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[PS5] Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission Review

[PS5] Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission Review
EdEN
  • On December 5, 2023

Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission from Microids, TAITO, and Virtuallyz Gaming brings us a new take on the classic arcade shooter. Check our Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission review!

 

Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission from Microids, TAITO, and Virtuallyz Gaming brings us a new take on the classic arcade shooter. After an initial launch on PlayStation VR2 as Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission VR, the game has now been made available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 sans the PS VR2 requirements. Operation Wolf was released by TAITO way back in 1987 as an arcade on-rails light gun shooter game.

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To say the game was a hit is certainly an understatement since it was the highest-grossing arcade game of 1998! If you didn’t get to play this one 35+ years ago – or more recently, if you’ve happened to run into those mythical locations known as “the arcades” – you might have had a chance to play one of the many ports to the variety of systems that Operation Wolf ended up calling its home. I did get to play the game on an arcade machine, but I also got to play the port for the Nintendo Entertainment System – a.k.a. the NES.

 

Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission is technically a sequel, but it’s also a reinterpretation of the original game that was released all those decades ago. You’ll be greeted by Coronel Jones, who briefs you on how a new criminal network has been wreaking havoc around the world. After the team has identified several bases run by the mercenaries, it’s up to you to once again be the hero the world needs. You must give it your all to save the hostages as you try to find the mercenaries’ leader, the evil General Viper, so that you can put an end to his plans before it’s too late.

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The game will kindly ask you if you’d like to take on the tutorial before diving into your new mission. This will allow you to learn the basics with a tutorial that is simple and to the point. Completing the tutorial will also reward you with your first trophy – more on these in a bit. You’ll aim your weapon around the screen by using the left analog stick as you shoot with the R2 button. There’s also the option of using the motion controls of the DualSense if you feel like it, which you can activate in the settings menu. You can reload your weapon by pressing the Square button.

 

You can have up to four weapons available for you to make the most of your time with Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission. To quickly switch between weapons, press up, down, left, or right as needed on the D-Pad. If you have any grenades on you, you can launch them by pressing the R1 button. If you’re hurt, you can use one of your available medkits by pressing the Triangle button before you’re killed in action. Finding cover is a must to survive. Once you’re behind cover, you’ll be able to move out of it by pressing and holding down the L2 button.

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Along with the game’s Campaign Mode, which you can take on your own or in co-op with a friend, there’s also an endless option that will have you taking on wave after wave of enemies as you try to survive for as long as possible. This one is called All You Can Beat, and it will have you taking on increasingly more difficult waves of enemies as you make the most of the considerable amount of medkits you’ll start with. Be sure to collect the ammo supplies that will pop up between some waves because you definitely won’t be able to take on everything the game throws at you if you use only the handgun!

 

And with this one being a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you’ll be able to download the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, and each one will have a separate trophy list. Each of the lists will have 4 Bronze trophies, 6 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies for you to work your way through. You’ll have to defeat 3 enemies with a single explosive barrel, defeat 20 enemies with a headshot during an act, use 5 medkits during a mission, save 30 hostages, defeat 500 enemies, finish the campaign, achieve a combo of 30 and 50 hits, destroy a watch tower by blowing up an explosive barrel, and complete an act without using a medkit.

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Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission brings us a new take on the classic arcade shooter. It’s been a while since the original was released in arcades way back in 1987, and we’re now getting a revamped take that you can play on your own or in co-op, with a Campaign Mode to take on, as well as an endless option thanks to the All You Can Beat Mode, in which you’ll take on wave after wave of enemies until they overpower you. The jump from PlayStation VR2 to PlayStation 5 means that you’ll be using a DualSense to control your weapon, which is slower than using the Sense controller, but you can also use the motion controls of the DualSense to speed things up. Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $29.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

Disclaimer
This Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Microids.

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A revamped take on an old-school arcade shooter classic
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