I.G.I.-2 : Covert Strike is an action shooting computer game developed by Innerloop Studios and released by Codemasters in 2003. The game is a stealth-based first person shooter. It is the sequel to Innerloop’s Project I.G.I.: I’m Going In. The original, published by Eidos Interactive, offered only single-player play, and no game saves. Covert Strike added multiplayer play and limited save game capability, but the game’s many bugs led to poor sales, which contributed to Innerloop’s demise. Chris Ryan, a former Special Air Service operative best known for being the lone successful escapee of Bravo Two Zero, served as a consultant to the game.
The game’s plot features a rogue Chinese General, “Wu Xing” as the primary antagonist. Xing orchestrates various events (such as armed robbery of advanced prototype technology from the Russian mafia) in order to get electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry on a space rocket that he has launch control over.
The game was banned in China, because it was perceived to damage the Chinese army’s image.
The game’s protagonist, David Jones, an agent working for the Institute for Geotactical Intelligence and former British SAS operator, was sent to the Carpathian mountains to recover a set of EMP chips stolen by a group of Russian mafia from a high-tech US facility. After HALO jumping and infiltrating the weather station in the mountains and retrieving one of the EMP chips, his mission director (Phillip White) commands him to go to retrieve the remaining EMP chips so that the IGI researchers can launch a full scale research on the chips to determine their real usage against the thieves. He then goes to the bridge and destroys it. Then in the production facility he gets half of the EMP chips. After this incident, he is betrayed by his pilot, Robert Quest and mission director, Phillip White as they take the EMP chips obtained by Jones. After a series of events, he eventually finds himself at the borders of Romania, where he is then forced to evade the incoming border patrols.
Meanwhile, his former pilot and mission director had escaped. The IGI was not able to detect their whereabouts after the incident, but spent enough efforts to get an important detail that Phillip White had made several weapons and military deals with Jach Priboi in Libya. Under Anya, his new mission director, he sets off to Libya and searches for the middle-aged Priboi, who had been locked up by the Libyan Intelligence as he was supplying weapons to the rebel forces.
- CPU: Pentium III or Athlon 700MHz
- RAM: 128MB RAM
- GPU: 32MB 3D Accelerated Video Card
- DX: DirectX 8.1
- OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
- Store: 1.9GB Hard Disk Space
- Sound: DirectX-compatible Sound Card
- ODD: 8X CD-ROM Drive