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Based on the novel by Tom Clancy, Red Storm Rising's single 5.25" disk is filled with an amazing amount of information and data. The player is immersed in a story set in a time when the Cold War still held the world in its grip.
As a starting point for the fictional adventure, World War III has become reality, and it is your job as the 39-year old commanding officer of an American nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine to accept responsibility for patrolling the North Atlantic. It is your job to fend off any Warsaw Pact countries that may have eyes on the eastern seaboard of the United States. In fact, during the game you'll have options to command any one of five different subs, each with specific weapons at hand and differing characteristics.
At your disposal is a full arsenal of equipment, weapons and navigational aids. You'll have to learn the differences in the various missiles and torpedoes, sonar and surface/underwater sensors, acoustic signatures of enemy submarines and convergence zones. You will also have to learn the properties of the multiple layers of ocean water and how to use them to your advantage, stalking the enemy, when to go silent and deep, evasion and escape techniques and Russian tactics and strategies.
The manual contains a full rundown of all weapons and missiles in the game, submarines and surface ships, navigational techniques and a fictional background story that brings you up to the time the game begins. Whether stealth or full out aggressive combat is needed, the game places you in the middle of a deadly confrontation that could easily be the next headline you read.
Players can choose from four levels of difficulty, ranging from introductory to ultimate. In addition to the full World War III campaign, the game also includes standalone scenarios, adjustable time eras and world conditions, training actions, battle simulations and campaign options. After each engagement, you are rated in efficiency, given any medals or decorations commensurate with successful actions and may even receive a possible promotion. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide