Overview (4 out of 5)
Developed by Rival Interactive, PRISM: Guard Shield is a first person 3D shooter PC game that focuses on new weapons and surveillance technologies in the war against terrorists. Players here get to use futuristic military weapons, equipment, and technologies in both individual and team battles against AI-controlled terrorists in various war zones. The game provides amazing tactics to the players involved in secret operations.
Gameplay (4 out of 5)
Single player mode:
PRISM: Guard Shield involves fast action gameplay along with interesting secret operations by the PRISM unit members. You can play it solo or in a multiplayer mode. The single player mode provides you enough scope to learn the secret combat tactics to win over the enemies. Whenever any terrorist activity is suspected or potential targets are identified, the PRISM members get ready for action with advanced weapons and technology. The game includes familiar locations in the US for these secret operations.There are silenced weapons to surprise the enemy. Taser stun-gun allows the player to silently take on the enemy. The player can also use the unique Hover camera to identify the locations of enemies.
PRISM: Guard Shield features three different battle environments. Its multiplayer mode can include up to 32 players online. There are three multiplayer games modes in the PC game - Cooperative, Death Match, and Team Death Match. One of the most interesting things about its weapons is that there are eight futuristic weapons that the players can use for the operations. You can choose any of the seven characters to play the game. There are also three options of the type of enemy you want to battle with.
Graphics (4 out of 5)
The 3D graphics used in the PC game are just amazing. The player can clearly recognize the landmarks in the battle environs. The graphics are just great for the defense system of the PRISM: Guard Shield. It includes Night Vision mode through which the player can see in the dark and attack his enemies, much to their surprise.
Sound (3 out of 5)
The 3D sound effects are good but not that great. They match pretty well with the battle environments, but thats about it. A little more focus on the sound quality would have enhanced the gameplay significantly.
System Requirements (4 out of 5)
You will need an advanced OS such as Windows 2000 or XP to run this game on your PC. The processor is recommended to be 2.0 GHz Athlon 64, Pentium or equivalent. A Radeon 9600 64MB video card is good, but a Radeon X800 128MB card will be better. A minimum of 256MB RAM is required along with 700MB free hard disk space. A DirectX 8 compatible sound card is needed too.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
Rival Interactive has developed PRISM: Guard Shield with suggestions by the Army National Guard (ANG), who wanted a great game to increase the awareness of the ANG. The game uses all the advanced US military weapons and technology. Indeed, the ANG wanted a commercial PC game to be distributed as a recruitment tool, and the PRISM: Guard Shield was their brainchild. The stealth operations employed in the game actually give us a somewhat clear picture of the secret missions of the ANG itself.