Type of mod: Mission Pack
File Size: 560kb
Required: Desert Siege, Island Thunder
The review of last Migryder's mod, Pressure Mission Pack, had a good success among the community and this pushed me to review one of his previous mods, specifically Africa Burning. Here I remind you that the other mods by Migryder are Guatemala Mod and Knight Fork, both of them Mission Packs.
As all his other mods, Africa Burning is an essential mod, consisting in 9 missions, all based on DS maps. Here you will not find new weapons or skins. But, unlike Pressure mod, these missions are not server-side since some new kits have been created plus some briefing world maps. As usual for Migryder all the missions are Co-op friendly; if you play them in SP be aware that the missions are really difficult. Therefore if you think you are a real Ghost and you want to challenge your ability don't hesitate to play Africa Burning, but novice players should think twice before to face continuous defeats.
BACKGROUND AND MISSIONS
Africa is a wonderful continent but sadly famous because of his widely spread conflicts. Here Migryder didn't take inspiration by an actual and present conflict but imagine a new conflict with "The republic of Osama Bin Laden" that is storming Africa with his armour force. Hence the Ghosts have been sent to help the conventional American Forces to stop the threat.
Missions are coded to be played as quick missions. It's quite easy to create your own campaign file (and this is the way I've played them) but be aware that there is no storyboard among them.
Therefore it's right to consider the mod as a mission pack and not a Campaign Mod (differently from Guatemala Mod, always by Mig).
All the maps of DS have been used including the MP map Ravine. Let's analyze some of them:
Migryder likes tanks a lot and this pack makes a very good use of armour assaults, both enemy and allied. Mission 1 (set in riverbed map) is incredible: I believe it's the best total war mission I've played but also the most difficult, I think I've quick reloaded the mission more than 20 times to be able to complete it.
Mission 2 has no tanks but don't think it will be like a walk in the park to complete it. There are no many missions around based on Ravine map (it's a difficult map to have an inspiration from) and I believe this is a very good one.
I'm not going to go on with an analyze of the other missions but don't think they are easier...
In the real spirit of Co-op missions (Action first) you can't find insertion or extraction cinematics or immersion factors such as in-game messages or in game wav files.
Despite what Migryder says in his Readme file I couldn?t find any bug in my gameplay. It?s true however that I?ve played the game only in SP so if you hit against some bug do not hesitate to give a look at the readme file.
Anyway since this is a review I have to be as much as correct possible so I have to tell you about some small typo errors and the not so good briefing world map among others. Only minor details that do not particularly affect the good rating of the mod.
A very wonderful mod. The only disappointment I had is that, having played all the missions, you have the feeling of not having won the war against Osama. It looks like many movies that are directed just looking forward for a sequel. In fact there is no a final mission. But play it as a mission pack (like it is!) and you will have hours and hours of enjoyment.
FINAL SCORE: 8.5 / 10 (For SP) 9.8 / 10 (For Co-op)
At the beginning of the development of the mod Migryder approached me asking if I could beta-test it and he sent me the first 3 missions. I had to decline the offer since I was busy with other stuffs (mainly real life). Anyway the background of the mod was based on a new Republic of Osama-Hussein! Real events brought Migryder to change it!!!
?While were all waiting for GR2 grab a copy of Africa Burning. Migryder scripts some of the best missions you'll ever tangle with."KRP 56
?I've had a chance to play some of these missions and I agree. Very heavy firefight missions and very intense combat. "H-Hour
Reviewed by Giwex
Edited by GiWeDa, 16 September 2005 - 04:21 AM.