Retro Gaming Discussion – Jungle Strike

Building upon the success of Desert Strike, Electronic Arts came out with Jungle Strike. My brother first told me about this game, and we both had to convince our parents to rent it for us. We checked it out and saw the very vast improvement over Desert Strike. More military game goodness.

Paintball is a messy game. Paint ends up everywhere. It should wash out of clothing and wash away when it rains, but depending on the surface it may not wash out. The only mess airsoft makes is the ammo its self. There are biodegradable BBs that will dissolve in about 4 months, but many people choose the less expensive plastic BBs.

Paintball is much more popular than airsoft. There are teams virtually everywhere and many tournaments all over the country. Airsoft has teams and tournaments as well, but it is not as big as paintball. One of the reasons for that is that when you get hit with a paintball, everyone knows because they can see it. When you get hit with an airsoft BB, you are probably the only person that knows because there is no mark. The person firing may not even know with certainty that they hit you. Because of this, there is more cheating involved with airsoft than with paintball.

Both sides have many different scenarios like capture the flag, war reenactments, attacking a village, etc. Those who have played both airsoft and paintball prefer scenario paintball over scenario airsoft because of the proof of hit and many players like the pain from a paintball gun more than airsoft. That sounds masochistic, but it makes the game more life like. If you know it is going to hurt and you will probably have a welt, you will most likely play better and be more careful. With airsoft it can still hurt, but not as bad as a paintball.

As far as which is better, it all depends on what  7.62×39 ammo for sale experience you want to have. If you want to keep it clean and not spend a lot of money, then airsoft is better. If you want the play to be more real and you have the money to spend, then paintball might be what you are looking for. Either way, they are both a whole lot of fun and if you have not tried either of them yet I highly recommend you do. The best way to decide which is better is to do them both.

The story continues on what was set in the first game. There is a new madman around who wants to start World War III, and it just happens to be Ibn Kilbaba, the son of the first badguy in the first game. He also has brought along a friend, a drug lord named Carlos Ortega. You start off in Washington, DC, where you fight off his terrorist comrades. Then the game shifts to the jungle, where you will spend most of your time.

As in the first game, you take control of a helicopter where you go around in nine levels, each with different missions to complete. The missions are the same as the first game – you go around blowing stuff up, rescuing hostages and POWs, capturing terrorists for intelligence info, among others. You also still must watch out for your ammo, fuel, and weaponry, and you have ways to replenish those as you need them. The game also features three new vehicles you can use: a motorbike, a hovercraft, and an F117 (which has infinite ammo and fuel).

Enemies are about the same as the first game – bad guys on foot armed with guns and rockets, armored trucks, and other choppers. These enemies can be very discreet during the difficult night level, in which you’ll need to find ways to light up the whole place.

Jungle Strike did seem very complete as far as the improvements and everything went, but how could Electronic Arts up the ante? They answered that with Urban Strike, which kept the basic formula of the Strike series and improved upon it. And now, instead of out in the hot desert or the green maze called a jungle, they’ve set it in the awe inspiring big cities of North America.

The story continues right where Jungle Strike left off. A madman named H.R. Malone, who actually turns out to be Carlos Ortega from the second game, is trying to start World War III once again. You have your same helicopter once again, going around and stopping the terrorism against the world. You have two other vehicles as well, another helicopter called the Blackhawk and a Ground Assault Vehicle. But the other big improvement in this game is that you also have on foot missions to complete, where you have to come out with guns and start firing.

The premise of the gameplay in this game remains unchanged from the previous games. You have ten levels with a set amount of missions to complete in each level. The levels are based on real world locations, like New York, San Francisco, Mexico, Vegas, among many others. Your missions range from blowing stuff up to rescuing and capturing, just like in the previous games. I guess EA lived by the code of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. And that is what makes the game exciting.

Once again, you will need to keep an eye on your ammo, fuel, and armor levels. Running out of ammo means you’re basically a sitting duck until you go around and find more firepower. No fuel means no operation of your vehicle, but you have fuel cans to refill your tank. And of course if all your armor is gone, your vehicle is destroyed, but you have armor repair around as well.

Once again, the music is fine, with what little there is. And of course, adding to the realism is the fact that there is no music playing during the actual gameplay. The sound effects have been updated from the previous games, making it sound a little more realistic. The graphics are really good as well, as all the big landmarks in the big cities have been captured.

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