The U.S. Army is the most powerful ground force in the entire world. The backbone of a ground invasion is the U.S. Army Infantry, and in the midst of combat, their skills, courage, and teamwork are put to the test. While readiness continues to be the U.S. Army's top priority, how it goes about its business is changing. Full Spectrum Warrior began as a training aid for the U.S. Army to reinforce Army doctrine and team effort within the troops. It is the most realistic portrayal of Infantry-level urban warfare via unique tactical action gameplay. Players become the Squad Leader, commanding Alpha and Bravo squads. There is potential for danger down every alley, behind every window. Watch those angles folks, we’ve got a job to do here. Hooah! * Unique combination of tactical and action gameplay * Authentic implementation of U.S. Army Infantry doctrine * Simple control scheme lets you command eight soldiers in real time * Squad equipment reflects real weaponry and equipment currently in use by the U.S. Army * Immersive urban environments with danger around every corner * Realistic animations for squad members, modeled after a combat veteran who is also an active-duty Sergeant in the U.S. Army Rangers History: A Cultural Crossroads The tiny desert nation of Tazikhstan is nestled between modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China, occupying an arid landscape of desert plains and rugged mountains. Once a cultural crossroads, it has been located at the edge of Arab, Chinese, Indian and European civilization for three thousand years and has served as a meeting place for scholars, merchants, pilgrims, and invaders. Its history has always been punctuated by violence and bloodshed. At various points in its history is has been conquered by the Mongols, Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Turks and the British Empire. In the early 1800’s, Britain released control of the country and for nearly one hundred years, the Tazikhs enjoyed a period of relative calm and stability. But in the early part of the 20th century, the tiny Islamic nation found itself absorbed into the Soviet Union, conquered by yet another foreign army. The Soviet Era The ethnic Tazikhs proved to be ferocious mountain fighters, and for fourteen years they managed to hold off the Bolshevik invaders. The resistance movement resulted in the unabashed slaughter of thousands, the removal of entire villages and the destruction of culturally significant monuments and artifacts. Once under the yoke of Soviet rule, the U.S.S.R. made sure that the Tazikh rebels would never stand a chance of reorganizing. Funding for public health, education, industry and infrastructure was perilously low, while the Soviets used Tazikhstan as a veritable slave camp to mine the region’s rich deposits of coal, zinc, silver and natural gas. It wasn’t until the late 60’s that the Tazikhstan Liberation Front was secretly formed and began waging guerilla warfare against the Soviets. For twenty years the TLF and Soviet army waged tit-for-tat retaliatory strikes against one another as the Tazikhs attempted to seek international support for their plight. In the early 80’s,the CIA began providing training and funding to the TLF while simultaneously aiding guerillas in Afghanistan, hoping to literally squeeze the Soviets out of the region from both sides. Civil War On October 4th, 1991, Tazikhstan awoke to find itself an independent nation once again. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the tiny country found itself in a power vacuum with Pakistan, Afghanistan and China all maneuvering to seize land and resources for itself. To make matters worse, old rivalries and cultural differences between the various ethnic tribes and foreign settlers began to resurface as at least a dozen factions and splinter groups attempted to assert control of the fledgling republic. The power scramble resulted in a decade long civil war, with guerilla leader Mohammad Jabbour Al-Afad and his Mujahideen fighters reigning supreme. Mout History: Throughout the history of the military, terrain has played a pivotal role in influencing the outcome of battles. From amphibious assaults to fighting inwide open deserts, to hacking through dense tropical forests, each unique landscape presents a new set of challenges and requirements. In ancient and medieval times, a city’s only real military significance was its fortifications and its garrison. Once these obstacles were overcome, a city ceased to be a major military impediment. Most of the actual fighting was done on battlefields far from city centers. In modern times, however, as the world becomes more and more urbanized, most fighting now takes place in the cities themselves and these urban centers are proving to be major military obstacles that are not easily overcome. In addition to being large enough to completely block a strategic avenue of approach onto enemy soil, a city's population poses major security, administrative, and logistical problems for the invader. Urban operations require a completely new type of warfare. Where armies used to win battles based on their numbers and the destructive power of their weapons, today’s armies now find that their old strategies don’t work when fighting in urban environments. In a city setting, the enemy can attack from any direction, and then disappear back into the civilian population quickly. Heavy artillery and airspace superiority becomes ineffectual in a city, where civilian casualties must be avoided. Today's Army is discovering that the only way to effectively cleanse a city of its hostile elements is with the use of small, technologically superior squads of soldiers that excel in block-to-block combat. This method is much more dangerous for the invader, however, and requires highly trained and well-coordinated teams of invidivdual soldiers. Tactics for fighting in urban terrain are constantly evolving as tomorrow’s challenges arise. Even now, in the middle eastern country of Tazikhstan, modern day Full Spectrum Warriors are participating in this new type of city combat. Where the tank and heavy artillery used to reign supreme on the battlefield of yesterday, it is carefully coordinated squads of individuals that will determine a battle's outcome in the new urban battlegrounds of tomorrow.