Excerpt: Full Spectrum Warrior is a game based on software used to train the military in the basics of MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain). That you don’t just pick up a gun and start shooting becomes clear even in the tutorial.
Excerpt: espite our obvious leaning towards world peace and complete harmony, games based on military conflict are seemingly inherent in us all from about two-years-old onwards. Who didn’t play ‘Army’ at school?
Excerpt: War themed games tend to be a dime a dozen. To set oneself out in the genre, developers have to take a different perspective on the warfield. Most third person shooters tend to try and make the gamer feel as though they're one man waging a war in the heart of a battlefield.
Pros: Detailed gameworld, Strategy oriented gameplay is a nice change of pace, Multiplayer modes are a fine addition
Cons: Character models could use more polish, Controlling troops sometimes felt more like a chore
Excerpt: As a series, Full Spectrum Warrior (FSW) holds a privileged position. Originally designed as a combat training simulator for American troops, it soon saw a commercial release. Needless to say, its simulator background gave it a level of credibility severely lacking in other squad-based combat games.
Excerpt: It's an intense fire fight - enemy snipers are taking cover at the other end of the runway and both your squads are pinned down. Then, a daring move - you dash across to the left of the field in an attempt to out-manoeuvre the gunners, laying down suppressing fire with your bravo squad.
Excerpt: Full Spectrum Warrior is definitely not the prettiest gal on the block. Similarities between it and Battlefront quickly become apparent, due mostly to the fact that both games are made by the same developer. However, Battlefront has a distinctly cleaner look to it.
Excerpt: Full Spectrum Warrior found a home on the PS2 substantially later than it did on either the Xbox or the PC. This strategic military game puts you in control of two squads of fighters battling terrorists is a foreign land. How well has the gameplay held up since we first saw it on the Xbox?
Excerpt: Many people are bound to enjoy this unique take on the tactical genre, and certainly the game does an excellent job of presenting the look and feel of a drawn out urban skirmish. The only downsides, and they're big ones at that, are that the levels are too short and too straightforward.
Conclusion: If you can find it on another platform, do so. If not, this is still a hell of a way to present a basic strategy game, and one that mixes equal parts of presentation with gameplay. If only it didn't have to dip so much into one when the other was lacking.