Reviews and Problems with Men of Valor: The Vietnam War
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Men of Valor Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: While the PC has seen its share of amazing war titles, the Xbox hasn’t really had too many competent shooters based on historical wars. Men of Valor is a solid title that shooter fans and war buffs will surely appreciate, but the more casual fan might overlook. The game was built with a great deal of ambition, and while a lot of those ambitions were realized; some were missed.
Excerpt: Here's a great idea. Dedicate significant amounts of money and time developing a game. Make it a first person shooter - they tend to be popular. To ensure it doesn't get any notable coverage at all, release it at the same time as Half Life 2 and Halo 2. Sometimes you have to wonder what they are thinking. From the outset it should be pointed out this is not a bad game. Far from it - sometimes it genuinely is involving, addictive fun.
Excerpt: Let’s skip the obligatory reviewer comments on the setting of Men of Valor: Vietnam. Rather than waxing poetically on the socioeconomic implications of the Vietnam War, I am going to assume that you’re familiar with the conflict and really just care whether or not Men of Valor is a good game. Well, I can tell you that it is certainly better than average, but stops short of greatness due to some shortcomings and frustrating aspects.
Excerpt: Another week, yet another game based on the Vietnam War. Surely, one of these titles is going to get it right sooner or later’ The failure count currently stands at three, with Vietcong: Purple Haze , Shellshock: ‘Nam 67 and Conflict: Vietnam failing to get the job done with anything other than historical accuracy.
Conclusion: reminiscent of the Medal of Honor series, delivering long conversations and history lessons before the mission. The game quickly jumps into action, following a series of training missions and in-game cinematics, but it isn’t long after the action begins that you want it to end. Men of Valor may have hit the spot artistically and graphically, but technically the game missed the target. The most apparent of which are the AI gaffes.
Excerpt: Set in Vietnam from the period of 1965-1968, Men of Valor is told through the eyes of Dean Shepard, a young African-American Marine stationed at Danang. Delivered via letters that are sent back home, Dean details many of his missions and sorties in the brush and ruined cities of ‘Nam, which includes the major battles of Khe Sahn and the Tet Offensive.
Conclusion: The heritage is never far from the surface, as much like the way you played Jimmy Paterson in the early Medal of Honor games, in MoV you are Dean Shepard, farm boy recruit who is about to find out that joining up wasn’t such a good idea after all as he gets caught up in famous real battles such as Khe San and the Tet Offensive. After each mission Jimmy – oops sorry, Dean writes home or receives a letter from home, and it paints a (slightly corny) back story.
Pros: The explosions are awesome., Authentic weapons., Nice attention to detail on weapons and vehicles., The sound captures the atmosphere perfectly., Plenty of multiplayer options., A heck of a challenge even on ‘easy’.
Cons: Dumb AI., Daft missions., Linear levels., Awful cut scenes., This game is way too tough for your average Marine – ‘cherries’ need not apply.