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Defcon

by Encore
Windows Vista / 2000 / XP
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Position naval fleets including battleships and aircraft carriers to protect your coastline
  • Bombard the enemy with nuclear warheads from offshore submarines
  • Deploy ground radar, fighters and bombers to scout and eliminate enemy aircraft
  • Nuke Silos are at the ready to level complete cities from long range
  • Strategically time and coordinate defensive maneuvers

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000O3BGE2
  • Item Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,496 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Defcon: Global Thermonuclear Domination gives you the chance to manage a scenario faced in the leading generals' worst nightmare: Total nuclear war. The third World War is starting, and you'll manage it from a single screen. You'll attempt to destroy your enemy through all-out nuclear war, while stopping them from destroying you. Each side has key cities and installations, and up to six superpowers can compete at the same time on the same map.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise April 20, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game on a whim. Nuclear war seems the most dramatic historical event possible, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The game has a modest appearance that allows a subtle artistry, which is impressive.

The makers of this game do not take the subject of nuclear war lightly. As I played the game, I found myself awestruck that humans have actually prepared for this.

I found myself absorbed, calculating the success probability for nuclear bomber strikes and hoping to sneak my boomers close to the enemy's shore. The ideal plan would be to devastate him with an SLBM strike. And where are his ballistic missile subs? They are, no doubt, sneaking along my coast preparing to rain nuclear hell upon me.

This game confirms my belief that "concept" is the most important criterion for a quality game. Its shortcoming is that its single-player mode is limited. But that's a minor thing. Four stars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Different July 8, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Not sure what weed was up Andrew Broselow's back side when he wrote his review as this software worked on every computer I installed it on. Andrew is like the reviewers who rant about slow shipping time or that they love it but haven't even played it yet i.e., a childish review. Don't these people bug you? We don't want to hear from people who can't get their computers working... Anyway, this is the kind of game you will either really like, or will bore you to death. It's reminiscent of 80's vector-graphics games, and it's refreshing to see something DIFFERENT (retro) for a change. I really like it, as I like Darwinia, also from the same developers. But then again I liked Battlezone and spent all my quarters in the arcade playing that simple yet wonderful vector-graphic tank simulator. With video games costing $40 - $60 dollars these days, many of which require you to also shell out $15 a month for on-line play, its hard to complain about a value like this. If its not your cup of tea, just sell it on Amazon, where you can often pick it up for $20 or less. It is custom-izable, but I found it wasn't as easy to customize as I'd have liked, which is why I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It's kinda like playing Risk or Diplomacy, but even cooler, if that gives you some idea. You break a pact and attack your former ally, you just might get nuked! BTW, several computer games magazines nominated it for Game of the Year, so they must know something Andrew Broselow didn't.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start February 23, 2010
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Good - It's basically like playing a board game on your PC. The graphics are simple but crisp and nice to look at, and the interface is smooth and easy to navigate. You're given a good amount of countries to choose from and units to command. It's also been glitch free for me.

The Not So Good - The AI is predictible. A common complaint for games like this. It's not horrible, but it could be better. The backgroud music is a little plain and can get old after a while. And while I know this game is all about strategic nuclear war, I can't help but wish for a slower build-up to it. Your basic units are nuclear silos, battleships, carriers, submarines, bombers, and fighters. It'd be nice if maybe ground units were added and countries were split into territories or states. Players could then attempt to invade other players and possibly seize their weapons before they're used.

Overall, it's a fun game that doesn't really get old. It will, however, leave you wanting more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wargames July 1, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you have ever seen the movie wargames, you should know that there are no winners in Global Thermonucluar War. That is why the object of this computer simulation of the movie wargames is not to win, but simply to lose the least amount of people.
There are 5 DEFCON'S in the game. At DEFCON 5, you are allowed to build your defences and missile silos. At DEFCON 4, you are allowed to continue building, but you should start moving your ships into enemy territory to start scouting. At DEFCON 3, you are allowed to launch bombers and fighters. You are also allowed to engage enemy fleets. At DEFCON 2, you should start selecting targets for your missiles. You should target other silos with your bombers and large cities with your missiles. At DEFCON 1, you can launch your nuclear missiles and take out your enemies. But be careful, because even if you think you took out all their nukes, there is always a counterstrike.
I love this game and I can't stop playing it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destruction! So cool! November 23, 2010
By AndyS
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am an unabashed fan of war-related games, espiecally nuclear war games. I discovered this game via Youtube one day. I downloaded the demo & I was super impressed! The 5 stages of DEFCON (Defense Readiness Condition) are very suspensful! I have yet to obtain the full version, but this game gets high marks from me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEFCON: Everybody Dies July 21, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game does everything right about Global Thermonuclear War. I must say the title DEFCON: Everybody Dies was a much better titles. I suggest you buy this product, it is very much worth it. The humor in the manual was pretty good, and I must say I never thought I would have so much fun trying to kill as many people in the world as possible.
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