PAGE UPDATED 20.12.2009
CAMPAIGN STARTED 20.11.2008
CAMPAIGN ENDED 10.01.2009

HanzuGame Society

ACT OF WAR DIRECT ACTION MULTIPLAYER DEMO V1.0

Campaign


In this campaign 3 human players will try to win one hard difficulty computer player on one 4 player map.
And to complete this campaign human players need to win all factions:
3 x U.S. Army versus U.S. Army
3 x U.S. Army versus Consortium
3 x U.S. Army versus Task Force Talon

INFORMATION ABOUT THE FULL VERSION
THE OFFICIAL GAME PAGE (US VERSION)
THE OFFICIAL GAME PAGE (UK VERSION)
WIKIPEDIA
ENGLISH REVIEW
FINNISH REVIEW
7 PAGES OF SCREENSHOTS

DOWNLOAD MULTIPLAYER DEMO V1.0
Read: C:\Program Files\Atari\Act of War - Direct Action Multiplayer Demo\Readme v1.03.txt

GENERAL GAME PLAY AND FUNCTIONALITY NOTES

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* If you have problems logging on or connecting to the GameSpy server, please verify that your internet connection is OK and try again in a couple minutes.

* Please note that games created in one room of the Fort Irwin Virtual Battlefield area are not visible to other rooms, i.e. if you create a game in the Main room, players in other rooms will not be able to see that game.

* In this multiplayer demo human players can only play with U.S. Army and Defcon 1 technology is not available, but for computer players Defcon 1 is available, so human players should always play offensive or otherwise as the game lasts longer, computer players will have ultimate advantage when they upgrade to Defcon 1 techonology. So to make it short - avoid long games or computer will nuke you out of the map.

Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
1. Build a Refinery – For reliable, steady cash flow, build a Refinery close to an (existing) Oil Derrick. Build two additional Tankers to increase oil extraction speed.

2. Build a Barracks – Recruit some ground units to scout the surroundings and protect your base.

3. Build Defense or Offense – Make the important early decision to either attack opponents immediately with light troops or to first build a strong defense to protect against a rapid enemy attack.

4. Cash or Conquest – Decide whether to capture additional oil wells or assault an opponent.

* Queueing Defend Zone/Heal Zone/Repair Zone Commands: Please note that these commands are "infinite", and therefore you can't really queue up other commands (such as a build command) to occur after them, as they won't get executed.  For the same reason, a construction unit with one of these orders won't be selected when you toggle through with the "Zz" button.

TACTICS

SELL HQ RUSH TACTIC
Backspace + L to sell HQ
Shift + X + P + LMB (Build Field Generator)
Shift + X + F + LMB  (Build Light Armor Depot)
D + L to sell Derrick
Press O near enemy base to send all units there when they are ready

ARMOR TACTIC
Shift + X + R + LMB (Build Refinery)
Shift + X + P + LMB (Build Field Generator)
During construction, click refinery and build 2 extra tankers
Shift + X + P + LMB (Build Field Generator)
Shift + X + F + LMB  (Build Light Armor Depot)
During construction, click Light Armor Depot and Build FAT-Vs, Bradleys and rocketcars
Press O on enemy base to send all units there when they are ready
Backspace + T increase alert status to DEFCON 2 (T)
Click Derrick and add DEEP FORAGE TECHNOLOGY (D)
Shift X + R + LMB Build Repair Depot
Upgrade Repair Depot with ADVANCED LOGISTIC SUPPORT (U)
Shift + X + P + LMB (Build Field Generator)
Shift + X + F + LMB (Build Heavy Armor Depot)
Click Heavy Armor Depot and Build Abrams and Paladins
After this stop producing Bradleys
Use Paladin(s) Z attack to hammer enemy base buildings from far away and send Abrams, Fat-V and rocketcar to cover Paladins 
Upgrade Heavy Armor Depot with M1A2 ABRAMS FULL SPECTRUM ACTIVE PROTECTION (E)

