Conflict: Denied Ops brings us back again to first-person action shooters, this time with a really innovative twist: you'll control two characters instead of one.
The story presents a group of paramilitary squads controlled by the CIA who are entrusted with a series of dangerous missions located in different conflictive areas all over the world. Your two characters belong to this team but have different ways to approach each mission's aims: one is a sniper, the other is a heavy gunner. One will move as stealthily as possible, the other will shoot ruthlessly from his machine gun without thinking twice. Just press the tab key and you'll seamlessly change from one to another.
Let's face it: controlling two characters is somewhat confusing, especially during your first moments in the game. But the good thing about it is that you can handle each mission in two different ways, according to what's better for the mission in itself – or simply to your personal liking. Eventually, this double perspective almost enables you to play two different games. Of course, the two-character gaming style makes a lot of sense when you play a co-op mission with a friend, but unfortunately I couldn't test that.
Another area where this game stands out is the fact that most of the surrounding scenarios are interactive, meaning you can destroy them with your weapons and also use them to attack your enemies. This point, together with highly realistic graphics and a fast-paced soundtrack, turns Conflict: Denied Ops into a fully immersive action adventure that's definitely worth a try.
Although having two characters may feel a bit confusing at the beginning, you'll soon appreciate the possibility of completing your missions in two possible ways, both equally challenging and fun.