AESTHETICA: It's a 3-D game in the mid-90s, so you probably know what to expect in terms of texture quality and amount of polygons. One interesting thing is how the textures for the ground were scanned into the game from real-life satellite photographs, and the models were scanned in from their real-life counterparts as well. Yeah, that may seem pretty generic nowadays, but at the time it was cutting-edge. In addition to the graphical improvements, there are also live-action cutscenes to add more detail to the missions, both during the briefing and in-game. You could be taking out some enemy radars and suddenly get a video feed from a POW at a firing camp who needs to be rescued before meeting a rather lead-filled demise. At the time, it was cutting-edge, and even today, it gets the job done. It helps that the acting isn't half-bad either, and was done by some pretty big names (for 90s standards).
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REPLAYABILITY: The game as a whole is fun, but has nothing to keep you coming back for multiple playthroughs. There are no extras or bonuses upon completion, so replays will depend solely upon the gamer's desire to replay the game.
OVERALL: Strategy fans and shooter buffs alike will find plenty to love in Soviet STRIKE, if you can disregard quite a bit of aging and 90s graphics. The gameplay still holds up surprisingly well, and it's a wonder that this series hasn't been given a 21st century revival yet.