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How about a game of global thermonuclear war?
 
How about a game of global thermonuclear war? [ Game -> Preview ]
Posted by Mad Max RW Sat 24 Dec 2005, 10:08 PM
More info on Company: Introversion Software | More info on Game: DEFCON
This one sounds like it might be cool. Introversion Software, the same folks who just released the RTS game Darwinia through Valve's Steam service, just announced their next title called "DEFCON". There isn't much info on it now, but January's issue of PCGamer UK (and should be in stores) contains the first preview. After some digging around I discovered a Defcon wiki that cleared some things up:
A normal Defcon game is said to take around 45 minutes to complete. Players are given a dehumanised 1980s computer-themed world map with the objective to kill as many foreign citizens as possible with a variety of nuclear weapons: a typical game will see 'hundreds of millions' of innocent casualties. Currently each player's force is chosen and positioned beforehand and the game does not feature unit construction or research. The game defaults to two sides, America and Russia, but games with up to six players are possible, and AI opponents are provided.

There is also a planned 'Office Mode', where the game runs in the background and the computer can be used for other purposes between bouts of action. This mode can be configured to take up to eight hours per game.

Units consist of silos (which launch or shoot down incoming missiles), nuclear subs, jets, bombers, and battleships. There's also a couple nifty screenshots I don't feel like linking to. Go to the wiki and keep an eye on the official homepage for updates.

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