Excerpt: Vietnam is the new World War II, or at least that’s how it seems in the gaming world. Shellshock: Nam ‘67 is one of the many Vietnam-themed games hitting store shelves in the upcoming months. In an attempt to set it apart from other similar-themed games, Shellshock tries to show an even darker, more violent side of the Vietnam conflict.
Excerpt: So it looks like everybody got bored of the wars in the Gulf, doesn’t it’ In the space of a few short months, we’ve gone from a sea of titles focusing on taking down Middle Eastern dictators, to the announcement of no less than five games based on the Vietnam war. Eidos’ ShellShock: Nam ‘67 is the first to come up for review, promising all of the atmosphere and gore you could feasibly ask for.
Conclusion: What doesn’t get more complex is the way the Vietcong fight back. Anyone who's read any material on Vietnam knows that the VC were not to be trifled with. They were masters at living off the land, and not prone to give their life away cheap. This changes in Shellshock. It’s nothing to see a whole line of troops amble slowly across your line of fire like some 80s arcade game.
Conclusion: As I mentioned earlier, despite having teammates, it’s not a team game. At times, you’ll find yourself hiding behind the rest of the team as they shoot relentlessly into the enemy, or will stand behind you, shooting you in the back as you try to take on the entire Vietcong army. Mix these around, and you get a sometimes very good playing experience, but mostly frustrating and definitely un-Vietnam one, since your troops hardly act like soldiers at all.
Pros: Some fun missions., Nice graphics., The chance to score some pixellated
Cons: Dodgy AI., All missions are pretty much the same., A tad buggy., Some weird controls.
Summary: Who knows what happened to this title. Some of the design decisions such as the recharging health leave much to be desired while the game should have had a couple more missions. Overall an underwhelming experience but one which action fans may enjoy for a while.
Conclusion: Au final le premier jeu de Guerrilla sur PS2 est assez réussi. Si sa jouabilité crispante peut parfois énerver, son ambiance vaut à elle seule le détour. Le studio néerlandais a parfaitement remporté son pari qui était de retranscrire le plus fidèlement possible l’horreur de la guerre du Vietnam.
Excerpt: Oubliez les médailles, oubliez l'honneur...survivez ! SHELLSHOCK : psychose traumatique, syndrome commotionnel. 1967 : vous êtes appelé pour combattre dans le conflit le plyus controversé des temps modernes. Dans l'enfer vert, faites face à la peur, au chaos et aux atrocités de la guerre du...