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WinBack – Covert Operations (USA)

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Third-person shooter

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N64

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WinBack – Covert Operations (USA)

WinBack (known as WinBack: Covert Operations in North America and Operation: WinBack in Australia and Europe) is a third-person shooter video game developed by Omega Force (a division of Koei) and published for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, and the PlayStation 2 in 2000. The story follows secret agent Jean-Luc Cougar infiltrating a laser satellite’s command center. Gameplay revolves around its innovative cover system, in which the player takes cover behind corners and then ducks out to shoot.[1]

WinBack’s cover system eventually went on to influence several later shooters, including Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001) and Kill Switch (2003), which in turn influenced games like Gears of War (2006). The cover system has since become a staple of third-person shooters.[1] WinBack also featured a laser-sight mechanic that was later incorporated in action games such as Metal Gear Solid 2 and Resident Evil 4 (2005), and in turn would also become a staple of third-person shooters.[citation needed] The Nintendo 64 version was re-released on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack on October 25, 2021. A standalone sequel, WinBack 2: Project Poseidon, produced by Cavia, was released on April 25, 2006 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Gameplay

The game is a third-person shooter with stealth elements. Lock-on isn’t required to shoot enemies, as the laser sight can be aimed freely when in aim mode. The player cannot move while shooting; instead, the control stick is used to aim, a task made easier by the fact that every weapon is equipped with a laser sight.[citation needed] There is also a cover system in the game to help avoid taking damage or being seen.

The game featured a standard multiplayer mode and a Bot mode in the PlayStation 2 version of the game and only in the NTSC versions of the game, where players had access to all of the game’s abilities and weapons. At the beginning of the game, all the members of Jean-Luc’s team are available as selectable characters, all of them come with a basic hand gun as their initial weapon, except for Dan who comes with a unique gun as his main weapon. As the player finished the game or used the cheat code, they will unlock all the bosses and other characters that they had defeated or appeared in story mode. Each boss has a unique weapon that they used in the story mode with infinite ammo.

Story

terrorist group called the “Crying Lions,” originating from the fictional country of Sarcozia, takes control of a space-based laser weapon. This is used to attack a military installation housing the controls to the weapon, called the GULF system. The leader of the terrorists calls himself Colonel Kenneth Coleman. The Secretary of Defense contacts the Special Covert Action Team (SCAT) with their orders: Enter the GULF complex and reclaim it. Jean-Luc Cougar is part of the team, and the last to escape the helicopter being shot down. The player takes control of Jean-Luc as he leaps a wall and enters a parking lot. The team is scattered throughout the complex and you must find them and destroy the satellite control center before the GULF satellite laser can recharge and fire again. Along the way you will face a number of laser traps, puzzles, machine gun nests, ambushes and mazes. You will face a series of bosses culminating in the final boss fight (against Kenneth Coleman’s deputy Cecile).

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