Excerpt: The Vietnam War might have ended in the early 1970Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, but for gamers, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just begun. While WWII has seen countless numbers of games and series, Vietnam has been overlooked. I find two possible reasons for this: the war was a controversy that bitterly divided the country. Unlike WWII, America lost Vietnam, and in the process, we lost nearly 60,000 young soldiers.
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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: As you’ve probably noticed, Vietnam seems to have replaced World War II as the definitive conflict for shooters based on real life scenarios. Not sure if that’s the way to go (there really needs to be a World War I game – surely some developers out there could make a successful game based on trench warfare), but they are definitely a breath of fresh air. For the moment, at least.
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.
Excerpt: Il existe deux façons d'approcher la guerre en jeu vidéo. La plus répandue propose une vision aseptisée des conflits armés et dépeints généralement les soldats comme des quasi-humanistes. Pas un mot plus haut que l'autre, pas de sexualité, pas de violence gratuite ou d'interrogations existentielles ; on se demande parfois si on n'est pas face à une bande de séminaristes qui aurait piqué des flingues et des uniformes kakis.