KEY
FUNCTION
Esc Game menu
Mouse or Cursor keys
Move map
Left Mouse Button
Select unit/building or execute command
Right Mouse Button or M
Move unit
S
Stop unit movement
X Open Defcon 3 Construction menu
Shift Keep pressed to queue commands or to add/subtract units to a selection
X + R + LMB Build Refinery
X + B + LMB
Build Barracks
O (when building selected)
Set rallypoint for building production to head to
A Attack
W
Soldier Crawl/stand up
O (when soldier selected)
Load soldiers inside vehicle
V
Unload soldiers inside vehicle on location
U
Unload soldiers inside vehicle immediately
C
Capture enemy buiding with soldier
X + D + LMB Build Derrick
X + P + LMB Build Field Generator
X + F + LMB Build Light Armor Depot
X + I + LMB Build Field Hospital
X + S + LMB Build Sandbags Shelter
Backspace Center camera on Headquarters
Backspace + B
Build Excavator
Backspace + W
World Media Support
=  (or ? key in scandinavic keyboards) Center camera on idle construction unit
B Move units to ambush place
Ctrl Keep pressed while left-clicking on a unit to select all units on the screen of the same type (or double-click the unit)
Shift Keep pressed while left-clicking on a unit to add/subtract units to a selection
D Defend/Heal Zone/Repair Zone
' or Ä Follow selected unit with camera
Alt+' or Alt+Ä Follow selected aircraft unit with camera
T
Land/Take Off
L
Sell selected building
Backspace + U
Increase Alert Status To Defcon 2
C
Open Defcon 2 Technology Construction menu
X + T + LMB
Build Adats Defence Turret
X + F + LMB
Build Heavy Armor Depot
Z
Attack with M109 Paladin artillerytank
X + H + LMB
Build Heliport
X + R + LMB Build Repair Depot
X + C + LMB
Build Air Force Control Tower
F2
Launch an F-15 Strike Eagle mission (air-to-air only)
F3
Launch an A-10 Thunderbolt mission (guided anti-tank missiles only)
V Open Defcon 1 Technology Construction menu (not available in demo)
E Return to previous construction menu
Tab Toggle unit type within selection
Enter Open the chat panel secure line
Enter+Shift
Open the chat panel open band
Spacebar Center camera on last message
Ctrl+G
Place a flare on the battlefield
Ctrl+# (1-0)
Assign hotkey (number between 1 and 0) to selected unit(s), or a building(s)
# (1-0)
Select hotkeyed group
## Center camera on hotkeyed group
Alt+O Display objectives (single-player) or list of players (multiplayer)
Mouse Wheel Zoom in and out
Ctrl+Enter
Switch between window and fullscreen
F5
Quicksave (not available in multiplayer)
F10 Quickload (not available in multiplayer)

ONE TIME PAYMENTS
grey background = the important ones

HEADQUARTERS WORLD MEDIA SUPPORT (W)
$1200
Repatriating non-combat personnel will generate $500 instead of $250
BARRACKS
M203 GRENADE LAUNCHER (G)
$1000
All U.S. Marines fire a 40mm grenade from their M16A2 rifle every 5 shots
Effective vs groups of infantry
HEADQUARTERS
Increase alert status to DEFCON 2 (T)
$5000
Increasing the alert status will take 40 seconds
Requires: Refinery
BARRACKS NON-LETHAL FIGHTING TRAINING (C) $2000 Increases the number of surviving enemy crew members and heavily wounded soldiers on the battlefield
Requires: Field Hospital
DERRICK
DEEP FORAGE TECHNOLOGY (D)
$1000
The capacity of the oil depost increases by 20% of its initial capacity
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2
ADATS DEFENSE TURRET J-STAR LINK (T) $2500 All ADATS Turrets have a direct link to an E-8 J-STAR (Joint Star) and generate additional damage against ground units
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2 & energy
ADATS DEFENSE TURRET
E3 SENTRY AWACS LINK (W)
$2500
All ADATS Turrets have a direct link to an E-3 Sentry AWACS loitering over the battlefield, and generate additional damage against helicopters and aircraft
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2 & energy
AIR FORCE CONTROL TOWER AIM-120 AMRAAM LONG-RANGE MISSILES (R)
$2500 All F-15 Eagle fighters use the AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles
F-15s do twice as much damage to enemy targets
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2 & energy
AIR FORCE CONTROL TOWER EARLY WARNING RADAR (W) $2500 All enemy air-raid targets are visible on the battlefield
Stealth aircraft are revealed before they drop ther payload
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2 & energy
REPAIR DEPOT ADVANCED LOGISTIC SUPPORT (U)
$1000
All repair depot buildings will repair units twice as fast
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2 & energy
HEAVY ARMOR DEPOT M1A2 ABRAMS FULL SPECTRUM ACTIVE PROTECTION (E) $2500 All M1A2 Abrams have the capability to sustain more damage for six seconds
Needs to be activated manually and takes one minute to recharge after use
Requires: Alert status: DEFCON 2 & energy

REPLAYS
Download this packet. It contains:
U.S. Army versus U.S. Army replay
U.S. Army versus Consortium replay
U.S. Army versus Task Force Talon replay
Extract it to: C:\Program Files\Atari\Act of War - Direct Action Multiplayer Demo\AOW\Replay\

SCREENSHOTS













Hanzu thanks all these 4 players who participated:
Palyarmerc
HURAAA1111
Piukkis
Nidhogg
- We did what we thought was impossible! -

END WORDS
This demo is unfair for human players since they are limited US Army without Defcon 1 technology. So if you don't wipe out enemy AI fast and computer AI will soon upgrade to Defcon 1 technology and shoot some nuclear missiles at you and there is no way to defend for that. In other words this demo gives bad publicity for the full version game.  However if you are intrested in the full version game, it has no limits like the demo. Full version game requires 6 gigabytes free space.


...but well it played splendidly with Nvidia!

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