For those gits who thought they’d been robbed of a review, here you go. Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising is a game. And to avoid depriving you of a quick jump to Wikipedia (boing!), Joint Operations is a large scale war FPS, with support for up to 150 players (I believe). At this point, there are three groups of people. The Epinephrine Phreaks, The Realists (a.k.a. the Pessimists), and the W.O.W. players (a.k.a. the gits).
The Epinephrine Phreaks are the people who hear “150 players in a single game” and think that everybody in there is going to be a god, with miraculous explosions other Michael Bay trademarks happening ALL THE TIME. The Realists (although we prefer to be called Pessimists, because Realist is an Optimist label) instantly figured that no server is going to be able to handle 150 people, and even if it did, the maps are going to have ridiculous amounts of area, so you might as well call your patrol a sightseeing vacation. The gits saw that there was no ranking system like CoD4, and passed it by.
To the Phreaks: in order not to dispel your somewhat fine blend of romanticism and pyromania, I will tell you there are sweet explosions; however, if you are in the vicinity, your life expectancy has dropped to 5 seconds. The best ones are when you find a clever person whom has managed to gather a small squad and load them into a helicopter, making it within sight of their objective before some douche with a Mark 19 sees them, and, Bob’s your uncle, they go down in flames. So, phreaks, my advice to use is this: go to a video game store, try and find this in the bargain bin, buy it, install it, and camp the Mark 19s. Don’t forget to continually petition NovaLogic to keep the servers up!
To the Realists: Yeah, you’re basically right. However, I invite you to try and drop your pessimistic outlook, either through willpower, or substances that may or may not be regarded as illicit, and try to indulge yourself in a little fantasy. With all the action happening at pre-designated capture points on the map, you’re free to explore the jungle, the bottom of the ocean, or the vast skies above Micronesian isles. If you are interested in being semi-productive, you can always outfit yourself with way too much ammunition and explosives, and trek (on foot only) through the jungle to your enemies’ spawn points. Then, proceed to rain hell on them, one bullet or round at a time. Don’t forget to change positions after every shot!
To the Gits: You might as well, this game has free multiplayer for life.
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising has a clichéd premise: terrorists versus the free world. The graphics are what less than what most of us expected in 2004, the sounds are generic, the music is annoying, but the gameplay works. Seriously, I recommend dropping the 5 bucks or whatever you can get for it, if you can find it. You may be disappointed when the servers go down, but your money was well worth the one or two games you played before they closed down.