NFG Summary:Act of War: Direct Action offers an immersive and gripping experience with its highly realistic, near-future storyline. The game’s attention to detail and top-quality strategy gameplay allow players to fully engage in the intense urban battles on iconic locations worldwide. With its single-player story mode and exciting multiplayer options, Act of War provides an action-packed experience for both solo and competitive gamers.

Categories: Real-Time, Strategy
Meta Score: 82
Store: Act of War: Direct Action (Price: $ 1,16)
User Score: 81.0
Platform: PC
Publisher Names: Atari SA
Support Language: English
Publish Date: 2005-03-15


PC Requirements:


  • Supported OS:Windows 2000/XP
  • Processor: Pentium 4 1.5 GHz or equivalent (3.0 GHz recommended)
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • Graphics: 64 MB Hardware T&L-compatible video card (256 MB recommended)
  • Sound: DirectX® version Windows 2000/XP-compatible sound card
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB free HD space
    * Broadband connection required for online multiplayer play


Act of War: Direct Action tells a highly realistic, near-future story of a US elite force fighting an international plot to overthrow the current world order. While offering a "First Look at Tomorrow’s War", the game takes you through a frightening and believable reality filled with suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict, wrapped in a top-quality strategy gaming experience. Act of War: Direct Action offers players the opportunity to zoom in and engage in the battle from street level perspective on urban battlefields such as San Francisco, Washington DC, London and Moscow, with incredible detail and without slowing down any of the action. Act of War features a single-player story mode and various multiplayer modes including 8-player online skirmishes. [Atari]

Positive Comment(s)

Graphically, this game is state-of-the-art.90Worth Playing
I actually found myself going back and replaying some of the scenarios, I enjoyed them that much.90Warcry
What sets this game apart from the rest is the life-like and believable urban zones in which you are forced to set up your defence or attack strategies.90Xequted
Just deep enough to require tactical thought without bogging down in a ton of extraneous chores and options. [July 2005, p.60]90Computer Games Magazine
A stunningly beautiful real-time strategy with a powerful campaign and lots of fabulous action, although the AI is a bit on the silly side. Still, heartily recommended. [Apr. 05]88Pelit (Finland)
A good, fast-paced strategy game that should appeal to traditional RTS lovers and more impatient gamers alike.86PC Gameworld
Units seem to be well balanced, combat is fun and made pretty interesting by dense city sections, and the visuals should keep anybody more than satisfied.85IGN
Its quick learning curve, matched with not having to deal with a tedious training mission lends this game towards the vets.85Next Level Gaming
How the story develops is fantastic and keeps you playing through the game due to the cut scenes between missions and the mission driven storyline.85GameBiz
Playing this game with the right people will keep it going for ages, just as it has Command and Conquers.84Gaming Nexus

Negative Comment(s)

In many ways, it’s a by-the-numbers RTS, but a solid one, with a few imaginative mechanics built into it.70GameSpy

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