Going out with a bang
EA's surprisingly long-lived Strike series ended with this cracking effort which sent the franchise out with a bang. The gameplay isn't greatly different from earlier installments like Desert Strike and Jungle Strike but it remains a tactically challenging and exciting shooter that really gets the heart pumping. This one takes you all the way to Asia on the trail of a renegade Colonel who is wreaking havoc and who is threatening to unleash a nuclear missile on the world. Of course, it's your job to stop this from happening, with the hunt starting in Indochina, then moving on to the South China Sea, North Korea and finally Siberia for the ultimate showdown. As before, this is a sort of isometric shooter where you control a powerful helicopter armed with numerous weapons and must complete a series of missions which will bring you closer to your goal. This version also throws in other controllable vehicles, such as tanks and jet fighters and which really helps to up the excitement stakes. Nuclear Strike might not appear to be too complex but it's a surprisingly deep and challenging game which rewards both careful thought and a fast trigger finger. The action is pretty relentless, with heaps of tough enemies to take on, with combat that is satisfying and enjoyable. The range of weapons and vehicles give the game some good variety, with each vehicle requiring different tactics and with the weapons being a lot of fun to use. The visuals are pretty decent, with some nice environments to explore, and overall this makes a fine addition to what is a classic series.