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Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

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This real-time strategy game from the creators of Uplink and Darwinia is completely derivative and original at the same time. Borrowing freely from the movie WarGames, Defcon stages a semirealistic game of global thermonuclear war. Though the unique style of the game, complete with ambient music and people occasionally sobbing or coughing in the background, creates an immersive atmosphere, the demo falls just short of a top rating. Occasional crashes and an awkward tutorial detract from the engaging yet creepy multiplayer gameplay.

The action occurs as a clock counts down the minutes and hours from Defcon 5 (the start of the conflict) to Defcon 1 (all-out nuclear war). You have until Defcon 3 to place all your units, which include radar, missile silos, air bases, and fleets, which in turn consist of carriers, battleships, and submarines. Most units have several functions--for example, air bases can launch fully equipped nuclear bombers or fighters that scout enemy locations, and silos double as air-defense and offensive missile launchers. A seven-part tutorial walks you through the basics of the game, culminating in a very easy battle against a computer opponent. Though the tutorial provides a decent introduction to the action, there's no included documentation with the download, leaving it up to gamers to learn hot keys (if there are any) for options such as displaying current orders or radar coverage. Moving the mouse to the edges of the screen lets you navigate around the globe, but without hot keys for those items at the bottom, you may find yourself looking at Africa when you want to highlight orders in northern Europe. We experienced a few game crashes when playing against the computer AI, and contextual tutorial help often interfered with the action. Also, we may have blown our missiles too early, but we often spent time simply waiting for the game timer to run out. Despite these niggling complaints, Introversion has created another unique and polished game that military strategists should enjoy greatly.

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  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good game but has problems"

    October 23, 2013  |   By TheRedRiver

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    the demo itself is good.should be downloaded FROM the GAME SITE.

    Cons

    Download from this site has virus.

    Summary

    A very good game in itself but the download on this site has a virus. The demo should be downloaded straight from the game's site

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  • 3.0 stars

    "There's a virus!!"

    May 27, 2012  |   By Andrew Hay

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    Good game but a bit boring!!

    Cons

    I downloaded the game and here are the virustotal.com results. When I first uploaded only 4 AVs found a virus now 9 do!!
    https://www.virustotal.com/file/453193aae4db8e0253769ab5ba91e62cafbcbbd0f38c89e3fd0d7a5f94877c0c/analysis/1338129473/

    Summary

    Disappointed with CNET as this is another program which has had a virus in it. I did tell them once but they just say that they tested that program with their anti-virus and it was clean despite (at that time and for that program 13 AVs showed it as infected from virustotal,com)
    Careful what you download and always ALWAYS scan them!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No Players In Demo."

    September 20, 2007  |   By GamerRob

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Cons

    No players in the demo mode...it was just me navigating the EXTREMELY slow gameplay against, well...nobody.

    Load it if ya want, but its a waste of time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    September 17, 2007  |   By megarollman

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Cons

    REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY SLOW GAME PLAY. GRAPHICS ARE EXTREMELY POOR. MUSIC IS VERY VERY ANNOYING. ABSOLUTELY NO SOUND EFFECTS. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY THIS SITE HAS BECOME A DUMPING GROUND FOR SOFTWARE EVEN MAJOR RETAILERS REFUSE TO CARRY. BEST BUY HAD THIS GAME FOR LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE IT WAS PULLED FROM THEIR SHELVES. A TOTAL JOKE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Incredible - a must-try."

    July 4, 2007  |   By noodlz15

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    Incredible gameplay combined with an engine that'll run like a dream on any system make DEFCON: Everbody Dies one of the most intriguing and unsettling games in the market today.

    Cons

    No scalable AI, and no real "single player campaign", but when you think about it, why would there be?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This game is so boring."

    January 21, 2007  |   By leocanada

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    Very Boring.

    Cons

    Too much boredsome.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pretty cool. But probebly the most violant game I've ever seen."

    January 3, 2007  |   By mauro_vos

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    -Very simple interface and controls.

    -Easy to learn.

    -Nice and simple graphics, very effective.

    -Very original game.

    -Personizable interface colors.

    Cons

    -I don't like the principle of having to kill billions of innocent people to win.

    -Gets borring after a while.

    -It's a demo version, so you can forget custom maps or anything like that.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing Strategy Demo"

    December 13, 2006  |   By SceptreX

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    Introversion has done it again. Through their ingenuity and simple design, they have created an amazing, slower but still fun Real-Time Strategy game.

    The premise is simple: use your units to fire nukes, bombs, bombers, ships, and more at the opposition. But it's all slower than your regular match of StarCraft: a single nuke can take upward into five minutes to run it's course (unless you kick up the speed dial at the top of the screen). This creates a tension that you have to experience, because it's less about the units and the power, and more about the player's interaction with each other. The graphics look really simple but cool, kind of a glowey, Tron sort of vibe.

    This demo includes a tutorial, a computer to play against, and the limited ability to play against full-version internet players who don't have another demo player bothering them. This can give you hours of entertainment alone, and for such a small file, I can't recommend this highly enough.

    Cons

    It did not work with my older graphics card, which is equal to some aging dedicated graphics sets (a 32mb RivaTNT2). But as soon as I upgraded to a (pitifully weak) GeForce 200 MX, it moved like a dream. The memory was fine, I suspect this requires OpenGl support, or some of the special stuff on the GeForce.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exellent game"

    November 26, 2006  |   By Anubis237

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    Almost perfect gameplay. Highly tactical.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great"

    November 24, 2006  |   By brotherzman

    Version: Defcon: Everybody Dies demo

    Pros

    nothing is better than nuking other countries

    Cons

    connection problems also LAn and wan play

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