Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - GameCube

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Mission Impossible: Operation Surma (GameCube)
Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Paradigm Soft. Co.: Paradigm
Publishers: Atari (GB/US)
Released: 2004 (US)
2 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Memory Card


Unfortunately for Nintendo and its loyalists, GameCube sometimes falls behind with development thanks to a title’s PlayStation and Xbox offerings. Operation Surma is one such title that missed the late 2003 launch date, but the popular adventure has finally been finished for GameCube and it looks like its been worth the wait.

The first in the series for GameCube, Operation Surma tells the epic story of an evil force capable of unleashing a deadly computer virus that, if set loose, will spread and affect every computer system in the world. Armed with a plethora of hi-tech gadgets, hand-to-hand combat skills and stealth abilities, players must quietly roam developer Paradigm’s massive game world to put a stop to the threat.

Taking place in a fully interactive and convincing 3D game world, Operation Surma is actually quite similar to the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell. Operating mostly in a third-person perspective, players are charged with navigating trap-infested top-secret locations, using an array of stealth techniques. Players will be armed with suits capable of fooling sensors as well as several new gadgets such as the wasp cam, digital binoculars and sniper pistol. It’s up to you how you use them, but should you be caught, you may find yourself engaged in a minor fistfight. Blow the mission and you’ll have to start all over again.

Control-wise, there's a lot to remember, and initially, things can seem a little complicated, but each mission gives very specific objectives that are actually quite easy to follow. Character movement feels nice, and the surrounding environments are well suited to the Mission Impossible experience as a whole. Operation Surma is a game that most fans of the genre will like. It’s typical stealth-em-up action - but then, is there such a thing as a typical stealth-'em-up? We thought not.


Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - GameCube Artwork

Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - GameCube Artwork

Mission Impossible: Operation Surma - GameCube Artwork