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  IGI-2: Covert Strike
In the context of video games, blowing stuff up is great. Sneaking around, clinging to the shadows, and sniping your foes is satisfying,. IGI 2: Covert Strike attempts to improve on it’s predecessor’s faults and be the next great stealth action game.

When I first started playing IGI-2: I couldn‘t help but think, "Haven’t I done this before?" IGI-2 borrows game play concepts from a variety of games to make one big hodgepodge of stealth action, but what makes IGI-2 refreshing is the mix of stealth and shoot em’ up action, allowing you to approach missions a number of ways. Sadly, the stealth elements aren’t anything more than crouching behind crates or shooting out security cameras -- it's a very stealthy experience. Gamers expecting engrossing or deep stealth action might be in for a let down. Thankfully, the gun-toting side of the game fares a little better, although it’s not without faults as well. It's frantic and intense, just as it should be, but the AI isn’t all that bright well, when they aren't shooting at you that is.

IGI-2 won’t turn heads with its graphics, but it gets the job done. The most notable aspect is the sheer scope of the landscapes. When everything’s seen in full view, it looks very impressive, as there’s not a hint of fog to distort the distance. Frame rates hold up pretty well, but your mileage will vary depending on your machine’s speed.

There isn’t much in the way of sound either. The underlying music remains unobtrusive, allowing you to listen to your surroundings, but it‘s forgettable all the same. Sound effects are nice and have a realistic tone, but the voice acting is awful at times. It’s further complicated by the fact that enemies like to yell the same redundant phrases constantly.

IGI-2 includes an online multiplayer mode that can be likened to Counter-Strike, but without the crowded servers and juvenile players. Each side is given objectives that they must complete while simultaneously defending their base from the other team. Everything works pretty well together, but some of the maps are too large for a game of this type.

While IGI-2: Covert Strike may not have the refined stealth elements of Splinter Cell or the same intelligent action of Halo, it blends the two half-way decently into an entertaining spectacle of espionage action. If you’re looking for something new and original, this isn’t it; but if you’re looking for a challenging romp then IGI 2 is it!

Review ID Number: 71
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Review Date: 2003-04-14
Reviewer: Mike Kubilius
Rating: 7 out of 10
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