Review by Captain Winters
Burning Dawn is one hell of a good mission. Whew! Okay, got that outta my system! Let's get start with the review!
Burning Dawn's storyline is nothing out of the ordinary: men are low on ammo; they kill some dudes to get some. But that's okay, it's not always the plot, but more the execution... Damn, the execution here is perfect! Scripting makes this mission awsome! Enemy lay-out makes this mission awsome! Everything makes this mission Awsome!
You're ordered to attack two different bases in the SEB Nam Pack 2 Ia Drang Valley. One base is the one in which the ammo is held, therefore once it is taken you and your men may rearm. The second is a big-ass American base, full with troops and UH-1's! Fun time trying to kill all of 'em, I'll tell you that!
The Outro sequence has to be one of the coolest I've ever seen, hence I''m not going to tell you about it! You need to beat the mission and watch it yourself! But the outro sure is cinematic!
The scripting in the mission has to be so intense I can't even imagine it! It even uses the new battle-map intro! I also tried this mission out on various machines to find out that units disappeared on the slower, less-powerful machine! Jesus! That means LCD must have typed in the benchmark command, in every single unit on the map! Okay, not every one, but almost.
The scripting in the Intro is noticable as well, but it's flawed. For say, a couple of times the NVA Officer who walks in to talk to the men, walks through the sandbags and disappears, leaving the camera pointing at nothing but air.
(Review Date: Jun 2003) Overall, this has to be one of the best Vietnam missions I have ever played, hands down. The atmosphere, scripted events, enemy placement - it's all here. Excellent job, LCD. I'm just kind of sad it didn't include any custom music :(.