Better than many shooters, but still very violent.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that this first-person shooter features a significant amount of glorified and dramatized violence. Although putting the violence in a historical context makes it less gratuitous, the game cannot help but glorify warfare -- and in some ways make it a spectacle. If you get shot, you may hear yourself choke on your own blood as you collapse to the ground.
Conclusion: Don’t be discouraged, the Vietnamese are as well prepared as the American soldiers. The developers made sure of that by making both teams balanced, giving one another their own distinct advantages. The Vietnamese may not have the firepower of the American soldiers, but they may be faster. They may not have napalms, but they have something just as devastating up their sleeves.
Excerpt: There is no doubt that Battlefield: 1942 ( review ) is not only a great multiplayer shooter, it is also one of the most popular and influential PC game to be released in recent. Battlefield 1942 was a success for the fact that it had a large number of players in the one server at once (up to 64) and that players could easily switch from being an on foot soldier, to flying a plane, driving a tank or commandeering numerous other vehicles.
Excerpt: The Battlefield franchise enters a new era equipped with more firepower, modernized weaponry and vehicles, and a deeper infantry experience from the jungles to the beaches of Vietnam. From villages on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the city streets of Hue wage modern warfare as the United States or North Vietnamese Army (NVA).
Pros: Tons of online players
Cons: few complaints about game being to dark at times but again it depends on individual settings.
Excerpt: People see review scores for Battlefield Vietnam and are understandably confused. Not just because it's hard to imagine anything involving one of our greatest wars receiving anything less than full applause, but because it's the follow-up to one of the greatest games ever and the reviews are barely cracking 8.5/10. "Why is it?" you ask in a trembling, confused voice.
Excerpt: The three Huey gunships fly in formation just a few feet above the calm, murky water. While the choppers prepare to go weapons-hot, loudspeakers blare the opening notes of Wagner's
Ride of the Valkyries. Just as the music reaches its crescendo, the gunships unleash a deadly hail of machine-gun fire and rockets on the village below. No, this is not a scene from Apocalypse Now but an actual battle from
EA/DICE's Battlefield Vietnam.
Excerpt: Building on their highly successful Battlefield 1942, the developers at EA/DICE have improved the graphics engine, in addition to adding new classes, weapons and vehicles. Throw in an immersive soundtrack and you have all the makings of another successful Battlefield title.
Excerpt: Amidst much hype and expectations from the legions of loyal gamers, Battlefield Vietnam has arrived. The game is the next entry into the highly successful Battlefield series from Electronic Arts that allows players to wage war from the land, sea, and air. As the title suggests, the game is set in Vietnam and players are able to play as either American or Viet Cong soldiers online or against computer controlled bots in the solo play mode.
Excerpt: Wading through the paddy fields on a summer’s day, gunfire rings out and you dive into the water at your feet. You listen intently, glancing all around where you can, gripping your weapon determinedly. You spot movement off in the distance and let off a volley of rounds, then move forward to do the same again. Battlefield Vietnam feels unusually real at times, just like its predecessor.