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Soviet Strike

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000038I9O
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,710 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Soviet Strike was the first entry in the popular Strike franchise of overhead perspective helicopter action games to appear on the PlayStation. As with the other titles in this series, gameplay is simple to learn since it is fairly straightforward. Upon receiving your mission objectives, you must proceed to the sprawling mission map where you proceed to blast everything in sight. The game's plot plays out in a series of surprisingly good cutscenes, but as we all know it's the gameplay that counts, and that's where this title unfortunately falls a little flat.

Interested in strategy? Forget it. Any planning you make here is a waste of time beyond deciding which enemy to destroy first. This is all about instant gratification. Besides, who needs to think when use of your brainpower will merely distract you from wreaking utter havoc on the landscape? The graphics are decent for a PlayStation game of this vintage, but things slow down a lot when there are too many objects crowding the screen. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Target-rich environment is great for blowing off steam
  • Decent graphics considering the game's age


  • Too much slowdown when the screen gets crowded
  • Nonstop blastathon gets old in a hurry


Soviet Strike is the latest in a series of "Strike" games (Desert Strike, Jungle Strike) that first appeared on the Genesis. Through the years the original has spawned new incarnations that have appeared on Genesis, SNES, and even Game Gear. Now the series makes the jump to 32-bit, with a raw collection of messy operations and too many little problems to recommend it. The sound is dull, the scrolling can get choppy, and the control requires far too much precision. And while the full-motion video is entertaining, and the graphics above average, Soviet Strike simply doesn't play as well as the old 16-bit Strike games. So, let's get specific....

Soviet Strike follows the same structure as its predecessors: You are given a map and a list of missions to accomplish. The objectives range from destroying radar dishes to liberating prisoners. Along the way you need to grab packages, which are designated on the map, to replenish your fuel and ammo supplies. Of course, a host of heavily-armed bad guys (in the air and on the ground) stand ready to defiantly oppose your intrusion.

The graphics in Soviet Strike, while choppy, are a definite step up from the 16-bit era. The vehicles look good, and as the terrain in this 32-bit offering was made using actual models, it looks appropriately realistic. The scrolling is smooth until the action gets hectic. The data overload results in rough play, and makes the chopper nearly impossible to control with any precision. And even when the play is smooth, it's unnecessarily difficult to pick up supplies or refugees using the helicopter's winch. (If you can't pinpoint the exact spot, your winch will remain empty, making you a sitting duck.)

The only real plus to Soviet Strike is its full-motion video. Using an editing style similar to the old Max Headroom TV show, this game is chock-full of futuristic-looking technology and people using big words. It also features some of the best CD-ROM acting seen in a long time. However, this is a small victory in a larger conflict. Maybe if EA took a little less time finding good actors and a little more time working on control, they'd have a more exciting title on their hands. --Jeff Gerstmann
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but overall kinda lame... November 15, 2001
I had the earlier Desert Strike for Sega, and this one is not much better. The graphics are a bit improved, but you still have the cheesy little guys you rescue that look poorly animated. Another thing that bugs me is the actors that do the voices. They can't do a Russian accent-it sounds in some places like a Scottish accent, then in others a Mexican. There are some aspects of the game I like, but honestly I don't think it's worth what I paid for (...) I might check out Nuclear Strike to see if it's any better, I assume it is but won't fork over any more money until I know for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accumulated the last of the collection March 1, 2014
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I have all the strikes, from my SEGA and the PlayStation 1. I really thoroughly enjoyed these games growing up and still do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars first and best February 2, 2014
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Probably one of the greatest PS1 games I ever bought, and I have many good memories of it. Definitely worth being a collectors item.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death from above December 13, 2013
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It has okay graphics, if you have nuclear stirike they're both basically the same game. If you keep getting blown out of the sky,then use cheat code:FUGAZI. Then you'll be a god,but you must enter the code on each level you play.For nuclear strike use code: PACKISBACK. I enjoy it I play it often if you have classic play station then Amazon is your go to place.
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