Conclusion: Full Spectrum Warrior is truly a breed apart. I don’t think I’ve ever had more people ask about a game than this one. The main question on everyone’s minds is, “Will I like it?” Well, that is a question I simply cannot answer. FSW is definitely not for everyone. Many people will not enjoy the “hands-off” approach when engaging enemies, and would rather opt to sight them in FPS style.
Conclusion: Each member of the squad performs as a real soldier would, covering the commander in the heat of battle, laying down when grenades are thrown towards the squad, and issuing hand signals to fellow soldiers. Though not actually controlling any of the team members, you control every other aspect. Simply by pointing and pressing a button, the team reacts immediately.
Excerpt: Movies like Black Hawk Down would have you believe that war is all about shooting – constantly – and thinking about it when the slaughter is over. That couldn’t be further from the truth and last year Pandemic taught us console gamers a thing or two about modern warfare with the Xbox edition of Full Spectrum Warrior.
Summary: Based on actual Army simulations, Full
Spectrum Warrior is an outstanding squad-based shooter that puts players into
the heat of combat in a desert country ruled by a terrorist dictator. The
sophisticated gameplay requires more brains than brawn. Your main goal is to
position your team members into the perfect spot to take out enemies while
minimizing risk. This complexity can be intimidating at first, but it lends the
experience more rewarding.
Excerpt: Originally designed for United States Army use, Pandemic and THQ decided they had a good thing on their hands and published the game for the Xbox and PC. But how will a market saturated with Tom Clancy-inspired fire-fests react to something completely different?
Excerpt: Full Spectrum Warrior is a game that creates a whole new genre, a third person action, yet highly strategic, game with one catch, you don’t shoot, and the game is all about war. But somehow, someway, Pandemic Studios creates a game that is a blast to play.
Excerpt: Cover. Flank. Move. Shoot. Repeat. THQ and Pandemic bring us Full Spectrum Warrior, a tactical shooter that aims for an unprecedented level of realism. But does the new level of realism make it great, or just slow it down? Click here to let Steffan take you through some of the ups and downs of modern urban combat.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: War games have never been my favourite--I play games to escape reality, not linger in its fetidness. Yet somehow Full Spectrum Warrior managed to consume me. Not only are the gameplay and presentation fantastic, but your teammates are humanized to such an extent that I actually felt guilty when one of them got shot.
Excerpt: Urban combat is by many considered to be the most difficult kind. There are so many things that they happen at any point in time, which means the squads that are set to such a scenario will have to be highly trained and led by a good commander. In Full Spectrum Warrior you play as that commander, shifting between a few small teams in an effort to hopefully solve your objective without any unnecessary casualties.