An early Tactical Shooter using the Marathon 2 engine that came out for PC and Apple Macintosh in 1997. Though obscure today, the game was one of the first first person shooters that took place in a realistic modern military-based environment and was likely the first to have the player command a fire team of NPCs.The game pitted the player as a USMC Force Recon sergeant leading a fire team of U.S. Marines to deal with terrorist threats. Today the game is an example of abandonware and can be downloaded from several sites.Of particular note is that the creator of Damage Incorporated, Richard Rouse, is also the project head and writer of the upcoming Rainbow Six Patriots, a video game with a very similar premise.Not to be confused with Damage Control, a Marvel Comics company that repairs damage caused by superhero battles.The game features examples of:
Trick Bullet: Many of the firearms in game are capable of firing incendiary, armor piercing, explosive, and even acidic ammunition.
Action Bomb: The low level members of the Seekers of Desu.
Artificial Stupidity: Your teammates will often fail to keep their trigger fingers in check if you or another teammate will come between their sights and an enemy.
The term "Soldier" is used interchangeably with Marine.
The "M9 handgun" is actually a Beretta 92SB, an older model than the Beretta 92FS that the M9 pistol is based on.
The M16A2 in game appears to be an M16A1 according to the weapon in hand sprites and its full auto trigger group. Although the M16A2 in the player's hands has an M203 grenade launcher mounted on it, it is invisible when the player wields it. The M203 is however, visible on the M16A2s wielded by the Minute Militia enemies.
The MP5 in game is supposedly an MP5N/MP5A3 and looks like one when on the ground or in the hands of anyone except for you, much the same as the M16A2. Then it turns into a hybrid between and MP5N and a MP5K. The rear sights are all wrong, too.
The SMAW rocket launcher in game has a tremendous amount of recoil, although due to their design, shoulder fired rockets have no recoil.
The hand grenades used in game, the Mk2, is a WWII era handgrenade that was phased out of US military service back in the 1960s. During the 1990s, when the game was made and set, as well as today, the M67 is the hand grenade used by the US military.
The combat knife appears to be the bayonet to an L85 assault rifle, a British designed weapon that has never been used by the USMC or any other branch of the US military for that matter. Why the combat knife doesn't resemble an iconic USMC Ka-Bar knife or the M9 bayonet for the M16 is unknown.
Badass Bookworm: Vidiot is sort of an example of the "nerd" type; he's a squeaky voiced geek who loves to play video games, but he's also a trained Marine Rifleman who can put the hurt on your foes as well as anyone else.
Glass Cannon: The Minute Militia enemies. Weak defense, but carry powerful weaponry.
Gratuitous French: Frank, a Cajun Marine, often uses French phrases and words peppered in with English.
Gratuitous Japanese: Banzai, a US Marine of Japanese ancestry, occasionally throws out phrases and insults in Japanese.
Heroic BSOD: Can happen to some Marines. Do not bring Preacher along on any missions which involve the Seekers of Desu; due to the clash between Preacher's and the Seekers' religious belief he'll eventually go Ax-Crazy, disregard the player's orders, and try to kill all of the Seekers - which will almost always result in his death.
Politically Incorrect Villain: Oh God, the White Paladins. The in-game briefing describes them as being "like the Klu Klux Klan, only more militant."
Putting on the Reich: Definitely the Graziano-Fellini Ltd. Guards and A Better Tomorrow, who all wear uniforms reminiscent of those worn by the SS or other fascist organizations during WWII. The White Paladins are stated to be neo-Nazi like in the briefing, although they just seem to be The Klan on steroids in game save for a swastika-shaped topiary in one of their strongholds.
Rare Guns: The shotgun in game appears to be a Stevens Model 77E, an obscure 12 gauge pump action shotgun used by South Vietnamese and US forces during the Vietnam War that went out of production long before the game was made. Why the developers chose this particular shotgun instead of the far more common Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 is unknown.
Shout-Out: Plenty, mainly to Vietnam/USMC themed war movies such as Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, and Heartbreak Ridge, as well as to heavy metal songs and bands, especially Metal's lines. The title of the game comes from a Metallica song. Vidiot is fond of spouting references to video games.
Ragin' Cajun: Again, Frank is the poster child of this trope.
Right Wing Militia Fanatic: Most of the domestic enemies in game fall under this. Subverted in the second mission of the third campaign, where said militia fanatics will not attack the player and will allow him to complete his mission unhindered.