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The 3 Best Shooter, Strategy Games, According To A Veteran
When it comes to first-person shooters and strategy games you’re a force to be reckoned with. You’ve laid waste to the enemy fire team and now you’re on a run back to your base, when suddenly you’re dead.
You’ve just gone from rampaging marauder to ragdoll, as your lifeless body somersaults through the air contorting in a laughably unrealistic fashion.
Personally, this is the moment I hurl my Xbox controller across the room, scream every obscenity I know, and generally behave like an infant. Which is why I don’t play certain games anymore.
Thanks Halo, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Black Ops III. I guess physics go out the window just because you decided to add jetpacks to the mix. Oh and don’t think I forgot about you Star Wars: Battlefront. The game designers were able to add gigantic Imperial AT-AT Walkers, but allowing players to go into the prone position was just too complicated, apparently.
For anyone else who turns to first-person shooter and strategy games for some much-needed post-work release, nothing ruins your fictional battlefield bliss like crummy game mechanics. So, to save the rest of you from the same frustration, here are my top three military war games.
This war game has been fantastic since Electronic Arts released it in 2013. It feels just like its predecessor, Battlefield 3. The most recent installment changed the menu layout, added new maps, and some additional weapons, but kept the same great features: massive and small-scale engagements; destructible environments; a range of attachments and equipment; and in-game effects, like decreased vision and aiming stability due to suppression or injury.
If you’re tired of jet-pack clad snipers flying around the battlefield, or picking you off from behind a seemingly indestructible wooden crate, then it’s time for a change. There’s a reason no one camps in one spot in Battlefield, or at least not for long.
A small shack, or a box, is no match for a full load of C4, or you know, a tank.
Company of Heroes
When it comes to strategy games, this one, by Relic Entertainment, is my go-to. You’re in the commander's seat overseeing some of the most iconic and renowned battles of World War II, and like all great military leaders, your victory depends on quick thinking, decisive action, and use of the terrain. This sets Company of Heroes apart from games like StarCraft, where whoever pumps out battlecruisers or some other random doomsday unit the fastest, wins.
Your men are trapped in the open by a German machine-gun emplacement? Then call in some fire from the mortars section you have hidden from view behind a row of dilapidated buildings and send your beleaguered troops to take cover in the abandoned church nearby.
Call of Duty Black Ops (Campaign)
When I’m tired of being mocked over the mic and called a noob by pre-pubescent gamer nerds, Treyarch’s Black Ops is my default comfort game. Which is really sad when you think about it.
You play Alex Mason, a Cold War-era spy whom every Tom Clancy character secretly aspires to be. Between massive shootouts with Viet Cong irregulars in ‘Nam, to leading prison uprisings in a Russian gulag, and disturbing bouts of psychosis and schizophrenia, the campaign is addicting, and the story continues in Black Ops II.
The gritty and unforgiving missions, distinctly different levels, and excellent plot makes the campaign feel more like a video-game version of "Apocalypse Now" than a first-person shooter.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who in 2013 leaked secret documents about U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements.
The prison complex at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba naval station built after the Sept. 11 attacks that was billed as the venue for the "worst of the worst" in international terrorism now seems be the site of the "worst of the worst" in government excess.
As reporter Carole Rosenberg wrote in The New York Times on Monday, the total cost in 2018 for housing just 40 prisoners, paying the guards, and running the military tribunals there is somewhere north of $540 million, or roughly $13 million per prisoner.
Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland -- The U.S. Air Force will call its new trainer the T-7A "Red Hawk."
Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan announced the name of the jet, known previously as the T-X, on Monday, alongside retired Col. Charles McGee, who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.
"The name, Red Hawk, honors the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, and pays homage to their signature red-tailed aircraft from World War II," Donovan said here during the annual Air, Space and Cyber conference.
The Special Forces community is honoring the life of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, whom his commander described as a superlative soldier and beloved teammate.
"He was a warrior - an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces soldier that will never be forgotten," Col. Owen G. Ray, commander of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), said in a news release. "We ask that you keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran held talks with a delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, a week after peace talks between the United States and the Islamist insurgents collapsed.
Iran said in December it had been meeting with Taliban representatives with the knowledge of the Afghan government, after reports of U.S.-Taliban talks about a ceasefire and a possible withdrawal of foreign troops.