Set during the Vietnam War,
is a first-person shooter with tactical elements, combining thrilling action with strategic thinking. The evolving storyline combined with the game's intense sound system, graphics and animation truly bring powerful jungle combat to life on your PC.
Acting as an elite soldier, you command the A-team, part of the US Special Forces, in realistically represented Vietnamese environments. Players will lead as many as six expertly trained soldiers through 20 dramatic missions, and follow a storyline that captures the danger, fear and unpredictability of the war itself. The full-featured multiplayer mode also allows gamers to play as US Special Forces or Vietcong soldiers and to battle over specially designed levels.
the player chooses from more than 25 weapons, including M16s, grenade launchers and sniper rifles. Players can order air strikes or ambush enemy patrols, but success ultimately depends on their ability to keep a level head in the thick of intense action.
Laden with expletives from the off,
is as far removed from a friendly family game as you can get. A gritty first-person shooter set in the midst of the Vietnam conflict, it's a brutal, engrossing game that needs one beast of a PC to be fully appreciated.
The Vietcong of the title are a crack fighting force, who put up some substantial resistance in the challenging single-player game. You can also, in multi-player mode, switch sides and pit your wits against the American forces. However, you don't have to play with humans to get a team-based feeling. The single-player mode at times demands that you lead a small team of fighters, although that's just one of the cocktail of tricks it throws at you.
The game's 20 missions generate really quite varied gameplay. If you've played other titles of a similar genre, you'll probably be familiar with the drill. Some require you to go out on attack, some require you to defend your positions and others involve more snooping and searching. At their best, the missions really are excellent; they're involving, deeply satisfying and offer a sturdy but enjoyable challenge. On the flip side, they can be a little uneven in tone. There are times when you can go a little too long without a sniff of action, for instance, and things can get quite frustrating.
But overall impressions are still very positive. The AI is strong, and the atmosphere the game generates is particularly engrossing. A varied arsenal of weapons helps add to the adrenaline-pumping action moments. Ultimately, if you've got a beefy PC and enjoy your first-person shooters,
should be at the top of your shopping list. -