Everyone has a conspiracy theory these days. Why do our governments take us to war? Who really smuggles the drugs into our countries? What’s really in our food? Has man really been to the moon? Is the world in fact run by a race of extra-terrestrial lizards? Everyone would love a chance to explore the dark and shadowy nature of what we don’t know about the way the world is run. But what everyone would like even more is to explore it while toting a huge array of top-drawer modern firepower.
Conspiracy: Weapons of Mass Destruction gives you a chance to do just that. Welcome to the world of the heroically named Cole Justice, an ex-secret service operative. Back in the Cold War era, Cole was known as the best around, and served the UN, Great Britain and the US with distinction. Now the world is threatened again, this time by the shadowy Hydra organisation headed by one Mr. Damien Powers. Hydra was set up by the CIA to combat global terrorism. But when the funding was cut, Hydra looked for other ways to continue to fund its interests – evil ways like drug smuggling and gun running. Now Cole Justice has been called back for one last mission.
A first-person shooter, Conspiracy is developed by Kuju, a British software house known for Microsoft Train Simulator and their love of making games with ‘Fire’ in the title – games like Fireblade, Reign of Fire and Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (also an FPS). This game has no fire in the title, but there’ll be plenty of firing of guns as Cole tries to stop Hydra, whose latest wheeze seems to be developing chemical and biological weapons and selling them to terrorists. Naturally, providing dangerous war criminals with extremely nasty weapons is something that could never be sanctioned or tolerated by the West, certainly if they don’t get to choose which ones!
As the complex storyline unfolds, Porter gets to explore five huge and hectic levels, from Aztec ruins to the Arctic Circle, while kitted out with pistols, grenade launchers, rocket launchers and sniper rifles. Watching the baddies drop is extra-satisfying, with realistic shot wounds and human damage amongst the features of the game’s engine. Combining a topical, Clancy-esque plot and cool hardware and levels, Conspiracy: WMD gives you a glimpse into the world of the unsung heroes who keep our world safe.