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Electronic Arts' Strike series makes the leap from 16 to 32-bit with the release of Soviet Strike for the PlayStation. Your mission is to enter the turmoil surrounding the former Soviet Union and eliminate terrorist factions threatening to steal nuclear warheads.
The game takes place in five locales around Eastern Europe, each recreated with texture-mapped terrain based on photos of authentic landscape. Each level will require you to fulfill multiple objectives with your Super Apache chopper, ranging from disabling enemy radar to rescuing imprisoned comrades with your winch.
Your limited arsenal of weapons includes a chain gun, Hellfire missiles and Hydra rockets, but if you run out, you can destroy various structures to reveal more ammo, fuel or armor. Unlike the last two games in the Strike series (Jungle Strike and Urban Strike), you cannot switch between vehicles, so you must remain on board the chopper for the duration of the campaign.
Noteworthy additions to the series are the use of Full Motion Video (FMV) clips detailing your mission, CD quality speech and music, and access to STRIKE.net: a collection of multimedia resources including maps, intelligence reports and situational updates. In order to save your progress, the game supports both a memory card and passwords (which are provided upon the completion of a level). ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide