One Of The defining television moments of the 20th century, the 1980 Iranian Embassy hostage siege was beamed live to an incredulous three-channel nation that was yet to be fragmented by such fanciful notions as 24-hour Sky News. That the Snooker World Championship was interrupted by the coverage added even more weight to a situation that was literally explosive. With negotiations at a deadlock, the SAS stormed the building, killing five of the six terrorists and rescuing all 20-plus hostages intact. An impressive achievement, it was also a massive slice of publicity for the near-mythical Special Forces unit.
Present that day was handsomely-moustachioed SAS veteran John McAleese, who planted the initial breaching charge that blew out the window. Now running corporate training days, he's been enlisted by Konami to advise on The Regiment, and also appears within the game in a series of frank interviews, revealing such nuggets as the fact that the SAS weren't frightened before storming the Embassy as they were so engrossed in the snooker.
Just The Pink Needed...
With you at the helm of a four-man counter-terrorist team, the events of that fateful day (at the Iranian Embassy, not the Embassy World Championship) are recreated, give or take a bit of artistic licence, in The Regiment. There's also a clutch of fictional scenarios, including an attack on The Houses Of Parliament. Aiming for authenticity, developer Kuju contacted the Ministry Of Defence, who promptly denied that the SAS exist. Nevertheless, with the input of McAleese, as well as another still-active member. The Regiment could arguably claim to be the unofficial game of the SAS.
As such, it has a very British feel, which may come as a welcome relief compared to the US stylings of the Conflict series and the multinational love-in of Rainbow Six. British grime is brought to the fore in a level set in a tube station, where a terrorist outfit has hanged a policeman by the neck until dead and captured a number of terrified hostages. Following a briefing by McAleese, you have to go in and terminate with extreme prejudice.
Ard As Nails
Genuine SAS tactics are employed, such as the feted double tap, whereby you shoot the bad guy twice to ensure that he's not feigning death. There's a comprehensive training mode set in the sinister Killing House where SAS recruits are put through their paces and SAS protocol has to be followed at all times. Depending on your levels of health cowardice, you can send your team ahead to clear rooms and secure hostages, or lead from the front and take down the infidels yourself.
Using a version of the Unreal engine it looks solid if unspectacular, but with all manner of multiplayer shenanigans, The Regiment could prove an interesting addition to the squad-based counterterrorist genre. As long as it doesn't interrupt the snooker..
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode