Rated 9 out of 10 by 3
Rated 8 out of 10
by HappyGoLucky2099 Co-Op Sequel Just as Good as the Original!
Conflict: Desert Storm II again places you in the thick of the 1991 campaign against Saddam Hussein's regime. Back to Baghdad is a squad-based shooter that picks up right where the first Desert Storm left off and once again has players operating as either US Special Forces or British SAS operatives. Your selection here slightly affects stats, appearance, and voice acting. John Bradley the assault rifle-wielding team leader, Paul Foley the sniper, Mick Connors the heavy machine gunner, and David Jones the demolitions expert are back once again to team up and take on Saddam's henchmen.
Game play: the actual fighting in Conflict: Desert Storm II is somewhat hit-and-miss. At times, it feels pretty solid, thanks in large part to a built-in auto-aim feature that makes it quite easy to target hostile forces. In fact, sometimes it's a little too easy--the game will sometimes line up an enemy in your sights before you even realize he's there. Other times, though, it seems suspiciously difficult to score a hit on enemies, particularly with the sniper rifle. It's possible to hit the deck, steady your crosshairs directly over an enemy's head, and then see no effect after pulling the trigger. It's frustrating, to be sure, but, for the most part, the combat is reasonably well balanced and entertaining. You can even engage in vehicular combat with a jeep or tank in some missions, which does break up the flow of things a little. The vehicles feel a little awkward and can be slow to respond to your controller movements, though.
Graphically: Conflict: Desert Storm II gets the job done, but does it in a no-frills sort of way. The backgrounds are fairly devoid of detail, and the enemy character models look pretty simple. Your own squad models, however, are decent looking. The graphics are noticeably approved from Conflict Desert Storm 1.
Sound: the game is dominated by a lot of yelling, gunfire, and explosions, though all of these are rendered pretty well. The music tends to fade into the background, though, since you're intent on finishing your missions.
Co-Op: the biggest enhancement to the split-screen multiplayer mode is the fact that you'll be riding in vehicles more often in CDSII and the fact that you begin the game with all four characters active and available. The game is co-op, which is an automatic plus, but you're playing through the same story with buddies as you would if you were alone. The last game began with only the main character playable, so if you wanted to play with your buddy you had to rescue him from prison in the first level before he/she got to play.
In the final analysis, the main reason to play Conflict: Desert Storm II is the ability to play one of the best Co-Op games for PS2. The graphics are better than the original CDS, but very adequate for a game that was released in 2003. The set of skills you'll need to be successful is unique among many similar themed games. Fast twitch read and reaction abilities like you'd need in a third-person shooter combined with the patience and analytical skills you might have to use in a real time strategy are both at a premium here. It's for this reason that this second game in the series should be received with open arms.
Rated 9 out of 10 by A-man67 Good! (you gotta play the first one first or you won't understand it).
This was a good game so far...... I am almost finished. I'm on that communications meltdown level, and it is hard but a decent level. One problem is....... you can't go back and do previous levels :(. But what I do is I make a file for each level. Like I will save a a lwvel in each one like this:For street battle, save it in the second file. And the first level in file two. And once you have saved it when you already did that level, don't save a second time or  you can't do that level unless you start a whole new game. The guns are good. I especialy like the M-60 and the AK-47. The levels aren't very plentiful. But great gameplay within the levels make up for the games lack of levels. You should definetly play the first one first. I haven't yet because I was gonna buy the first one at gamestop, but then when I called they said they only had the first one in stock. Overall, this is a very good game. I reccomend it too anyone who likes shooter games.
Rated 10 out of 10 by MrManbat Fantastic Split-screen Experience
When I was younger I used to play this game with my brother non-stop. It was a perfect game for those who just wanted to sit back, relax, and play a game with friends. While it is old now, I would still recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun split-screen game, since there are so few today.