First person-shooters have come a long way in the last few years, but they had to start somewhere as well. Thus, while titles like Doom and Quake innovated the genre in a manner of different ways, games started to take different roads after a while, focusing on different approaches when it came to gameplay and the mechanics themselves.
A realistic tactical shooter
Delta Force is one of these examples, since it tried to replace the reckless all-guns-out style of the aforementioned titles with a more tactical approach, emphasizing on a bit of stealth and real-world missions involving military operations around the world. Hence, although it does not feature any hellish spawn and you don't get to wield double rocket launchers, the gameplay is just as intense and addictive.
One other innovation that came with the game was the fact that you were no longer required to follow linear paths from one end of the level to the other. Alternatively, the map was huge and you had complete freedom over how to navigate it, in order to decide the best route by yourself and try to take the enemies by surprise for a change.
Change between the first and third-person perspective
Depending on your style, the game allows you to choose the perspective you are the most comfortable with, whether its the first or third-person view. This can also be based on the mission you undertake, since all of the over forty scenarios require you to accomplish different things, which might be easier to achieve if you have the option to change the perspective at will.
In addition, the graphics quality was decent enough to allow for fully 3D environments, characters and various other objects scattered around the albeit rather sterile landscapes. However, the HUD occupies a rather big chunk of the screen, which, coupled with the small resolution the game runs at, might prove to be a bit claustrophobic for your tastes. It is a very functional HUD, on the other hand, since it contains everything you might need to quickly reach and take advantage of everything the game has to offer.
A pioneer of the tactical shooter genre
In the end, Delta Force truly delivers when it comes to gameplay and mechanics, especially since it brought a lot of innovations to the genre. Thus, other than the over-sized HUD, you can definitely have a lot of fun with the game, especially if you like to approach the missions in your own style.