situation.
  • Players choose from a vast array of weapons and technologies that enhance both characters strengths. Employ mechanized weapons to boldly attack enemies from head-on or an invisibility shield to creep through enemy territory undetected. Take advantage of refined game mechanics that take the traditional shoot-to-kill approach to a new level.

Key features:

  • When a covert operation to stop illegal arms sales reveals a full-scale global conspiracy, a special unit under the codename SHADOW HARVEST is formed to reveal the truth.
  • With two completely different characters serving as the unit’s operation core, you must choose from a vast array of weapons and technologies that enhance both characters strengths.
  • Features a gripping storyline that unfolds organically through the gameplay (doesn’t rely on cutscenes to move the story along). The ratio of gameplay to cutscenes is better than 13:1.
  • Players can switch between the two main characters at any time during the game to take advantage of each character’s strength as well as combat a sophisticated AI that adapts to the strategies you develop.
  • Open level design and option secondary objectives leave the outcome completely up to the player to choose.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz or better
    • Memory: 2.0 GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB Space Free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
203 products in account
4 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
"Create RendererFailed"

All I can say about this game.

Really, I didn't expect much to begin with when I downloaded it (was part of a bundle I bought), but that I can't even play the game kinda sucks...
Posted: 14 March 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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1 review
2.5 hrs on record
want to play one of the worst games ever made? then this is the perfect game for you!
Posted: 26 April 2014
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
126 products in account
1 review
0.6 hrs on record
holy ♥♥♥♥ this is so bad
Posted: 7 June 2014
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
141 products in account
11 reviews
18.2 hrs on record
People bash this game unnecessarily.
Yes, it’s far from perfect and has some issues but it dint destroy me having fun with it. Graphics are still nice, even when it has over the top bloom or being brownish when you turn bloom off.
The voice acting is poor and it has no facial animation but well, it is the company’s first game. What do you expect?
The game is still fun, has a great story and an unexpected ending.

You play as 2 different characters; one for shooting and blowing up stuff, the other for stealth, hacking and going undercover. Stealth is fun and rewarding if you manage a difficult section.
In most levels you can switch anytime between them and use their ability.

Some people complain about hilarious things like;
The cover system is broken.
No it is not broken, it’s a walk on system and it works perfectly fine.

No regenerating health.
What’s wrong with health packs?

Checkpoints are far away and no quick saves.
There are only 2 spots were they are far away in my view, but otherwise they are located in fair places. The game requires you to be careful. Yes, it can get frustrating at times but it pays off once you manage it.
Posted: 4 February 2014
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
43 products in account
1 review
0.2 hrs on record
The "stealth-action" game "Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops" is a technical mess and hard to recommand, but I have to admit, I liked some ideas of the game. The stealth and the action component is (strictly) splitted between the two main-charaters. Usually you have them both and can switch between them at any given time. You play from the third-person perspective. The game machanics have some flaws, but the core idea is not that bad.

It is hard to recommand it, because it is more between "Yes" and "No". From my perspective now (2014), it is old (game performance is still bad; it crashes a lot on several systems), buggy and outdated, so no recommandation. From the perspective of 2011, I would say "yes" with some "constraints". It brought back some "oldschool" mechanics like med-kits (no regenerating health), it was quite difficult, if you died (or get seen in some missions) you had to restart the complete level again, etc. And this before Dark Souls (and others) was released that made "harder/frustrating" games popular again.

Another problem is the execution of most elements of the game. Animations, graphics, coding, qa (a lot of bugs, bad performance, crashes), story aren't all that great. I would say, I can forgive bad animations and graphics, especially if it is a game from a small studio, but a lot of small indie devs right now, are doing a far better job here. Admittedly they also often avoid genres like stealth action (like in this case). And this is most likely the reason why this game has a lot of problems. The developers wanted too much. They wanted it to look and feel like a "AAA-Title", but this is very hard with a small team, a small budget and right on the first game they've ever developed.

If you are looking for an "old-schoolish" stealth game with a cheesy story, some nice ideas (here and there) and you can ignore animations, bugs, bad performance and some design flaws, maybe pick it up, if you see it cheap. $7.99 is maybe borderline ok for it, if you are into those games and you know it will work on your machine. Don't expect patches, the Studio was closed, as far as I know.

So from the 2011 perspective and with a warning (flawed game with tons of bugs and problems, but for cheap maybe give it a try), I give a semi-recommandation.

Disclaimer: I played through it when it was released in 2011, but Steam hasn't tracked my game time on it back then. Also my english is bad, sry =/
Posted: 22 June 2014
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
600 products in account
1 review
64.6 hrs on record
Good game. Should be rated at least 60 easily. Definitely not 34. Not an AAA grade title, so don't expect CoD and you'll enjoy it. Single player only. No achievements. Good story and ending. Voice acting is good but lip synch not so much. Graphics are good once you switch OFF Bloom and Ambient Occlusion. Controls are fine.

So why all the rabid nonsensical reviews? Well, the game makes a very revealing and unfriendly observation on the real world US involvement in global terrorism as its ending, which I guess explains most of the smear campaign leveled against it by the establishment controlled mainstream reviewers and army of social media manipulation commenting staff. It is telling that all the major review sites harshly pan this game while almost all the minor lesser known sites are fair to favourable.

The real score for this game should be 6/10, and in my personal opinion 7/10. To sum up, I would say worth 20$, and definitely a must have on sale for 5$ or less.
Posted: 14 August 2013
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