YMMV / Strike Series
aka: Desert Strike

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The very first mission of Soviet Strike is about taking out a former KGB operator in Crimea, which was erroneously labeled as being in Russia. 17 years later, well, not so erroneous anymore...
    • Urban Strike's villain is H.R. Malone, a billionaire tycoon who ran for President a few years earlier but lost. An extract from one of his speeches shows a brash, right-wing political maverick who promises to "take back America", rid the streets of criminal scum and show the political establishment how the country should be run. We learn in the first mission briefing that he raised an army of fanatical followers and has bought up lots of real estate throughout the country (to build his bases on). In 2016, it's impossible not to be reminded of a certain Mr. Donald J. Trump.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Urban Strike, which was released in 1994, Malone fires a satellite laser beam at New York in 2001. While fighting through his forces amidst the chaos, you also have to rescue civilians from the World Trade Center AND defuse a bomb that has been planted within it.
    • Soviet Strike's first mission takes place in Crimea. Guess where the Russian military showed up in 2014?
  • Polished Port: Soviet Strike is 3D, but its Sega Saturn version has more detailed textures and extra wingtip weapons than the PlayStation version while running at roughly the same framerate. It's practically the only Electronic Arts port to turn out well on the Saturn.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The FMV clips in Nuclear Strike were Moon Bloodgood's first filmed role.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The controls for the on-foot missions in Urban Strike are ropey to say the least. Probably why subsequent games did away with them.
  • That One Level: The 4th Mission along the Korean DMZ in Nuclear Strike can become ridiculous if you have no idea on what to do and where to go. It's bad enough that the KPA will send shit-tons of vehicles at you but the fact that they have underground tunnels to help them safely bypass your allies and get to the other side will change the problem to a headache in the long run. There are also a few SCUD launchers that will destroy some vital facilities and supplies if they're not dealt with right away.
    • To elaborate, your first objective is to pick up Andrea. No enemies to contend with, you have a generous time limit, about the only way to fail at this stage is to go north and destroy a building. Your second objective is to do what you can in an all out war, with enemy subs, commandos, tanks, scud launchers and troop transports all doing their level best to wipe out your allies before the entire North Korean army make their way south. If your name happened to be God-Mode Sue you might be able to scrape by with minimal casualties, if not the best you can do is hold off the main attack force enough until reinforcements arrive.

Alternative Title(s): Desert Strike